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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…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 17

11/17/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 17: Wishbone prep vexes Huskers. Coach Bob Devaney said Tuesday that preparing for Oklahoma's wishbone offense was "giving us some problems" because of unfamiliarity with the Sooners' new triple-option scheme. "We haven't played anyone who has used it," Devaney noted. The Sooners didn't seem to favor a particular ball carrier, he said, making the Blackshirts' task all the more…

Monday presser, 2020 Illinois week

11/16/20 | HuskerMax
Head coach Scott Frost said Luke McCaffrey's first start was "really solid," but there will be open competition again this week at quarterback. Refresh this page for the latest coverage from Monday's press conference. | Updates & discussion HuskerMax · 2020.11.16 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Hail Varsity | Plenty to Improve on, but Nebraska Is Feeling Good After Win Over…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 16

11/16/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 16: Kinney, Harper sore as Sooners loom. I-back Jeff Kinney and defensive end Willie Harper weren't in pads Monday as the Huskers began preparations for their regular-season finale against Oklahoma. Kinney's problem was a sore shoulder (technically an acromioclavicular strain), and Harper had a hip pointer. It was hoped they would be able to play Saturday. Coach Bob Devaney…

2020 Nebraska-Illinois stats matchup

11/15/20 | HuskerMax
Here's how the Cornhuskers and Fighting Illini match up statistically entering their Nov. 21st game in Lincoln.   NEBRASKA 1-2 (1-2) ILLINOIS 1-3 (1-3) Avg. Rank Avg. Rank Rushing offense 193.3 37 206.8 27 Passing offense 176.7 107 148.0 112 Pass efficiency 110.26 112 103.99 117 Total offense 370.0 86 354.8 96 Scoring offense 20.0 111 17.0 115 Rushing defense…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 15

11/15/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 15: Huskers accept Orange Bowl bid. Nebraska on Sunday became the first team to lock down a major bowl berth as the Huskers voted to accept the offer extended the previous evening by the Orange Bowl. The opponent was yet to be determined. Coach Bob Devaney said it was the Huskers' only offer, although more invitations might have been…

Stryker: McCaffrey, Blackshirts serve up win to hungry Huskers

11/14/20 | Tad Stryker
Can you imagine the joyous outburst when an inexperienced team, hungry for clues on how to win in the Big Ten, finally experiences success? We’ll all have to imagine because almost nobody saw the response. After all, offensive coordinator Matt Lubick and about half of the disconcerted Nebraska coaching staff were ensconced in their designated room high above the West…

Highlights: 2020 Nebraska vs. Penn State football

11/14/20 | HuskerMax
Game highlights from Nebraska's 2020 football home opener, a 30-23 win over Penn State. Redshirt freshman quarterback Luke McCaffrey led Nebraska to scores on his first two drives as a starter. Senior safety Deontai Williams had a sack and 26-yard fumble return for a touchdown to give Nebraska a 24-3 lead in the second quarter. Penn State rallied in the…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 14

11/14/20 | J. Hudson
Joe Blahak picked off Lynn Dickey three times. Nov. 14: Huskers skin ’Cats with 7 interceptions. Nebraska had the Big Eight’s top offense and Kansas State came to town with the best defense, but the Huskers quickly declawed the Wildcats and coasted to a 51-13 victory and clinched at least a tie for the league title. The Orange Bowl extended…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 13

11/13/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 13: Much at stake as Huskers face 'Cats. With a Big Eight title share at stake for both teams and much more on the line for the Huskers, anticipation was high for Nebraska's homecoming game against Kansas State. Win this one, and the Huskers could expect one or more top-tier bowl invitations Saturday evening — and a potential shot…

Thursday presser, 2020 Penn State week

11/12/20 | HuskerMax
Head coach Scott Frost spoke after Thursday's practice but wasn't ready to say who would start at quarterback Saturday against Penn State. Refresh this page for the latest coverage. HuskerMax · 2020.11.12 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Lincoln Journal Star | Frost: No decision yet on who will start at QB Omaha World-Herald | Who will be Nebraska's starting QB? Scott…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 12

11/12/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 12: Brownson practices with No. 1 offense. Quarterback Van Brownson worked with No. 1 offense Thursday after Jerry Tagge had done so Monday through Wednesday, but there was no official word on who would start against Kansas State. Coach Bob Devaney said the Huskers and Wildcats relied on similar defensive schemes. The results were similar, too: Kansas State was…

Pernell: Frost facing a Quarterback Crossroads

11/11/20 | Jeremy Pernell
Scott Frost knows all about the highs and lows of being the starting quarterback at Nebraska. After all, he replaced Tommie Frazier - the guy who's most prominently featured on this historic programs 'Mount Rushmore.' Frost was booed by his own fans, and he also was able to lead his team to the pinnacle of college football. Since he's been…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 11

11/11/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 11: Brownson passing again in practice. Quarterback Van Brownson was throwing again Wednesday as the Huskers practiced in cold, wet weather at Memorial Stadium. Coach Bob Devaney said Brownson "should be OK for Saturday" against Kansas State, barring another setback with his elbow problem. Whether the starter would be Brownson or Jerry Tagge had yet to be determined. The…

Husker Dan: A New Husker Straw?

11/10/20 | Husker Dan
When Scott Frost came to Nebraska in December of 2017, he brought with him a vision of a high-powered, fast-paced and dynamic spread offense.  And Husker football fans were excited because they saw what Frost's offenses did when he was the OC at Oregon and what he'd developed as the head coach at the University of Central Florida. THE STRAW…

Tuesday presser, 2020 Penn State week

11/10/20 | HuskerMax
Offensive coordinator Matt Lubick said it's an "open competition week" for the Huskers, and not just at quarterback. Refresh this page for the latest coverage of Tuesday's press conference.   Video • Matt Lubick • Erik Chinander • Barrett Ruud • Ethan Piper • Matt Farniok • Garrett Nelson   Coverage Lincoln Journal Star | Red Report: Open competition the theme; first-drive frustrations Omaha World-Herald | Husker coordinators hint at changes to…

Carriker Chronicles: The QB decision

11/10/20 | HuskerMax
If it’s neck and neck between Adrian Martinez and Luke McCaffrey at the end of the week, which quarterback should Scott Frost start against Penn State? Adam Carriker shares his thoughts.     • Carriker archive at Omaha World-Herald     

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 10

11/10/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 10: Honor for Tagge; bulletin-board talk. Quarterback Jerry Tagge was named Big Eight back of the week Tuesday for his performance in the romp at Iowa State, his first start for the Huskers in four weeks. Van Brownson's ailing elbow was said to be improving, though he once again did no throwing during Tuesday's practice. Looking ahead to Saturday's…

Monday presser, 2020 Penn State week

11/9/20 | HuskerMax
Scott Frost said the decision of who starts at quarterback against Penn State is something that will play out in practices this week. Refresh this page for the latest from Monday's press conference.   Video • Marquel Dismuke • Collin Miller • Ben Stille • Kade Warner • Scott Frost   Coverage Lincoln Journal Star | Frost: Decision between Martinez, McCaffrey to be made in coming days; 'we trust them…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 9

11/9/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 9: Knee injury ends Pabis' season. Coach Bob Devaney said Monday that No. 2 middle guard Bob Pabis would have knee surgery and miss the remainder of the season. The injury to Pabis, backup to Ed Periard, happened during Saturday's win at Iowa State. Quarterback Van Brownson wasn't throwing during Monday's practice due to his ailing elbow, and his…

2020 Nebraska-Penn State stats matchup

11/8/20 | HuskerMax
Here's how the Cornhuskers and Nittany Lions match up statistically entering their Nov. 14th game in Lincoln. NEBRASKA 0-2 (0-2) PENN STATE 0-3 (0-3) Avg. Rank Avg. Rank Rushing offense 217 21 129.3 93 Passing offense 189 98 286.3 29 Pass efficiency 104.23 115 131.85 72 Total offense 406 63 415.7 53 Scoring offense 15 116 26.3 84 Rushing defense…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 8

11/8/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 8: A Majors endorsement for Huskers. Iowa State coach Johnny Majors said Sunday that the Huskers were the No. 1 team in the country in his view after their 54-29 romp over his Cyclones. "Nebraska has all the potent weapons," he said. "I don't think Texas, Notre Dame or Ohio State could beat them. People have to prove to…

Stryker: Change the theme or change the scheme

11/7/20 | Tad Stryker
Yards, but not points. That’s a deadly theme for a football team, and sadly enough, a familiar theme for an inconsistent, mistake-prone football team. Those are the themes of Scott Frost’s Nebraska offense after 26 games. Changing that theme will be the main goal of the rest of this virus-ridden 2020 season. If he can’t change the theme, Scott Frost…

Huskers can’t capitalize vs. ‘Cats

11/7/20 | HuskerMax
Nebraska outgained Northwestern by 125 yards, but botched scoring opportunities doomed the Huskers in a 21-13 loss to the Wildcats in Evanston, Ill. Luke McCaffrey replaced Adrian Martinez just before the start of the fourth quarter, but a last-minute attempt to tie the game ended with an incompletion at the goal line. Go to the game page for all the…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 7

11/7/20 | HuskerMax
Joe Orduna scored three touchdowns and became Nebraska's second-leading all-time career ground-gainer behind Bobby Reynolds. Nov. 7: Tagge engineers rout of Cyclones. Nebraska remained unbeaten by clobbering Iowa State, 54-29, before a record crowd of 36,000 in Ames. The Huskers led 12-0 at the quarter and 26-11 at halftime. A 21-point third quarter ensured the rout and gave the reserves…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 6

11/6/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 6: Huskers head to Ames with QB uncertainty. The 1970 Huskers were no strangers to uncertainty at quarterback, and Friday was no exception as the team made the bus trip to Iowa State. Van Brownson's ailing elbow meant Jerry Tagge might make his first start at QB since the Missouri game four weeks earlier. Fullback Dan Schneiss was reportedly…

Thursday presser, 2020 Northwestern week

11/5/20 | HuskerMax
Scott Frost took reporters' questions after Thursday's practice, the last media availability before the Northwestern game. He said Omar Manning, the highly regarded juco transfer at wide receiver, is ready to play. Refresh this page for the latest updates. HuskerMax · 2020.11.05 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Lincoln Journal Star | Red Report: Frost says juco WR Omar Manning is 'ready…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 5

11/5/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 5: Brownson's status iffy for game at Ames. Van Brownson rested his sore throwing elbow during Thursday's practice, and coach Bob Devaney said the quarterback job would remain fluid up until game time Saturday at Iowa State. Jerry Tagge, the Huskers' starter in the first five games, was ready to go if Brownson could not play. The travel roster…

Wednesday presser, 2020 Northwestern week

11/4/20 | HuskerMax
O-line coach Greg Austin, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and secondary coach Travis Fisher took reporters' questions after Wednesday's practice. Austin said the Huskers will be up against a Northwestern defensive front that's gap-disciplined, and Fisher discussed the defensive backs who will be counted on in the first half because of two starters' targeting suspensions. Refresh this page for the latest…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 4

11/4/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 4: Huskers get in work on natural turf. Drier weather allowed the Huskers to spend Wednesday afternoon on the grass practice fields. Coach Bob Devaney said that was important in preparation for the game on Iowa State’s natural turf. “The players get accustomed to making sharper cuts on the AstroTurf that you can’t make on natural grass,” Devaney said.…

Husker Dan: No Wisky or Mocs

11/3/20 | Husker Dan
As every Husker fan knows by now, last week's scheduled game with the Wisconsin Badgers was canceled due to Wisky's COVID-19 Orange/Red test results.  Such a rating does not mean a game must be canceled, only that the infected team may cancel the game.  I don't think the cancelation means  Wisconsin doesn't like Nebraska or that it didn't want to…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 3

11/3/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 3: Brownson limited again by sore elbow. Quarterback Jerry Tagge practiced with the No. 1 offense Tuesday as Van Brownson was limited because of a sore throwing elbow. The injury occurred when a sideline tackle sent Brownson crashing into the opponents' bench during the Colorado game, Brownson's third consecutive start. Elbow soreness kept Brownson out of the Huskers' first…

Monday presser, 2020 Northwestern week

11/2/20 | HuskerMax
Scott Frost said the team handled last week's cancellation well and is "just anxious to get back out there and try and win a game" against Northwestern. Refresh this page for the latest from Monday's press conference. HuskerMax · 2020.11.02 HuskerMax Practice ReportHuskerMax · 2020.11.03 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Hail Varsity | After Unexpected Week Off, Nebraska Turns Attention To…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 2

11/2/20 | J. Hudson
Jim Anderson breaks up a pass in Boulder. Nov. 2: No panic from Devaney on CU yardage. Colorado outgained Nebraska and rushed for nearly 300 yards, but coach Bob Devaney said Monday that the bottom line was that the Huskers won by double digits and held the Buffaloes to their lowest point total of the season. The Huskers began preparations…

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 1

11/1/20 | J. Hudson
Nov. 1: Huskers slip on stat charts. Run defense was sure to get extra scrutiny from the Nebraska staff after Colorado gashed the Blackshirts for 297 rushing yards in Boulder. Nebraska lost its league lead in rushing defense and total defense, but the Huskers remained atop the charts in total offense, scoring offense and scoring defense. Their 34.5-point scoring average…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 31

10/31/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 31: Huskers survive scare from Buffs. Nebraska struck early, fought off a Colorado comeback and socked home two late touchdowns to beat the Buffaloes, 29-13. Nebraska grabbed a 12-0 first-quarter lead on two long Van Brownson-to-Guy Ingles TD passes but had to settle for a 12-7 halftime margin. Paul Rogers’ 46-yard field goal made it 15-7 in the third…

1970 Day by Day: Oct 30

10/30/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 30: Ready to rumble with the Buffs. The erratic but talented Colorado Buffaloes were not being taken lightly in the newspapers' final pregame wrap-ups. The Buffs' upset of Penn State in September and their 1969 defeat of Big Eight co-champ Missouri were just two examples of Colorado bringing its "A" game against a highly ranked opponent. No. 4 Nebraska…

Feit: A Rebuttal to Dan Wetzel

10/30/20 | Dave Feit
On Thursday, Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports posted a column entitled "Nebraska's messy marriage with Big Ten getting uglier every day".   While the impetus for the column was the news of Nebraska's proposal to play Tennessee-Chattanooga this weekend (filling a hole created when Wisconsin cancelled) being rejected, it quickly turned into a rehash of the same over-inflated talking points…

Stryker: Big Ten denial puts kibosh on independent thinking

10/29/20 | Tad Stryker
Wouldn’t it be something if schools actually acted in the interests of their student-athletes and took risks to act in their best interests, instead of just mouthing platitudes and virtue-signaling with politically correct statements? The University of Nebraska this week tried, once again, to do just that. Once again, it was slapped down by the Big Ten Conference. The Cornhuskers…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 29

10/29/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 29: Tagge injury called minor. Quarterback Jerry Tagge suffered what was described as a slight groin injury during Thursday's practice, but it wasn't enough to keep him off the 47-man travel roster for the Colorado game. Regardless of Tagge's status, Van Brownson was expected to make his third consecutive start at QB. Split end Woody Cox was on the…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 28

10/28/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 28: Huskers hit grass fields. The Huskers practiced on natural turf Wednesday, their first workout on grass in preparation for Saturday's game on the sod of Colorado's Folsom Field. Coach Bob Devaney said the 47-man travel roster would be three deep at quarterback, I-back and fullback, and two deep at all other positions. Devaney said the Huskers' kickoff coverage…

Husker Dan: Cup Half Empty or Half Full?

10/27/20 | Husker Dan
In the aftermath of Saturday's 35-point loss to the Buckeyes, people are quick to opine about the progress (or lack thereof) of the Husker football program. CAMPING? There are two camps of Husker fans:  The Cup is Half Empty crowd and the Cup is Half Full crowd.  Both groups are frustrated because of another blowout loss in Year 3 of…

Tuesday presser, 2020 Wisconsin week

10/27/20 | HuskerMax
While Wisconsin is scrambling at the quarterback position, the Huskers hope to have receiver Omar Manning and linebacker Luke Reimer in action Saturday against the Badgers. Refresh this page for the latest coverage from Tuesday's press conference. HuskerMax · 2020.10.27 HuskerMax Practice ReportHuskerMax · 2020.10.28 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Omaha World-Herald | Huskers hope to have Omar Manning, Luke Reimer…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 27

10/27/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 27: Cox gets work at flanker. The Huskers practiced on artificial turf again Tuesday because of wet fields, but coach Bob Devaney hoped to conduct workouts on grass the rest of the week to prepare for the natural turf at Colorado's Folsom Field. Split end Woody Cox was getting work at flanker to give Johnny Rodgers some rest. Rodgers…

Monday presser, 2020 Wisconsin week

10/26/20 | HuskerMax
Scott Frost said young players in Nebraska's defensive secondary will need to step up against Wisconsin given Nebraska's first-half suspensions. The Badgers, he said, "know who they are on both sides of the ball." Refresh this page for the latest from Monday's press conference. HuskerMax · 2020.10.25 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Hail Varsity | Nebraska Hopes to Show It Has…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 26

10/26/20 | J. Hudson
Bob Newton, senior offensive tackle Oct. 26: “Not going to lose,” says Newton. Seniors Bob Newton and Jerry Murtaugh made it clear Monday that the Huskers expected to win out and hoped to have a shot at No. 1 come January. "We all know we're not going to lose," Newton said. "The way we're going now," said Murtaugh, "I think…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 25

10/25/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 25: Huskers tops in 5 of 8 categories. The Cornhuskers vaulted to the top of the Big Eight charts in rushing offense and scoring offense after the rout of Oklahoma State, but the Cowboys' second-half spree against Husker reserves knocked Nebraska from the No. 1 spot in total defense. Nebraska retained its league lead in three other major categories:…

Stryker: Huskers show grit, but can’t handle polished Buckeyes

10/24/20 | Tad Stryker
A generation ago, Tom Osborne watched his team deliver a 50-10 beatdown to Michigan State, then walked across the field to shake Nick Saban’s hand. And he delivered a message: “You’re not as bad as you think you are.” I don’t think the 2020 Ohio State team will prove it is the equal of the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers, but the…

Buckeyes turn tie into rout

10/24/20 | HuskerMax
Adrian Martinez and Luke McCaffrey combined for 164 yards on the ground, but Nebraska couldn’t keep pace with No. 5 Ohio State as the Buckeyes posted a 52-17 win. Nebraska generated 377 yards of total offense, and while Nebraska’s quarterbacks combined to complete 16 of 20 passes, Ohio State’s Justin Fields was even more efficient, completing 20 of 21 for…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 24

10/24/20 | J. Hudson
Nebraska defensive end John Adkins brings down flanker Dick Graham. The Cowboys managed just two first downs and 43 yards of offense in the first half. Oct. 24: Huskers annihilate ’Pokes. Piling up the most points by a Cornhusker team since 1922, Nebraska had a field day in swamping Oklahoma State, 65-31, on Saturday in Lincoln. The Huskers scored first,…

Feit: Five Questions for the 2020 Season

10/23/20 | Dave Feit
With the 2020 season kicking off tomorrow, there are many lingering questions that will shape the course of the season.  Here are five that I am very curious about:   1. How long is Martinez's leash? For the purposes of this question, we are going to assume that the QB competition in camp was as competitive as advertised and Luke…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 23

10/23/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 23: Defensive battle? Maybe not this time. Scouts from at least four postseason bowls — Orange, Cotton, Sugar and Gator — had been granted press box credentials by Friday for the next day's game pitting Nebraska against Oklahoma State. Even with the Huskers favored by 21 points on Band Day in Lincoln, the newspapers' final pregame wrap-ups were peppered…

Thursday presser, 2020 Ohio State week

10/22/20 | HuskerMax
Head coach Scott Frost said Thursday that Connor Culp will be the starting kicker and William Przystup will be the punter. He wasn't sure whether receiver Omar Manning would be available Saturday but said he hoped "it won't be long." Refresh this page for the latest updates. HuskerMax · 2020.10.22 HuskerMax Practice ReportHuskerMax · 2020.10.23 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Lincoln…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 22

10/22/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 22: Cowboys' tricky returns a concern. The Huskers spent part of Thursday's practice preparing for an unusual and deceptive kickoff return often used by Oklahoma State. The play had four Cowboys converging at a point where one of them would emerge with the ball. Nebraska coach Bob Devaney said he noticed on game film that the exchange of the…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 21

10/21/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 21: Huskers adjust aerial defense. Coach Bob Devaney said after Wednesday's practice that the Huskers would be forced to play more man-to-man coverage than usual to control Oklahoma State's potent passing game. Causing the tactical adjustment were the Cowboys' pro-style sets and the prolific OSU trio of Tony Pounds, Hermann Eben and Dick Graham. Eben and Graham had a…

Husker Dan: Husker 2020 Vision

10/20/20 | Husker Dan
As every Husker football fan knows, the start of the 2020 season is just days away. And if that doesn't get your heart pumping, I don't know what will. We can almost feel the crowd yelling, "Husker-Power!" and hear the band playing "Hail Varsity" and "There Is No Place Like Nebraska." And how about the cheerleaders yelling "Go Big Red!"…

Tuesday presser, 2020 Ohio State week

10/20/20 | HuskerMax
Husker players and assistants fielded reporters' questions after Tuesday's practice, and coach Ryan Held said Ronald Thompkins is the top backup to Dedrick Mills at running back. Refresh this page for the latest updates. HuskerMax · 2020.10.20 HuskerMax Practice ReportHuskerMax · 2020.10.21 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Hail Varsity | Nebraska's Depth Chart Coming Into Focus Ahead of Ohio State Omaha…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 20

10/20/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 20: Periard returns; Huskers No. 4 in polls. Middle guard Ed Periard returned to practice Tuesday after a groin injury kept him out of Monday's session. Even though the Huskers were three-touchdown favorites against Oklahoma State, coach Bob Devaney cautioned that Nebraska's games against the Cowboys always seemed to be tough and close. With an extra week to prepare,…

Monday presser, 2020 Ohio State week

10/19/20 | HuskerMax
Adrian Martinez will be the Huskers’ starting quarterback Saturday at Ohio State, but coach Scott Frost says he has “two guys that are playing at a really high level” and essentially “two first-string quarterbacks.” Refresh this page for the latest updates from Monday’s press conference. HuskerMax · 2020.10.19 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage HuskerOnline | Adrian Martinez named Huskers' starting QB…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 19

10/19/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 19: Van's the man for Big Eight honor. Quarterback Van Brownson was the unanimous pick Monday for Big Eight back of the week. Brownson made the most of his first start of the season by passing for two touchdowns and running for two more in Nebraska's come-from-behind win at Kansas. In reviewing the game, coach Bob Devaney liked how…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 18

10/18/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 18: Huskers lead in standings, stats. With the Kansas game in the rear-view mirror, Nebraska could begin focusing Sunday on facing the Big Eight's leading passer, Tony Pounds of Oklahoma State. The Huskers, though, were no slouches themselves in slinging the ball. Nebraska's 59.8 percent completion rate was easily tops in the conference, and the Huskers had already set…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 17

10/17/20 | J. Hudson
Van Brownson connects with Johnny Rodgers for a third-quarter touchdown. Oct. 17: Huskers brush off Kansas surge. After a sudden Kansas surge turned a 10-0 Nebraska lead into a 20-10 deficit, the Huskers reeled off 31 unanswered points to put away the Jayhawks, 41-20. A 96-yard kickoff return followed by a successful onside kick fueled the uprising by Kansas, which…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 16

10/16/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 16: Huskers, Jayhawks ready to tangle. With the Huskers favored over Kansas by three touchdowns, the only suspense in the newspapers' final game previews seemed to be who would start at quarterback for Nebraska. Nothing was official, but the consensus was that Van Brownson would get the nod in Lawrence after closing out the win over Missouri the previous…

10/15/2020: Thursday presser

10/15/20 | HuskerMax
Offensive coordinator Matt Lubick said after Thursday's practice that a decision is coming soon on who will start at quarterback against Ohio State. "Both can win for us," Lubick said of Adrian Martinez and Luke McCaffrey. Wan'Dale Robinson and Kurt Warner also rook reporters' questions. Refresh this page for the latest updates. HuskerMax · 2020.10.15 HuskerMax Practice ReportHuskerMax · 2020.10.16…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 15

10/15/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 15: Quarterback choice could be a coin flip. Bob Devaney said Thursday that he remained undecided about who would start at quarterback Saturday against Kansas. "One minute I think I'll start one guy, and the next minute I think differently," he said of the decision between Jerry Tagge and Van Brownson. "Let's just say we'll be starting a righthander."…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 14

10/14/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 14: Blahak, Morock return to practice. A pair of Blackshirts, cornerback Joe Blahak and monster Dave Morock, returned to practice Wednesday as the Huskers continued preparations for their game at Kansas. Coach Bob Devaney wasn't happy about dealing with the Big Eight's 47-man limit on traveling squads, calling the limit "false economy." It helped matters that the Huskers' punter…

Stryker: Young team may benefit from paucity of preseason info

10/13/20 | Tad Stryker
From the president and chancellor, down to coach Scott Frost, the University of Nebraska spoke with passion about the upcoming football season and the reasons it should be held despite the threat of COVID-19. Most news involving Cornhusker football has been centered around that theme, and the NU top brass took a lot of heat for it — which has…

Alternate uniform for 2020?

10/13/20 | HuskerMax
The Athletic Department on Tuesday teased this Blackshirt-themed alternative uniform, apparently designed for use in a road game. The video was accompanied by this text: The Legend of the Blackshirts ☠️ Available in stores 10/26 🎈 Worn by the Huskers in '20 ??? Stay Tuned…

10/13/2020: Tuesday presser

10/13/20 | HuskerMax
Scott Frost said after Tuesday's practice that both Adrian Martinez and Luke McCaffrey are playing well and the pecking order at quarterback isn't clear yet. HuskerMax · 2020.10.14 HuskerMax Practice ReportHuskerMax · 2020.10.13 HuskerMax Practice Report 2 Coverage Hail Varsity | Starting QB Job Remains a Competition Between Martinez, McCaffrey KLKN | Frost, Huskers ramping up for first game Lincoln…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 13

10/13/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 13: Passing game gets extra attention. Three Huskers missed Tuesday's practice as Nebraska prepared for its trip to Lawrence to face Kansas. Monster back Dave Morock had a twisted knee, cornerback Joe Blahak was fighting the flu and linebacker Bruce Hauge was nursing a back injury. Coach Bob Devaney said the first and second units would be held out…

Monday Morning Quarterback: Do the Huskers average over 500 yards of total offense this year?

10/12/20 | SquareOffs
There's a lot of pressure on coaches Scott Frost and Matt Lubick to get the Husker offense cranking this year. Last season would have been completely different with just a bit more offensive production. Granted, the defense didn't really shut anyone down last year except Maryland, Northwestern and Northern Illinois. But for the most part, the Blackshirts kept the games…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 12

10/12/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 12: Devaney guards against overconfidence. With Nebraska's defense drawing praise left and right, coach Bob Devaney was determined Monday not to let the Blackshirts' success go to their heads. "We don't want them to get too satisfied," Devaney said, "because you must improve in athletics. You don't just stand still." That didn't stop him from singling out linebacker Jerry…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 11

10/11/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 11: Surprising Kansas up next. The day after the win over Missouri, it was time Sunday to start thinking about Nebraska's next opponent, the better-than-expected Kansas Jayhawks. Picked to finish next to last in the conference by the Big Eight Skywriters, Kansas was surprising everyone with a 4-1 start that included an upset win over Kansas State, a preseason…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 10

10/10/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 10: Defense shines, Van steps in vs. Tigers. The Blackshirts came up big, allowing just a one-yard touchdown "drive," as Nebraska downed Missouri, 21-7, in a hard-hitting, turnover-filled game in Lincoln. Van Brownson took over at quarterback for the Huskers in the second half, and he led a 66-yard drive to break a 7-7 tie early in the fourth…

1970 Day by Day: Oct 9

10/9/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 9: Snow problem is no problem. The much-anticipated Nebraska-Missouri game was still a day away Friday, but already there was an MVP contender: Memorial Stadium's new artificial turf. Five inches of sopping snow walloped Lincoln, knocking out power throughout town as tree limbs came crashing down. But the Friday afternoon freshman game went off without a hitch (the Husker…

10/08/2020: Thursday presser

10/8/20 | HuskerMax
The competition at quarterback and running back was the focus as coaches and players talked with the media after Thursday's Nebraska football practice. HuskerMax · 2020.10.09 KLIN HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Lincoln Journal Star | Verduzco defers to Frost on key QB question; Held wants Mills to be 'bell cow' Hail Varsity | Adrian Martinez 'Here for the Competition' Between…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 8

10/8/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 8: New rug may give Huskers an edge. On a wet and chilly Thursday afternoon, the Cornhuskers did most of their work inside the Field House in preparation for Saturday's clash in Lincoln with Missouri. "I have an idea that they'll be ready to play," coach Bob Devaney said afterward. The Tigers, he noted, had "beaten us enough lately."…

Husker Dan: Walk-on Program Gets “Warren” Down

10/7/20 | Husker Dan
Just when you thought the Big Ten was done giving the Huskers any more aggravation, along comes BT Commissioner Kevin Warren's rule that puts a cap on the number of daily COVID-19 tests a conference football team can administer.  The limit of 170 is something all 14 conference football teams must comply with. And so if all schools have the…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 7

10/7/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 7: Huskers' flu bug clears up. The Huskers practiced in rainy weather Wednesday with all hands on deck. "Everyone seems to have snapped back" from the intestinal bug that hit several players Monday and Tuesday, coach Bob Devaney said. It was revealed that Doug Dumler dislocated two fingers in his right hand Tuesday, but that wasn't expected to keep…

10/06/2020: Tuesday presser

10/6/20 | HuskerMax
Players and coaches from the defense took questions from the media after Tuesday's practice, and linebacker Luke Reimer appears to be a name to watch at inside linebacker. HuskerMax · 2020.10.07 KLIN HuskerMax Practice Report HuskerMax · 2020.10.08 KLIN HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Lincoln Journal Star | Nebraska rewards Lincoln North Star grad Luke Reimer with a scholarship Hail Varsity…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 6

10/6/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 6: Ailing Tagge exits practice early. An intestinal ailment continued to make the rounds Tuesday as the Huskers prepared for Missouri. Quarterback Jerry Tagge left practice early after feeling ill. Three players — fullback Dan Schneiss, linebacker Pat Morell and safety Bill Kosch — were not at full speed after being sidelined by the bug Monday. Left guard Dick…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 5

10/5/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 5: Devaney wary of Tigers' defense. With fans primed for Missouri week, coach Bob Devaney hinted Monday that points wouldn't be easy to come by against the Tigers. Devaney noted at his weekly luncheon appearance that the previous year's Huskers rang up 42 points against Minnesota but managed just 7 the following week in Columbia. Missouri, he declared, had…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 4

10/4/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 4: Showdown with nemesis Mizzou is next. There was no practice Sunday for the Huskers, but players' and coaches' focus no doubt had turned to the showdown at the end of the week with Missouri, defending Big Eight co-champions with Nebraska. The Tigers were looking for their fourth consecutive win in the series, and they were sporting a 3-1…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 3

10/3/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 3: Huskers' fast start buries Gophers. Operating against a stiff wind, Nebraska racked up 21 points and 200-plus yards in the first quarter en route to a 35-10 victory Saturday at Minnesota. Johnny Rodgers got things going with a six-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter, but Ernie Cook's 45-yard TD jaunt pulled Minnesota even, 7-7, midway into…

10/2/2020 presser: Friday practice

10/2/20 | HuskerMax
Nebraska head football coach Scott Frost talked with the media Friday after the Huskers' practice. He said cornerback Braxton Clark has a shoulder injury that will probably force him to miss the season.   HuskerMax · 2020.10.02 KLIN HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Omaha World-Herald | Frost talks testing, depth and a key injury in the secondary Husker247 | Husker defensive…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 2

10/2/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 2: Gophers seen as no pushover. In their final pregame wrap-ups, the Nebraska newspapers set the stage for a tough battle between the Huskers and Minnesota despite the Gophers' status as 9½-point underdogs and Nebraska's recent mastery in the series. The Lincoln Journal noted that the Gophers had yet to be scored upon in the first half and said…

10/1/2020 presser: Thursday practice

10/1/20 | HuskerMax
Players and coaches from the offense talked with the media after Thursday's practice. Offensive coordinator Matt Lubik said Adrian Martinez is the starter at quarterback but that competition is ongoing between him and Luke McCaffrey. Assistant coach Greg Austin outlined where things stand in the competition at all five spots on the offensive line. Refresh this page for the latest…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 1

10/1/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 1: Huskers look healthy for trip north. The game of musical chairs envisioned earlier in the week for Nebraska's offensive line was deemed unnecessary Thursday. Coach Bob Devaney said starting right guard Donnie McGhee appeared good to go for Saturday's game at Minnesota. The senior had been dealing with a shoulder problem. Health at quarterback had improved to the…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 30

9/30/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 30: Quarterbacks rounding into form. Coach Bob Devaney declared quarterbacks Jerry Tagge and Van Brownson to be almost completely healthy Wednesday, three days before Nebraska's clash with Minnesota. After weeks of elbow soreness, Brownson was throwing long passes again, but with some pain. Offensive guard Donnie McGhee remained questionable because of a sore shoulder. Devaney said Nebraska would test…

Husker Dan: 2020 Buckeyes: NU’s Toughest Opener?

9/29/20 | Husker Dan
As everyone in Huskerland knows, Big Ten football has been given the green light to begin the 2020 season in about three weeks.  After two earlier schedules were scrapped by the BT this summer, new nine-game schedules were revealed September 19th.  IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME! And when Husker fans found out who their opener was this year, they weren't too…

Monday Morning Quarterback: Who will be the Huskers’ starting quarterback in the last game?

9/29/20 | SquareOffs
There's a lot of attention on the competition for Husker starting quarterback this year. Twenty-one game starter Adrian Martinez is coming off a challenging sophomore season that was definitely a step back. Freshman Luke McCaffrey, in limited playing time in a redshirt season last year, got fans excited with his playmaking both running and throwing. Martinez is the clear favorite…

9/29/2020 presser: Tuesday practice

9/29/20 | HuskerMax
Defensive players and coaches talked with the press after Tuesday's practice. Replay the video below, peruse the Twitter updates, and check back as more coverage comes in. Refresh this page for the latest updates. Coverage Hail Varsity | Husker Defense Ready to Be Back in Pads: 'That’s When the Fun Comes' Omaha World-Herald | Huskers not backing down from tough…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 29

9/29/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 29: Shuffle on O-line a possibility. Nebraska faced a possible shift of duties on the offensive line Tuesday as the Huskers prepared for their game at Minnesota. Starting right guard Donnie McGhee's status for Saturday was uncertain because of a sore shoulder. Keith Wortman, the starter at left guard, was preparing to slide over to McGhee's spot, in which…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 28

9/28/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 28: Girding for Gophers' ground game. The Huskers went through a 90-minute workout Monday and then viewed films of their next opponent, Minnesota. Nursing a knee injury, defensive end John Pitts was considered doubtful for Saturday. The Huskers otherwise appeared to be at full strength for their trip to Minneapolis. Nebraska was preparing for a heavy dose of the…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 27

9/27/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 27: Fans got their film fix on Sundays. With no organized practice going on, all was quiet on the Nebraska football front on the day after the win over Army. As usual, fans across the state could pore over the Sunday newspapers' game coverage and then tune in to the hourlong "Bob Devaney Show." The program each week would…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 26

9/26/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 26: Sputtering start no problem vs. Army. Despite a slow start on offense, Nebraska had little trouble Saturday putting away Army, 28-0. The heavily favored Huskers didn't score until less than five minutes remained in the first half. A 43-yard touchdown pass from Jerry Tagge to Johnny Rodgers broke the ice. Early in the third quarter, Joe Orduna added…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 25

9/25/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 25: Guarding against a letdown. With Nebraska going up against heavy underdog Army, there was little suspense to drum up in the newspapers' final previews. Army coach Tom Cahill was declaring it "rededication week" after the Cadets' upset loss to Baylor. The Cadets were going to need rededication and a whole lot more as they entered a brutal five-game…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 24

9/24/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 24: Cox gets the call at split end. Senior split end Guy Ingles practiced Thursday for the first time since the Southern Cal game, but his painful rib injury meant his status for Saturday's game against Army remained iffy. It was announced that Woody Cox would start in his place. Cox, a 5-foot-9 junior, transferred to Nebraska over the…

Husker Dan: Now Is the Time for the Fans

9/23/20 | Husker Dan
Now that Big Ten football might actually happen this fall, it might be time to thank those whose collective efforts made it all happen.  I'm thinking about Husker head football coach Scott Frost, AD Bill Moos, UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green and University President Ted Carter.  These people were steadfast in their efforts to get the Big Ten Conference to reconsider…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 23

9/23/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 23: Tooth trouble for Brownson. Wet weather forced the Huskers indoors for parts of Wednesday's practice, but the offense got in a good deal of work on Memorial Stadium's artificial surface once the rain subsided. There was hope that Guy Ingles might play Saturday against Army. For a third consecutive practice, the senior split end was sidelined by the…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 22

9/22/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 22: Fatigue factor fades as Army awaits. Nebraska's tie with Southern Cal brought individual honors Tuesday to Huskers on both sides of the ball. Linebacker Jerry Murtaugh (14 unassisted tackles, 11 assists) was named Big Eight lineman of the week, and I-back Joe Orduna (135 yards rushing) earned a spot in the four-man national backfield of the week chosen…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 21

9/21/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 21: Three starters not in pads. Quarterback Jerry Tagge, offensive guard Donnie McGhee and split end Guy Ingles were not in pads Monday as Nebraska began preparations for its game against Army. Coach Bob Devaney said the plan was to rest Tagge as much as possible during the coming week to let his thigh injury clear up. Ingles suffered…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 20

9/20/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 20: A welcome home for Huskers. A crowd of 1,000 cheered the Huskers as the team arrived Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Municipal Airport after the 21-21 tie with Southern Cal the night before. Few fans voiced disappointment with the deadlock in L.A., even if the players were in no mood to treat the result as a moral victory against…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 19

9/19/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 19: A tie with the touted Trojans. An 11-point underdog against third-ranked Southern Cal, Nebraska never trailed. The No. 9 Huskers might have won if not for a botched chip-shot field goal in the fourth quarter. Instead, a 21-21 tie was what they had to show for their toils Saturday night at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Afterward, the Huskers…

Husker Dan: Let’s Play Fall Ball!

9/18/20 | Husker Dan
FROST PASSING First of all, my condolences go to Scott Frost and his family for the recent passing of his father, Larry.  If you're a long time Husker fan, you remember Larry as a halfback for Nebraska from 1967-1969. As a starter his senior year, Larry was the NU Back of the Week for his play in the season opener…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 18

9/18/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 18: Sports scribes not on same page. On the day before the big game against Southern Cal, what exactly was Nebraska's quarterback situation? Take your pick: Business as usual, or completely unsettled. It depended on which newspaper's final preview you were reading. In Lincoln, both the Star and the Journal treated quarterback Jerry Tagge's leg problem as a non-issue.…

Stryker: 2020 the year Frost, Huskers forge road to redemption

9/17/20 | Tad Stryker
It’s an opening. It’s an opportunity. That’s all that any self-respecting independent cuss would want, isn’t it? The belated but welcome decision by Big Ten’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors to reinstate football for 2020 — even under unnecessarily rigid conditions that could be considered a poke at schools like Nebraska who clamored for football through the whole convoluted process — will…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 17

9/17/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 17: Thursday night lights and QB questions. Quarterback Jerry Tagge missed a second consecutive practice as the Huskers went through their plays under the lights Thursday night on the grass turf of Seacrest Field. Van Brownson, recovering from a prolonged stretch of elbow soreness, was said to be on target with his throws during the closed session in east…

Big Ten football is back

9/16/20 | HuskerMax
The conference's Aug. 11th decision has been reversed. Watch a replay of BTN's coverage of the return of Big Ten football as well as Nebraska's press conference featuring Athletic Director Bill Moos and Chancellor Ronnie Green. (Transcript here.) Scroll down for all the coverage and commentary. Schedules have yet to be released, but play will start the weekend of Oct.…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 16

9/16/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 16: Twists and turns at quarterback. There was good and bad news at quarterback as Nebraska practiced in the rain Wednesday at Memorial Stadium. Van Brownson, severely limited for two weeks by an ailing elbow, resumed throwing a day earlier than expected. Jerry Tagge, however, did not practice after suffering a burst blood vessel in his leg Tuesday night.…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 15

9/15/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 15: Roster moves made on defense. Three previously unsettled positions on defense firmed up Tuesday, with two sophomores and a junior tagged as probable starters for Saturday night's game at Southern Cal. Coach Bob Devaney announced the first-team assignments for sophomore right end Willie Harper, junior tackle Larry Jacobson and sophomore cornerback Joe Blahak. Left defensive end John Adkins…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 14

9/14/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 14: Too much surf on the natural turf. Nebraska's grass practice fields were soggy Monday from rain, so the Huskers practiced on Memorial Stadium's AstroTurf. It wasn't an ideal situation given that Saturday's big game at Southern Cal would be played on natural turf. USC's 485 yards rushing against Alabama had Nebraska's attention. "We'll have to wait and see…

If the Big Ten plays with a late start in 2020, should the CFP wait for them?

9/13/20 | SquareOffs
News reports are saying the Big Ten is putting together 2020 season plans that the presidents and chancellors will vote on soon. This could mean a late October start date. If the season can start sooner than later, then Big Ten teams could potentially play enough games to qualify for a College Football Playoff bid. Even a November start date…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 13

9/13/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 13: Trojans looking impressive. Southern California loomed as a formidable opponent for Nebraska long before the season began. Now, six days before the West Coast showdown, the Huskers' task appeared even tougher. On Saturday, USC got everyone's attention by whipping Alabama on the road by three touchdowns. On Sunday, there was concern the Huskers would have to rely on…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 12

9/12/20 | J. Hudson
Joe Orduna eludes Wake Forest’s Frank Fussell en route to a 20-yard touchdown. Sept. 12: Tagge delivers vs. Deacons. A week filled with worries about the Nebraska quarterbacks’ health seemed like a distant memory by the time the Huskers were finished with Wake Forest, 36-12, in Saturday’s season opener. Jerry Tagge hit 9 of 12 passes for 168 yards, including…