November 26, 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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Bluejays win 22nd home game in a row after victory over North Carolina Central

Head coach Greg McDermott is pleased with the progress his team has made (photo/Creighton Athletics)

Head coach Greg McDermott is pleased with the progress his team has made (photo/Creighton Athletics)

Sophomore Isaiah Zierden led the Bluejays with 20 points, including 15 in the second half, while senior Devin Brooks had 12 points as the Creighton men’s basketball team picked up a 65-45 win on Sunday over North Carolina Central.  The win improves Creighton to 4-0 and extends their home winning streak to 22 games, fifth longest in the nation.

CU trailed 20-15 in a slow-paced first half before a 12-2 run capped by Brooks’ three-pointer at the buzzer gave the Jays a 27-22 lead at intermission. CU’s lead reached double-digits for the first time at 37-26 on a three-point play from Will Artino with 15:09 to play, and consecutive treys by Zierden in the closing minutes stretched CU’s lead as large as 65-43 and capped a 10-2 game-clinching run.

Creighton continues play in the Emerald Coast Classic on Tuesday night at 7:01 pm when it hosts Eastern Illinois.

Creighton soccer advances to third round of the NCAA tournament

Creighton soccer advances to the Sweet 16 (photo/Creighton athletics)

Creighton soccer advances to the Sweet 16 (photo/Creighton athletics)

No. 12 seed Creighton beat Oregon State 1-0 in the second round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament at Morrison Stadium in Omaha on Sunday afternoon.After a scoreless first half, CU freshman Lucas Staufferscored the game winner in the 50th minute to put the Bluejays ahead for good.  Creighton (15-3-2) advances to the third round of the NCAA tournament for the third time in four seasons under head coach Elmar Bolowich and the tenth time since 2000.

The Bluejays picked up their 11th shutout of the season. Creighton improved to 11-2-0 at home in 2014 and 12-2-0 all-time in NCAA Tournament matches played at Morrison Stadium. Xavier upset No. 5 Indiana 2-1 in Bloomington to advance to the round of 16 and Creighton hosts Xavier in a third round contest next Sunday at 1 p.m. CT inside Morrison Stadium for the right to advance to an NCAA Quarterfinal match.