October 1, 2014

Armstrong and other focused on eliminating turnovers against Michigan State (AUDIO)

Last year when the Huskers lost to Michigan State, Tommy Armstrong threw two big touchdown passes…a 32 yarder to Sam Burtch in the first quarter and a 38 yarder to Kenny Bell late in the third. Ameer Abdullah gained 123 yards on 32 carries. It was the first time a team was able to gain more than 300 yards of offense against that defense as NU racked up 392 yards. They also turned the ball over five times and that was the difference.  Armstrong says the Spartans are no fluke team.

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High school football scores for Friday 9/26/14

Adams Central 41, Gering 12
Anselmo-Merna 90, Pleasanton 36
Ansley-Litchfield 28, Twin Loup 8
Aquinas Catholic 38, Yutan 0
Arapahoe 48, Axtell 12
Arcadia-Loup City 29, Ravenna 14
Archbishop Bergan 46, Tekamah-Herman 6
Arthur County 33, Minatare 28
Ashland-Greenwood 48, Arlington 7
Aurora 20, McCook 19
Battle Creek 43, Crofton 0
Beatrice 54, Mount Michael Benedictine 0
Bellevue West 62, Bellevue East 24
Bennington 34, Omaha Roncalli Catholic 9
Bishop Neumann 44, North Bend Central 8
Blair 45, Omaha Skutt Catholic 28
Blue Hill 44, Franklin 7
Boone Central/Newman Grove 30, West Point-Beemer 6
Bridgeport 38, Cambridge 20
Broken Bow 21, O’Neill 6
Burwell 46, South Loup 14
Chadron 26, Ogallala 6
Columbus 21, Omaha Burke 17
Columbus Scotus 47, David City 0
Cozad 27, Gothenburg 24
Crawford 34, Leyton 20
Creighton 60, Bloomfield 14
Cross County 52, Nebraska Lutheran 32
Deshler 54, Santee 19
Diller-Odell 58, Pawnee City 16
Dundy County-Stratton 56, Morrill 30
East Butler 68, Mead 6
Elgin Public/Pope John 52, Clearwater/Orchard 24
Elkhorn 41, Nebraska City 7
Elkhorn South 21, Ralston 14
Elkhorn Valley 39, Heartland Lutheran 28
Elm Creek 54, Shelton 24
Elwood 64, Loomis 42
Emerson-Hubbard 36, Allen 26
Eustis-Farnam 20, Medicine Valley 16
Exeter-Milligan 76, Giltner 62
Falls City 32, Auburn 0
Falls City Sacred Heart 66, Johnson-Brock 14
Fillmore Central 48, Centennial 20
Fort Calhoun 48, Douglas County West 0
Freeman 47, Weeping Water 8
Friend 44, McCool Junction 24
Fullerton 60, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 20
Garden County 66, South Platte 6
Gibbon 58, Wood River 13
Gordon-Rushville 60, Mitchell 35
Grand Island Central Catholic 22, Central City 19
Gretna 44, Platteview 20
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 74, Plainview 6
Hartington Cedar Catholic 42, West Holt 7
Hartington-Newcastle 20, Wakefield 14
Hastings 27, Alliance 19
Hastings St. Cecilia 21, Doniphan-Trumbull 0
Heartland 82, High Plains Community 36
Hemingford 78, Perkins County 6
Holdrege 59, Minden 13
Homer 49, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 12
Howells-Dodge 54, Clarkson/Leigh 32
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Illinois’ young QB faces toughest test yet. Sophomore off to record breaking start

The Nebraska Cornhuskers open up Big Ten play today facing the Illinois Fighting Illini with an 8 p.m. kickoff.  Last week, Miami’s young quarterback saw what can happen with 92,000 fans getting revved up into a frenzy and now the Illini sophomore quarterback Wes Lunt could get the next dose as he faces an improving Blackshirts defense.

“We’ve definitely had a good week,” Head Coach Bo Pelin said after a couple of shaky weeks for the defense. “I mean it always depends how they’re going to come out and choose to play us, but we could definitely end up in multiple packages. We just have to see how it plays out. Our linebackers have had a good week.”

Junior linebacker David Santos will most likely miss the game due to an injury suffered last Saturday against Miami.  Santos has 11 solo tackles and 13 assists. He also had an interception against Miami last weekend.

Illinois’ Lunt has lived up to the hype thus far, throwing for 1,237 yards (ninth-most in FBS) and 11 touchdowns (eighth-most in FBS) during his first four games as an Illini. His 154.08 passing effeciency ranks 31st in FBS.  Lunt has been at his best in the fourth quarter this season, completing 28-of-34 passes for 388 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Lunt is tied for the FBS lead in fourth-quarter TDs (5), is second in yards (388) and completion percentage (82.4), and third in passing efficiency (226.74 – min. 10 att.).   Lunt has shown big-play ability early in the season. He ranks fourth nationally with 10 pass plays of 30+ yards and is tied for fourth in FBS with two pass plays of 60+ yards.

Pelini is looking for the defense to tighten up their technique against Illinois

The Huskers turn their attention to the start of Big Ten play, hosting Illinois. Overall Bo Pelini happy with the 4-0 start, but defensively his team is cutting some corners when it comes to the basics and it showed at times against Miami.  Miami approached this game a little differently than what they’ve done in the past, trying to spread out the Huskers defense a little more forcing the Pelini to use six defensive backs a little more than he would have liked

The Huskers held Miami to 76 yards rushing, but that was the net after 25 yards lost by quarterback Brad Kaaya. Duke Johnson finished with 93 yards rushing and an average of 5.2 yards per carry.

Abdullah named Big Ten player of the week (AUDIO)

Nebraska I-back Ameer Abdullah earned Big Ten weekly honors for the second time this season on Monday.

Abdullah shared Big Ten Offensive honors with Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon following Nebraska’s 41-31 win over Miami Saturday night. Abdullah totaled 313 all-purpose yards – an NCAA single-game high in 2014 – as he rushed for 229 yards on 35 carries and two scores and added a three-yard touchdown reception. He also had four kickoff returns for 81 yards in the win, as his all-purpose yard total was second in Nebraska school history. He moved from fifth to third on Nebraska’s career rushing list while also becoming the Huskers’ career all-purpose yards leader, passing College Football Hall of Famer Johnny Rodgers.

Abdullah also earned the weekly honor against Florida Atlantic in the season opener when he rushed for 232 yards. Abdullah is one of only two players in the country with multiple 200-yard rushing games in 2014. Nebraska has won at least one Big Ten weekly award in each of the first four weeks of the season.

The Big Ten honor was one of several for Abdullah, as he was also named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll for the second this season on Monday and was chosen as the Athlon Sports Big Ten Player of the Week.