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 football team had three players named Thursday
to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 football team, as chosen
by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Each of the three honorees advance to the national ballot, where
they will be eligible for the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America
The three honorees are led by senior offensive guard Spencer
Long who was named to the academic all-district 7 team for the
third consecutive year. Long carries a 3.79 grade-point average
in biological sciences. He is on track to earn his degree in
December. Long was recently chosen as one of 16 college players
who earned a National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete
Award, which includes an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship.
A two-time Academic All-Big Ten pick, Long started 33 consecutive
games at offensive guard efore injuring his knee earlier this season
Long is joined on the team by his twin brother, Jake, a senior tight
end for the Huskers. This marks the second straight year Jake
Long has earned academic all-district honors. Long carries a 3.86
cumulative grade-point average in biological sciences and is also
on track to earn his degree next month. A two-time academic All-Big
Ten pick, Long has been a regular at tight end for Nebraska for the
past three seasons.
The Long brothers are joined on the academic all-district team by
fullback C.J. Zimmerer. A graduate student, Zimmerer completed
his undergraduate work in criminology and criminal justice in
December of 2012, completing his degree in just 3 ½ years.
Zimmerer had a 3.82 cumulative grade-point average as an
undergraduate. On the field, the two-time academic All-Big Ten
choice has been a fixture at fullback the past two seasons.
Nebraska’s three honorees were the most among schools in
District 7. Each of the three honorees advance to the national
academic All-America ballot. Nebraska leads the nation with 307
academic All-Americans across all sports, including 102 in football,
the most of any individual team in the country.
The Nebraska Athletic Department will pay tribute to its
academic All-America tradition next weekend. More than 100
of Nebraska’s academic All-Americans will return to Lincoln the
weekend of Nov. 15-16. The group will be honored on the field
at halftime of the Nebraska-Michigan State football game and
will have a private reception, among other activities.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics is touted as a place where leaders emerge. With its student-athletes, the organization endeavors to balance character and leadership development with athletic opportunities and accomplishments. Tom Osborne is an embodiment of the success of this character and leadership training.
Because of his commitment to character, Osborne was selected as the keynote speaker for the NAIA’s Inaugural Champions of Character Foundation Awards Luncheon today at the Kansas City Convention Center Grand Ballroom. But, that wasn’t the only honor Osborne received this afternoon. At the luncheon, the NAIA also unveiled its new football national championship trophy, fittingly renamed the Tom Osborne National Championship Trophy in recognition of the former three-sport NAIA student-athlete and longtime University of Nebraska head coach.
“The NAIA is excited to unveil the Tom Osborne National Championship Trophy, in honor of one of our most prominent former student-athletes,” said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO. “Even before there was a formal Champions of Character program, Osborne exemplified the five core values during his time as a student-athlete and has continued to do so during his tenure as a coach, politician and athletic director.”
Osborne, who played football and basketball and won the state discus throw in track in high school, was clearly a stellar athlete. In 1955, his senior year, he was even named the Nebraska High School Athlete of the Year by the Omaha World Herald. He then stayed in his hometown of Hastings, Neb., to attend an NAIA institution Hastings College, the same school his father and grandfather had attended.
At Hastings, Osborne continued to play football and basketball and run track while earning his B.A. in history. During his senior year in 1959, he was named the Nebraska College Athlete of the Year, becoming the first male athlete to win both the high school and college athlete of the year awards selected by the Omaha World Herald.
Osborne went on to play three seasons in the NFL for the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers before returning to school, earning his M.A. (1963) and doctorate (1965) in educational psychology from Nebraska.
In 1964, he joined the Nebraska football coaching staff as an unpaid offensive assistant to head coach Bob Devaney. By 1969, Devaney named Osborne the offensive coordinator and Osborne immediately overhauled the offense, switching to a balanced attack operated from the I formation. The revamped offense led the Husters to national titles in 1970, the first in program history, and 1971.
After the 1972 season, Devaney stepped down as head coach to focus on his duties as Nebraska athletic director and named Osborne as his successor as head coach, a position he would hold for 25 seasons.
During his quarter-century (1973-1997) at the helm, Osborne was a model of consistency. His teams never won fewer than nine games in a season and they finished in the top 15 of the Associated Press Poll 24-of-25 years. Osborne’s teams won outright national championships in 1994 and 1995, and a share of another in 1997. His Huskers also won or shared 12 Big Eight Conference titles and one Big 12 Conference title. His 255-49-3 record was the best winning percentage (83.6) among active NCAA Division I-A coaches at the time of his retirement.
In 1999, Osborne was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame; and in 2000, he received the Jim Thorpe Lifetime Achievement Award.
From 2001-2007, Osborne represented Nebraska’s 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives, before returning to Nebraska as athletic director from 2007-2013.
Throughout his storied career, Osborne has exemplified the qualities of leadership and character that the NAIA instills in its student-athletes. Osborne emphasized character in one of his recent talks for TeamMates, a mentoring program founded by Osborne and his wife, Nancy, that provides support and encouragement for school-aged youth with the goal of seeing children graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. “Character is not inherited, or a trait, it is a choice,” Osborne said. This philosophy on character aligns with the NAIA’s commitment to character-driven athletics, which was commemorated at today’s Champions of Character luncheon where Osborne was the keynote speaker.
The Champions of Character luncheon, co-chaired by Mark Donovan, President, Kansas City Chiefs; Dayton Moore, General Manager, Kansas City Royals and Robb Heineman, CEO, Sporting Club, celebrated the character values of those who make a difference in the culture of sport and in our community.
Awards—recognizing individuals and businesses that embody Champions of Character’s five core values of Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Sportsmanship and Servant Leadership—were given to a Nate Mohler of Bishop Miege High School (Kan.), Kansas City Metro High Student-Athlete of Character; Darcy Mascotti and Danielle Hoop of the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.), Collegiate Student-Athletes of Character; Tricia Lillygren of Lee’s Summit North High School (Mo.), Coach of Character; The Curry Company, Company of Character and William Stueck of Suburban Lawn and Garden, Citizen of Character.
Since Champions of Character was launched in 2000, NAIA-member colleges and universities have made ongoing character education for coaches, athletics staff and student-athletes a priority. Champions of Character also reaches high school and youth sports through activities conducted by member schools and at NAIA national championship events.
Champions of Character is supported by the Champions of Character Foundation, which is dedicated to providing character training and resources to help those who work in athletics and the community. Support for the luncheon will create a better culture of sport through the advancement of character education programs that intentionally teach character and integrity in young people through institutions and coaches.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Kansas City, Mo., is a governing body of small athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics. NAIA members provide more than 60,000 student-athletes with opportunities to play college sports, earn $500 million in scholarships and compete in 23 national championships.
Since Champions of Character launched in 2000, NAIA-member colleges and universities have made ongoing character education and professional development for student-athletes and coaches a priority. Champions of Character also reaches high school and youth sports through outreach activities conducted by member schools and participants at NAIA national championships.
Two days after making one of the most memorable catches in Nebraska history, redshirt freshman wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday.
Westerkamp produced four catches for 104 yards in Nebraska’s 27-24 come-from-behind victory over Northwestern. His fourth and final catch came off a 49-yard tipped Hail Mary pass from Ron Kellogg III as time expired, giving Westerkamp his first touchdown reception. The 49-yard reception was also a career long, while Westerkamp’s game-winning touchdown grab made the Huskers eligible for their 50th all-time bowl appearance.
The memorable Hail Mary catch – believed to be the first game-winning Hail Mary touchdown pass in school history – was not Westerkamp’s only clutch reception against the Wildcats. All four of his catches went for first downs, as the Lombard, Ill., native averaged 26.0 yards per reception. Entering the game, Westerkamp had made 10 career catches for 90 yards.
In addition to honoring Westerkamp, the Big Ten also recognized Minnesota’s Philip Nelson and Penn State’s Bill Belton as Offensive co-Players of the Week, Michigan State’s Denicos Allen as Defensive Player of the Week and Minnesota’s Peter Mortell as Special Teams Player of the Week.
Westerkamp and his Husker teammates will take a 6-2 overall record and a 3-1 mark in conference play into a key Big Ten Legends Division matchup at Michigan on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on ABC.
Here's the last second touchdown catch by Jordan Westerkamp.
By ERIC OLSON AP
Jordan Westerkamp caught Ron Kellogg III's tipped desperation heave to the end zone with no time left Saturday, giving Nebraska a 27-24 victory over Northwestern on Saturday.
The Cornhuskers looked like they were finished after Northwestern took a three-point lead with 1:20 left. They started their final drive at their 17 with no timeouts. Ameer Abdullah caught a short pass and stretched to convert a fourth-and-15. Then, with four seconds on the clock, Kellogg dropped back for a final play. The strong-armed Kellogg let fly a ball that was deflected into Westerkamp's hands in the end zone. Westerkamp held on, bringing the entire Nebraska bench running onto the field in celebration. The play was confirmed on video review.
Jeff Budzien had kicked a 21-yard, tie-breaking field goal with 1:20 left after defensive lineman Tyler Scott's interception set up Northwestern inside the Nebraska 10. Nebraska's winning play was perhaps its most dramatic since Matt Davison's "Miracle at Missouri" catch that kept alive the Huskers' national-championship season in 1997.
Kellogg, who came into the season as the third-string quarterback, was backing up Tommy Armstrong Jr. in the absence of the injured starter Taylor Martinez. The Huskers' previous series ended with Armstrong, trying to hit Quincy Enunwa, instead firing a pass right into the hands of Scott. Kain Colter had run 6 yards to the Nebraska 1, but the Wildcats' struggling offense couldn't get into the end zone and had to call on Budzien for the short field goal.
Coach Bo Pelini has said that if the Huskers ever needed to drive the field in the final 2 minutes, Kellogg would be the guy he called on. Kellogg, a walk-on who wasn't put on scholarship until August, came through in a big way for a Nebraska team whose season was teetering after last week's loss at Minnesota. The Huskers avoided back-to-back conference losses for the first time since 2009. The Huskers (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) continue to control their own destiny in the Big Ten Legends Division. The Wildcats (4-5, 0-5) lost their fifth straight.
Abdullah ran 24 times for 127 yards, but his biggest play came when the Huskers were trying to keep their last drive alive. Kellogg was in trouble on fourth-and-15 when he dumped the ball to Abdullah, who fought his way to the first-down marker and even got an extra yard.
Armstrong was 15 of 29 for 173 yards and a touchdown, but he threw three interceptions. Kellogg was 7 of 13 for 104 yards, with one interception and the winning touchdown.
Treyvon Green ran for 149 yards and a career-high three touchdowns for the Wildcats, who have lost five straight and were playing without injured running backs Venric Mark, Mike Trumpy and Stephen Buckley. Buckley injured his left knee in the first quarter and didn't return. Nebraska defensive end Avery Moss tied it 21-all in the middle of the third quarter, picking off Trevor Siemian and running 25 yards for a touchdown. In 11 possessions after it went up 21-7, Northwestern punted 10 times and was intercepted.