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Hear, Hear: Sounds of 1970

1/9/21 | HuskerMax
"A Big Red Golden Anniversary" is a series that aired on NRG Media radio stations in Nebraska from late summer of 2020 to early January of 2021. Produced and narrated by John Bishop of 1620 The Zone, it commemorates Cornhusker football's 1970 national championship season, the first in program history. Included are original radio play-by-play calls from the legendary Lyell…

1970 Day by Day: Final thoughts

1/8/21 | J. Hudson
Closing thoughts: The memories endure. How did the Cornhuskers' first national championship feel to a 16-year-old fan? Fifty years later, what I remember is a sense of absolute amazement and unbridled joy as Nebraska finished off its Orange Bowl win. We watched on TV at my grandparents' house in Omaha. Was it a black-and-white set, or color? I don't remember.…

1970 Day by Day: Mid-January

1/7/21 | J. Hudson
Lincoln Journal Star · Newspapers.com Mid-January: Paying tribute. As this series winds down, we're taking the liberty of fast-forwarding to the middle of the month, when thousands of fans got their chance to salute the national champion Huskers. The events of Jan. 14 and 18 helped make up for the scaled-back welcome the Huskers received on their return from Miami…

1970 Day by Day: Jan. 6

1/6/21 | J. Hudson
Jan. 6: Room for debate. The day after the season's final AP poll was released, the debate over who deserved the No. 1 spot wasn't finished. Nebraska had wrapped up the No. 1 ranking by a comfortable margin, but the newspaper commentary reflected the fact that one-fourth of the first-place votes went to other teams. Below is a sampling of…

1970 Day by Day: Jan. 5

1/5/21 | J. Hudson
The News-Messenger (Fremont, Ohio) · Newspapers.com Jan. 5: Huskers land the big prize. It was finally official Tuesday: The 1970 Huskers owned the coveted No. 1 spot in the final Associated Press college football poll. Nebraska's claim to the national championship was affirmed, and it wasn't close — the Huskers drew three-fourths of the first-place votes from the 52-member panel…

1970 Day by Day: Jan. 4

1/4/21 | J. Hudson
Jan. 4: Another round of Bob vs. Ara. A second bonus day in Miami fell into the Cornhuskers' laps Monday as the blizzard in Nebraska again made the team's flight home a no-go. The ETA in Lincoln was now set for noontime Tuesday, but the big celebration that had been planned at the airport was called off on account of…

1970 Day by Day: Jan. 3

1/3/21 | J. Hudson
Jan. 3: What about us, Parseghian asks. Life was good Sunday for the Huskers in Miami, even though it was far from ideal back home. A Midwest blizzard forced the postponement of their flight to Lincoln by a day, so an extra afternoon at the pool or the beach was theirs for the taking. Meanwhile came word that the Football…

1970 Day by Day: Jan. 2

1/2/21 | J. Hudson
Jan. 2: R&R in Miami on day after win. Saturday was a time for deep-sea fishing and poll-politicking as the Huskers rested up from their Orange Bowl win Friday and the ensuring celebration into the wee hours. Coach Bob Devaney reiterated his case for a No. 1 ranking but said he was leery of Associated Press pollsters' sentiment for Notre…

1970 Day by Day: Jan. 1

1/1/21 | J. Hudson
The anticipation, the odds-defying upsets and the crowning victory — the Huskers make program history by staking their claim to college football's national championship. The big day is revisited here in three segments. A.M. DAY NIGHT Jan. 1: Dawn of a long day. As columnist Wally Provost told Omaha World-Herald readers Friday morning, "This is the day of the fidgets,…

Something new from long ago

12/31/20 | HuskerMax
Thanks to the efforts of Brian Niemann, Husker fans now have some new resources at their fingertips when looking back at the 1971 Orange Bowl, the clincher for Nebraska's first football national championship. For the first time, a log of every play is available, from the opening kickoff to the final kneel-down. Brian studied the game video to fill in…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 31

12/31/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 31: Final practice for 1970 Huskers. A brief afternoon drill Thursday in the Orange Bowl capped Nebraska's practices for Friday night's clash with LSU. Earlier in the day, coaches Bob Devaney of Nebraska and Charlie McClendon of LSU spoke to the press one last time. McClendon tried to soft-pedal his team's stellar defensive reputation: "Nobody else has stopped Nebraska's…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 30

12/30/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 30: Huskers practice under the lights. Roughly 48 hours before the big game, the Huskers went through a light practice Wednesday night under the Orange Bowl lights and planned to wrap up preparations for LSU with a brief daytime session Thursday. Coach Bob Devaney spoke of what it might mean if No. 1 Texas and No. 2 Ohio State…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 29

12/29/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 29: Best practice yet, says Kiffin. Defensive line coach Monte Kiffin described it as "the best practice we've had" after the Huskers went through a 90-minute session Tuesday afternoon in the Orange Bowl stadium. Quarterback Jerry Tagge welcomed the move to artificial turf after five days on the grass field at Miami-Dade Junior College North. "I felt faster out…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 28

12/28/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 28: Huskers lighten up; Tigers go hard. Nebraska went through a light practice Monday while LSU did heavy hitting in a two-hour scrimmage. It was the Huskers' final practice at Miami-Dade Junior College North before operations moved to the Orange Bowl stadium in preparation for Friday night's game. Cornerback Joe Blahak was practicing again after leaving Sunday's practice with…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 27

12/27/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 27: Ingles and Blahak gimpy. Leg issues kept senior receiver Guy Ingles and sophomore cornerback Joe Blahak from participating fully in Sunday's practice in Miami, but both were expected to be ready for Friday night's showdown against LSU in the Orange Bowl. Woody Cox filled in for Ingles, and John Decker did likewise for Blahak. Head coach Bob Devaney…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 26

12/26/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 26: Huskers do more scrimmaging. The Huskers' practice Saturday in Miami included scrimmaging for the second day in a row. The heavy contact work was a departure from coach Bob Devaney's usual routine. It was also something that Charlie McClendon's LSU Tigers wouldn't be doing in Miami. The Bayou Bengals arrived in Florida on Saturday, and McClendon said the…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 25

12/25/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 25: A scrimmage in the Florida heat. Coach Bob Devaney sent his Huskers through a two-hour scrimmage Friday, one week before the New Year's showdown with LSU. Devaney had said earlier in the month that he didn't know how much full-contact work, if any, he would give the team in preparation for the Orange Bowl. On Friday he explained,…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 24

12/24/20 | J. Hudson
Boarding the plane in Lincon (from top to bottom): Ken Kontos, Johnny Rodgers, Ralph Powell, Doug Johnson, John Pitts and Willie Harper.   Dec. 24: Huskers arrive in Sunshine State. It was a whirlwind day for the Cornhuskers as they made the trip from frigid Lincoln to balmy Miami on the day before Christmas and then held their first Florida…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 23

12/23/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 23: Mascot gets a ticket to Miami. A minor crisis was averted Wednesday: The big-head Nebraska mascot would be traveling to Miami for the Orange Bowl after all. Finding a plane that would transport the unwieldy, cowboy-hatted caricature had been a problem, but unidentified boosters came through with a solution. Although Nebraska was a five-point favorite, the Football News'…

Husker Dan: Huskers Say Bye-Bye to 2020

12/22/20 | Husker Dan
Right after the final Husker schedule of 2020 was announced in September, I thought the Huskers were looking at a 4-2-2 season. FOUR It looked as if there were 4 winnable games: Purdue, Minnesota, Illinois and Northwestern. TWO AND TWO I also thought there were 2 toss-up games: Iowa and Wisconsin. (The Wisconsin game was canceled by the Badgers due…

Monday Morning Quarterback: How would you grade Husker progress this year toward returning to a top-level football program?

12/22/20 | SquareOffs
The best news is that there was Husker football in 2020. And Scott Frost and crew deserves credit for being a big part of the Big Ten's decision to play a season in the first place. The bad news is the season itself. Signs and flashes of real improvement, and then frustrating stretches of bad play, self-immolation, questionable decision-making on…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 22

12/22/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 22: Underdog role welcomed in Louisiana. With both teams taking a pre-holiday break, Tuesday was a day for Louisiana columnists to weigh in on the Nebraska-LSU matchup in the Orange Bowl. Bill McIntyre of the Shreveport Times said LSU's underdog status was a good thing and nothing new for the often-underestimated Tigers in big games. The Tigers' stingy defense…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 21

12/21/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 21: Little fanfare from Sports Illustrated. Sports Illustrated's Dec. 21 issue previewed the bowl games, and the Nebraska-LSU matchup was treated as little more than a sideshow by the U.S. sports world's most influential voice. Unlike the Rose and Cotton bowls, the Orange "will not be endowed with major personalities," SI's Dan Jenkins wrote. He did acknowledge that upsets…

Pernell: Recapping the Early Signing Period

12/20/20 | Jeremy Pernell
Overview: By 10 a.m. on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period, all 19 of Nebraska's High School commitments had signed and faxed their National Letters of Intent. At least a dozen of those signees will enroll early and be in Lincoln in January. The class is currently ranked No. 25 nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 20

12/20/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 20: Sizing up the opposition. Sunday's Shreveport newspaper gave fans in Louisiana a healthy dose of info about the Nebraska squad that LSU would be facing in the Orange Bowl in 12 days. Scroll down for columnist Bill McIntyre's synopsis of the Huskers (preceded by a brief stroll through Husker history) and an Associated Press recap of Nebraska's season.…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 19

12/19/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 19: New look for Huskers. The team was starting a five-day break from practices Saturday, so there wasn't much happening on the Nebraska football front. However, fans were about to get their first glimpse of the Huskers' bowl uniforms. If that sounds less than noteworthy, consider this: The red jerseys featured something never seen before in 81 seasons of…

Highlights: 2020 Nebraska vs. Rutgers

12/18/20 | HuskerMax
Here are highlights from Nebraska's game Friday night against Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. The Huskers rolled up 620 yards of total offense and put together their strongest second half of the season to secure a 28-21 win. | Game page               "We had to define this team's story with this last game...We're not perfect,…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 18

12/18/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 18: Huskers, LSU start holiday break. Two weeks before their Orange Bowl date, Nebraska and LSU wrapped up their on-campus practices Friday. Players now had several days off before the teams' flights to Miami — Nebraska's on Dec. 24 and LSU's on Dec. 26. The Huskers were ready for the extra day or two of Florida weather after being…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 17

12/17/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 17: A quandary over practice intensity. The Huskers on Thursday held their next-to-last Lincoln practice for their Orange Bowl game against LSU, and coach Bob Devaney said it was hard to decide how much heavy hitting, if any, to allow. "You'd sort of like to have contact, but the kids are more injury-prone in this cooler weather," he said.…

2021 early signing day

12/16/20 | HuskerMax
Scott Frost's signing-day press conference doubled as his final session with the media before Friday's game at Rutgers. This page includes coverage of both topics. Videos and player-specific articles about the scholarship signees can be found via our 2021 recruiting page. | Bios Refresh this page for the latest updates.     Recruiting coverage Nebraska Athletics | Huskers Announce December…

Pernell: N2FL’s 2020 All-Big Ten Team

12/16/20 | Jeremy Pernell
Offense: QB: Justin Fields (Jr.) Ohio State (2x); RB: Mohamed Ibrahim (Jr.) Minnesota; RB: Tyler Goodson (Soph.) Iowa; WR: David Bell (Soph.) Purdue; (2x) WR: Ty Fryfogle (Sr.) Indiana; TE: Pat Freiermuth (Jr.) Penn State; OT: Alaric Jackson (Sr.) Iowa; OT: Thayer Munford (Sr.) Ohio State; OG: Wyatt Davis (Jr.) Ohio State (2x); OG: Kendrick Green (Soph.) Illinois (2x); C:…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 16

12/16/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 16: Two senior starters miss practice. All-America offensive tackle Bob Newton missed Wednesday's practice with the flu, and a pulled leg muscle kept split end Guy Ingles on the sideline. Coach Bob Devaney said he wasn't concerned that his Huskers would peak too early in their preparations for the Orange Bowl game against LSU. "At the rate we're progressing,"…

Husker Dan: Is It Logan Time?

12/15/20 | Husker Dan
HUSKER THROW-AWAY GAME? Nebraska (2-5) and Rutgers (3-5) will square off this Friday night at Piscataway, New Jersey in what likely will be the final game of the Husker football season. For Nebraska, there isn't much to play for. Gone are the hopes of a winning season, a bowl game or even a signature win. The game for the Huskers…

Tuesday presser, 2020 Rutgers week

12/15/20 | HuskerMax
Linebacker and co-captain Collin Miller said he's "probably hanging up my cleats for good" on doctors' advice. Refresh this page for the latest coverage of Tuesday's press conference. | Updates & discussion HuskerMax · 2020.12.15 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Omaha World-Herald | Huskers set to start three freshmen on the offensive line at Rutgers Lincoln Journal Star | Red Report:…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 15

12/15/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 15: Passing game a bit rusty. Nebraska and LSU both practiced outdoors Tuesday, although the Tigers' session in Baton Route was cut short by rain. In Lincoln, coach Bob Devaney said the Huskers' passing game had suffered somewhat because the first three bowl practices had been held indoors. He said controlled scrimmaging might take place before the Huskers wrapped…

Monday presser, 2020 Rutgers week

12/14/20 | HuskerMax
Head coach Scott Frost and players took reporters' questions after Monday's practice. Refresh this page for the latest coverage. | Updates & discussion   Video • Austin Allen • Ty Robinson • Casey Rogers • Scott Frost • Garrett Nelson   Coverage Hail Varsity | A Monday That Was More Like a Tuesday as Nebraska Faces Short Week Ahead of Rutgers Matchup Omaha World-Herald | Frost and Huskers talk second-half…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 14

12/14/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 14: Rodgers injures finger in practice. Better weather Monday allowed the Huskers to practice outdoors for the first time in their preparations for the Orange Bowl. Sophomore flanker Johnny Rodgers suffered a dislocated finger while trying to catch a pass but was expected to return Tuesday. Coach Bob Devaney said there were no big surprises in the staff's first…

2020 Nebraska-Rutgers stats matchup

12/13/20 | HuskerMax
Here's how the Cornhuskers and Scarlet Knights match up statistically entering their Dec. 18th game in Piscataway. Average national ranking in categories listed: Nebraska 80.1, Rutgers 71.9. NEBRASKA 2-5 (2-5) RUTGERS 3-5 (3-5) Avg. Rank Avg. Rank Rushing offense 178.0 52 139.2 90 Passing offense 180.9 106 210.8 82 Pass efficiency 118.18 100 122.05 89 Total offense 358.9 96 350.0…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 13

12/13/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 13: A quick look ahead to 1971. Nineteen days before the Orange Bowl, Sunday's sports pages in Nebraska were largely devoid of buildup for the game. College basketball was under way, and NFL playoff spots were being decided. Down in Oklahoma, however, there was a look ahead to the 1971 Big Eight football race. Columnist Bob Hurt used his…

Stryker: Depleted Minnesota shuts down Martinez, Huskers

12/12/20 | Tad Stryker
Many years from now, when archaeologists sift through the rubble of Nebraska’s 2020 football season, maybe they’ll find evidence of improvement in what is commonly known as Scott Frost’s Nebraska offense. If those future scientists are determined and dig deep enough, they’ll find some. Just a week ago, there seemed to be a growing body of evidence. There are reports…

Highlights: 2020 Nebraska vs. Minnesota

12/12/20 | HuskerMax
Highlights from Nebraska's 24-17 loss to Minnesota. The Husker offense sputtered against the Gophers, who entered the game with the Big Ten's worst total-defense average. | Game page           .@_MoIbrahim called GAME. ✅The star @GopherFootball RB seals a 24-17 win at Nebraska with two huge runs and an unselfish finish: pic.twitter.com/VrL0zN4Jir— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 12

12/12/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 12: Huskers forced indoors again. The Huskers practiced in the Field House for a third consecutive day Saturday, but there was hope for better weather and outside drills in the coming week. On the newly unveiled travel roster for the Orange Bowl, most positions were stocked at least three deep. Sixty-eight players were on the list for the trip…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 11

12/11/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 11: Pondering an "unlikely" bowl scenario. There was no news from Nebraska's practice Friday, but from Louisiana came a newspaper column making it clear that the Huskers weren't the only team with an outside chance of a national championship come January. If No. 1 Texas and No. 2 Ohio State were to stumble in their bowl games, a Husker…

Thursday presser, 2020 Minnesota week

12/10/20 | HuskerMax
Head coach Scott Frost said the Huskers' preparation this week has been "way better" than it was following the win over Penn State. Refresh this page for the latest from Thursday's post-practice press conference. | Updates & discussion HuskerMax · 2020.12.10 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Lincoln Journal Star | Red Report: False positives a part of the deal this year…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 10

12/10/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 10: Two earn top honors; practices resume. It doesn't hurt to have a dose of recognized star power when you're gunning for poll votes, and third-ranked Nebraska got that Thursday when linebacker Jerry Murtaugh and offensive tackle Bob Newton were named first-team All-America by the Associated Press. Middle guard Ed Periard earned third-team honors, and nine Huskers were honorable…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 9

12/9/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 9: Another top honor for Murtaugh. One day before the Huskers were to resume full practices, senior linebacker Jerry Murtaugh was named Big Eight defensive player of the year Wednesday by the Associated Press. Murtaugh, who broke Nebraska's career and single-season records for tackles, edged out Colorado's Herb Orvis for the honor. A half-dozen reporters from Louisiana were expected…

Husker Dan: From the Email Bag

12/8/20 | Husker Dan
Readers: Okay, so I'm getting lazy. Instead of writing a "real" column, I'm just going to answer some of the email I've received recently. On with the Q&A's. Thea Layder Longview, Texas Dear Husker Dan: I've been reading your articles for a long time and wondered what you think of my takes about the current status of the Husker football program.…

Tuesday presser, 2020 Minnesota week

12/8/20 | HuskerMax
Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander said the Huskers' improvement against the run has been "just a matter of everybody executing and everybody feeling more comfortable." Refresh this page for the latest from Tuesday's press conference. | Updates & discussion HuskerMax · 2020.12.08 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Lincoln Journal Star | Red Report: Liewer recounts touchdown; playcalling dynamic; Blackshirts stay with starters…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 8

12/8/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 8: UPI crown goes to Texas. Texas ran away with the No. 1 spot in the final 1970 coaches poll released Tuesday, giving the Longhorns claim to at least a partial national championship. Nebraska was a solid third in the UPI and AP polls behind the Longhorns and Ohio State. The Huskers collected two first-place votes in each poll.…

Monday presser, 2020 Minnesota week

12/7/20 | HuskerMax
Head coach Scott Frost and five Husker seniors fielded reporters' questions after Monday's practice. Refresh this page for the latest coverage. | Updates & discussion HuskerMax · 2020.12.07 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Lincoln Journal Star | Red Report: Mills recounts injury; NU fine with 11 a.m. kicks; Farmer out for season; Manning still TBD Omaha World-Herald | In a strange…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 7

12/7/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 7: LSU's rout brings smiles all around. From both Nebraska's and the Orange Bowl's perspectives, LSU's emphatic punching of its ticket to Miami was a welcomed thing Monday. Nebraska had itself an opponent that would be regarded as a tough assignment. LSU's 61-17 shredding of Ole Miss on Saturday night enhanced the credentials of a team known mainly for…

2020 Nebraska-Minnesota stats matchup

12/6/20 | HuskerMax
Here's how the Cornhuskers and Golden Gophers match up statistically entering their Dec. 12th game in Lincoln. Average national ranking in categories listed: Nebraska 80.3, Minnesota 72.6. NEBRASKA 2-4 (2-4) MINNESOTA 2-3 (2-3) Avg. Rank Avg. Rank Rushing offense 174.8 57 198.2 35 Passing offense 192.5 99 209.6 83 Pass efficiency 122.63 90 132.21 65 Total offense 367.3 86 407.8…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 6

12/6/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 6: Buckeyes, 'Horns share MacArthur trophy. Ohio State and Texas on Sunday were named co-recipients of the MacArthur Bowl, awarded annually to the top college football team by the National Football Foundation. Same as it was with the UPI coaches poll at the time, bowl games didn't factor into the organization's crowning of a national champion. The Associated Press…

Stryker: Taylor-Britt role-models benefits of a short memory

12/5/20 | Tad Stryker
By showing his younger teammates what playing with a short memory looks like, Cam Taylor-Britt stepped up and performed triage on a Cornhusker football season on the verge of spiraling out of control. The junior cornerback helped Nebraska grab a big early lead, then stabilized his team when it most needed steadying down the stretch. On a day when the…

Highlights: 2020 Nebraska vs. Purdue football

12/5/20 | HuskerMax
Highlights from the Huskers' game Saturday at Purdue. Nebraska got off to a fast start against the Boilermakers, then made enough plays down the stretch to earn a 37-27 win. | Game page               BLOCKED!@HuskerFBNation blocks the punt and falls on it at the 1-yard line. pic.twitter.com/UM7Y8QwRH6— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 5, 2020…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 5

12/5/20 | J. Hudson
Coach Bob Devaney gets a kiss on the cheek from Orange Bowl queen Earleen Carey at a press conference Saturday in Miami. Dec. 5: Bowl lineup is finally solidified. Twenty days after accepting an Orange Bowl invitation, the Huskers on Saturday night finally learned who their opponent would be. But their outside chance at a national championship didn't look any…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 4

12/4/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 4: All eyes on two games. It was another waiting day Friday on the eve of two games that could influence Nebraska's slim hopes for a national championship. Top-ranked Texas was expected to beat No. 4 Arkansas and wrap up a perfect regular season and a Cotton Bowl berth against No. 6 Notre Dame. But if the Razorbacks could…

Thursday presser, 2020 Purdue week

12/3/20 | HuskerMax
Head coach Scott Frost said there's hope that running back Dedrick Mills can return to action against Purdue. Refresh this page for the latest coverage of Thursday's press conference. | Updates & discussion HuskerMax · 2020.12.03 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Lincoln Journal Star | Red Report: 'Fingers crossed' for RB Mills to play vs. Purdue; scheduling rigmarole ahead? Omaha World-Herald…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 3

12/3/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 3: Two December games create a bowl mess. As imperfect as the modern-day bowl and playoff system might be, consider the situation 50 years ago. Louisiana State, Texas and Arkansas — all of them top-10 teams — each would need a win Saturday to guarantee a bowl berth. At least one of those teams — either LSU or the…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 2

12/2/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 2: Five Huskers on AP All-Big Eight team. Five Huskers earned first-team honors Wednesday as the Associated Press unveiled its All-Big Eight squad. The honorees: offensive tackle Bob Newton, defensive linemen Dave Walline and Ed Periard, linebacker Jerry Murtaugh and I-back Joe Orduna. Murtaugh was a unanimous pick. Ten other Huskers earned honorable mention. AP was not as generous…

Husker Dan: “Clapgate” or Claptrap?

12/1/20 | Husker Dan
Scott Frost was beside himself in his press conference following his team's 20-26 loss to Iowa last Friday. Frost was angry and frustrated with the way the season has been going for the Huskers. And who can blame him? He praised his team's efforts, but he also called out some members of his team for their lack of commitment. Frost's…

Tuesday presser, 2020 Purdue week

12/1/20 | HuskerMax
Offensive coordinator Matt Lubick said he expects both quarterbacks to play against Purdue, but he wasn't revealing specifics. Refresh this page for the latest coverage from Tuesday's press conference. | Updates & discussion HuskerMax · 2020.12.01 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Omaha World-Herald | Adrian Martinez, Luke McCaffrey both expected to play at Purdue. But how much? HuskerOnline | Tuesday takes:…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 1

12/1/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 1: Huskers No. 3 in both polls. As the Huskers' three-week wait for an Orange Bowl opponent continued, good news arrived as expected Tuesday with Nebraska's No. 3 ranking in both major polls. Notre Dame's loss to Southern Cal knocked the Cotton Bowl-bound Irish to No. 6 in the AP and UPI rankings. That moved Nebraska up a notch…

Monday Morning Quarterback: Should Iowa be penalized for “Clapgate” or is it more of a case of no more Husker excuses?

11/30/20 | SquareOffs
Another one-score loss for the Huskers. While the defense played well enough to win this the game, the offense's mistakes and turnovers were too much to overcome. Not scoring on the last four Husker possessions was brutal to watch. The curse lives on, and the Heroes Trophy stays in Iowa for the sixth straight year. Husker center Cam Jurgens had…

Monday presser, 2020 Purdue week

11/30/20 | HuskerMax
Scott Frost confirmed that freshman receiver Marcus Fleming is no longer on the team. Frost said the Huskers remain hungry for the remaining 2020 games. Refresh this page for the latest coverage of Monday's press conference. | Updates & discussion HuskerMax · 2020.11.30 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Lincoln Journal Star | Jurgens will remain starter at center; Huskers more shorthanded…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 30

11/30/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 30: Third All-America honor for Newton. Nebraska's Bob Newton hauled in another top honor Monday as he was named to Look magazine's All-America team, selected by the Football Writers Association of America. It was the third All-America honor for the senior offensive tackle, named earlier to the Football News and Kodak squads. The Lincoln Journal's Don Forsythe, meanwhile, noted…

2020 Nebraska-Purdue stats matchup

11/29/20 | HuskerMax
Here's how the Cornhuskers and Boilermakers match up statistically entering their Dec. 5th game in West Lafayette. Average national ranking in categories listed: Nebraska 85.07, Purdue 71.25.   NEBRASKA 1-4 (1-4) PURDUE 2-3 (2-3) Avg. Rank Avg. Rank Rushing offense 187.6 46 97.8 122 Passing offense 180.4 106 304.0 19 Pass efficiency 115.15 107 141.25 47 Total offense 368.0 89…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 29

11/29/20 | J. Hudson
Jerry Murtaugh (42) and Dave Walline (76) were among NU's four honorees on defense. Nov. 29: 8 Huskers voted All-Big Eight. The Omaha World-Herald unveiled its All-Big Eight team Sunday, and eight Huskers made the 22-man squad. No other school had more than four selections. The team was chosen via a poll of Big Eight coaches. Nebraska's Bob Newton was…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 28

11/28/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 28: An assist from the Trojans. Nebraska's longshot chances for a No. 1 finish got a boost Saturday as Southern California knocked Notre Dame from the unbeaten ranks in a 38-28 upset in Los Angeles. The Trojans led 38-14 before two Notre Dame touchdowns made the final score more respectable. A solid win by the Irish might have created…

Stryker: High time for Frost to replace underachievers

11/27/20 | Tad Stryker
How long can Scott Frost keep spinning close losses as evidence that his team is almost ready to break through? For the third consecutive season, the Cornhuskers took Iowa to the wire before losing. Frost, who is 4-11 in one-score games at Nebraska, would be at least a .500 coach in Lincoln if his teams could close the deal in…

Highlights: 2020 Nebraska vs. Iowa football

11/27/20 | HuskerMax
Highlights from the Huskers' 26-20 loss Friday at Iowa. Iowa earned its fourth straight victory overall and sixth in a row in the series despite being outyarded 338-322. | Game page           🚨 ONE-HANDED CATCH ALERT 🚨@Beyer10Shaun with the snag for @HawkeyeFootball! pic.twitter.com/OnLHJ0sRdY— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 27, 2020     The first TD of…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 27

11/27/20 | J. Hudson
Coach Bob Devaney gets a ride after the Huskers' 28-21 win Saturday over Oklahoma. · The Lincoln Star · Newspapers.com Nov. 27: Devaney, Murtaugh snag top honors. Nebraska completed its near sweep of UPI postseason Big Eight honors Friday as Bob Devaney was named the conference's coach of the year and linebacker Jerry Murtaugh was voted player of the year.…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 26

11/26/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 26: Another honor for Harper. On Thanksgiving Day, Nebraska continued feasting on postseason honors as United Press International named defensive end Willie Harper the Big Eight's top sophomore lineman. Also receiving votes for the honor were flanker Johnny Rodgers (Lineman? Go figure) and center Doug Dumler. A day earlier, Harper was among more than a dozen Huskers earning first-…

A misidentified moment from the Game of the Century

11/25/20 | J. Hudson
  On the 49th anniversary of the Game of the Century, it's time to set the record straight about the above photo from the classic 1971 Nebraska-Oklahoma clash in Norman. The image, apparently shot by a Lincoln Journal Star photographer, has been described in a number of publications as showing the winning touchdown, scored by Jeff Kinney with 1:38 remaining.…

Wednesday presser, 2020 Iowa week

11/25/20 | HuskerMax
Scott Frost said quarterbacks Adrian Martinez and Luke McCaffrey both have had strong weeks of practice and there's a decision to be made on who starts against Iowa. Refresh this page for the latest coverage from Wednesday's press conference. | Updates & discussion HuskerMax · 2020.11.25 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Lincoln Journal Star | Red Report: Injury updates on Mills,…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 25

11/25/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 25: UPI names 7 Huskers All-Big Eight. Nebraska led the way with seven first-team selections Wednesday on the 22-member UPI All-Big Eight team. Linebacker Jerry Murtaugh and offensive tackle Bob Newton were the only unanimous selections in the voting by a 20-member media panel. Joining them on the first team were offensive guard Donnie McGhee, I-back Joe Orduna, defensive…

Tuesday presser, 2020 Iowa week

11/24/20 | HuskerMax
Offensive coordinator Matt Lubick said he saw inconsistencies across the board during the Illinois game, "and it starts with the coaches. How can we put guys in good situations?" Refresh this page for the latest coverage. | Updates & discussion HuskerMax · 2020.11.24 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Lincoln Journal Star | Red Report: Blackshirts 'have the right players' to compete…

Nebraska vs. Iowa Rivalry Bobblehead Unveiled

11/24/20 | HuskerMax
  MILWAUKEE – Tuesday morning, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled an officially licensed, limited edition bobblehead commemorating the Nebraska vs. Iowa Rivalry. The bobblehead is the first to commemorate the rivalry and features University of Nebraska mascot Herbie Husker and University of Iowa mascot Herky the Hawk squaring off as rivals ready for battle. The bobbleheads were produced exclusively for the…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 24

11/24/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 24: Polls a mixed bag; Newton honored. Husker offensive lineman Bob Newton was named Tuesday to the Kodak All-America team, the second such honor in four days for the senior left tackle. Newton was the only Big Eight player on the 24-man squad, selected by the American Football Coaches Association. He had been named a Football News All-American on…

Nebraska-Iowa Rivaly Bobblehead

11/23/20 | David Max
This morning, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled an officially licensed, limited edition bobblehead commemorating the Nebraska vs. Iowa Rivalry. The bobblehead is the first to commemorate the rivalry and features University of Nebraska mascot Herbie Husker and University of Iowa mascot Herky the Hawk squaring off as rivals ready for battle. The bobbleheads were produced exclusively for the National Bobblehead Hall…

Husker Dan: Illini Feast on Husker Turnovers

11/23/20 | Husker Dan
Remember, denial isn't just a river in India. Mrs. Husker Dan Perhaps the one area that best demonstrates the futility of the Husker football program this fall is their turnover record after 4 games.  Going into Saturday's home game with Illinois (a 23-41 Husker loss), Nebraska had a modest 0-0 record.  In other words up to that point, Nebraska had…

Monday presser, 2020 Iowa week

11/23/20 | HuskerMax
Scott Frost says there's "no doubt in my mind Luke McCaffrey's the future around here," but if Adrian Martinez gives the Huskers their best chance to win Friday, they'll go with him. Refresh this page for the latest coverage from Monday's press conference. | Updates & discussion HuskerMax · 2020.11.23 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Husker247 | Robinson stresses 'stepping stone'…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 23

11/23/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 23: Making the best of bowl situation. Coach Bob Devaney told fans Monday that LSU, Arkansas and Texas appeared to be the most likely opponents for the Huskers in the Orange Bowl. He had hoped for a pairing with Notre Dame but said LSU would provide "a great match" if it won its remaining two games. The Lincoln Journal's…

2020 Nebraska-Iowa stats matchup

11/22/20 | HuskerMax
Here's how the Cornhuskers and Hawkeyes match up statistically entering their Nov. 27th game in Iowa City. Average national ranking in categories listed: Nebraska 87th, Iowa 46th.   NEBRASKA 1-3 (1-3) IOWA 3-2 (3-2) Avg. Rank Avg. Rank Rushing offense 198.8 36 181.6 49 Passing offense 176.8 109 191.4 102 Pass efficiency 107.75 117 105.02 118 Total offense 375.5 83…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 22

11/22/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 22: Title hopes dimmed as Irish pick Cotton. There was disappointment — and still no bowl opponent — for the Huskers Sunday as Notre Dame turned down an Orange Bowl invitation in favor of a Cotton Bowl berth. The development left Nebraska without a likely path to playing for the national championship on Jan. 1. "I was hoping it…

Stryker: Inexplicable Huskers give sandlot football a bad name

11/21/20 | Tad Stryker
The most valuable real estate in Nebraska, a place where the Cornhuskers once won 47 consecutive football games, looked a lot like a sandlot on a dreary day in November. Sandlot football. That’s what Scott Frost’s offense looked like Saturday as it scuffled between middle school-style mistakes, flashes of talent, and utter confusion. They’re frozen with indecision, missing key blocks,…

Highlights: 2020 Nebraska vs. Illinois football

11/21/20 | HuskerMax
Highlights from the Nebraska-Illinois game. Refresh this page for the latest additions. | Game page       We've got an unusual fumble on the first play from scrimmage. 😮@IlliniFootball recovers near the red zone and punches it in for a 7-0 lead. pic.twitter.com/IuupPS5qDM — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 21, 2020     Luke McCaffrey lowers the shoulder! 👊@HuskerFBNation…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 21

11/21/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 21: Huskers survive Sooner scare. After squandering two touchdown opportunities in the first quarter, unbeaten Nebraska got the hint that underdog Oklahoma wouldn't go away quietly. Sure enough, the outcome wasn’t decided until the final play, when Husker defensive back Jim Anderson picked off Jack Mildren’s heave aimed for Jon Harrison in the end zone. A nerve-wracking 28-21 victory…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 20

11/20/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 20: Stage set for Huskers vs. Sooners. On the day before Nebraska's regular-season finale against Oklahoma, Husker linebacker Jerry Murtaugh and offensive tackle Bob Newton were named to the Football News All-America team. The two were among 16 seniors about to make their final appearance at Memorial Stadium. The sophomore class, however, was also drawing attention in the newspapers'…

Thursday presser, 2020 Illinois week

11/19/20 | HuskerMax
Head coach Scott Frost said 12 players were awarded Blackshirts this week: Cam Taylor-Britt, Dicaprio Bootle, Marquel Dismuke, Deontai Williams, JoJo Domann, Collin Miller, Will Honas, Garrett Nelson, Caleb Tannor, Ben Stille, Ty Robinson and Damion Daniels. Refresh this page for the latest coverage of Thursday's press conference. HuskerMax · 2020.11.19 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Lincoln Journal Star | Red…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 19

11/19/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 19: Harper's replacement "a tough kid". With Willie Harper sidelined by injury, his replacement at defensive end received a vote of confidence Thursday from coach Bob Devaney. Devaney conceded that Harper's speed would be missed during Saturday's showdown with Oklahoma, but he called Doug Johnson "a tough kid, and he's not a bad football player either." Johnson, like Harper,…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 18

11/18/20 | J. Hudson
Doug Johnson, left, and Larry Jacobson pursue Kansas State's Lynn Dickey. Nov. 18: Kinney returns; Harper still hobbled. Jeff Kinney was back in pads Wednesday, but Willie Harper's status for Saturday's game against Oklahoma appeared doubtful. I-back Kinney's sore shoulder was improving, but Harper's hip pointer wasn't. Taking Harper's place with the No. 1 unit at defensive end was sophomore…

Husker Dan: Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner!

11/17/20 | Husker Dan
Just when you thought Nebraska was going to find yet another way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, the good ol' Cornhuskers found a way to actually win a football game. Yes, I know what many of you are thinking. Nebraska managed to beat an 0-4 Penn State team Saturday (30-23) despite several attempts to self-destruct.  But Nebraska…

Tuesday presser, 2020 Illinois week

11/17/20 | HuskerMax
Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander said Blackshirts were issued this week, but he declined to name who received them. Refresh this page for the latest coverage of Tuesday's press conference. | Updates & discussion HuskerMax · 2020.11.17 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Omaha World-Herald | Huskers hand out Blackshirts, but won't say who got them yet Husker247 | Huskers hand out Blackshirts…
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