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Lincoln - The Nebraska football team exorcised its demons to thwart a second-half Minnesota comeback attempt and roll to a 53-28 win over the visiting Gophers on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
The Huskers scored early and often against a Minnesota defense that stymied and slowed No. 3 Ohio State's high-powered offense last week, as Nebraska notched its first win of the season to the delight 89,272 fans in the 365th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium. Roars of "Go Big Red" echoed through the crowd to cheer the Huskers off the field following Coach Scott Frost's first victory as Nebraska's head coach.
Nebraska's 25-point win included several stat lines that stirred the echoes of days of Husker past, including three Big Red rushers each rolling up more than 100 yards on the afternoon. Senior running Devine Ozigbo erupted for 152 yards on just 12 carries with two long touchdown runs, including a career-long 59-yarder, to set the tone in the first half.
True freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez sprinted for a career-high 125 yards and a score on just 15 carries, including a career-long 57-yard run.
Fellow freshman Maurice Washington completed the triple 100-yard day for Big Red backs with 109 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. His three-yard plunge late in the game capped the most explosive offensive day for the Huskers since joining the Big Ten Conference in 2011. The last time Nebraska featured three 100-yard rushers came in a 56-21 win at Washington on Sept. 18, 2010, when quarterback Taylor Martinez and running backs Roy Helu Jr. and Rex Burkhead each went over the century mark.
In fact, the 53 points scored by the Huskers were their most against a Big Ten foe since joining the conference and the most against any conference team since scoring 56 at Big 12 foe Kansas State on Nov. 15, 2008. It marked the most points scored by Nebraska against a Big Ten team since hanging 66 on Northwestern in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30, 2000.
Overall, Nebraska rolled up a season-best 659 yards of total offense, including 383 rushing yards on just 43 carries, averaging 8.9 yards per carry on the afternoon.
Adrian Martinez amassed more than 400 yards of total offense for the third time in six games to open his career, completing 25-of-29 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns. After completing 16-of-19 passes in the first half, Martinez went 9-for-10 passing for 152 with two touchdowns in the second half. He finished with 401 total yards, and his three games with more than 400 total-offense yards ties the Nebraska individual career record set by Joe Ganz.
Senior wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. also had a huge day, hauling in a career-best 10 receptions for 163 yards and two scores, including a 67-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that put the game out of reach for the Huskers. Sophomore JD Spielman added eight catches for 77 yards and a score of his own.
While the offense shined, the defense stood strong against several Golden Gopher penetrations into the red zone. On the opening play of the fourth quarter, Minnesota tried to cut into Nebraska's 36-22 lead on 4th-and-Goal from the NU 3, but Dicaprio Bootle broke up Tanner Morgan's pass attempt to Chris Autman-Bell.
Then Martinez and the Husker offense went on a 14-play, 82-yard march that consumed 7:03 off the clock and culminated with Barret Pickering's 32-yard field to give Nebraska a 39-22 lead.
The Husker faithful erupted after the Pickering field goal and breathed a collective sigh of relief, but Minnesota was back on the Big Red's doorstep seconds later after Demetrius Douglas' 87-yard kickoff return to the NU 13. Minnesota started with a short field and 7:39 on the clock, but after a short pass was complete from Morgan to Autman-Bell, Blackshirt defensive back Aaron Williams deflected a Morgan pass that was intercepted by Blackshirt linebacker Dedrick Young II in the end zone to silence a golden opportunity for the Gophers.
Instead of trying to milk the clock, the attacking Husker offense ended any late comeback hopes for Minnesota. After a 13-yard run by Washington on the second play of the ensuing drive, Martinez hit a streaking Stanley Morgan down the middle of the field for a 67-yard touchdown that sent Nebraska fans dancing in the aisles.
Linebacker Mohamed Barry led the Blackshirts with 11 tackles on the afternoon, while safety Tre Neal contributed 10 stops and senior linebacker Luke Gifford added nine. Young pitched in seven tackles to go along with his interception.
The Huskers put together their best half of football this season, jumping out to a 28-0 lead before Minnesota got a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the final minute, as Nebraska took a 28-8 lead to the locker room at halftime.
The Huskers were on the attack from the opening kickoff, sprinting 75 yards in seven plays capped by Ozigbo's 40-yard touchdown run to give the Big Red a quick 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.
Minnesota crossed midfield on its opening drive and appeared to tie the score on Rashod Bateman's 37-yard touchdown catch from Annexstad with 8:13 left in the opening quarter. However, that play was wiped out by the first accepted holding call by a Husker Big Ten opponent on a passing play in the last 22 games. The Blackshirts capitalized, forcing a punt on 4th-and-24 by the Golden Gophers.
The two defenses then exchanged stops, before Martinez and the Huskers went back to work. After a pair of short completions to Morgan and Spielman gave Nebraska a first down, Washington sprinted 17 yards to the NU 41 for another first down. On the next play, Ozigbo uncorked the longest run of his career and the longest run from scrimmage by a Husker this season, galloping 59 yards to paydirt to give Nebraska a 14-0 lead with 1:25 left in the first quarter.
The Huskers went to the second quarter without committing a penalty, the first time they played a penalty-free quarter this season.
In the second quarter, Martinez and the Huskers kept rolling by flying 85 yards in nine plays capped by a three-yard touchdown run from Martinez to push their lead to 21-0 with 11:40 left in the half. At the time, it was Nebraska's biggest lead of the season but that mark would grow later in the quarter when Martinez hit Spielman on a nine-yard touchdown strike to cap a five-play, 72-yard drive to give the Big Red a 28-0 lead. The quick drive by Nebraska included a 57-yard run by Martinez, the longest run of his career.
Nebraska finished the half with 398 yards of total offense on 41 plays, including 274 rushing yards on 21 carries. Ozigbo led the Big Red with 139 yards on just seven carries, while Martinez added 89 yards on nine carries. Washington contributed 46 yards on five totes in the half.
Martinez went 16-of-19 for 124 passing yards and a score in the opening 30 minutes.
The Blackshirts held Minnesota to 172 total yards on 38 first-half plays, with 68 of those yards coming on the Gophers' final drive of the half. The Huskers led at the half despite Minnesota owning a 16:28-13:32 edge in time of possession and a massive 38-16 edge in average starting field position for the Gophers in the first half.
For the game, Minnesota finished with a slight 30:58-29:02 edge in time of possession, but the Gophers still finished with an overall starting field position edge for the game of 38-19.
While the Huskers have struggled in the turnover and penalty departments throughout the first half of the season, Nebraska played Minnesota even in turnover margin with both teams committing just one turnover. Meanwhile, Nebraska was flagged for a season-best six penalties for a season-low 43 yards. Minnesota committed eight penalties for 80 yards.
Nebraska will shoot for its second straight home win next Saturday when the Huskers play host to Bethune-Cookman. Kickoff against the Wildcats is set for 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium with live TV coverage by BTN.
Nebraska 53, Minnesota 28
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)
First Quarter (14-0)
13:04 - NEB - Devine Ozigbo 40 run (Barret Pickering kick), 7 plays, 75 yards, 1:56, NEB 7-0
1:25 - NEB - Ozigbo 59 run (Pickering kick), 4 plays, 90 yards, 1:10, NEB 14-0
Second Quarter (28-8)
11:40 - NEB - Adrian Martinez 3 run (Pickering kick), 9 plays, 85 yards, 3:08, NEB 21-0
1:58 - NEB - JD Spielman 9 pass from Martinez (Pickering kick), 5 plays, 72 yards, 2:25, NEB 28-0
0:52 - MINN - Demetrius Douglas 13 pass from Zack Annexstad (Matt Morse 2PAT run), 8 plays, 68 yards, 0:59, NEB 28-8
Third Quarter (36-22)
13:49 - MINN - Mohamed Ibrahim 1 run (Carpenter kick), 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:11, NEB 28-15
7:22 - MINN - Seth Green 4 run (Carpenter kick), 8 plays, 79 yards, 3:48, NEB 28-22
6:04 - NEB - Stanley Morgan Jr. 35 pass from Martinez (Morgan 2PAT pass from Martinez), 4 plays, 74 yards, 1:12, NEB 36-22
Fourth Quarter (53-28)
7:53 - NEB - Pickering 32 FG, 14 plays, 82 yards, 7:03, NEB 39-22
5:19 - NEB - Morgan 67 pass from Martinez (Pickering kick), 3 plays, 80 yards, 1:33 NEB 46-22
4:14 - MINN - Tanner Morgan 9 run (Morgan 2PAT run failed), 3 plays, 44 yards, 1:01, NEB 46-28
1:57 - NEB - Maurice Washington 3 run (Pickering kick), 5 plays, 32 yards, 2:16, NEB 53-28
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The fifth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team dropped a hard-fought road match at No. 3 Minnesota, 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 23-25, 18-25), on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 5,467 at Maturi Pavilion.
The Huskers (15-5, 6-4 Big Ten) got off to a strong start with a decisive win in the first set. After trailing by eight in set two, the Huskers came all the way back and held a 23-22 lead, but momentum shifted after the Gophers scored three points to end the set. Minnesota (16-2, 10-0 Big Ten) thwarted another Husker comeback attempt in a deuce game in set three, and the Gophers pulled away in the fourth set.
Nebraska is the first team to take a set off the Gophers on their home court this season, and the Huskers are the only Big Ten team to win a set against the Gophers, which they've done twice, through the midway point of the conference schedule.
Mikaela Foecke had 17 kills and 10 digs, while Jazz Sweet had 13 kills. Lauren Stivrins matched her career high with 12 kills and hit .423, and Lexi Sun and Callie Schwarzenbach each had eight kills. Nicklin Hames had 54 assists and 12 digs to guide the Huskers to a .210 hitting percentage. Kenzie Maloney tied her career high with 25 digs.
Minnesota got 20 kills on .404 hitting and 14 digs from Adanna Rollins. Stephanie Samedy added 13 kills. The Gophers hit .253 and had just 13 attack errors, while the Huskers endured 25.
Set 1: Megan Miller made her first start since Sept. 14 and served a 5-0 run that included an ace to put the Huskers ahead 11-8. A kill by Foecke and a Minnesota hitting error increased the lead to 13-8. Schwarzenbach blasted a kill and combined with Sun for a block, then Foecke served an ace to make it 20-14 Huskers. A trio of Husker hitting errors and a kill by Hart cut the lead to 20-18, but Sun earned sideout for the Huskers and Sweet and Stivrins followed with kills for a 23-18 Husker lead. Sun's fourth kill earned the Huskers set point at 24-19, and a Sun and Stivrins block ended it in NU's favor, 25-19. NU had three aces and allowed none and out-hit the Gophers .211 to .098.
Set 2: The Gophers claimed a 10-5 lead after three straight kills and a Husker hitting error. Minnesota pushed the lead to 16-8 after its third ace of the set and a block. After a timeout, the Huskers went on a 6-0 run with Hayley Densberger serving. Stivrins had kills on three straight rallies, and Hames added a kill to pull the Big Red within 16-14. Trailing 20-18, Nebraska got three straight kills from Foecke to go ahead 21-20 and cap a 13-4 Husker run. The teams traded sideouts to 23-23, but Minnesota gained set point at 24-23 after stuffing a Husker attack. A Husker hitting error gave Minnesota the 25-23 win.
Set 3: Minnesota carried the momentum from its set two win into set three, taking a 7-1 lead. The Huskers answered with a 9-4 spurt to pull within 11-10 after Schwarzenbach found the corner. Sun blasted a kill from the left side to draw the Huskers even at 14-14, but nine straight sideouts followed before Minnesota gained a 21-18 edge after winning consecutive long rallies. But Foecke and Sun notched kills, and Sun teamed with Schwarzenbach for a block to level the score at 21-21. Minnesota went back up 23-21 before a Sweet kill, but the Gophers then gained set point at 24-22. Sweet placed a shot to the back of the court to make it 24-23, but Hart connected for Minnesota after a timeout for another 25-23 win.
Set 4: Stivrins and Foecke combined for four early kills, and Hames had one as well as an ace to lift the Huskers to a 6-4 lead. The Gophers came back to take a 12-11 lead, but Foecke posted a pair of kills to regain the lead for NU. Hart then answered for Minnesota with back-to-back kills, and later a Gopher ace increased their lead to 16-14. The Gophers pulled away to a 22-16 lead with a 6-1 run, keyed by two service aces and a pair of kills, and finished the match with a 25-18 win.
Up Next: The Huskers play their fourth straight match on the road, at Ohio State on Wednesday at 6 p.m. (CT). The match will be televised on BTN and will air on the Husker Sports Network.
Scottsbluff Head Coach Joe Benson
McCook Head Coach Jeff Gross
The No. 19 Western Nebraska Community College rebounded from a first set loss and rolled through the next three in topping No. 20 Northeastern Junior College 24-26, 25-12, 25-18, 25-14 to win the Region IX South Conference Wednesday night at Cougar Palace.
The win was the Cougars eighth straight and moved WNCC to 22-7 overall and 8-1 in South Conference play. NJC drops to 20-6 and 6-3 in conference play. Both teams have one conference game left, WNCC travels to McCook on Friday and NJC goes to McCook on Tuesday.
“I think we played very well tonight,” sophomore Enna Masaki said. “We really wanted it and we showed it.”
It was a night where the Cougars were on top of their game in collecting the No. 1 seed from the South in next month’s Region IX tournament in Cheyenne. Masaki said it feels good to win the conference after last season finishing second.
“For us it [winning the conference] means everything because we were ranked and then we got out of the ranking. It was hard for us to come back into the ranking. We now just have to stay in the ranking and maintain our playing right now.”
It wasn’t just one player that was hot, it was a majority of players that stepped up in different capacities. WNCC finished with a 55 kills and had nine solo blocks. The team also had three service aces and four players finish with double-figure digs.
Four Cougars had double-double performances. Masaki finished with 16 kills and 16 digs, while Jayme Commins had 13 digs and 42 set assists. Adia Sherbeyn tallied 11 digs and 13 points, while Ana Costas had 32 digs and 13 points.
Gaby Canavati led the way offensively, putting down 18 kills, while Amryi-Grace Paris had 11 kills.
The night didn’t start out well for the Cougars as they enjoyed a 14-10 lead in the first set before falling 26-24. After that, though, the Cougars took control of the match in the next three sets behind solid play offensively and defensively to thwart the Plainswomen’s rallies.
“A big difference in the last three sets is they took out their starting setter,” Masaki said. “Also our passing was rough in the beginning [first set] and we knew we had to pick it up and we did pick it up. We were running more offensive plays too, so that helped us a lot.”
The next three sets were a total difference. WNCC led from start to finish in set two, grabbing a 3-0 lead behind Sherbeyn’s serving and pushed the lead to 15-7 on three more Sherbeyn points. Costas got into the serving game later, serving six points for a 22-9 lead to help them to the 25-12 win.
WNCC led 10-4 in the third set and went ahead 17-7 on five points from Sherbeyn and never looked back, winning 25-18.
The fourth set was the third straight set that WNCC never trailed. WNCC led 6-4 before running to an 11-4 lead behind four Camille Esselin points. WNCC pushed it to 18-10 and later to 23-12 before winning 25-14.
WNCC also received six points and two solo blocks from Masaki on the night; four digs from Canavati; five kills from Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina; three kills, five digs, and seven points from Kaile Tuisamatatele; and three digs and eight points from Esselin.
WNCC will look to win their ninth straight when they travel to McCook to face McCook Community College on Friday at 5 p.m. Masaki said they have to keep playing with plenty of energy and keep playing hard.
“We just need to keep the same energy that we have,” she said. “After every win that we have, we need to keep the same energy, maintain it, and stay high.”
NEBRASKA vs MINNESOTA
OCT. 20, 2018 | MEMORIAL STADIUM
LINCOLN, NEB. | 2:30 P.M. (CT)
TV - BTN (Kevin Kugler, James Laurinaitis, Lisa Byington)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 94, XM 195
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App
Record: 0-6, 0-4 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Northwester, 34-31 (OT)
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 19-12 (3rd Year)/0-6 (1st Year)
vs. Minnesota: 0-0
Record: 3-3, 0-3 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Ohio State, 30-14
Coach: P.J. Fleck
Career/Minnesota Record: 38-32 (6th Year)/8-10 (2nd Year)
vs. Nebraska: 1-0
Nebraska begins a stretch of four home games in five weeks on Saturday afternoon when the Huskers play host to Minnesota at Memorial Stadium. The Big Ten West Division matchup is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff with the game televised on BTN. The contest can also be heard on the IMG Husker Sports Network.
Nebraska heads into the contest looking for its first win of 2018 following a 34-31 overtime loss at Northwestern on Saturday. Nebraska took a two-touchdown lead early in the fourth quarter, but saw the Wildcats storm back to defeat the Huskers on an overtime field goal. The Nebraska offense was productive again, rolling up better than 480 yards for the third straight game.
Minnesota will come to Lincoln with a 3-3 overall record and an 0-3 mark in the Big Ten Conference. The Gophers were victorious in each of their three non-conference games before dropping their three Big Ten games, including a 30-14 loss at Ohio State last Saturday. The Gophers have leaned on a strong defense in the first half of the season, allowing 354.2 yards per game to rank fifth in the Big Ten. Minnesota Coach P.J. Fleck is in his second season at the helm of the Gopher program.
This Week's Numbers
100 - Sophomore receiver JD Spielman is five receptions from becoming the 12th Husker with 100 career receptions. Spielman would be the first Husker to reach that milestone before his junior season. Spielman has 27 receptions over the past three games.
2 - Nebraska freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez is one of two players in the country averaging 225 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game, joining Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.
150 - Running back Devine Ozigbo has topped 150 rushing yards in two of the past three games. Ozigbo had 159 yards and two touchdowns at Northwestern, two weeks after a career-high 170 yards against Purdue.
• Nebraska has played Minnesota more than any other Big Ten opponent. The series has featured 58 all-time meetings, including 51 prior to Nebraska joining the Big Ten in 2011.
• Nebraska and Minnesota played 19 straight seasons between 1934 and 1952 and met for eight straight seasons between 1967 and 1974.
• Nebraska won 16 straight games in the series between 1963 and 2012, before a Minnesota win in 2013.
Husker Offense Hopes to Sustain Momentum Against Gophers
Head Coach Scott Frostand his staff oversaw one of the nation's most potent offenses at UCF in 2017. Nebraska has shown an improved offense in 2018, with the ability to be explosive.
Nebraska opened the year with 565 yards of total offense against Colorado. Nebraska had back-to-back 500-yard games in Big Ten play, including a season-high 582 yards against Purdue and 518 yards at No. 16 Wisconsin.
• Nebraska averages 440.5 yards of total offense per game to rank fifth in the Big Ten.
• The consecutive 500-yard games against Purdue and Wisconsin marks the first time NU has had back-to-back 500-yard outputs in Big Ten games. It is the first time NU has had consecutive 500-yard games in conference play since the final two Big 12 games in 2007.
• The 565 yards against Colorado in the opener marked the first 500-yard total offense game for the Huskers since posting 556 yards at Northwestern in 2016.
• The total offense output against Colorado was the best at the time by Nebraska in 35 games, dating back to a 610-yard effort against Southern Miss in 2015.
Offense Hopes to Sustian Momentum at Wisconsin
Head Coach Scott Frost and his staff oversaw one of the nation's most potent offenses at UCF in 2017. Nebraska has shown signs this season of an explosive offense, beginning with its effort in the opener with Colorado when NU had 565 yards of total offense.
Nebraska has posted back-to-back conference games with better than 500 yards of total offense, including a season-high 582 yards against Purdue and 518 yards at Wisconsin.
• Nebraska averages 432.2 yards of total offense per game to rank fifth in the Big Ten.
• The consecutive 500-yard games against Purdue and Wisconsin marks the first time NU has had back-to-back 500-yard outputs in Big Ten games. It is the first time NU has had consecutive 500-yard games in conference play since the final two Big 12 games in 2007. • The 565 yards against Colorado in the air marked the first 500-yard total offense game for the Huskers since posting 556 yards at Northwestern in 2016.
• The total offense output against Colorado was the best at the time by Nebraska in 35 games, dating back to a 610-yard effort against Southern Miss in 2015.
Huskers Passing Game Stressing Opposing Defenses
Nebraska has featured a high-powered passing attack over the past three games. The Huskers threw for 323 yards againt Purdue, had a season-high 407 passing yards at Wisconsin before also topping 250 yards at Northwestern.
• Nebraska's consecutive 300-yard passing games were its first since doing so against Minnesota and Penn State in 2017.
• The Huskers are averaging 247.8 passing yards per game to rank seventh in the Big Ten.
NU Looks to Find Success in the Running Game
Nebraska churned out 329 rushing yards in the opener against Colorado, and has shown the ability to feature a strong rushing attack this season.
• Nebraska had 231 rushing yards at Northwestern, marking the fourth time in 2018 the Huskers topped 180 rushing yards. NU is averaging 192.7 rushing yards per game to rank sixth in the Big Ten.
• The rushing total against Colorado bettered Nebraska's season highs from 2017. In fact, the Huskers had 243 rushing yards by halftime, surpassing last year's single-game high of 225 yards against Arkansas State.
• The 329 rushing yards were Nebraska's most yards on the ground since rushing for 458 yards against Illinois in 2014.
• Nebraska surpassed 300 yards on the ground for the first time since rushing for 310 yards at Northwestern on Sept. 24, 2016.
• Nebraska had a pair of 100-yard rushers against Colorado. That marked the first time Nebraska had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game since a 2014 win over Illinois.'
• Nebraska has added two more 100-yard games, with Devine Ozigbo topping 150 yards against both Purdue and Northwestern.
• Ozigbo's career-high 170 rushing yards against Purdue were the most by a Husker in a Big Ten game since Ameer Abdullah had 225 rushing yards against Rutgers in 2014.
B1G Receiving Duo
Spielman and Morgan were at their best in conference play in 2017. Spielman and Morgan ranked first and second, respectively, in the Big Ten last season in receiving yards per play in conference play.
Spielman led the league with 88.1 receiving yards per game in conference-only games, while Morgan averaged 85.9 yards per game in league play. They were the only returning Big Ten players who averaged at least 59 receiving yards per game in Big Ten play last season.
• Both Spielman and Morgan are back among the league leaders in 2018. Spielman ranks third in the league in receiving yards in all game and is second in Big Ten games at 106.3 yards per game.
• Morgan ranks 10th in the conference in receiving yards per game.