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
The Nebraska basketball team comes to Omaha Sunday afternoon to face the Creighton Bluejays. Tipoff for the annual matchup between the two programs is at 5:07 p.m. .....pre-game show with Kent Pavelka and Matt Davison starts at 4.
The Huskers are 6-2 and head into their first true road test of the season riding a three-game win streak after a 60-49 win over Miami Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Nebraska continued its string of solid efforts on the defensive end, holding Miami to 32 percent shooting and has held its last three opponents to just 57.3 points per game on 37 percent shooting.
If the Huskers are to snap a two-game losing streak to the Bluejays, they'll need another strong defensive effort on Sunday, as Creighton is averaging 83.4 points per game. The Bluejays feature two-time All-American Doug McDermott, who averages 24.4 points per game and an experienced lineup around the four-year starter, including fifth-year senior Ethan Wragge and sixth-year senior Grant Gibbs.
The Bluejays are 6-2 on the season following a 17-point win at Long Beach State earlier this week. Creighton was ranked until last week, when the Jays dropped a pair of neutral site games at the Wooden Legacy in Anaheim, Calif. Creighton’s most impressive early season wins are victories at St. Joseph’s (83-79) and Arizona State (88-60). The Bluejays feature one of the best offenses in the country, led by McDermott. The 6-foot-8 senior averages 24.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, leading the Bluejays in both categories. He is one of four seniors in a very experienced lineup, as Wagge joins McDermott in double figures by averaging 12.1 points per game, while Austin Chatman averages 8.6 points and 4.5 assists per game.
Series History vs. Creighton
Nebraska and Creighton are meeting for the 47th time in series history on Sunday, with the Cornhuskers holding a 25-21 advantage that dates back to the 1922-23 season. It is the longest non-conference series on the Huskers’ schedule. Creighton’s win last year in Lincoln snapped a seven-year streak of the home team winning the matchup. Creighton leads 15-9 all-time in Omaha and the Huskers are looking for their first win in the CenturyLink Center since the 2004 NIT. Nebraska is now 32-34 against the newly constructed Big East Conference.
Fans wishing to purchase tickets for Nebraska’s bowl game may do so beginning Monday morning at 8 a.m. Nebraska will learn its bowl destination and opponent on Sunday evening.
Bowl tickets can be purchased on-line at Huskers.com, or through the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office by calling 1-800-8-BIG RED. Tickets can be purchased using VISA, MasterCard or Discover.
Nebraska will be making its 50th all-time bowl appearance this season, joining Alabama and Texas the only schools with 50 or more bowl appearances. The 2013 season marks Nebraska’s sixth straight season with a bowl trip.
Three Husker seniors were named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I football team on Thursday, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Offensive guard Spencer Long was a first-team selection, while tight end Jake Long and fullback C.J. Zimmerer were named to the second team.
The three academic All-America selections continues Nebraska’s long tradition of academic honors. Nebraska was the only school with three players on the Division I team, with six schools having two honorees each. This marks the third straight year Nebraska has had multiple Academic All-Americans in football, boasting three in 2011 and two in 2012.
In Bo Pelini’s six seasons as Nebraska head coach, the Huskers have had 11 first- or second-team academic All-America picks. The 11 academic All-Americans in the past six seasons is the second-most in the country in that time period, trailing only Penn State’s 14 honorees in the same period.
The three honorees also increase Nebraska’s nation-leading totals of academic All-Americans in football and across all sports. Spencer Long’s first-team selection gives Nebraska 69 CoSIDA first-team Academic All-America picks, and the additional second-team honorees give the Huskers 107 all-time first- or second-team academic All-Americans in football. Notre Dame is second in the nation with 58 football academic All-Americans.
Across all sports, Nebraska increased its nation-leading total to 310 academic All-Americans. Notre Dame is second in all sports with 234 academic All-Americans.
Spencer Long carries a 3.79 grade-point average in biological sciences and plans to pursue medical school after graduation. Long is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, and has been a standout on the field as well. Long was a second-team All-American in 2012, and a first-team All-Big Ten choice, before his senior season was cut short by a knee injury.
Long is the first Nebraska offensive lineman to earn academic All-America honors since Kurt Mann was a first-team choice in 2005.
Jake Long owns a 3.86 grade-point average in biological sciences and, like his brother, also plans on a medical career following graduation. Jake Long is a two-time first-team academic all-district pick. On the field, Long has been a key contributor at tight end each of the past three seasons and was the veteran of that group this season.
Spencer and Jake Long join an elite group of brothers at Nebraska to be named academic All-Americans. The Longs join Grant (1996, 1997) and Tracey Wistrom (2001) and Rob (1992, 1993, 1994) and Jon Zatechka (1997) as the only sets of brothers in school history to both earn academic All-America honors.
Zimmerer gives the Huskers three Omaha area natives on the academic All-America team. A criminology and criminal justice major, Zimmerer completed his undergraduate work in December of 2012 with a 3.82 grade-point average. On the field, Zimmerer has been a regular contributor at fullback for the past three seasons. His selection marks the third straight year Nebraska has had an academic All-America running back, following Rex Burkhead, who was a first-team selection in both 2011 and 2012.
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."