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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The night started with Oakland Raiders fans derisively chanting at former disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown and ended with coach Jon Gruden celebrating a victory in the Black Hole.

The saga that consumed the football world for days didn't hamper the Raiders a bit.

Derek Carr threw a touchdown pass on the opening drive of the season, rookie Josh Jacobs ran for two scores and the Raiders responded to a tumultuous week surrounding Brown by beating the Denver Broncos 24-16 on Monday night.

"As much as people talked about it, I mean my god. I feel like somebody was smashing my temple on the side of the head," Gruden said. "Get over it, man. It's over. We were good this preseason without him. We were fine without him. We wish him the best. We gave it a shot. Now New England gets their turn. Good luck to them. I can't deal with it anymore."

The Raiders (1-0) took out any frustration over the drama surrounding Brown with a convincing win over the AFC West rival Broncos (0-1). The offensive line cleared holes for Jacobs and protected Carr, and the defense harassed Joe Flacco into three sacks and kept Denver out of the end zone until 2:15 remained in the game.

The win spoiled the Denver debuts for Flacco and coach Vic Fangio and ended the NFL's longest opening weekend winning streak at seven games.

"Disappointed but we're not discouraged," star edge rusher Von Miller said. "First game of the season. Hats off to the Raiders, they outplayed us today. Killed us on third down in the first half."

The final scheduled home opener at the Coliseum before the Raiders planned move to Las Vegas next season began with derisive chants from the boisterous fans toward Brown. Those only grew louder after each successful pass play as both the fans and Raiders players seemed relieved to have the monthlong saga over Brown in the past.

He arrived with optimism following a trade from Pittsburgh in March. But a bizarre foot injury, fight with the NFL over his helmet, skipped practices, multiple fines, a run-in with general manager Mike Mayock and odd social media posts ultimately led to the decision to release the game's most prolific receiver two days before the opener.

Brown agreed to a deal with New England just hours after being granted his wish to be released by Oakland on Saturday and the Raiders wasted little time proving they had moved on.

"He's gone. I wish him the best," Carr said. "There's no hurt feelings. There's no anger in me. It stung as a friend seeing him go somewhere else, but I wish him the best."

The Raiders took the opening kickoff and marched 75 yards in 10 plays. Carr completed all five passes to four receivers, capped by an 8-yard TD to Tyrell Williams.

Oakland added another score in the second quarter when Jacobs capped a 95-yard drive with a 2-yard run to make it 14-0. Jacobs scored again in the fourth quarter, becoming the first Raider to run for two TDs in his debut.

BY THE NUMBERS

Carr completed 22 of 26 passes for 259 yards and wasn't sacked once after going down 51 times last year. ... Jacobs had 23 carries for 85 yards and a 28-yard reception. ... Wiliams had six catches for 105 yards, including a game-sealing 10-yard catch on third down after the two-minute warning. ... Flacco was 21 for 31 for 268 yards with a 1-yard TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders in Sanders' first game back from a ruptured Achilles' tendon.

UNDER PRESSURE

After recording an NFL-low 13 sacks last year following the trade of Khalil Mack, the Raiders got off to a much better start this year with the pass rush, sacking Flacco three times. Benson Mayowa had two sacks, becoming the first Oakland player to record more than one in a game since Mack had two against Denver on Dec. 17, 2017. Rookie Clelin Ferrell also had one.

MISSED CHANCE

Denver's comeback attempt fell short in part because the Broncos had to settle for field goals on three red zone trips in the second half. A pair of third-down sacks by Mayowa and Ferrell stalled two drives and DaeSean Hamilton dropped a potential TD in the end zone.

INJURIES

Broncos: RT Ja'Wuan James left the game in the first half with a knee injury. ... WR Tim Patrick left in the second half with a hand injury.

Raiders: CB Gareon Conley was taken off the field strapped to a stretcher with a neck injury after being hit in the head by teammate Johnathan Abram.

Conley was down on the ground for several minutes with players on both teams kneeling on the ground out of concern. Conley was taken off the field on a stretcher but was able to give a thumbs-up to the crowd.

Gruden said reports on Conley were positive.

UP NEXT

Broncos: Host Chicago on Sunday. Fangio spent the past four seasons as defensive coordinator for the Bears.

Raiders: Host Kansas City on Sunday in a second straight division matchup. The Chiefs have won eight of the past nine games in the series.




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NEBRASKA vs NORTHERN ILLINOIS
SEPT. 14, 2019 | MEMORIAL STADIUM
LINCOLN, NEB. | 7 P.M. (CT)

BROADCAST INFO
TV - FS1 (Justin Kutcher, Petros Papadakis, Shane Vereen)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 83, XM 83
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App

HUSKERS
2019 Record: 1-1, 0-0 Big Ten
Last Game: Colorado (L, 34-31 OT)
Rankings: NR
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 24-16 (4th Year)/5-9 (2nd Year) 
vs. Northern Illinois: 0-0

HUSKIES
2019 Record: 1-1, 0-0 MAC
Last Game: Utah (L, 35-17)
Rankings: NR
Coach: Thomas Hammock
Career/NIU Record: 1-1 (1st Year)/Same
vs. Nebraska: 0-0

The Matchup
Nebraska returns home to Memorial Stadium on Saturday evening, as the Huskers will complete non-conference play against Northern Illinois. Kickoff under the lights in Lincoln is set for shortly after 7 p.m. CT, with national television coverage on FS1 and radio coverage available on the Husker Sports Network from Learfield-IMG. 

Nebraska will come into the game against Northern Illinois with a 1-1 record, after a tough 34-31 overtime loss at Colorado last Saturday.  The Huskers jumped to a 17-0 lead in the game, and led by a touchdown in the final moments before a Colorado score forced overtime, where the Buffs prevailed. The Huskers will look to rebound against Northern Illinois and extend their winning streak at Memorial Stadium to six games. 

Northern Illinois will also bring a 1-1 record to Lincoln on Saturday. The Huskies opened the season with a win over Illinois State, before dropping a 35-17 contest at No. 14 Utah last Saturday. Northern Illinois is under the directon of first-year head coach Thomas Hammock, who took over at his alma mater after spending the previous five seasons on the Baltimore Ravens coaching staff. 

Saturday's meeting is the second game in a four-game series with Northern Illinois. The Huskies won in Lincoln in 2017 and have two additional future visits to Memorial Stadium.

Series History
Nebraska and Northern Illinois will meet for the fourth time on Saturday evening, with the Huskers owning a 2-1 edge. All three previous games were played at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska posted victories in 1989 and 1990 while NIU won in Lincoln in 2017. 

•     In addition to Saturday's game, Northern Illinois is scheduled to visit Lincoln in 2021 and 2023. 

•     Nebraska is 5-1 all-time against members of the Mid-American Conference, with the lone loss being the 21-17 setback against NIU in 2017.

•     Including the two future games with NIU, Nebraska has five future games scheduled with members of the Mid-American Conference (NIU-2021, 2023; Central Michigan-2020; Buffalo-2021; Akron-2025).

Huskers Hope to Shine Under Memorial Stadium Lights
The Huskers have a long history of success under the lights in Lincoln. 

•     The Huskers have won 20 of their last 22 home night games at Memorial Stadium. NU is 46-7 all-time in Memorial Stadium night games. 

•     Nebraska's dominance at night in Lincoln has been impressive, as 33 of the home night wins have been by at least 13 points. 

•     The seven losses in home night games have all come against teams that won at least 10 games in that season (Washington, 1991; Texas, 2002; USC, 2007; Virginia Tech and Missouri, 2008; Wisconsin and Ohio State, 2017). 

•     Nebraska will be playing its first home night game since the 2017 season. The Huskers were scheduled to play Akron in a prime-time season opener in Lincoln last fall, but the game was canceled because of inclement weather. The 2018 season marked the first time since 1995 that Nebraska did not host a home night game.

Frost in Second Season with Huskers
Scott Frost is in his second season at Nebraska in 2019. The 2017 consensus national coach of the year, Frost boasts a 24-16 career record as a collegiate head coach.

•     Although Nebraska finished with a 4-8 record in 2018, five of the eight losses came by a combined 21 points. NU lost five games by five or fewer points, including a trio of three-point defeats. Nebraska won four of its final six games, and the two losses were a five-point loss at an Ohio State team that ended the year ranked No. 3 in the nation and a three-point loss at Iowa, when the Hawkeyes kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired. Iowa finished with a No. 25 ranking.

• As the head coach at UCF, Frost improved from 6-7 in his first season to 13-0 in year two. A similar turnaround at Nebraska could be historic. A nine-win season by Nebraska in 2019 would tie for the second-largest win improvement from one season to the next in school history (five games), while a 10-win campaign would tie the largest win improvement (six games).

• In 12 seasons as a full-time assistant or head coach, Frost's teams have posted a 127-33 record, averaging nearly 11 wins per season. Frost has been a part of seven conference championship teams and coached in two national championship games in his 12 seasons. 

• Frost's teams have been ranked in the top 15 in 10 of his 12 seasons, including eight final top-10 rankings and six final top-five rankings.

• Each of NU's last five head coaches won at least eight games in their second season, and the four head coaches prior to Frost all produced their best winning percentage at Nebraska in year two.

Frost Offenses Impressive on Opening Drives
One common theme of a Scott Frost-led offense has been a fast start, and that has held true for Frost's tenure in Lincoln. Nebraska has scored on its opening drive in each of the first two games in 2019. NU received the opening kickoff against South Alabama and drove nine plays and 81 yards for a touchdown to a take a 7-0 lead. At Colorado, Nebraska drove 96 yards in five plays on its first possession to take a 7-0 lead. The opening-drive score continued a theme from 2018. 

• Nebraska scored on its first possession seven times in 12 games last season, including six of the final seven games. All seven of NU's opening scoring drives resulted in touchdowns.

• NU received the opening kickoff nine times in 2018 and scored touchdowns on six of those drives while punting only once. The Huskers had a game-opening touchdown drive to take a 7-0 lead in five straight games during the Big Ten Conference season.

• The Huskers scored on nearly 60 percent of their opening possessions in 2018, even with a pair of drive-ending turnovers in opponent territory. Nebraska's average touchdown drive covered more than 74 yards, including one 80-yard touchdown march and five 75-yard scoring drives.

• Over the last three seasons - 2018-19 at Nebraska and 2017 at UCF - Frost's offenses have scored a touchdown on their opening possession 18 times in 27 games (67 percent). The average length of the touchdown drive in that span is 74 yards.

• In three-plus years as a head coach, Frost's offenses have scored on their opening drive 22 times in 40 games, with 21 touchdowns and one field goal. In 80 games over six-plus seasons as a play-caller, Frost's offenses have scored on their first possession of the game 43 times, putting points on the board in more than half of their opening possessions.

• Frost's Opening Drive Scoring Percentage: 54% (43 of 80 drives)
• Frost's Opening Drive Touchdown Percentage: 48% (38 of 80 drives)

Huskers Continue Streaks into 2019 Season
Nebraska continues a pair of long team streaks in the 2019 season, while a pair of Huskers are also riding impressive individual streaks.

• Saturday's game against Northern Illinois will mark Nebraska's 370th consecutive sellout. The sellout streak began in 1962 and is in its 57th year in 2019.

• Nebraska has scored in 297 consecutive games. The streak is the longest in school history, the eighth-longest in FBS history and the fifth-longest active streak.

• Junior wide receiver JD Spielman has made at least two catches in each of his 23 career games. His streak of 23 straight games with a reception is tied for the sixth-longest streak in school history.

• Sophomore place-kicker Barret Pickering has made 10 consecutive field goals, 26 consecutive extra points and 36 straight kicks overall. His streak of 10 straight made field goals is the seventh-longest streak in program history. Pickering has not played in the first two games because of injury.

Spielman Continues to Climb Husker Charts
Junior wide receiver JD Spielman has already made Husker history as the only player in program history to have a 200-yard receiving game. In only two-plus seasons and just 23 games, Spielman is also leaving his mark on Nebraska's career record book. He has 128 career catches for 1,796 yards, ranking sixth all-time at Nebraska in receiving yards and eighth in receptions.
 
• Spielman needs 62 receptions and 952 yards to become Nebraska's all-time leader in both categories. He averaged 61 catches and 842 receiving yards per season in his first two years. On a per-game basis in his 23-game career, Spielman averages 5.6 receptions and 78.1 receiving yards. 

• Spielman reached 1,000 career receiving yards in only 15 games. He reached the mark faster than any other Husker, eclipsing Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers (16 games).

• Spielman is the only player in school history to record 100 catches prior to his junior season.

• Spielman owns the only two 200-yard receiving games in Husker history (200 yards vs. Ohio State in 2017 and 209 yards at Wisconsin in 2018).

• Spielman is the only wide receiver in school history to have two career games with double-digit receptions (11 vs. Ohio State in 2017 and 10 vs. Purdue in 2018). Running back Marlon Lucky is the only other Husker to have two career games with double-digit catches.

• Spielman had more than 800 receiving yards in each of his first two seasons, joining Johnny Rodgers and Stanley Morgan Jr. as the only Huskers with two 800-yard receiving seasons. No Husker has ever had three 800-yard receiving seasons.

• Spielman had more than 50 catches in each of his first two seasons, joining Johnny Rodgers, Kenny Bell and Stanley Morgan Jr. as the only players in program history with multiple 50-catch seasons. No Husker has ever had three 50-catch seasons.

• Spielman opened the 2019 season with a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown against South Alabama, marking his second career punt return score. He had a 77-yard punt return touchdown last season against Bethune-Cookman. He also had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in his first career touch against Arkansas State in the 2017 season opener. Spielman is one of only eight players in program history to return both a punt and kickoff for a touchdown.

• Against Colorado, Spielman recorded his fifth career 100-yard receiving game with five catches for 112 yards. He opened the scoring with a 65-yard touchdown reception, marking the sixth touchdown of his career that has covered at least 65 yards. 




Boulder, Colo. - In a game that was dominated by the Nebraska defense for nearly three quarters, Colorado's offense erupted for 31 points in the final 17 minutes of regulation to force overtime before the Buffaloes hit a 34-yard field goal on the opening possession of OT to claim a 34-31 win over the Cornhuskers on Saturday afternoon at Folsom Field.

Nebraska won the overtime coin flip and elected to defend. The Blackshirts came through by holding the Buffaloes to a James Stefanou field goal to give Colorado its only lead of the game.

The Huskers took their overtime possession 25 yards from victory, but were shut down on first and second down, before a third-down sack of Adrian Martinez put Nebraska at 4th-and-16 from the CU 31. Nebraska elected to try a 48-yard game-tying field goal with Isaac Armstrong, who earlier in the game kicked his first career field goal. Armstrong, Nebraska's regular starting punter, was making his first career collegiate appearance at place-kicker as a replacement for injured returning starter Barret Pickering. 

Armstrong's attempt was short and right, as Colorado escaped with the win. Prior to that kick, Armstrong was outstanding during regulation, going a perfect 4-for-4 on PAT kicks. His 26-yard field goal with 2:47 left in the second quarter staked Nebraska to a 17-0 halftime lead. Armstrong also boomed five punts for an average of 46.2 yards in the game.

Nebraska completely controlled the first half in front of nearly 53,000 fans  - well over half of which were covered in Husker red - building a 17-point lead while out-gaining Colorado 266-84. The Blackshirts shut down the Buff running game in the half, holding CU to 0 yards on 14 carries. 

After halftime, the Blackshirts continued to play well in the third quarter but the offense was unable to get anything going. Colorado finally broke into the scoring column late in the third quarter with an 11-yard touchdown run from Jaren Mangham with 1:42 left to cut Nebraska's lead to 17-7. Mangham finished the game with a team-high 44 yards on 11 carries with two touchdowns to lead the Buff running game, which finished with just 89 yards on 37 carries.

Nebraska started the fourth quarter with the ball, but was forced to punt. Armstrong pinned the Buffs at their own 4 to start the drive in the shadow of their own goal line. However, Colorado set the tone for the final quarter with a flea-flicker on its first play, and Steven Montez connected with K.D. Nixon on a 96-yard touchdown pass to pull the Buffs within 17-14 with 14:22 left. Dixon finished with game highs of six receptions and 148 yards.

Montez finished the game by completing 28-of-41 pass for 375 yards and two scores. He also threw one interception and was sacked three times.

While Colorado had momentum, Nebraska's offense quickly answered on its next offense play, with Maurice Washington taking a short pass from Martinez and racing 75 yards for a touchdown to put the Big Red back up 24-14 with 14:09 left. Washington produced 196 all-purpose yards, including four receptions for a team-high 118 yards, while adding 15 carries for 77 rushing yards to help the Husker offense.

Colorado kept coming, producing an answer of its own with a five-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by Mangham's second touchdown run - this time from seven yards out to pull back within three points at 24-21.

Colorado then came up with a big defensive play, forcing a Martinez fumble to start a potential go-ahead drive on a short field at the Nebraska 35. The Blackshirts stiffened and held Colorado to a 20-yard Stefanou field goal to tie the game for the first time at 24 with 8:30 left.

Martinez and the Husker offense then found an answer of their own, covering 75 yards in eight plays and 2:55, capped by Martinez's six-yard touchdown run to move back in front at 31-24 with 5:49 left.

For the game, Martinez completed 16-of-26 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns through the air. He also threw an interception on a deep pass on Nebraska's final play of regulation. Martinez was 9-for-9 for 180 passing yards and a touchdown in the first half. For the game, he added 19 carries for 66 yards and two more touchdowns on the ground to account for 356 yards of total offense. 

On the ensuing kick-off, Laviska Shenault Jr. broke into the open on the return for Colorado, but Cam Taylor-Britt came up with a big individual special teams play by forcing a fumble that was recovered by walk-on Luke Reimer near midfield. However, an unsportsmanlike penalty on Nebraska during the recovery and an intentional grounding call on first down put Nebraska at its own 21 facing 2nd-and-17.

The Buffaloes forced a punt and took over 75 yards from a tie. Colorado completed the comeback to force overtime with Montez's 26-yard touchdown pass to Tony Brown with 46 seconds left. Brown finished with five receptions for 60 yards.

Junior wide receiver JD Spielman made Nebraska's first big play of the game with his 65-yard touchdown catch on NU's opening drive. Spielman finished with five catches for 112 yards, while adding one carry for eight yards.

Defensively, Nebraska got big games across its defensive line, led by five tackles, including two for loss from Khalil Davis. Ben Stille and Alex Davis both added two tackles for loss, while Carlos Davis added a 12-yard sack. Will Honas led the Blackshirts with a career-high nine tackles, while Mohamed Barry, Collin Miller and Marquel Dismuke all pitched in six stops. Lamar Jackson added a first-half interception, while Cam Taylor-Britt forced two fumbles while coming up with five tackles.

Nebraska (1-1) will look to bounce back next week at home with another tough test from Northern Illinois. Kickoff between the Huskers and the Huskies is set for 7 p.m. in what will be the 370th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. The game will be televised by FS1.




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SAN DIEGO – The No. 2 Nebraska volleyball team pulled off a thrilling 3-2 (22-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-22, 15-11) comeback win at No. 25 San Diego on Saturday night at Jenny Craig Pavilion at the SDSU/USD Invitational.

The Huskers trailed the match 2-1 and were down 22-21 in set four to the Toreros, but scored the final four points of the fourth set and then never trailed in set five, capping the victory with a 15-11 final set. Nebraska improved to 4-0 on the season and returns home to host the Ameritas Players Challenge next weekend.

Lexi Sun tied her career high with 21 kills and had 12 digs and four blocks while hitting .318. Lauren Stivrins added 14 kills on .393 hitting with eight blocks. Madi Kubik contributed 11 kills and 16 digs, and Jazz Sweet had nine kills and four blocks.

The Huskers out-blocked San Diego, 12.5 to 7.0. Callie Schwarzenbach added four blocks for the Big Red, and Nicklin Hames had three to go with her 49 assists and a team-high 17 digs.

Nebraska had a .252 to .235 edge in hitting percentage. Kenzie Knuckles chipped in 14 digs, and Megan Miller had 11.                

Katie Lukes and Grace Frohling each had 17 kills for the Toreros (2-3).

Set 1: San Diego held an 8-6 lead despite committing four early service errors. The Toreros led 11-8 with eight kills on .500 hitting, but a kill by Schwarzenbach started a 6-0 Husker run, highlighted by back-to-back blocks by Sweet and Stivrins. A back-row kill by Sun and an ace by Knuckles gave the Huskers the 14-11 advantage. After USD ended the run, Stivrins and Kubik combined for another block, and a USD error made it 16-12 Big Red. But the Toreros put together a 3-0 run to tie the set at 17-17. Sun's fourth kill put the Huskers up 18-17, but the Toreros scored five of the next six points to go up 22-19. San Diego earned set point at 24-20. Kubik notched back-to-back kills, but the Toreros held on for the 25-22 win. USD out-hit NU .237 to .097 in the set.   

Set 2: The Toreros committed five errors early on to give the Huskers a 6-2 lead. A kill by Kubik and another USD error made it 8-3 Huskers. Schwarzenbach and Sweet teamed up for a block, and Sun terminated from the back row for a 16-10 Husker lead. But USD cut NU's lead to three, 19-16, forcing a Husker timeout. Kubik then crushed a kill from the back row to restore a four-point lead, and USD hit wide to make it 21-16 Huskers. After San Diego used a timeout, Sun hammered down an overpass to make it 22-16, and a kills by Sweet and Sun gave NU set point at 24-16. After USD scored the next three points, Hames dumped a kill to end the set at 25-19 and tie the match at 1-1.

Set 3: A couple of highlight-reel plays gave the Huskers some energy early in set three. Stivrins kicked a ball to a teammate to keep a rally alive, which Sweet terminated to tie the set at 2-2. Then a sprawling dig by Miller resulted in a block by Hames and Stivrins that put the Huskers up 3-2. But San Diego regained an 11-9 lead on an ace by Thana Fayad. Stivrins and Kubik strung together back-to-back kills, and USD hit long for a 12-11 Husker lead. Stivrins tipped a kill and then teamed with Sun for a stuff block to keep NU in front, 14-13. With the score tied 16-16, Zuhn posted her third kill of the set to make it 17-16, but the Toreros scored the next two to go ahead 18-17. The Toreros went ahead 21-19 after a Husker passing error led to a USD kill, and the lead increased to 24-20 after a Husker attacking error and a kill by Roxie Wiblin. Sun posted a pair of kills to slice the deficit in half, 24-22, but the Toreros finished it off at 25-22 on a kill by Frohling. NU hit .316 in set three but allowed San Diego to hit .325.

Set 4: San Diego scored the first two points of the set and led early on, but Sun terminated a long rally and USD committed an attacking error to give NU its first lead at 7-6. With Hayley Densberger still serving the run, Schwarzenbach and Sun posted back-to-back blocks to put the Big Red up 9-6 and force a San Diego timeout. Sweet tipped a kill off a block to make it 11-9 after San Diego had pulled within one, but the Toreros tied the set at 11-11 after two Husker breakdowns. The teams traded sideouts for 10 rallies before San Diego went up 17-16 on a kill by Wiblin. Sun answered with a kill for the Huskers and then served NU's second ace of the night for an 18-17 lead. After an NU service error, Schwarzenbach produced a kill to make it 19-18, but another service error tied the set again at 19-19. USD went up 20-19 after NU hit long, but the Toreros did the same on the next rally to make it 20-20. Stivrins notched her 10th kill to put NU back in front, but Frohling answered for USD and the Toreros went up 22-21 after NU was in the net. After a timeout, Sun posted back-to-back kills to put the Big Red back on top, 23-22. Stivrins and Hames then combined for a stuff block for set point at 24-22. Sun clinched the set for the Huskers on the next rally with her 19th kill. NU finished the set on a 4-0 run that Kubik served.  
 
Set 5: Sweet opened the set with a kill to the far corner, and a kill by Stivrins and an ace by Kubik made it 3-1 Huskers. Stivrins put down her 12th kill for a 4-2 lead, but USD answered with two kills to tie the set at 4-4. NU went back ahead after a USD hitting error and Schwarzenbach kill made it 6-4. The Toreros tied the score again before Sweet pounded her eighth kill of the match to give NU a 7-6 lead. Sweet and Schwarzenbach then made it 8-6 with a stuff block. The Toreros committed a bad set, and Kubik tapped a kill to the floor for a 10-7 Husker advantage. USD sided out after a timeout, but Sweet posted a big kill to keep NU up by three, 11-8. Stivrins connected on the slide for a 12-9 lead, and Sun posted her 20th kill to increase the lead to four at 13-9. The Toreros recorded a kill out of a timeout, but Stivrins smashed her 14th kill for match point at 14-10. Sun sealed the match for the Huskers at 15-11 with her career-high-tying 21st kill. The Huskers hit .440 in the final set.

Up Next: Nebraska hosts the Ameritas Players Challenge next weekend at the Devaney Center. The Huskers will play High Point on Friday at Noon and Denver at 7:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, the Huskers will finish the weekend against Loyola Marymount at 1 p.m.




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VOLLEYBALL
Auburn def. Fairbury, 27-25, 22-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-7

Aurora def. York, 25-27, 25-15, 25-27, 26-24, 15-11

Axtell def. Elm Creek, 3-2

Battle Creek def. Creighton, 25-13, 25-17, 25-4

Bishop Neumann def. Ashland-Greenwood, 18-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13

Bridgeport def. Kimball, 25-15, 25-15, 16-25, 23-25, 15-13

Broken Bow def. Gothenburg, 26-24, 27-25, 25-14

Centura def. Central City, 20-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-22

Chadron def. Gordon/Rushville, 25-15, 25-20, 25-15

Columbus def. Crete, 25-17, 25-19, 25-21

Columbus Lakeview def. Seward, 18-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-21

Cross County def. Shelby/Rising City, 25-22, 22-25, 25-14, 25-20

Douglas County West def. Logan View-Scribner-Snyder, 25-9, 25-20, 25-20

Elkhorn South def. Millard South, 25-20, 27-25, 21-25, 25-17

Fillmore Central def. David City, 25-14, 15-25, 25-17, 25-15

Garden County def. Leyton, 25-22, 25-21, 25-20

Gretna def. Bellevue West, 24-26, 25-15, 25-15, 23-25, 15-13

Hastings def. McCook, 25-22, 25-17, 25-16

Hastings St. Cecilia def. Grand Island Central Catholic, 25-16, 26-24, 22-25, 25-21

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge def. Randolph, 25-19, 25-10, 25-17

Lincoln Lutheran def. Omaha Concordia, 25-13, 25-10, 25-9

Lincoln North Star def. Fremont, 25-17, 25-18, 18-25, 25-18

Lincoln Southeast def. Lincoln Northeast, 27-29, 25-18, 25-13, 25-9

Lincoln Southwest def. Kearney, 17-25, 25-19, 25-15, 16-25, 17-15

Maxwell def. Brady, 21-25, 27-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-11

Milford def. Centennial, 25-20, 25-17, 21-25, 25-18

Millard West def. Omaha Benson, 25-15, 25-7, 25-6

Mitchell def. Hemingford, 25-15, 25-13, 25-8

Morrill def. Bayard, 20-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-17

Norfolk Catholic def. Pierce, 25-14, 25-17, 25-17

Norris def. Bennington, 25-23, 25-16, 25-14

O'Neill def. Boone Central/Newman Grove, 22-25, 23-25, 25-13, 25-12, 15-13

Omaha Burke def. Omaha Northwest, 25-13, 19-25, 25-16, 29-27

Papillion-LaVista def. Millard North, 27-25, 25-21, 25-22

Platteview def. Arlington, 25-15, 25-16, 25-13

Plattsmouth def. Blair, 25-10, 25-17, 25-13

Schuyler def. Cornerstone Christian, 25-17, 25-19, 25-19

Sedgwick County, Colo. def. South Platte, 25-16, 21-25, 25-16, 25-23

St. Paul def. Ord, 25-18, 25-11, 25-10

Superior def. Lawrence-Nelson, 25-19, 25-23, 25-23

Sutherland def. Paxton, 25-12, 25-16, 25-11

Thayer Central def. Tri County, 25-10, 25-17, 25-16

Twin River def. Osceola, 25-18, 25-20, 25-15

Vermillion, S.D. def. South Sioux City, 17-25, 25-15, 26-24, 22-25, 15-13

Wahoo def. Raymond Central, 28-26, 25-13, 25-17

Wauneta-Palisade def. Cheylin, Kan., 23-25, 25-13, 25-13, 25-22

Yutan def. Cedar Bluffs, 25-17, 25-15, 25-17

Anselmo-Merna Triangular
Anselmo-Merna def. Twin Loup, 25-21, 23-25, 25-17

Anselmo-Merna def. Ansley-Litchfield, 25-21, 23-25, 25-17

Twin Loup def. Ansley-Litchfield, 18-25, 25-17, 25-17

Bertrand Triangular
Alma def. Cambridge, 8-25, 25-23, 25-17

Bertrand def. Alma, 25-20, 25-22

Cambridge def. Bertrand, 18-25, 25-14, 25-13

Boyd County Triangular
Boyd County def. Santee, 25-16, 25-9

Neligh-Oakdale def. Santee, 25-18, 25-7

Central Valley Triangular
Central Valley def. Riverside, 25-17, 25-15

Central Valley def. Fullerton, 16-25, 25-15, 25-21

Fullerton def. Riverside, 25-14, 20-25, 25-19

Clarkson/Leigh Triangular
Clarkson/Leigh def. Madison, 25-17, 25-11

Stanton def. Madison, 25-7, 25-12

Stanton def. Clarkson/Leigh, 19-25, 25-13, 25-20

Doniphan-Trumbull Triangular
Blue Hill def. Wood River, 27-29, 25-19, 25-16

Blue Hill def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 25-22, 24-26, 28-26

Wood River def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 25-19, 25-19

Elgin/Elgin Pope John Triangular
CWC def. Elgin Public/Pope John, 25-17, 25-5

CWC def. Stuart, 25-11, 25-14

Stuart def. Elgin Public/Pope John, 16-25, 26-24, 25-20

Emerson-Hubbard Triangular
Homer def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-15, 25-19

Ponca def. Homer, 25-18, 25-17

Ponca def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-14, 25-11

Freeman Tournament
Pool Play
Pool A
Deshler def. Pawnee City, 21-25, 25-19, 25-16

Freeman def. Pawnee City, 23-25, 25-20, 25-23

Pool B
Diller-Odell def. Elmwood-Murdock, 25-15, 25-10

Diller-Odell def. Johnson-Brock, 25-7, 25-20

Elmwood-Murdock def. Sterling, 25-22, 26-24

Johnson-Brock def. Sterling, 25-12, 25-16

Gibbon Triangular
Adams Central def. Ravenna, 21-25, 25-12, 26-24

Gibbon def. Ravenna, 26-24, 25-22

Hampton Triangular
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Hampton, 25-11, 25-15

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Exeter/Milligan, 25-9, 25-8

Exeter/Milligan def. Hampton, 19-25, 25-17, 25-21

Harvard Tournament
Franklin def. Shelton, 25-13, 25-22

Franklin def. Red Cloud, 25-20, 25-16

Franklin def. Harvard, 25-16, 25-18

Harvard def. Red Cloud, 25-20, 25-22

Shelton def. Harvard, 25-20, 25-16

Shelton def. Red Cloud, 25-14, 22-25

Heartland Triangular
Heartland def. Sandy Creek, 25-16, 25-12

Heartland def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-14, 25-21

Sandy Creek def. Wilber-Clatonia, 23-25, 25-9, 25-23

Hi-Line Triangular
Hi-Line def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 21-25, 25-8, 25-19

Sumner-Eddyville-Miller def. Hi-Line, 25-23, 25-18

Sumner-Eddyville-Miller def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-20, 25-17

High Plains Community Triangular
Giltner def. High Plains Community, 25-17, 24-26, 25-11

Giltner def. East Butler, 25-9, 25-7

High Plains Community def. East Butler, 21-25, 25-11, 25-8

Hitchcock County Triangular
Dundy County-Stratton def. Arapahoe, 25-16, 28-26

Hitchcock County def. Arapahoe, 25-10, 25-17

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer Triangular
Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer def. Falls City, 25-18, 25-17

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer def. Johnson County Central, 23-25, 25-18, 25-17

Johnson County Central def. Falls City, 25-14, 25-20

Kenesaw Triangular
Arcadia-Loup City def. Amherst, 25-10, 25-17

Arcadia-Loup City def. Kenesaw, 27-29, 25-13, 25-14

Kenesaw def. Amherst, 25-16, 25-21

Malcolm Triangular
Louisville def. Omaha Brownell-Talbot, 25-18, 25-12

Malcolm def. Louisville, 20-25, 25-20, 25-18

Malcolm def. Omaha Brownell-Talbot, 24-26, 25-7, 25-16

McCool Junction Triangular
Nebraska Lutheran def. McCool Junction, 25-20, 26-24

Sutton def. McCool Junction, 25-21, 25-16

Sutton def. Nebraska Lutheran, 25-21, 22-25, 25-11

Minden Triangular
Lexington def. Holdrege, 2-1

Minden def. Lexington, 25-18, 25-17

Minden def. Holdrege, 25-11, 25-13

Northeast Nebraska Tournament
Pool Play
Pool A
Oakland-Craig def. Pender, 25-14, 25-14

Wayne def. Pender, 25-8, 25-10

Wayne def. Oakland-Craig, 25-20, 25-23

Pool B
Guardian Angels def. Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur, 23-25, 25-16, 25-20

Lutheran High Northeast def. Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur, 25-18, 25-18

Lutheran High Northeast def. Guardian Angels, 13-25, 27-25, 25-19

Pool C
West Point-Beemer def. Wakefield-Allen, 25-18, 25-17

Wisner-Pilger def. West Point-Beemer, 23-25, 25-15, 25-22

Wisner-Pilger def. Wakefield-Allen, 25-18, 25-17

Pool D
Archbishop Bergan def. North Bend Central, 25-22, 28-26

North Bend Central def. Tekamah-Herman, 25-15, 25-15

Ogallala Triangular
Ogallala def. North Platte, 22-25, 25-22, 25-16

Sidney def. North Platte, 29-27, 25-20

Sidney def. Ogallala, 25-21, 25-19

Palmer Double Triangular
Heartland Lutheran def. St. Edward, 25-14, 25-12

Nebraska Christian def. Palmer, 25-5, 25-12

Nebraska Christian def. Heartland Lutheran, 25-13, 25-14

Palmer def. St. Edward, 25-8, 25-17

Palmyra Triangular
Palmyra def. Weeping Water, 25-7, 25-10

Palmyra def. Dorchester, 25-23, 25-11

Plainview Triangular
Plainview def. St. Mary's, 25-23, 20-25, 25-17

Summerland def. Plainview, 25-9, 25-15

Summerland def. St. Mary's, 25-14, 25-12Pleasanton Triangular

Overton def. Loomis, 25-15, 25-16

Pleasanton def. Loomis, 25-10, 25-21

Pleasanton def. Overton, 25-9, 25-12

South Loup Triangular
Mullen def. Wallace, 25-13, 25-13

South Loup def. Mullen, 25-10, 25-16

South Loup def. Wallace, 25-11, 25-13

Southern Triangular
Lewiston def. Parkview Christian, 25-17, 25-13

Southern def. Lewiston, 25-21, 25-8

Southern def. Parkview Christian, 25-3, 25-12

Southwest Triangular
Maywood-Hayes Center def. Southwest, 25-8, 25-9

Maywood-Hayes Center def. Rawlins County, Kan., 25-16, 25-17

Rawlins County, Kan. def. Southwest, 25-20, 25-23

West Holt Triangular
Burwell def. North Central, 25-16, 26-24

North Central def. West Holt, 25-15, 23-25, 25-16

West Holt def. Burwell, 21-25, 25-13, 25-18

Winner Triangular
Winner, S.D. def. Ainsworth, 25-23, 25-16, 25-21

Winner, S.D. def. Valentine, 25-20, 25-15, 25-18

Winside Triangular
Elkhorn Valley def. Wausa, 25-10, 25-19

Winside def. Elkhorn Valley, 25-21, 25-17

Winside def. Wausa, 25-18, 25-14

Wynot Tournament
Wynot def. Hartington-Newcastle, 25-17, 22-25, 25-15

Consolation
Hartington-Newcastle def. Bloomfield, 25-18, 25-13

Championship
Wynot def. Crofton, 25-19, 25-17




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Lincoln – The Husker basketball team will make at least 26 national television appearances during the 2019-20 season, as the Big Ten Conference announced its television schedule and start times on Thursday.

The Huskers make four appearances on FS1, including a non-conference matchup at Creighton (Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m.), as well as conference tilts at Ohio State (Jan. 14, 5:30 p.m.); vs. Michigan State (Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.) and at Michigan (March 5, 5:30 p.m.).

The Huskers will make three appearances on the ESPN family of networks, including Big Ten home games against Michigan (Jan. 28, 6 p.m.) and Ohio State (Feb. 27, 8 p.m.). The other appearance is the Big Ten/ACC Challenge game at Georgia Tech (Dec. 4), with that start time and network determined at a later date.

The Huskers will make 19 appearances on BTN, including the season opener against UC Riverside (Nov. 5, 8 p.m.) and Big Ten opener at Indiana (Dec. 13, 7 p.m.). The robust BTN schedule includes two other non-conference games, as well as 15 Big Ten regular-season matchups. For the second straight season, the first three days of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis will be exclusively on BTN with the semifinals and finals carried nationally on CBS.

In addition to the 26 national television appearances, Nebraska will have four games available online BTN+, including the exhibition game against Doane (Oct. 30, 7 p.m.) and non-conference games against Southern Utah (Nov. 9, 1 p.m.), Southern (Nov. 22, 7 p.m.) and North Dakota (Dec. 21, p.m,). Broadcast information for the Huskers’ games in the Cayman Islands Classic will be announced at a later date.

All of Nebraska’s 2019-20 games will be available across the state on the Leafield IMG Husker Sports Network and available online on the Huskers’ app, and on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn app.

Fans can get their first look at the 2019-20 Huskers under first-year coach Fred Hoiberg at the Opening Night with Husker Hoops on Friday, Sept. 27. As of Tuesday, around 1,500 tickets remain for the event which will include a 20-minute scrimmage, introductions of the Husker men’s and women’s teams and a special performance by hip-hop superstar Rick Ross.




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The Big Ten Network announced on Thursday afternoon that the Nebraska women's basketball team will play a minimum of five regular-season games on BTN during 2019-20.

The Huskers will make their first appearance on BTN in a marquee matchup with Duke on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Pinnacle Bank Arena as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Tip time for the battle between the Big Red and the Blue Devils was set for 6 p.m. (CT) by the network.

Nebraska will be back on BTN at Pinnacle Bank Arena to open 2020, as the Huskers take on Minnesota on Saturday, Jan. 4. Tip time between the Huskers and Golden Gophers was set for 5 p.m. (CT) by the Big Ten Network.

The Huskers will face Maryland in College Park in a BTN game on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. (CT), before returning home to face Michigan on Sunday, Jan. 19. Tip time between Nebraska and the Wolverines at Pinnacle Bank Arena was set for 4 p.m. (CT) by BTN.

Nebraska makes its fifth regular-season appearance on BTN when the Huskers travel to Wisconsin to complete their season series with the Badgers on Saturday, Jan. 25. Tip time with Wisconsin was set for 11 a.m. (CT) by the network.

The Huskers have the possibility of two additional regular-season games to be carried by BTN, including its regular-season home finale against Illinois on Feb. 22, and its final game of the regular season at Indiana on Thursday, Feb. 27. Determinations for those games will be made late during the Big Ten season.

Every game from the first round through the semifinals at the 2020 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis will be televised live by BTN, while the Big Ten Championship Game on Sunday, March 8, will be carried by ESPN2 with a 5 p.m. (CT) tip.




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Kearney, Neb. – Nebraska-Kearney Athletic Director Marc Bauer announced tonight (Sept. 4) that Kearney native Katie (Bolin) Ackermann will be the ninth head softball coach in Loper history.

Ackermann begins her duties effective immediately. NCAA Division II teams are allowed to practice and play exhibition games during the fall; UNK’s first such contest comes on Sunday, September 29, at Division I Nebraska-Omaha. The Lopers have already practiced several times this fall.

“I cannot say enough good things about Katie and the quality of person and leadership she will bring to UNK Athletics. I believe Katie is one of the brightest up-and-coming coaches in the game, and I am confident that she is going to do some really great things with our softball program,” Bauer said.

A star player at both Kearney High and Chadron State College, Ackermann most recently was the top assistant coach at McCook Community College for three years.  She was named interim head coach at MCC last month and has also been an assistant coach at McCook High School (2016-18) and CSC (2011-12).

“I’m very grateful for this opportunity.  It’s hard to put in words how special this transition is for a girl who grew up in Kearney. I’m extremely fortunate to be back around family, friends, and individuals who have supported me through my softball career,” Ackermann said.  “I want to thank Marc and the athletic staff for choosing me as the person who is going to bring change to this program. I’m excited for the future of UNK softball and I’m ready to get started!”

Holding a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Organizational Management from Chadron, Ackermann was part of a turnaround at MCC the past three springs. After posting a 22-38 mark in 2017, the Indians won 29 games and the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference title in 2018. This past spring MCC won a piece of the league crown in winning another 29 games and reaching the Region IX postseason tournament for the first time in three years. Seeded fourth, the Indians advanced to the title game before the season drew to a close.

Ackermann coached three players that earned 2019 All-Region IX honors as well as four Indians that made the Omaha World-Herald’s state All-Junior College team. Several of these players have gone on to sign with four-year schools.

“During my time as an assistant coach at McCook Community College, I’ve gotten the chance to experience a little of what a championship might feel like. That’s scary. Especially for someone as competitive as I am. I’ve gotten close to the real deal and I want more!” Ackermann said.  “I want to continue to feed off of the great success we had in the 2019 Region IX Tournament and continue it here at UNK.”

In 2018 McCook was among the top offensive teams in the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) as it set new team school records for batting average, extra base hits and doubles. In 2017 Ackermann coached the school’s all-time leader in hits, doubles, RBI’s and steals.

“Offense.  This is why I played the game.  Don’t get me wrong, pitching and defense are extremely important, but if you don’t score, you can’t win. UNK has had great offensive seasons over the last few years.  I want to keep that consistent!”

She helped the McCook Bison win 46 games over three seasons, reaching the Class B state tournament in 2017. That fall McCook upset top-seed Elkhorn South in the first round of the tourney. Subsequently six Bison made the OWH’s Class B all-state team.

“Katie’s experience playing in positions around the diamond has helped her become well-rounded and skilled at teaching the fundamentals of the game. This is quite evident in the impact that she had on McCook Community College softball program,” Bauer said. “Furthermore, Katie is a tireless worker and expects excellence from herself and her players in all areas of life. As far as I am concerned, we’ve hit a grand slam with this hire.”

As a player, Ackermann spent her freshman season at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Ia., before transferring to Chadron. The outfielder left the Eagles program as the all-time leader in both career home runs (37) and single season dingers (17). Named second-team All-RMAC (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) as a junior in 2010, Ackermann led CSC to 25 wins that spring as she paced the team in virtually every offensive category. She was a repeat second-team all-league pick in 2011 as she batted .356 with 17 homers and 51 RBI’s.

“I’ve had the privilege of playing with talented groups during my careers at Kearney High and Chadron State College.  The mentors I’ve had during those years, players and coaches, have been very significant in the success I’ve had.  The game of softball has opened many doors and still continues to provide opportunities that I will forever be grateful for,” Ackermann said.

She remained at CSC as a coach in 2012, helping the Eagles win 17 games and having four players named to the OWH’s Division II all-state team. Outfielder Angela Jay was also tabbed first-team All-RMAC and earned Capital One second-team Division II Academic All-American honors.

Ackermann and her husband, Brad, have three children, Braelynn, Carter, and Ruby.

UNK All-Time Softball Head Coaches

Katie Ackermann (2019-    

Holly Carnes (2001-2018)

Dan Simmons (1988-2000)

Brad Horky (1985-1987)

Hank Dicke (1979-1984)

Joe Donnelly (1978)

Kelly Asmussen (1977)

Merwin Roeder (1976) … co-head coach with Bailey

Joan Bailey (1964-1976)




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Arlington def. Aquinas, 23-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-13

Arthur County def. Sandhills/Thedford, 19-25, 25-17, 25-11, 25-16

Auburn def. Elmwood-Murdock, 25-20, 25-18, 25-12

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur def. Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, 25-22, 16-25, 25-17, 15-25, 19-17

Bertrand def. Elm Creek, 25-20, 25-16, 25-19

Boone Central/Newman Grove def. West Point-Beemer, 18-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-17

Burwell def. Elgin Public/Pope John, 19-25, 25-22, 18-25, 25-22, 15-12

Centennial def. Central City, 25-18, 25-15, 25-23

Chadron def. Scottsbluff, 25-7, 25-23, 25-14

College View Academy def. Parkview Christian, 27-25, 25-23, 25-10

Columbus Lakeview def. Schuyler, 25-10, 25-9, 25-14

Columbus Scotus def. Omaha Concordia, 25-14, 25-8, 25-19

Diller-Odell def. Southern, 25-16, 25-11, 25-13

Elkhorn South def. Omaha Marian, 25-20, 25-20, 23-25, 25-17

Falls City Sacred Heart def. Tri County, 25-18, 25-20, 23-25, 25-13

Fremont def. Lincoln Northeast, 21-25, 25-14, 25-22, 25-20

Fullerton def. St. Edward, 25-22, 25-12, 25-6

Garden County def. Hay Springs, 25-20, 25-13

Gering def. Torrington, Wyo., 25-12, 19-25, 25-20, 25-10

Gothenburg def. Southern Valley, 17-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 15-13

Grand Island Central Catholic def. Blue Hill, 25-12, 25-20, 25-22

Grand Island Northwest def. Kearney, 26-24, 25-19, 19-25, 25-19

Howells/Dodge def. Clarkson/Leigh, 25-21, 22-25, 28-30, 25-22, 15-8

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer def. Lewiston, 25-5, 25-3, 25-10

Hyannis def. Hay Springs, 23-25, 25-12, 27-25

Lawrence-Nelson def. Friend, 25-8, 25-13

Lawrence-Nelson def. Palmer, 25-19, 25-6

Lexington def. Cozad, 25-13, 25-11, 25-15

Lincoln Christian def. Archbishop Bergan, 15-25, 31-29, 25-22, 25-21

Lincoln Lutheran def. Raymond Central, 25-11, 25-11, 25-17

Lincoln Southeast def. Lincoln East, 25-23, 25-23, 25-16

Louisville def. Palmyra, 25-18, 25-16, 21-25, 19-25, 15-13

Lutheran High Northeast def. Hartington Cedar Catholic, 25-23, 25-12, 25-23

Malcolm def. Conestoga, 25-13, 25-16, 25-10

Mead def. Johnson County Central, 25-13, 25-13, 25-17

Nebraska City Lourdes def. Fremont Mills, Tabor, Iowa, 18-25, 23-25, 25-8, 25-20, 15-7

Norfolk def. Grand Island, 21-25, 26-24, 25-19, 25-19

Norfolk Catholic def. Guardian Angels, 25-17, 25-22, 25-23

O'Neill def. Elkhorn Valley, 25-12, 30-28, 18-25, 25-10

Omaha Bryan def. Omaha Benson, 25-19, 19-25, 25-20, 34-32

Omaha Burke def. Omaha Central, 25-20, 25-19, 25-17

Omaha Gross Catholic def. Omaha Mercy, 19-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-22

Omaha Skutt Catholic def. Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City, Iowa, 25-5, 25-15, 25-17

Omaha Westside def. Bellevue East, 3-0

Overton def. Ravenna, 25-13, 25-13, 25-11

Papillion-LaVista def. Papillion-LaVista South, 25-20, 23-25, 25-21, 25-18

Pleasanton def. South Loup, 29-27, 25-22, 23-25, 16-25, 15-12

Ponca def. Laurel-Concord/Coleridge, 25-23, 26-24, 25-20

Sidney def. Kimball, 25-10, 25-14, 25-14

Sidney, Iowa def. Johnson-Brock, 25-18, 23-25, 25-11, 25-21

Superior def. Fillmore Central, 25-19, 25-15, 25-17

Wallace def. Sandhills Valley, 25-19, 19-25, 25-22, 25-23

Waverly def. Ashland-Greenwood, 25-10, 25-13, 25-18

Wilber-Clatonia def. Nebraska Lutheran, 25-15, 21-25, 25-22

Winnebago def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-15, 24-26, 25-22, 25-18

Wynot def. Boyd County, 25-8, 25-17, 25-20

Brady Triangular
Brady def. South Platte, 25-13, 25-16

Brady def. Perkins County, 25-11, 25-20

South Platte def. Perkins County, 25-14, 25-21

Bridgeport Triangular
Gordon/Rushville def. Bridgeport, 25-22, 28-26

Gordon/Rushville def. Mitchell, 25-19, 25-19

Mitchell def. Bridgeport, 25-22, 26-24

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley Triangular
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Sutton, 25-10, 25-14

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Sandy Creek, 25-14, 25-10

Sutton def. Sandy Creek, 25-8, 25-13

Central Valley Triangular
Central Valley def. CWC, 25-23, 25-22

Central Valley def. Summerland, 20-25, 25-20, 25-17

Summerland def. CWC, 25-21, 25-22

Creighton Triangular
Creighton def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17

Osmond def. Creighton, 20-25, 26-24, 25-23

Osmond def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 26-24, 16-25, 25-10

East Butler Triangular
Hampton def. East Butler, 25-18, 25-16

Hampton def. McCool Junction, 24-26, 25-18, 25-6

McCool Junction def. East Butler, 25-20, 25-21

Elkhorn Triangular
Columbus def. Bishop Neumann, 25-22, 19-25, 25-19

Elkhorn def. Bishop Neumann, 25-12, 25-13

Elkhorn def. Columbus, 25-17, 25-10

Franklin Triangular
Alma def. Franklin, 25-19, 25-15

Alma def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-18, 25-17

Wilcox-Hildreth def. Franklin, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19

Gibbon Triangular
Gibbon def. Elba, 25-14, 25-4

Nebraska Christian def. Elba, 25-9, 25-9

Nebraska Christian def. Gibbon, 25-17, 25-13

Hastings Triangular
Hastings def. Adams Central, 25-22, 25-20

Seward def. Hastings, 25-10, 18-25, 25-16

Seward def. Adams Central, 25-20, 25-22

Lincoln North Star Triangular
Lincoln High def. Omaha North, 25-9, 25-19

Lincoln North Star def. Lincoln High, 19-25, 25-19, 27-25

Lincoln North Star def. Omaha North, 25-10, 25-11

McCook Triangular
Chase County def. McCook, 25-19, 25-16

Chase County def. Minden, 25-23, 24-26, 25-18

Minden def. McCook, 25-8, 25-14

Millard North Triangular
Lincoln Pius X def. Millard North, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22

Lincoln Southwest def. Lincoln Pius X, 17-25, 25-23, 25-21

Millard North def. Lincoln Southwest, 25-9, 25-12

Red Cloud Quadrangular
Deshler def. Red Cloud, 22-25, 25-18, 25-17

Giltner def. Deshler, 25-16, 25-23

Meridian def. Red Cloud, 25-8, 25-17

Meridian def. Giltner, 22-25, 27-25, 25-16

Shelby/Rising City Triangular
North Bend Central def. Shelby/Rising City, 25-14, 16-25, 25-22

Shelby/Rising City def. Madison, 25-12, 25-21

Silver Lake Triangular
Silver Lake def. Harvard, 25-22, 25-11

St. Mary's Triangular
St. Mary's def. Plainview, 25-20, 25-21

St. Mary's def. Winside, 25-21, 15-25, 25-19

Winside def. Plainview, 25-13, 25-11




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NEBRASKA at COLORADO
SEPT. 7, 2019 | FOLSOM FIELD
BOULDER, COLO. | 2:30 P.M. (CT)

BROADCAST INFO
TV - FOX (Joe Davis, Brock Huard, Bruce Feldman)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 83, XM 83
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App

HUSKERS
2019 Record: 1-0, 0-0 Big Ten
Last Game: South Alabama (W, 35-21)
Rankings: 24 (AP)
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 24-15 (4th Year)/5-8 (2nd Year) 
vs. Colorado: 0-1

BUFFALOES
2019 Record: 1-0, 0-0 Pac-12
Last Game: Colorado St. (W, 52-31)
Rankings: NR
Coach: Mel Tucker
Career/CU Record: 1-0 (1st Year)/Same
vs. Nebraska: 4-5

The Matchup
The Nebraska Cornhuskers take to the road for the first time in the 2019 season, traveling to Boulder, Colo., to take on the Buffaloes on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff between the former conference rivals is set for 2:30 CT (1:30 MT) at CU's Folsom Field, with national television coverage provided by FOX and radio coverage available on the Husker Sports Network from Learfield-IMG.

Nebraska heads to Colorado after a 35-21 season-opening victory over South Alabama in Lincoln. The Huskers relied on an opportunistic defense and special teams in the win. Nebraska reached the end zone on an interception return, fumble return and punt return to overcome a sluggish offensive performance on opening day.

Colorado also comes into the game off a win, posting a 52-31 victory over Colorado State on Friday night in Denver. The Buffs' explosive offense showed great balance in the victory, rushing for 243 yards and adding 232 yards through the air. Colorado trailed 21-17 late in the second quarter against CSU, but outscored the Rams 35-10 from that point powered by four takeaways.

Nebraska and Colorado are meeting for the second consecutive season, as part of four games between 2018 and 2024. Colorado pulled off a fourth-quarter comeback to win in last year's meeting in Lincoln.

Overall, Nebraska holds a commanding 49-19-2 edge in the series. The two schools were in the same conference for more than 60 years in the Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12, before moving to the Big Ten and Pac-12, respectively, in 2011.

Series History
Nebraska and Colorado are long-time foes with Saturday's meeting the 71st all-time between the schools. It is the second game in a home-and-home agreement that saw Colorado pull out a 33-28 victory in Lincoln last fall. That was the first meeting between the teams since both schools left the Big 12 Conference following the 2010 season.

• In last year's contest in Lincoln, Colorado jumped to a two-touchdown lead in the first quarter, before Nebraska rallied and eventually took an eight-point lead in the second half. However, the Buffs scored the game's final 13 points, including a touchdown with 1:06 remaining to escape Lincoln with a win.

• Nebraska and Colorado met each season from 1948 to 2010, as members of the Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12 conferences.

• From 1996 to 2010, the Huskers and Buffs concluded the regular season against each other on Black Friday.

• Nebraska and Colorado combined to win the final eight Big Eight championships from 1988 to 1995.

• In addition to this Saturday's game, Nebraska and Colorado are scheduled for another home-and-home series in 2023 (Boulder) and 2024 (Lincoln).

Nebraska Has Long History vs. Pac-12
Nebraska's meeting with Colorado continues a tradition of marquee non-conference games against Pac-12 opponents. Since 1983, Nebraska has played 33 regular-season non-conference games against teams that were in the Pac-12 at the time.

• Nebraska is 23-10 against the Pac-12 in regular-season games in that span, including a 6-1 record against Arizona State and a 5-3 mark vs. UCLA. The record against the Pac-12 foes only includes last year's meeting with Colorado, not games against Colorado when the schools were conference rivals.

• Nebraska has also played five bowl games in that time period against the Pac-12, going 2-3 in those games.

• Nebraska played at least one non-conference game against a Pac-12 foe for 17 straight seasons from 1983 to 1999.

• Nebraska has four games on its future schedules against Pac-12 opponents. In addition to the 2023/2024 series with Colorado, Nebraska will play Arizona in 2028 and 2031.

Frost in Second Season with Huskers
Scott Frost is in his second season at Nebraska in 2019. The 2017 consensus national coach of the year, Frost boasts a 24-15 career record as a collegiate head coach.

• Although Nebraska finished with a 4-8 record in 2018, five of the eight losses came by a combined 21 points. NU lost five games by five or fewer points, including a trio of three-point defeats. Nebraska won four of its final six games, and the two losses were a five-point loss at an Ohio State team that ended the year ranked No. 3 in the nation and a three-point loss at Iowa, when the Hawkeyes kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired. Iowa finished with a No. 25 ranking.

• As the head coach at UCF, Frost improved from 6-7 in his first season to 13-0 in year two. A similar turnaround at Nebraska could be historic. A nine-win season by Nebraska in 2019 would tie for the second-largest win improvement from one season to the next in school history (five games), while a 10-win campaign would tie the largest win improvement (six games).

• In 12 seasons as a full-time assistant or head coach, Frost's teams have posted a 127-33 record, averaging nearly 11 wins per season. Frost has been a part of seven conference championship teams and coached in two national championship games in his 12 seasons.

• Frost's teams have been ranked in the top 15 in 10 of his 12 seasons, including eight final top-10 rankings and six final top-five rankings.

• Each of Nebraska's last five head coaches won at least eight games in their second season, while the four head coaches previous to Frost each produced their best winning percentage at Nebraska in year two.

Frost Offenses Impressive on Opening Drives
One common theme of a Scott Frost-led offense has been a fast start, and that has held true for Frost's tenure in Lincoln. Nebraska received the opening kickoff against South Alabama and drove nine plays and 81 yards for a touchdown to a take a 7-0 lead. The opening-drive score continued a theme from 2018.

• Nebraska scored on its first possession seven times in 12 games last season, including six of the final seven games. All seven of NU's opening scoring drives resulted in touchdowns.

• NU received the opening kickoff nine times in 2018 and scored touchdowns on six of those drives while punting only once. The Huskers had a game-opening touchdown drive to take a 7-0 lead in five straight games during the Big Ten Conference season.

• The Huskers scored on nearly 60 percent of their opening possessions in 2018, even with a pair of drive-ending turnovers in opponent territory. Nebraska's average touchdown drive covered more than 74 yards, including one 80-yard touchdown march and five 75-yard scoring drives.

• Over the last three seasons - 2018-19 at Nebraska and 2017 at UCF - Frost's offenses have scored a touchdown on their opening possession 17 times in 26 games (65 percent). The average length of the touchdown drive in that span is 73 yards.

• In three-plus years as a head coach, Frost's offenses have scored on their opening drive 21 times in 39 games, with 20 touchdowns and one field goal. In 79 games over six-plus seasons as a playcaller, Frost's offenses have scored on their first possession of the game 42 times, putting points on the board in more than half of their opening possessions.

• Frost's Opening Drive Scoring Percentage: 53% (42 of 79 drives
• Frost's Opening Drive Touchdown Percentage: 47% (37 of 79 drives)

Blackshirt Defense Makes Noise in Opener
The Nebraska defense has focused on taking a step forward in 2019, specifically causing more turnovers and big impact plays. Nebraska checked the box on that offseason priority in Week One against South Alabama.

• Nebraska had five takeaways against South Alabama including four in the second half of the 35-21 victory. The five takeaways matched the most in two seasons under Scott Frost (Illinois, 2018) and was only the fourth time since 2010 that a Nebraska defense recorded five or more takeaways.

• Nebraska scored a pair of defensive touchdowns–a 38-yard interception return by Eric Lee Jr. in the third quarter and a fumble recovery in the end zone by Alex Davis in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring. The two defensive touchdowns marked the first time Nebraska scored a pair of defensive touchdowns since having two interception returns for touchdowns against Southern Miss in 2013.

• Lee's interception return for a touchdown was the first by a Husker since Marcus Newby had an interception for a touchdown against Northwestern in 2017.

• Davis' fumble recovery for a touchdown was the first by the Huskers since Josh Mitchell returned a fumble 57 yards for a touchdown against Miami in 2014.

• Nebraska also scored on a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown by JD Spielman in the third quarter. The three non-offensive touchdowns were a first for Nebraska since the Huskers had three defensive touchdowns in a 31-3 win over Wake Forest in 2005.

• Nebraska was the only team in Week One with three non-offensive touchdowns and the two defensive scores are tied with Utah for the national lead.

• Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander has a history of producing disruptive defenses. In 39 games as a defensive coordinator (UCF, Nebraska) Chinander's defenses have scored 11 touchdowns.




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