January 30, 2015

Abdullah hauls in more awards and Pelini talks intensity (AUDIO)

Bo Pelini looking for intensity for a full 60 minutes.

Bo Pelini looking for intensity for a full 60 minutes.

In addition to being named Big Ten offensive player of the week, NU’s Ameer Abdullah was also named the Athlon Sports National Player of the Week, the College Football Performance Awards National All-Purpose Performer of the Week and he was named to the Paul Hornung Award Week Nine Honor Roll.  He has 4,226 career rushing yards and he’s less than 560 yards from passing Mike Rozier’s school record and his 6,604 all purpose yards ranks second in Big Ten history only behind Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne.

On my Big Red Report yesterday, which you can hear on most of our Nebraska Radio Network Stations, I said it has to be tough to be mentally sharp in a game in the fourth quarter when you’re up by more than three scores, but for football players and coaches, Bo Pelini wants to see perfection the whole and that’s what he wasn’t too pleased with after the Rutgers win.

Listen to the Big Red Report

This will be Purdue’s first trip ever to Lincoln and third time playing the Huskers. The series is tied at 1-1.  Purdue has scored 30 points in three straight games, first time they’ve done that since 2009.

Husker soccer gets back to .500 with win over Indiana

A strong second half propelled the Nebraska soccer team to a 3-0 win over Indiana at the Nebraska Soccer Field on Sunday afternoon.

Caroline Flynn, Mayme Conroy and Jaycie Johnson each scored goals for the Huskers, while Kelly Schatz and Erika Johnson combined for the shutout. Schatz earned one save in 75 minutes of action before Johnson finished the final 15 minutes.

In the 12th minute, Conroy crossed to Flynn, who knocked it in from five yards out. Flynn’s goal marked her third of the season, as the Huskers took a 1-0 lead into halftime.

Conroy added a goal of her own in the 79th minute off a pass from Katie Kraeutner. Conroy’s goal marked her seventh of the season, and Kraeutner’s assist was her second of the 2014 campaign.

In the 85th minute, Johnson went the distance from midfield, juking the goalkeeper before scoring to give NU a 3-0 advantage. The goal marked Johnson’s 11th of the season, and second of the weekend.


Husker soccer continues to struggle in Big Ten play

Sophomore Jaycie Johnson scored her ninth goal of the season in the 31st minute to give NU an early 1-0 lead, but the Minnesota Golden Gophers scored three to win 3-1 on Thursday.

The Gophers tied the score, 1-1, in the 42nd minute when Josee Stiever scored off an assist from Simone Kolander. Kolander also assisted on Minnesota’s second goal, as Taylor Stainbrook knocked it in to the top right corner of the goal to give the Gophers a 2-1 advantage. In the 68th minute, Stainbrook added her second goal of the game, this time off an assist from Rashida Beal.

Nebraska falls to 5-7-2 on the season, with a 1-5-2 record in the Big Ten. Minnesota improves to 7-6-1 overall, and holds a 4-3-1 mark in conference play.

The Huskers return home to the Nebraska Soccer Field for a pair of Big Ten matches next weekend. NU faces Purdue on Friday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. (CT) before battling Indiana on Sunday, Oct. 19 at noon.

NU’s Conroy picks up Big Ten soccer honor

Senior forward Mayme Conroy earned Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors after scoring three goals in two games last week.

Conroy, an Omaha, Neb., native, tallied two goals in Sunday’s 4-3 overtime triumph over Maryland, including the game winner in the 96th minute. Her first score of the game came in the 22nd minute off an assist from Katie Kraeutner. On Thursday, Conroy delivered in the 37th minute against No. 25 Rutgers, helping the Huskers’ to a 1-1 tie at the Nebraska Soccer Field. She took three shots in 105 minutes of action while facing the Scarlet Knights.

For the season, Conroy has five goals, two of which were game winners, and one assist for a total of 11 points. She has started all 11 games and has compiled 26 shots, 14 of which have been on goal.

The Huskers (5-4-2, 1-2-2 Big Ten) hit the road for a pair of matches in Michigan this week. NU faces the Wolverines on Thursday at 2:30 p.m., on Big Ten Network, before battling the Spartans on Sunday at noon.

Creighton grabs first set, but 9th ranked Nebraska volleyball wins the match

The Creighton Volleyball team went into Lincoln and won the first set before No. 9 Nebraska rallied for the final three sets to take a 3-1 victory over the visiting Bluejays before a sold-out crowd of 8,060 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Scores were 21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-20.

Nebraska won its sixth straight match, improving to 6-2, while Creighton had a three-match win streak end and fell to 6-4. All four Bluejay losses are against teams in the AVCA Top 25 poll.

Kadie Rolfzen led the Huskers with a season-high 16 kills and added 10 digs and five blocks. Alicia Ostrander provided a big spark off the bench, coming on in the middle of the third set and finishing with seven kills and two blocks. She hit a career-best .353.

Kelli Browning led Creighton with 17 kills and seven blocks on .400 hitting, while Maggie Baumert dished 39 assists and added nine digs and six blocks. Katie Neisler led CU’s defense with 13 digs, while Kate Elman added 10. Creighton had 14.5 blocks overall, but were done in by just two aces against 12 service errors.

Both teams had 50 kills and 31 attack errors.

Nebraska finishes non-conference play by hosting No. 2 Texas on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports center.

Creighton returns to action this weekend when it hosts the Creighton Classic. The action gets underway on Friday when Colorado faces South Dakota at 4:30 pm, followed by Creighton’s match vs. No. 16 Illinois at 7 pm.