Sat, Aug 31 Win vs Wyoming 37-34
Sat, Sept 7 Win vs Southern Miss 56-13
Sat, Sept 14 Loss vs UCLA 21-41
Sat, Sept 21 Win vs. South Dakota State 59-20
Sat, Oct 5 Win vs. Illinois 39-19
Sat, Oct 12 Win vs. Purdue 44-7
Sat, Oct 26 Loss vs. Minnesota 23-34
Sat, Nov 2 Win vs. Northwestern 27-24
Sat, Nov 9 Win vs. Michigan 17-13
Sat, Nov 16 Loss vs. Mchigan State 41-28
Sat, Nove 23 Win vs.Penn State 23-20
Fri, Nov 29 Loss vs. Iowa in Lincoln 17-38
Sat, Aug 30 Florida Atlantic (Home)
Sat, Sept 6 McNeese State (Home)
Sat, Sept 13 Fresno State (Away)
Sat, Sept 20 Miami Hurricanes (Home)
Sat, Sept 27 Illinois (Home)
Sat, Oct 11 Bye Week
Sat, Oct 4 Michigan State (Away)
Sat, Oct 18 Northwestern (Away)
Sat, October 25 Rutgers (Home)
Sat, Nov 1 Purdue (Home)
Sat, Nov 8 Bye Week
Sat, Nov 15 Wisconsin (Away)
Sat, Nov 22 Minnesota (Home)
Fri, Nov 28 Iowa (Away)
Sat, Dec 6 Big Ten Championship
Twelve Huskers Honored by Big Ten
A dozen Nebraska players were honored by the Big Ten on Monday, earning all-conference honors as announced by the league office. Three Huskers were named first-team All-Big Ten selections by either the conference coaches or a media panel.
Junior running back Ameer Abdullah and sophomore defensive end Randy Gregory were first-team All-Big Ten selections on both the media and coaches teams. Senior defensive back Ciante Evans joined Abdullah and Gregory on the coaches All-Big Ten first team.
Abdullah has put together one of the top seasons for a running back in Nebraska history. The Homewood, Ala., native has rushed for 1,568 yards and eight touchdowns this season, and finished second in the conference in rushing yards per game. His rushing total is the fifth-best in school history and the best by a Nebraska player since 1997. Abdullah recorded 10 games with 100 or more rushing yards, including seven in Big Ten Conference play.
Abdullah was honored by the Big Ten for the second straight season after earning second-team all-conference honors as a sophomore.
Gregory quickly became one of the Big Ten’s top defenders in his first season in Lincoln. Gregory leads the Big Ten with 9.5 sacks, with 9.0 coming in Big Ten Conference action. Gregory also ranked second in the conference in tackles for loss at 17 and leads Nebraska with 17 quarterback hurries. He also recorded an interception for a touchdown, along with a fumble caused and fumble recovery.
Gregory’s selection marks the fifth time in Bo Pelini’s six seasons as head coach that Nebraska has had a first-team all-conference defensive lineman.
A senior captain, Evans has been the leader of the Nebraska defense this season. The Arlington, Texas native has intercepted four passes, while adding five pass breakups. Evans also has 44 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss and three sacks. The tackles for loss total leads all Big Ten defensive backs, and both his TFL and sack totals are Nebraska position season records.
Evans’ choice as a first-team All-Big Ten performer marks the fifth consecutive year Nebraska has had at least one first-team all-conference defensive back. Last season, Evans was an honorable-mention all-conference pick.
In addition to being a first-team choice on the coaches’ team, Evans was a second-team All-Big Ten pick by the media panel. Two other Huskers earned second-team accolades on Monday. Cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste was a second-team choice on both teams, while senior center Cole Pensick earned second-team honors from the Big Ten coaches.
Baptiste ranks among the league leaders in interceptions with four and pass breakups with 11. He also recorded 35 tackles. Pensick manned the center position for the majority of the season, before splitting time between center and guard late in the season as the NU offensive line battled injuries. The offensive line paved the way for Abdullah’s outstanding season.
Six other Huskers earned honorable-mention all-conference honors on Monday. The coaches’ honorable mention all-conference list included defensive end Jason Ankrah, wide receiver Kenny Bell, safety Corey Cooper and offensive linemen Andrew Rodriguez and Jeremiah Sirles. Honorable-mention choices according to the media panel were Ankrah, Bell, Pensick, Rodriguez, Sirles and place-kicker Pat Smith. Bell and Sirles earned all-conference honors for the second straight year after both being second-team choices in 2012.
Senior fullback C.J. Zimmerer was chosen as Nebraska’s Sportsmanship honoree.
First-Team All-Big Ten: IB Ameer Abdullah (Coaches and Media); DE Randy Gregory (Coaches and Media); DB Ciante Evans (Coaches)
Second-Team All-Big Ten: Evans (Media); CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Coaches and Media); C Cole Pensick (Coaches)
Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten: Pensick (Media); DE Jason Ankrah (Coaches and Media); WR Kenny Bell (Coaches and Media); OT Andrew Rodriguez (Coaches and Media); OT Jeremiah Sirles (Coaches and Media); S Corey Cooper (Coaches); PK Pat Smith (Media)
Husker coach Bo Pelini issued a statement shortly after Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst issued his support for Pelini, offering his thanks and an apology:
The statement reads:
“I want to thank our administration and Shawn Eichorst in particular, for his continued and full support that he has given me and our football program since his arrival on campus. I am honored to represent this university and its great fans and I’m proud to lead this program into the future.
I apologize for reacting emotionally yesterday and for showing frustration both with the game officials and the media. I fully understand and respect their difficult jobs, and I regret any and all actions or words which may have shed a negative light on our program and university. Accountability is a core belief throughout our program, and as the head coach, I must set and maintain a high standard.
Our football staff is hitting recruiting full throttle and looking forward to the upcoming bowl game. We are committed to working with Shawn and our entire department staff to continue to build this program and bring championships back to Nebraska.”
Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst issued a statement Saturday morning on the status of football coach Bo Pelini:
"My approach has always been to not comment publicly about our coaches until their full seasons are complete, as I strongly believe it is unfair and counter to best practices. However, given the volume of unfounded speculation and conjecture about our head football coach, I want to reaffirm what I have said many times since I have arrived at the University of Nebraska -- that I positively respect, appreciate and support our football student-athletes, coaches and staff, as we do everyone in the Husker family. We very much look forward to our upcoming bowl game and Coach Pelini continuing to lead our program in the future."
Jake Rudock threw for two touchdowns, including a 24-yarder to Kevonte Martin-Manley right after Iowa had stuffed Nebraska on a fake punt, and the Hawkeyes finished the regular season with a 38-17 victory Friday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
The Hawkeyes converted two of Nebraska's three turnovers into touchdowns and got a short field for a third TD after the failed fake punt. Seven of Iowa's 14 possessions started in Husker territory.
Iowa (8-4, 5-3 Big Ten) doubled its win total from a year ago and won a fourth road game for the first time since 2009. Mark Weisman ran 24 times for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Rudock left late in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury.
The Huskers (8-4, 5-3) had their lowest regular-season win total since 2008, coach Bo Pelini's first year, and lost three games at home for the first time since 2007 under Bill Callahan.