November 27, 2014

Abdullah speaks to the media for the first time since his injury (AUDIO)

Ameer Abdullah enters the field on Senior Day (photo/NU Athletics)

Ameer Abdullah enters the field on Senior Day (photo/NU Athletics)

Ameer Abdullah met with the media for the first time since injuring his MCL in the Purdue game.  It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for the once Heisman hopeful who has now put aside his personal goals for the better of the team.

“It sucks,” was how Abdullah reacted when asked about dealing with the injury and the timing.  “The way things have been the last two weeks, (losses to Wisconsin and Minnesota) that hurts much more than me being injured.”

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Results from day one of the 2014 high school football championships

High school football state championships.  Omaha North won their second straight Class A title, led by Calvin Strong who rushed for 286 yards and three touchdowns as the Vikings beat Creighton Prep 41-0.  In the Class D-1 final, Hemingford brings the panhandle a state championship for the first time since 1986.  A 52-8 win over BDS.  Colt  Foster finished with seven tackles and had a sack. He also caught a 22-yard touchdown pass. Ethan Skinner rushed for four touchdowns and 233 yards. He ended the season with 47 touchdowns and Brady Turek had touchdown runs of 76 and 61 yards and finished with 190 yards rushing and caught a 16-yard pass. In the D-2 Final, Exeter Milligan pulled out their version of the Wildcat formation, calling it the Wild Wolf.  A direct snap to running back Kyle Jenson.  He ran for three touchdowns and 187 yards in their 40-26 win over Anselmo-Merna.  The Timberwolves have won 26 straight games.

Unofficial Attendance:

Class D2               –              1,581

Class D1               –              1,760

Class A                  –              4,115

Today’s schedule:

Class C-2

No. 5 Aquinas (11-1) vs. No. 7 Hartington Cedar Catholic (10-2), Tuesday, 10:15 a.m. Aquinas has been in the finals nine times and won six titles. They are going for their third championship in four years.

Class C-1

No. 1 Boone Central/Newman Grove (12-0) vs. No. 2 Ashland-Greenwood (12-0), 2:45 p.m. TuesdayBoone Central coach Arnie Johnson is retiring after this game. His record at Boone Central in 27 years is 197-90 and his career mark is 238-122-1.
Class B

No. 1 Omaha Skutt (10-2) vs. No. 4 Elkhorn (10-2), Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.

Skutt won the regular-season matchup 24-21 in a game between two schools, just seven miles from each other.  Some of these kids on both teams have known each other since they were five or six years old.  This brings a whole new meaning to a rivalry.

The play of Tommy Armstrong one bright spot in an otherwise disappointing performance (AUDIO)

Tommy Armstrong played well, despite being dropped for sacks four times (photo/NU Athletics)

Tommy Armstrong played well, despite being dropped for sacks four times (photo/NU Athletics)

One positive for the game on the offense was the play of quarterback Tommy Armstrong.  He was 12 of 29 for 223 yards, he ran for 45 yards and didn’t turn the ball over.  Armstrong has been doing his work behind a shaky offensive line that needs some work.  Nebraska ran the ball just about two-thirds of the time in the game on Saturday, and didn’t even attempt a pass in the third quarter.  They ran 18 straight plays without throwing the football, yet they allowed four more sacks, giving them a total of eight in the last two games…four against Wisconsin, four against Minnesota.

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To wear or not to wear (Blackshirts). That is the question (AUDIO)

NU receiver Kenny Bell (photo/Scott Bruhns, NU)

NU receiver Kenny Bell (photo/Scott Bruhns, NU)

Nebraska senior wide receiver Kenny Bell loves Husker nation, but as far as some of the negative talk, especially following the loss to Wisconsin, he’s shut it out.  He’s focusing in on his final game this Saturday at Memorial Stadium, when the Huskers host Minnesota.  Bell said he’s looking forward to playing this home game with his teammates, something he’ll always remember.

Plus, we’ll hear from Sean Callahan.  Some of the defense have left their Blackshirts hanging in their lockers.

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First look at Minnesota…watch the Gophers tight end (AUDIO)

MLet’s take our first look at the Minnesota Golden Gophers and one of their big offensive weapons. It’s tight end Maxx Williams. He was named one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award, presented annually to the nation’s top tight end. Williams, a redshirt sophomore, leads Minnesota in receptions (25), receiving yards (373), receiving touchdowns (seven) and receiving yards per game (41.4). He accounts for 27.7 percent of the Golden Gophers’ receiving yards, 63.6 percent of their receiving touchdowns and 17.9 percent of their overall touchdowns. Williams leads all Big Ten players listed as tight ends in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and receiving yards per game.

In their 31-24 loss at home against Ohio State, Gopher quarterback Mitch Leidner completed only seven passes in 20 attempts. Three of those went to Williams for 47 yards including a 36 yard completion. They’re a run heavy team, but Williams is Leidner’s “go to” guy.

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