November 2020 fresh links
NOVEMBER 30, 2020
Millard North linebacker Blake Closman announces he’s walking on at Nebraska
Monday Morning Quarterback: What’s your take on “Clapgate”?
Scott Frost has confirmed that freshman receiver Marcus Fleming is no longer on the team. Go here for more from Monday’s press conference. | Updates & discussion
Minnesota has canceled its game against Northwestern and is now “doing everything possible to compete at Nebraska on December 12.”
See how former Huskers fared in Week 12 of NFL action.
1970 Day by Day: After a week off, the Huskers resume workouts under the direction of trainers. Bob Newton hauls in another All-America honor.
NOVEMBER 29, 2020
Jim McFarland, all-conference tight end for the Huskers and later a lawyer and Nebraska state senator, has died at age 73. | 1969 bio
Rob Zatechka explains his dislike of clapping to call for a snap. More Sunday analysis and commentary: Christopherson, Husker Mike, Sipple, Peterson, Washut, McKewon.
The Boilermakers have the edge in the Nebraska-Purdue stats matchup. | Huskers 1-point underdogs
This week in Husker history: Eighty years ago, celebrations erupt as Nebraska’s first bowl berth – vs. Stanford in the Rose Bowl – becomes official.
1970 Day by Day: Eight Huskers make the 22-man Omaha World-Herald All-Big Eight team, chosen via a poll of league coaches.
NOVEMBER 28, 2020
The Husker offense continued its tendency to stall with the game on the line, Evan Bland writes. More day-after analysis and commentary: Shatel, Gabriel, Padilla, Sipple, Carriker.
Next week’s opponent, Purdue, loses its third in a row as Rutgers rallies for a 37-30 win. | 11 a.m. CST kickoff set
Defensive back Lardarius Webb announces he’s decommitting from Nebraska.
The OWH’s Dirk Chatelain ranks the Huskers’ 100 losses since Black Friday of 2001.
1970 Day by Day: Nebraska’s longshot chances for a No. 1 finish get a boost as Southern California upsets previously unbeaten Notre Dame.
NOVEMBER 27, 2020
Ohio State to cancels its game Saturday against Illinois due to COVID-19 issues.
Iowa 26, Nebraska 20. The Huskers rally from 10 down to take the lead, but untimely miscues ultimately prove too costly. Go to the game page for coverage. | Stryker commentary | Postgame presser | Highlights | Carriker gut reaction
Husker freshman cornerback Robert Delancy has entered the NCAA transfer portal.
1970 Day by Day: UPI names Bob Devaney the Big Eight coach of the year and linebacker Jerry Murtaugh player of the year.
NOVEMBER 26, 2020
Stopping the run is high on the to-do list as the Huskers get set to face Iowa on Friday. Get the pregame reads from Lincoln (1, 2), Omaha and Quad Cities (1, 2, 3). Commentary: Shatel, Callahan, Sipple.
Here’s a look at how Nebraska’s and Iowa’s starters were rated as recruits.
Adam Carriker and Sam McKewon both see the Huskers coming up short Friday. | More predictions
Know the foe: The LJS, Husker247 and Husker Mike preview the Hawkeyes.
1970 Day by Day: Nebraska continues to feast on individual honors as UPI names defensive end Willie Harper the Big Eight’s top sophomore lineman. | Green Bay connection
NOVEMBER 25, 2020
Outside linebackers coach Mike Dawson on the Hawkeyes: “They’re going to try to run it and we need to stop it.” | Audio
A national recruiting analyst says Nebraska’s expectations should be no higher than Boston College’s.
The Huskers’ third-down troubles on both sides of the ball start with struggles on earlier downs. | Run defense lacking
Minnesota receiver Rashod Bateman is opting out of the remainder of the 2020 season.
On the 49th anniversary of the Game of the Century, it’s time to set the record straight about an iconic photo.
Scott Frost says 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. Go here video and coverage from Wednesday’s press conference. | Updates & discussion
1970 Day by Day: Nebraska leads the way with seven first-teamers on the 22-member UPI All-Big Eight squad.
NOVEMBER 24, 2020
Dan and Caroline Swartz are former Nebraskans with four Game of the Century tickets — and a story about why they went unused. | The game
Monday Morning Quarterback: Will the Huskers rebound with a strong showing against Iowa?
The Wisconsin-Minnesota game has been canceled, making it all but certain the Badgers won’t go to the Big Ten title game.
Former Husker Luke Gifford has been suspended by the NFL for two games for violating the league’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs.
Tom Shatel on hopes that Nebraska is close to turning a corner: “There’s no magic corner. It doesn’t happen with one game or even one season.”
Matt Lubick says he saw inconsistencies across the board during the Illinois game, “and it starts with the coaches. How can we put guys in good situations?” Go here for video and coverage. | Updates & discussion
Nebraska is proposing to split its $155 million football training facility project into two phases due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
The fifth annual The Things They Carry Ruck March is happening, but it’s different this time because of the pandemic.
Officially licensed, limited-edition bobbleheads commemorating the Nebraska-Iowa rivalry are available for ordering now.
Here’s a rundown of former Huskers’ performances in Week 11 of NFL action. | Burkhead’s season over
From Hawkeye country, five things to know* about Nebraska. | Overview
Adam Carriker says Nebraska’s revival needs to start with fixing the little things.
1970 Day by Day: Ohio State moves ahead of Nebraska in the polls, and Bob Newton is named a Kodak All-American.
NOVEMBER 23, 2020
Alex Bullock, a wide receiver and defensive back at Creighton Prep, announces he’s walking on at Nebraska.
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. Go here for more from Monday’s presser. | Updates & discussion
The Dec. 5 game at Purdue will have a BTN telecast, but the time won’t be known until this weekend.
In Alabama, former NU President Hank Bounds is earning $250,000 a year to raise money for Nebraska’s football and athletics complex.
1970 Day by Day: Who will land in the Orange Bowl now that Notre Dame is out? Bob Devaney tells fans that LSU, Arkansas and Texas are the most likely Husker opponents.
NOVEMBER 22, 2020
Sam McKewon has a laundry list of what went wrong Saturday, and Rob Zatechka says it’s time for a major change on defense. More day-after commentary and analysis: Peterson, Gabriel, Smith, Husker Mike, Washut.
It’s feared that the injury suffered Sunday by former Husker Rex Burkhead is a torn ACL.
Husker commits react to Saturday’s loss on social media.
The Hawkeyes hold a commanding edge in this week’s stats matchup. | Iowa favored by 12
This week in Husker history: The very first game 130 years ago; Nebraska’s 119-point day; and Thanksgiving weekends with the Sooners and Buffs.
1970 Day by Day: There’s disappointment — and still no bowl opponent — for the Huskers as Notre Dame turns down an Orange Bowl invitation in favor of a Cotton Bowl berth.
NOVEMBER 21, 2020
Next week’s opponent, Iowa, sends Penn State to its first-ever 0-5 start with a 41-21 win over the Nittany Lions.
Illinois 41, Nebraska 23. The heavily favored Huskers get swamped by the Illini. Go to the game page for coverage. | Stryker commentary | Highlights | Postgame presser | Carriker gut reaction
1970 Day by Day: Nebraska’s shot at a national championship remains alive after a nerve-wracking 28-21 win over Oklahoma.
NOVEMBER 20, 2020
The Huskers are looking to reach the .500 mark Saturday in a battle of teams trying to build from their first wins of the season. Get the Nebraska-Illinois pregame reads from Lincoln (1, 2), Omaha (1, 2), Champaign and Peoria. Commentary: Sipple, Shatel, Callahan.
Another walk-on is in the fold: Linebacker Payton Weehler of Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Here are game previews and predictions from Adam Carriker and longtime Illinois beat writer Bob Asmussen. | More
1970 Day by Day: The Huskers get set to face a Sooner squad loaded with sophomore talent.
NOVEMBER 19, 2020
On the radio, assistant coach Ryan Held provides updates on the Huskers’ running backs, including the status of Sevion Morrison and Rahmir Johnson. | Audio
Scott Frost has revealed the 12 players who were awarded Blackshirts. Go here for more from Thursday’s press conference. | Updates & discussion
As fathers, former Huskers find themselves on opposite sides of Nebraska’s Class A state high school championship.
The various football scheduling models considered by the Big Ten for 2020 have been revealed.
Tom Osborne has words of inspiration for kids in a new children’s book.
1970 Day by Day: With Willie Harper sidelined by a hip pointer, it’ll be Doug Johnson at defensive end for the Oklahoma game.
NOVEMBER 18, 2020
Hastings quarterback Jarrett Synek announces he will walk on with the Huskers.
The NCAA has extended the recruiting dead period for all Division I sports through April 15.
Joyce Durand of the Sidetrack Band, a gameday staple in Lincoln since the 1970s, has died at age 84.
Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander is rotating his front seven heavily and using a wrinkle employed by Alabama and Wisconsin. | Domann’s versatility
College Football News and Athlon preview the game and pick Nebraska to win by double digits. | More predictions
Adam Carriker agrees with keeping the Blackshirt recipients in-house.
1970 Day by Day: Jeff Kinney is back in pads, but Willie Harper’s availability for Saturday’s game against Oklahoma appears doubtful.
NOVEMBER 17, 2020
Take a deep breath and enjoy the win, Husker Dan says.
Monday Morning Quarterback: Will the Huskers cover the 15-point spread against Illinois?
“It’s not about me, it’s not about him, it’s about us,” Adrian Martinez told the team before the Penn State game. See the video.
Nebraska’s Graduation Success Rate hits an all-time high of 94 percent.
Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander says Blackshirts were issued this week, but he declines to name who received them. Go here for more from Tuesday’s press conference. | Updates & discussion
Adam Carriker details three things he learned about the Huskers in their first win.
Ten years after opting for the Pac-12, Colorado misses its rivalry with Nebraska.
1970 Day by Day: Bob Devaney says Oklahoma’s new wishbone offense is “giving us some problems” in practice.
NOVEMBER 16, 2020
The Cleveland Browns close their facility to conduct contact tracing after former Husker fullback Andy Janovich tests positive for COVID-19.
Scott Frost says Luke McCaffrey’s first start was “really solid,” but there will be open competition again this week at quarterback. Go here for more from Monday’s press conference. | Updates & discussion
Illinois’ quarterback and kicker earn player-of-the-week honors from the Big Ten.
Rex Burkhead’s two touchdown receptions were among Week 10 highlights for Huskers in the NFL.
1970 Day by Day: I-back Jeff Kinney and defensive end Willie Harper aren’t in pads as the Huskers began preparations for their regular-season finale against Oklahoma.
NOVEMBER 15, 2020
Sam McKewon says the defense stood tall Saturday when it mattered most but could use more help from the offense. More day-after commentary and analysis: Gabriel, Peterson, Sipple, Husker Mike, Washut.
Elkhorn running back Aiden Young announces he’s walking on at Nebraska.
Dr. Rob Zatechka talks about the need for an every-down running back, and he grades Luke McCaffrey.
The Huskers open as 14-point favorites against Illinois. | Stats matchup | Network change
This week in Husker history: The Rose Bowl that wasn’t; Glassford’s resignation; Jennings’ second upset of the Sooners.
1970 Day by Day: The Huskers accept the Orange Bowl’s invitation, and the waiting game for an opponent begins.
NOVEMBER 14, 2020
Next week’s opponent, Illinois, rallies from 10 points down to edge Rutgers, 23-20.
Nebraska 30, Penn State 23. The Huskers nearly let a big lead slip away, but they hold on for their first win of 2020. Details are accumulating on game page. | Stryker commentary | Highlights | Postgame presser & celebration | Carriker gut reaction
Bellevue West junior tight end Micah Riley has Nebraska in his top eight.
1970 Day by Day: Nebraska picks off seven Lynn Dickey passes, and down goes Kansas State, 51-13. Afterward, the Huskers have an Orange Bowl invitation to mull over. | Columbus connection
NOVEMBER 13, 2020
Two teams trying to find their way to their first win will clash Saturday in a nearly empty Memorial Stadium. Here are the pregame reads from Lincoln (1, 2), Philadelphia, York, Pittsburgh, Reading, Wilkes-Barre and State College. Commentary: Shatel, Sipple, Chatelain, Rudel, Callahan.
The Big Ten has quietly given the green light to pairing two conference teams together for a game if their opponents need to cancel that week for COVID-19 reasons.
Six-man standout Carson Rohde from Sumner-Eddyville-Miller announces he’s walking on at Nebraska.
Nebrasketball lands its first-ever five-star high school recruit as South Carolina guard Bryce McGowens signs with the Huskers.
Nebraska is doing what it can to make this unconventional home game feel like home.
Adam Carriker and Sam McKewon both predict a Penn State win, but not everyone is picking the Nittany Lions.
1970 Day by Day: As Kansas State and Nebraska get ready to tangle, the Big Eight title is at stake for both teams — but there’s much more on the line for the Huskers.
NOVEMBER 12, 2020
Steven M. Sipple wonders what’s next for Adrian Martinez but says the quarterback’s story is far from over.
Devaney’s best hire? Boyd Epley helped transform the program.
Scott Frost discusses the quarterbacking, penalties and more on the radio. | Audio
New gameday memories will have to wait for longtime season ticket holders like Dan Gelster.
As the Nittany Lions get set for their trip to Lincoln, there’s no sign thus far of a coronavirus spread from their game last week against Maryland.
Scott Frost spoke after Thursday’s practice but wasn’t ready to say who would start at quarterback Saturday against Penn State. Go here for more. | Updates & discussion
Adam Carriker looks at some younger players who’ve been bright spots so far this season.
1970 Day by Day: There’s no word yet from Bob Devaney on who will start at QB against Kansas State, the league leader in total defense. | Covering the Huskers back then
NOVEMBER 11, 2020
Nobody saw an 0-3 start coming for the Nittany Lions. Here are Penn State previews from the OWH, LJS and Corn Nation.
Penn State running back Journey Brown announces he is retiring from football after being diagnosed with a heart condition during the offseason.
A shoulder injury as reportedly ended the season of former Husker receiver JD Spielman at TCU.
From Penn State territory: Three things to prove and two key matchups.
Jeremy Pernell says Scott Frost is at a crossroads with his quarterbacks.
Offensive penalties have been drive-killers for the 2020 Huskers.
Saturday’s Ohio State-Maryland game has been canceled by the Terps due to COVID-19 issues. | Discuss | Penn State statement
Are the Huskers ready and willing to dial up the tempo on offense against Penn State?
Athlon Sports previews the game and picks Penn State to win by 6. | More predictions
Columbus High linebacker Ernest Hausmann receives a Nebraska offer for 2022.
Andy Hoffman talks with Adam Carriker about Team Jack, his own battle with cancer and more.
1970 Day by Day: Quarterback Van Brownson is throwing again as the Huskers prepare for Kansas State in cold, wet weather.
NOVEMBER 10, 2020
Dr. Rob Zatechka takes a deep dive into what he sees as a major problem with the offensive line.
Penn State will keep Sean Clifford as its starter at quarterback but will work Will Levis into the rotation.
Husker Dan addresses the quarterback question. | Sipple’s case for McCaffrey
Offensive coordinator Matt Lubick says it’s an “open competition week” for the Huskers, and not just at quarterback. Go here for more from Tuesday’s press conference. | Updates & discussion
Carriker Chronicles: If the competition at QB neck and neck at week’s end, which one should get the call? | “Left behind” | Red-zone woes
Frustration is on the rise at both Nebraska and Penn State as the winless teams prepare to face off.
1970 Day by Day: Four days before Nebraska vs. Kansas State, quarterback Lynn Dickey of KSU responds to Jerry Murtaugh’s preseason verbal jabs.
Touchdowns by Ameer Abdullah and Rex Burkhead were highlights of Week 9 of NFL action for former Huskers.
NOVEMBER 9, 2020
Monday Morning Quarterback: Who should get the start at quarterback?
It’ll be another 11 a.m. start and a BTN telecast for the Illinois game, and the Black Friday contest at Iowa will start at noon on Fox.
Scott Frost says the decision of who starts at quarterback against Penn State will play out in practices this week. Go here for video and coverage of Monday’s press conference. | Updates & discussion
Get the new book Yards After Contact by Andy Hoffman.
1970 Day by Day: A knee injury ends the season of No. 2 middle guard Bob Pabis. In Manhattan, coach Vince Gibson wonders if the refs will give Kansas State a fair shake against Nebraska.
NOVEMBER 8, 2020
Sam McKewon sees Luke McCaffrey as the guy who can deliver the pace that’s needed in Scott Frost’s offense. More day-after commentary and analysis: Sipple, Gabriel, Husker Mike, Peterson, Washut, Cavanaugh
“Why is this happening again?” The Hoffmans tell the story of their new cancer battle. | BTN show coming Tuesday
Carl Selmer, offensive line coach of the 1970 and ’71 championship teams and later head coach at Miami, has died at age 95.
The Nittany Lions have a lopsided edge in the stats matchup, but Penn State opens as a favorite by just four points.
Here’s a look at the numbers behind the Huskers’ knack for moving the ball but not scoring.
This week in Husker history: Record-breaking Reynolds, a scare from Walt Garrison and sunset on the Kansas series.
1970 Day by Day: Nebraska gets an endorsement from Iowa State coach Johnny Majors: “I don’t think Texas, Notre Dame or Ohio State could beat them.”
NOVEMBER 7, 2020
What did Jeff Kinney think about alternating with Joe Orduna in 1970? “I hated it” | 1-2 punch
Next week’s opponent, Penn State, falls to 0-3 with a 35-19 loss to Maryland.
Northwestern 21, Nebraska 13. Interceptions doom promising drives in the second half as the Huskers fall in Evanston. Go to the game page for coverage. | Stryker commentary | Highlights | Postgame presser
1970 Day by Day: Nebraska rolls up 32 first downs in a 54-29 rout of Iowa State in Ames.
NOVEMBER 6, 2020
Tight games tend to happen when Northwestern and Nebraska meet, so the Huskers might need to win a close one Saturday in Evanston to avoid an 0-2 start. Here are pregame reads from Lincoln (1, 2, 3) and Omaha and Chicago, and commentary from Shatel, McKewon, Callahan and Sipple.
The return of Big Ten football has provided a shot in the arm to the conference’s television network partners.
The Blackshirts will need find a way to rein in Northwestern’s third-down success. | Weekly wrap | Carriker prediction
Defense is likely to be the theme for Nebraska in the home stretch for recruiting. | 2021 class
1970 Day by Day: The Huskers travel to Ames, and Van Brownson’s elbow trouble means Jerry Tagge might make his first start at QB in nearly a month.
NOVEMBER 5, 2020
Coach Barrett Ruud says the return of Luke Reimer will be a plus for the Huskers’ rotation at inside linebacker. | Audio
Millard West receiver Evan Myersick announces he’s walking on at Nebraska.
Steven M. Sipple says it’s time to see if Nebraska can back up the notion that it is “ready to turn a big-time corner,” as Scott Frost suggests.
Nebraska wrestler Christian Miller has been identified as one of two victims of a fiery auto accident in Lincoln.
Scott Frost says wide receiver Omar Manning is ready to play against Northwestern. Go here for more from Thursday’s press conference. | Updates & discussion
Athlon and College Football News preview the game, and both predict a Northwestern win. | More picks
Adam Carriker looks at how Omar Manning can help elevate the Huskers’ passing attack.
1970 Day by Day: The quarterback situation for the game at Iowa State remains in flux as Van Brownson again rests his bruised throwing elbow.
NOVEMBER 4, 2020
O-line coach Greg Austin says the Huskers will face a Northwestern defensive front that’s gap-disciplined. Go here for more from Wednesday’s presser, including the situation in the defensive secondary. | Updates & discussion
See how former Huskers fared in Week 8 of NFL action.
Tom Osborne saw promise in the Huskers’ loss to Ohio State despite the lopsided score.
1970 Day by Day: The Huskers practice on grass fields ahead of their game in Ames, and Van Brownson is throwing again after resting a bruised elbow.
NOVEMBER 3, 2020
Quarterback fumbles resurfaced in the season opener after progress with the issue during 2019.
The Wisconsin-Purdue game has been canceled as the Badgers continue to deal with COVID-19 issues. | Huskers’ schedule changes
Adam Carriker gives his three keys to a Husker victory over Northwestern.
1970 Day by Day: Quarterback Jerry Tagge practices with the No. 1 offense as Van Brownson is stricken again by elbow trouble.
NOVEMBER 2, 2020
Scott Frost says the team handled last week’s cancellation well and is “just anxious to get back out there and try and win a game.” Go here coverage and video from Monday’s press conference. | Updates & discussion
The Penn State game will have an 11 a.m. CST start and an FS1 telecast.
1970 Day by Day: Yes, Colorado rushed for nearly 300 yards, but Bob Devaney says the 29-13 score is what matters.
NOVEMBER 1, 2020
The Huskers’ week off could be an advantage against Northwestern, Steven M. Sipple writes. More commentary: Peterson, McKewon, Washut
Weeping Water offensive lineman Weston Reiman announces he’s walking on at Nebraska.
Husker Doc Talk takes up COVID-19 matters, media criticism of the Huskers and more.
The Huskers open as three-point underdogs to Northwestern.
This week in Husker history: Unforgettable plays – Bobby Reynolds’ run and the Bummeroosky – helped Nebraska beat Missouri in 1950 and 1975.
1970 Day by Day: The Blackshirts’ stature on the Big Eight statistical charts takes a hit after the win in Boulder.