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Bill Moos Named Nebraska's Athletic Director

Bill Moos, a distinguished collegiate athletics leader who elevated programs at the University of Oregon and Washington State University to national prominence, has been named the University of Nebraska’s new athletic director, Chancellor Ronnie Green announced today.

Moos, who has been director of athletics at Washington State since 2010, will begin his tenure in Lincoln on Oct. 23.

“Nebraska has secured a proven winner in Bill Moos to lead Husker Athletics into a new era of excellence,” Green said. “It was clear that Bill stood out in a very competitive, tremendously gifted pool of candidates, not only because of his proven ability to lead programs to greatness, but because of his reputation for integrity in building and leading those programs.”

“In discussing this opportunity with Bill, it was obvious he is ready to bring his tested brand of leadership to the Big Red,” Green said. "Throughout his distinguished career, he has exhibited a combination of passion, wisdom and an ability to bring people together in pursuit of a common goal. Those traits fit Nebraska like a glove.”

Green said the stature and strength of the Nebraska brand – including its long history of success as well as its unrivaled academic and life-skills support for student-athletes – drew considerable interest from top AD candidates around the country.

The chancellor said Moos rose to the top of a group of candidates that included several sitting athletic directors from Power 5 conference schools. Moos, he said, is a program-builder who forges enduring relationships with coaches, student-athletes, staff, supporters and fans.

Moos, 66, has agreed to a five-year contract with Nebraska with a base annual salary of $1 million, plus incentives.

“To lead one of the most storied and successful athletic programs in the nation is a true honor,” Moos said. “Nebraska is a very special place, known far and wide for its phenomenal fans, for doing things the right way, for supporting its students, honoring its athletic legacy and maintaining excellence in athletics success across the board. I am proud to help build upon these Husker traditions.”

In his seven years at Washington State, Moos secured a 10-year, $35 million marketing rights agreement with IMG College and led a $130 million addition and remodel of WSU’s football stadium. As the dean of Pac-12 athletic directors, he was in a leading position in securing the conference’s 12-year, $3 billion television contract with Fox and ESPN. In Moos’ time in Pullman, the Cougar Athletic Fund’s Annual Giving program has seen an 81 percent increase in gifts. From 2010-16, Cougar student-athletes and coaches earned 805 academic all-conference honors, 130 all-conference selections, 45 All-America accolades and three Pac-12 coach-of-the-year honors.

Moos led Oregon’s athletics from 1995-2007, during which time the athletic department grew to national prominence – its annual budget rose from $18.5 million in his first year to more than $40 million by 2007 and became self-sufficient. In Moos’ Oregon tenure, the Ducks won 13 Pac-10 championships in six different sports; and UO student-athletes earned 722 academic all-conference selections, 34 Academic All-America selections, nine NCAA post Graduate Scholars and one NCAA Top VIII Award.

Moos came to Oregon after five years as the University of Montana’s director of athletics. He began his athletics career in 1982 as assistant athletics director at Washington State and also was the school’s associate director. He was director of development for more than five years and associate director for nearly two, supervising all external operations. For eight years prior to that, he managed and owned private businesses in Washington and Oregon.

Raised on a wheat and cattle ranch in eastern Washington, Moos went to high school in Olympia when his father was in the governor’s cabinet. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history in Pullman and was a three-year letterman in football. He co-captained Washington State’s 1972 team and was first-team All-Pac-8. He and his wife Kendra have three daughters, Christa, Brittany and Kaiti; and two sons, Bo and Benjamin.


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Huskers Fall at Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. - The fourth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team fell for the first time in Big Ten play as No. 11 Wisconsin topped the Huskers 3-1 (25-16, 25-15, 17-25, 25-23) on Wednesday night in front of a crowd of 6,012 at the UW Field House.

The Huskers (13-4, 6-1 Big Ten) had their seven-match win streak snapped by the Badgers, who broke out of a three-match skid to improve to 12-4 overall and 3-4 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin outhit the Huskers .296 to .163 and had a 13-8 advantage in blocks.

Jazz Sweet had 11 kills to lead the Huskers. Briana Holman had nine kills and three blocks, and Mikaela Foecke added nine kills and 11 digs. Annika Albrecht finished with eight kills and nine digs.

Kelly Hunter had 35 assists and 10 digs for her fifth-straight double-double. Kenzie Maloney had 11 digs, and Lauren Stivrins had a team-high four blocks to go with five kills.

Wisconsin was led by Madison Duello's 13 kills. Dana Rettke had 12 kills and eight blocks.

Set 1: The Huskers played the first set from behind after falling down 4-1. With the help of four early Wisconsin service errors, NU got within one on five occasions but couldn't tie the score. The Badgers pulled ahead 13-8 after a 5-1 run with all five points via kills. Foecke and Albrecht hammered consecutive kills to cut it to 14-11, but Wisconsin went on a 6-1 run to go up 20-12. The Badgers finished the 25-16 win with a .382 hitting percentage, while the Huskers were held to .000 hitting and were blocked five times.

Set 2: Wisconsin took control immediately with a 9-1 spurt to open the set. Nebraska would get within six at 16-10 but could get no closer as Wisconsin went up 2-0 in the match after a 25-15 victory. The Badgers limited NU to -.094 hitting in the frame and had five blocks.

Set 3: Nebraska took its first lead of the match after an ace by Foecke made it 5-4. The Badgers reclaimed a 9-7 lead with a 4-1 run, but Albrecht tallied a kill and an ace to even the set at 9-9. With NU down 11-10, Holman took over with two kills and a solo block on three straight rallies. Wisconsin then committed an attacking error for a 14-11 Husker lead. Stivrins tipped a kill to the floor, Sweet tooled the block, and Albrecht and Stivrins posted a stuff block for a 19-13 advantage as the Huskers picked up steam. After Wisconsin cut it to 20-16, Hunter dumped a kill, and a Stivrins kill followed by a pair of Badger hitting errors had the Huskers up 24-17. NU clinched the set on a stuff block by Foecke and Holman. Nebraska was much sharper in set three, hitting .368 to just .121 for the Badgers. The Huskers had 18 kills after totaling 14 in the first two sets combined. The Huskers outblocked the Badgers 3-1.

Set 4: Wisconsin committed two service errors and Albrecht and Foecke had kills as the Huskers went up 5-3 early. Wisconsin came back to take a 9-8 lead after a 3-0 run, but another dump by Hunter and a solo block by the captain made it 10-9 Huskers. Wisconsin led 16-14 when Sweet tallied her ninth kill, and Foecke terminated to tie the set at 16-16. A block by Stivrins and Albrecht gave the Huskers a 17-16 edge to cap the 3-0 run. After Wisconsin tied it 17-17, Albrecht posted a kill and Foecke and Stivrins combined for a block and a 19-17 lead. The Badgers tied the set at 20-20 after a kill and block by Rettke, and the Huskers spent a timeout. Another kill by Rettke put the Badgers up 22-21, and Duello followed for a 23-21 Badger advantage. Sweet sparked the Huskers out of a timeout with back-to-back kills to tie the set at 23-23. But Rettke earned match point for the Badgers, and Duello got a kill to finish the match, 25-23.

Up Next: Nebraska will look to rebound at No. 16 Purdue on Saturday at 6 p.m. (CT).


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Huskers to Host Red-White Series

Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska baseball team concludes its fall practice with the annual Red-White Series at Hawks Field, beginning this week.

The three-game set starts with Game 1, which will consist of six innings, on Friday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. (CT). Games 2 and 3, which are each five innings, are set for Monday, Oct. 16 starting at 6 p.m. All three games are open to the public and are free to attend. Gates will open 60 minutes prior to game time.

The Huskers will sign autographs before Friday’s game from 5-5:40 p.m., on the third-base concourse. In addition, fans are encouraged to wear costumes for Friday’s game, as a Fan Costume Contest will be held with a chance for someone to win a trophy and Husker Prize Pack. For all three games, fans can play Baseball BINGO for a chance to win a Husker Prize Pack.

Season tickets for the 2018 season will be on sale at the inside ticket window at Hawks Field until the fourth inning of Games 1 and 2. Packages to watch the reigning Big Ten champions start at $156. The Huskers announced their 2018 schedule last week, which is now available on Huskers.com.

Red-White Series Schedule
Game 1: Friday, Oct. 13 - 6 p.m. (6 innings)
Game 2: Monday, Oct. 16 - 6 p.m. (5 innings)
Game 3: Monday, Oct. 16 - following Game 2 (5 innings)


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Morgan Added to Biletnikoff Award Watch List

Lincoln -- University of Nebraska wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. was one of nine players added to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List released Wednesday morning. The award is given to the nation’s top receiver by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc.

Morgan has emerged as one of the Big Ten’s top playmakers during the first half of the season for the Big Red. Morgan leads the Big Ten in receiving yards (510), receiving yards per game (102.0), touchdowns (five) and 100-yard games (three) while ranking third in both receptions (30) and receptions per game (5.0). Morgan, a junior from New Orleans, La., has already eclipsed personal bests in receiving yards and touchdowns and is three receptions away from matching his personal best in receptions.

Morgan caught a career-high eight passes in the win over Illinois before finishing with a career-high 115 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown reception, against No. 9 Wisconsin last Saturday. Morgan, who missed one game because of injury, trails only Johnny Rodgers’ Heisman winning season (1972) for most receiving yards through Nebraska’s first six contests of a season.

The Huskers will face their second straight top-10 opponent on Saturday, as NU welcomes Ohio State to Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. on FS1 and on the Husker Sports Radio Network.


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Huskers Visit Wisconsin for Wednesday Match on BTN

The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team travels to face No. 11 Wisconsin on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Wisconsin Field House in Madison, Wisconsin. Wednesday’s match will be televised on BTN and streamed online at BTN2GO.com.

Husker Sports Network will broadcast all the action on HSN affiliates including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com and on the official Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 24th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren Cook, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.

About the Huskers
• The Huskers enter the match with a 13-3 overall record and 6-0 mark in the Big Ten after a 3-0 sweep at Iowa on Saturday. Of the Huskers’ six Big Ten wins, four have come against top-15 teams.
• The Huskers are the last remaining unbeaten team in Big Ten play. Nebraska’s 6-0 start to Big Ten action is its best start since beginning the 2011 season with an 11-0 conference record.
• The Huskers have won their last six matches against top-15 opponents, matching the most consecutive wins by NU against top-15 teams in a season since 2006, when they beat seven top-15 teams in a row.
• Nebraska ranks ninth nationally and first in the Big Ten in opponent hitting percentage at .148.
• The highest opponent hitting percentage against the Huskers this season is .232 by Northern Iowa. The Huskers have held their first 16 opponents this season under .250 hitting. The last time they accomplished that feat was in 2007 when they held their first 19 opponents under .250.
• The Huskers lead all Big Ten teams in digs per set with 16.22.
• Nebraska is 14th nationally and second in the Big Ten in kills per set at 14.45.
• Annika Albrecht leads the Huskers with 3.24 kills per set and 2.78 digs per set. In Big Ten matches only, Albrecht ranks fourth in the Big Ten in kills at 4.14 per set.
• Albrecht has 117 career service aces, which is tied for ninth in NU career history.
• Mikaela Foecke is averaging 3.18 kills per set and 2.51 digs per set.
• Jazz Sweet adds 2.38 kills per set.
• Kelly Hunter, a two-time Big Ten Setter of the Week this season, is putting up 10.65 assists per set and 2.70 digs per set. The only NCAA Division I setter who has set her team to both a national and conference championship, Hunter ranks fourth in school history with 3,371 career assists at NU.
• Senior middle blocker Briana Holman averages 2.50 kills and 1.04 blocks per set with a team-high .336 hitting percentage. Holman’s hitting percentage of .411 in Big Ten matches ranks fifth in the conference.
• Junior libero Kenzie Maloney is averaging 4.18 digs per set.
• Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins chips in 2.27 kills and 0.98 blocks per set for the Huskers.

Coaches
• John Cook, Nebraska: 18th year at Nebraska (512-68); 25th year overall (673-141)
• Kelly Sheffield, Wisconsin: 5th year at Wisconsin (123-29); 17th year overall (396-141)

Series History
• Nebraska leads Wisconsin, 19-3-1, and is 8-2 in the Big Ten era.
• Nebraska beat Wisconsin, 3-2, on Sept. 30 in Lincoln. The Huskers fell behind 0-2 after the Badgers won the first two sets 25-22, 25-17. The Huskers stormed back to win the final three frames, 25-20, 25-23, 15-8. Annika Albrecht had 18 kills and 12 digs, while Mikaela Foecke pounded 15 kills and had nine digs.
• The Huskers’ last trip to Madison was a 3-0 loss in 2014. NU’s last win at Wisconsin was Nov. 8, 2013, a 3-1 victory.

Scouting Wisconsin
• No. 11 Wisconsin (11-4, 2-4 Big Ten) has lost three straight matches, a skid that started Sept. 30 in Lincoln when the Huskers came back from down 0-2 to beat the Badgers. Wisconsin’s losses since then have been to No. 6 Minnesota in five sets in Madison and on the road at No. 14 Michigan State in four sets. Freshman middle blocker Dana Rettke leads the Badgers with 3.19 kills and 1.38 blocks per set, and the 6-8 standout is hitting .429. Kelli Bates provides 3.08 kills per set and 2.51 digs per set. Bates led the Badgers in the first meeting with NU this season, notching 20 kills and 10 digs. Tionna Williams was a third-team AVCA All-American last year. She averages 2.50 kills and 1.28 blocks while hitting .444.

Hunter Guides Young Husker Squad
• All-America setter Kelly Hunter is in her senior season after leading NU to a national championship and a Big Ten championship the past two seasons as team captain and starting setter.
• Hunter was a second-team AVCA All-American in 2016 and an All-Big Ten setter, becoming the first Husker setter since Lauren Cook in 2012 to make the All-Big Ten team. She is a preseason All-Big Ten selection.
• Hunter ranks fourth in school history with 3,371 career assists at NU.
• Hunter was named the Big Ten Setter of the Week on Sept. 11 after a double-double of 31 assists and 14 digs against UCLA on Sept. 9.
• She added another honor on Sept. 25 after averaging 12.33 assists in sweeps at Penn State and Rutgers. She has eight career weekly Big Ten awards.

Albrecht Steps Up as Senior Captain
• Senior outside hitter Annika Albrecht was named a team captain along with Kelly Hunter prior to the season and has stepped into her new role as a six-rotation hitter for the Huskers.
• Albrecht leads the team in kills with 3.24 per set and adds 2.78 digs per set and 12 service aces. She ranks ninth in school history in career aces with 117.
• The North Aurora, Illinois native made national headlines this season when she tallied a career-high 19 kills on .400 hitting in a 3-0 sweep at Penn State on Sept. 22. For her performance, Albrecht was named the Big Ten Player of the Week, Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week and the espnW Player of the Week. The honors were all the first of her career.

Foecke Excelling in Six-Rotation Role
• Junior outside hitter Mikaela Foecke is averaging 3.18 kills per set. She received All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2016 and was an AVCA All-Region honoree.
• Foecke worked hard to become a six-rotation player entering her junior season and has been effective in that role, adding 2.51 digs per set. Foecke has five double-doubles this season and leads the team in aces with 15.
• Foecke was a unanimous preseason All-Big Ten selection and was one of just two players to earn a unanimous selection (Minnesota setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson).
• Foecke was the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player in 2015 - becoming just the third freshman to earn the honor - after 19 kills on .385 hitting in the championship win against Texas. The other freshmen to win the award were Deja McClendon (Penn State, 2010) and Kerri Walsh (Stanford, 1996).

Holman Leads Husker Middle Blockers
• Senior Briana Holman guides a relatively young group of Husker middle blockers, as she teams with redshirt freshman Lauren Stivrins and is backed up by true freshman Chesney McClellan.
• Holman is averaging 2.50 kills and a team-best 1.04 blocks per set for the Huskers while hitting a team-best .336. She was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 5 and the MVP of the Ameritas Players Challenge after a dominating display over three matches with 25 kills and 18 blocks on .525 hitting.
• Holman earned AVCA All-Region honors for the third time in her career last season and received All-Big Ten honorable mention.
• Holman was a first-team AVCA All-American at LSU in 2014 with 3.94 kills and 1.47 blocks per set. She was a two-time All-SEC performer for the Tigers and represented the U.S. Collegiate National Team at the World University Games in South Korea in July 2015.

Huskers Turn to Freshmen for Instant Impact
• With five true freshmen and two redshirt freshmen on the roster, the Huskers needed some new talent to step up in a big way in 2017, and that has happened.
• Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins is averaging 2.27 kills per set and has started every match.
• Freshman outside hitter Jazz Sweet is fourth on the team in kills at 2.38 per set and is hitting .295. Sweet had an outstanding debut with 14 kills on .375 hitting against Oregon and 16 kills on .323 hitting at Florida.
• Redshirt freshman setter Hunter Atherton has made two starts and played in seven matches with an average of 6.14 assists and 1.82 digs per set. Atherton also has five service aces, third-most on the team.
• Freshman outside hitter Anezka Szabo, who plays the same right-side hitter position as Sweet, tallied 10 kills on .400 hitting against Saint Mary’s and has played in nine matches.

Huskers Ranked No. 4 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 4 in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll for the second straight week, its highest ranking of the season. The Huskers have climbed 10 spots from their No. 14 ranking three weeks ago.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 98 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history.
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 462 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 517 AVCA Coaches Polls since it was established in 1982. Nebraska and Stanford are the only two programs to be ranked in every poll all-time.

Cook Adds to Legacy; Will Join AVCA Hall of Fame in December
• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 18th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2017. He has led the Huskers to three national championships, seven final fours, 11 conference championships and 15 top-10 final rankings since 2000. Cook has 672 career wins and is one of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA history.
• Since taking over the program in 2000, Cook has led the Huskers to a nation-leading .883 win percentage in that time (512-68).
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 49 AVCA All-Americans and 19 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, both among the best in the nation. He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in 2000 and 2005, and a six-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016, his first Big Ten honor with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
• Cook was named the AVCA North Region Coach of the Year this season, his fifth career regional coaching honor and fourth while at Nebraska.
• Cook is one of only four active coaches - and one of six all-time - to be a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year and was honored in 2008 by USA Volleyball, receiving its All-Time Great Coach Award.
• Cook will be inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in December in Kansas City, Missouri. Cook will join former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit in the hall.

Husker Fans Set Attendance Standard Once Again
• Nebraska fans led the nation in attendance for a fourth straight season as their 8,210 average per match in 2016 established a new NCAA attendance record, topping its 2015 average of 8,206.
• The Huskers’ total attendance of 155,986 in 19 home matches also set a school record.
• In 2013, the Huskers led the nation in attendance (8,175) for the first time since 1992, ending Hawaii’s 21-year reign as the national leader.
• The Huskers repeated as attendance champions in 2014 with 8,083 fans per match, which included a school-record 8,585 fans at the Oct. 3 win against Penn State.
• Nebraska has ranked in the top three nationally in attendance every season since 1990 (27 straight seasons).
• The Huskers have sold out every regular-season match since 2001, a streak of 227 consecutive matches, the longest sellout streak in the history of NCAA women’s athletics.
• The Devaney Center has hosted the three largest regular-season crowds in NCAA history and seven of the 10 largest.

Huskers Get Depth From Former Husker Women’s Basketball Player Allie Havers
• The Huskers gained some depth at middle blocker when former Husker women’s basketball player Allie Havers joined the team in the spring.
• Havers, a 6-5 native of Mattawan, Michigan, has one season of eligibility to play volleyball, a sport she excelled at in high school. Havers was a first-team Class A all-state player in Michigan in 2012 and a finalist for Michigan’s Miss Volleyball in 2013.
• On the Nebraska women’s basketball team, Havers closed her career having played in 125 games with 50 starts. She ranked among the top 50 career scorers (720 points) and top 25 career rebounders (541) in Husker history.

Cook’s Coaching Tree Continues to Grow
• Nebraska head coach John Cook’s assistant coaches have a great track record of moving on to become head coaches.
• After the 2016 season, Nebraska assistants Chris Tamas and Dani Busboom Kelly both accepted high-level Division I head coaching jobs. Busboom Kelly became the head coach at Louisville, while Tamas accepted the head coaching job at Big Ten foe Illinois.
• Seven assistants under Cook have become head coaches following their time on Cook’s Nebraska staff: Craig Skinner (Kentucky), Lee Maes (Virginia), Lizzy Stemke (Georgia), Dan Conners (UC Davis), Dan Meske (Augustana, Associate Head Coach at Louisville), Busboom Kelly and Tamas.
• In the last seven years, five of Cook’s Husker assistants have become head coaches.

New Players, New Coaches
• Not only are six of the 15 Husker players new to the program, so are the two Husker assistant coaches. Former Husker and U.S. Olympic libero Kayla Banwarth, and former Long Beach State men’s associate head coach Tyler Hildebrand are on the Husker bench this year.
• Hildebrand joined the Nebraska coaching staff as an assistant in February of 2017. Hildebrand came to Nebraska after five seasons on the coaching staff of the Long Beach State men’s volleyball program, including two seasons as associate head coach. In 2017, he was the AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Assistant Coach of the Year. A former All-American at Long Beach State, Hildebrand was the top assistant there from 2013-15 after a decorated playing career on the U.S. Men’s National Team. He is a former setter who coordinated both the offense and the blocking defense at Long Beach State at one point in his career.
• Banwarth joined the Nebraska volleyball coaching staff as an assistant in January of 2017. Banwarth completed an illustrious playing career for the Huskers in 2010 before embarking on a professional playing career that saw her win an Olympic bronze medal with the U.S. National Team, as well as an FIVB World Championship. Banwarth is relatively new to the coaching profession after finishing her professional career with the U.S. National Team at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. A U.S. National Team libero since 2011, Banwarth spent two years as a volunteer assistant coach for the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team.

 


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Huskers Host No. 9 Buckeyes Saturday Under the Lights

GAME 7: NEBRASKA vs. OHIO STATE

OCT. 14, 2017 | MEMORIAL STADIUM

LINCOLN, NEB. | 6:30 p.m. (CT)

 

BROADCAST INFO

TV - FS1
RADIO - Husker Sports Network
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 81, XM 81
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com

 

HUSKERS

Record: 3-3, 2-1 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Wisconsin, 38-17
Rankings: NR
Coach: Mike Riley
Career/NU Record: 111-94 (17th Year)/18-14 (3rd Year)
vs. Ohio State: 0-1

 

BUCKEYES
Record: 5-1, 3-0 Big Ten
Last Game: def. Maryland, 62-14
Rankings: AP-9; Coaches-8
Coach: Urban Meyer
Career/OSU Record: 170-30 (16th Year)/66-7 (6th Year)
vs. Nebraska: 2-0

The Matchup

Nebraska continues a formidable two-game homestand on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium, when the Huskers play host to No. 9 Ohio State. The Big Ten cross-division matchup of two storied college football programs is set for shortly after 6:30 p.m. CT. National television coverage will be provided by FS1, with radio coverage on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

The Huskers come into the game with a 3-3 record and a 2-1 mark in the Big Ten Conference following a 38-17 loss to ninth-ranked Wisconsin last Saturday night in Lincoln. The Huskers were tied with Wisconsin midway through the third quarter, but were unable to keep pace with the Badgers in the final 20 minutes of the game.

Ohio State comes to Lincoln with a 5-1 record and a 3-0 mark in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes defeated Maryland, 62-14, last Saturday in Columbus, for their fourth consecutive win. OSU is ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press Poll and checks in at eighth in the USA Today Coaches Poll, marking the Huskers' second consecutive top-10 opponent at Memorial Stadium.

Ohio State has shown its strength on both sides of the ball in the 2017 campaign. The Buckeyes rank first in the Big Ten in scoring offense and total offense, while ranking second in rushing offense. On defense, Ohio State ranks fifth in the conference in total defense and allowed Maryland just 66 yards of total offense. Since a September loss to Oklahoma, Ohio State has outscored its last four opponents by a total of 174 points.

 

Nebraska Football Top 10

• Nebraska is 892-375-40 all-time, one of only 10 schools with 800 wins.

  • The Cornhuskers rank fourth all-time with their 892 victories.
  • Nebraska has won five national titles (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997).
  • The Huskers have won 46 conference championships.
  • Nebraska’s 53 all-time bowl appearances rank second in NCAA history.
  • Three Huskers have won the Heisman Trophy (Rodgers, Rozier, Crouch).
  • Nebraska’s 107 football Academic All-Americans lead the nation.
  • The Huskers have 110 first-team All-Americans in school history.
  • Nebraska football is the only team in any sport in NCAA history to total 100 athletic and academic All-Americans.
  • Memorial Stadium has been sold out every game since Nov. 2, 1962, a streak of 358 consecutive sellouts.
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    Nebraska-Ohio State Series

    • Nebraska and Ohio State are meeting for the second straight year and the fourth time as Big Ten opponents.

  • The Huskers will meet Ohio State this year and each of the next four years. Big Ten schedules are currently set through 2021.
  • Nebraska's lone win in the series occurred in 2011 in Lincoln, the Huskers' first Big Ten home game. NU rallied from a 27-6 deficit for a 34-27 win, marking the largest comeback in school history.
  • With Ohio State entering the game ranked ninth, the Buckeyes have been ranked in the top 12 in the AP poll in five of six meetings.
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    Husker-Buckeye Matchup Pits Two Top Programs

    Saturday night's matchup features two of the historically great programs in college football.

  • In looking at the most wins in college football over the past 30, 40, 50 or 60 years, Nebraska and Ohio State each rank in the top four in all of those categories.
  • The schools have combined to win 11 national championships and 81 conference championships, including five national championships and 46 conference titles by Nebraska. .
  • Huskers Set for Second Straight Top-10 Foe in LincolnNebraska will take on the ninth-ranked Buckeyes this week seven days after facing No. 9 Wisconsin in Lincoln.

    The home games at Memorial Stadium against top-10 opponents in consecutive weeks is a first in program history.

  • Nebraska has previously played consecutive home games against top-10 opponents, however this marks the first time in back-to-back weeks. The last occurrence of two straight home games against top-10 teams was in 2015 when NU defeated No. 6 Michigan State on Nov. 7, and lost to No. 3 Iowa on Nov. 27.
  • Nebraska will be playing conseuctive games against top-10 opponents in the regular season for just the third time ever, also in 1995 and 2008.
  • This will mark the 11th time in program history Nebraska is playing back-to-back games against top-10 opponents. Eight of those occurrences involved a bowl game.
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    Riley Hopes for Continued Success vs. Ranked Opponents

    Nebraska faces its second straight ranked opponent in No. 9 Ohio State.

  • Mike Riley-coached teams have 16 wins over ranked teams in his 17 seasons as a college coach, 14 at Oregon State and Husker wins over Michigan State in 2015 and Oregon in 2016.
  • The 2015 win over No. 6 Michigan State marked the sixth top-10 opponent a Riley-coached team defeated since 2006. The win was Nebraska's first over a top-10 opponent since October of 2011.
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    Huskers Look to Defeat Top-10 Foe in Lincoln

    The opportunity against a top-10 opponent at Memorial Stadium is not a new occasion for Nebraska.

  • The win over No. 6 Michigan State in 2015 was Nebraska's first over a top-10 opponent since a 24-3 victory over No. 9 Michigan State in 2011.
  • An unranked Nebraska team has defeated a top 10 foe three times in school history, most recently the 2015 win over MSU.
  • Nebraska has won six of its past 10 matchups against ranked teams at Memorial Stadium dating back to 2009.
  • Nebraska has won three of its past five games at Memorial Stadium against top-10 opponents dating back to 2010.
  • The Huskers are 3-3 against ranked Big Ten teams at Memorial Stadium since 2011.
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    Nebraska Looks to Start New Home Night Game Streak

    Memorial Stadium is always a tough environment for visiting teams in Lincoln. Historically, that has never been more evident than in home night games.

    The Huskers had a streak of 20 straight home night wins snapped in last week's loss to Wisconsin. NU is 46-6 all-time in Memorial Stadium night games.

  • The Huskers’ dominance at night in Lincoln has been impressive, as 33 of the home night wins have been by at least 13 points.
  • Nebraska’s six losses in home night games have come against five teams that won at least 10 games in that season, as well as this year's game with the Badgers. (Washington, 1991; Texas, 2002; USC, 2007; Virginia Tech and Missouri, 2008).
  • Nebraska is 1-1 in home night games this season, defeating Arkansas State 43-36 in the season opener.
  • Before the setback against Wisconsin, Nebraska's most recent loss in a night game at Memorial Stadium came against No. 4 Missouri in 2008.
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    Brown, Glover to Join NU Athletics Hall of Fame

    Nebraska football standouts Bob Brown and Rich Glover are part of an illustrious group of six distinguished student-athletes who will be enshrined into the Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday afternoon.

    Both Brown and Glover are College Football Hall of Fame members, while Brown is also in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Brown was the the Huskers’ first African-American football player to be named an All-American, when he played a leading role in the Huskers winning their first-ever Big Eight title in 1963 in Bob Devaney’s second year as coach. Glover then helped the Huskers win back-to-back national titles in 1970 and 1971, the first football national championships in school history.

    The other inductees in the 2017 Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame include Karen Dahlgren (Volleyball), Denise Day (Softball, Track & Field), Dave Hoppen (Men's Basketball) and Scott Johnson (Men's Gymnastics).

    Brown and Glover join three previous football inductees into the Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame. Dave Rimington was the football representative in the inaugural class in 2015, while Johnny Rodgers and WIll Shields were part of the 2016 class.

     

    Husker Great Dave Rimington Serving at Interim A.D.

    Dave Rimington, a native of Omaha and a two-time Husker All-American, is serving as Nebraska's Interim Director of Athletics. Rimington was named to the post by Chancellor Ronnie Green on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

    Widely considered to be the greatest center in college football history, Rimington is president of the New York-based Boomer Esiason Foundation. He has agreed to take a leave of absence from the foundation to lead Nebraska Athletics on an interim basis. The appointment is scheduled for up to 60 days.

    A four-year letter winner at Nebraska, Rimington is the only player to win the Outland Trophy in consecutive years – 1981 and 1982 – and is among the most decorated offensive linemen in college football history. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of fame in 1997 and is one of just 25 Huskers to have his jersey retired.

     

    Riley in Third Season at Helm of Husker Program

    Head Coach Mike Riley is in his third season as the Nebraska head coach in 2017. Riley has guided the Huskers to an 18-14 record.

  • Riley is in his 26th season as a head coach, tying for the second-most experience of any FBS head coach entering the 2017 season.
  • Riley is one of eight active FBS head coaches who also has experience as an NFL head coach.
  • Riley owns 16 victories over nationally ranked opponents during his college head coaching tenure.
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    Numerous Huskers Make First Career Starts in 2017

    Due to injuries and youth, Nebraska has had a number of players make their first career starts in 2017. Most recently, Nebraska saw redshirt freshman linebacker Ben Stille make his first career start against Wisconsin.

    Stille's start brought Nebraska's first-time starters total in 2017 to 13 players.

    First-Time starters in 2017
    • Luke Gifford, LB (6)
    • Eric Lee Jr., CB (6)
    • Tyler Hoppes, TE (5)
    • Connor Ketter, TE (5)
    • Mikale Wilbon, Jr., IB (3)
    • JD Spielman, RFr., WR (3)
    • Brenden Jaimes, Fr., OT (3)
    • Michael Decker, So., C (3)
    • Tre Bryant, IB (2)
    • Matt Farniok, RFr., OT (2)
    • Sedrick King, Jr., LB (2)
    • Gabe Rahn, Sr., WR (1)
    • Ben Stille, RFr., LB (1)

     

    Jaimes Joins Rare Club for NU Offensive Linemen

    True freshman Brenden Jaimes earned his first career start against Rutgers and has continued to hold down the right tackle position the past two weeks. Jaimes originally started at right tackle where senior David Knevel and redshirt freshman Matt Farniok were out with injury.

    A native of Austin, Texas, Jaimes became just the fifth true freshman offensive lineman to start a game at Nebraska since 1972, and the first since 2011. Jaimes is also just the 11th offensive lineman to play at Nebraska as a true freshman.

    True Freshman OL Starters in Nebraska History (Since 1972)
    • Matt Slauson, OG (3 games, 2005)
    • Jacob Hickman, C (1 game, 2006)
    • Javorio Burkes, OT (3 games, 2007)
    • Tyler Moore, OT (4 games, 2011)
    • Brenden Jaimes, OT (3 games, 2017)

     

    Veteran Receiving Duo Leading Passing Attack

    Nebraska has the luxury of two veteran and proven pass catchers to lead the receiving corps. Senior De'Mornay Pierson-El and junior Stanley Morgan Jr. both have extensive playing experience and have both put together a strong first half of the 2017 season.

    Morgan has 30 receptions for 510 yards and five scores, despite missing the Rutgers game. Pierson-El has caught 24 passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns.

    The duo leads a receiving corps that also features a pair of explosive newcomers in redshirt freshman JD Spielman and true freshman Tyjon Lindsey.

  • Morgan leads the Big Ten in receiving yards (510), receiving yards per game (102.0 ypg) receiving touchdowns (5) and 100-yard games (3). He ranks in the top 21 in the country in the first of those three categories.
  • The 510 receiving yards by Morgan through the team's first six games is the second-most in NU history through six contests. His 30 catches through six games are tied for the second-most in school history.

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    Huskers Sweep Hawkeyes

    IOWA CITY, Iowa - The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team posted a 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-20) sweep at Iowa on Saturday night in front of an Iowa school-record crowd of 4,729 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

    The Huskers (13-3, 6-0 Big Ten) won their seventh-straight match, and their 6-0 start in Big Ten play is their best since 2011. The victory came against a scrappy Iowa team that was coming off a win over No. 22 Michigan earlier in the week. Iowa fell to 13-6 overall and 2-4 in the Big Ten.

    Mikaela Foecke had 10 kills and three blocks to lead the Huskers in her home state. Annika Albrecht added nine kills and six digs, and Jazz Sweet terminated seven kills. Briana Holman, who celebrated her birthday on Saturday, had eight kills and three blocks while hitting .400. Lauren Stivrins had six kills and four blocks.

    Kelly Hunter set 30 assists and had a team-best 11 digs for her fourth-straight double-double. Kenzie Maloney and Sydney Townsend each added 10 digs.

    Nebraska outhit Iowa .257 to .115, marking the fifth straight opponent to hit under .200 against the Huskers. Nebraska outdug the Hawkeyes, 46-40, and had the edge in blocks, 8.0-4.5.

    Set 1: Iowa claimed a 6-4 lead despite a pair of kills and a solo block by Foecke. Sweet pounded a kill and Stivrins and Hunter blocked an Iowa attack to tie the set before Albrecht gave the Huskers their first lead. The Hawkeyes answered and continued to lead 11-9 when Nebraska went on a 4-0 run to go up 13-11. Foecke and Hunter had kills to spark the run, and Holman and Foecke teamed up for a block. Nebraska continued to pull away with an ace by Hunter and kills by Sweet and Holman increasing the lead to 19-13. Albrecht terminated a pair of shots to make it 23-17, and NU won 25-18 on an Iowa attacking error.

    Set 2: The Huskers came out hot with kills by Hunter and Foecke boosting them to a 3-0 lead. With a 7-6 lead, Nebraska got three kills from Sweet to set off a 5-0 run that gave them a 12-6 advantage. Iowa cut it to 15-13, but Holman tallied a kill to spark a 5-0 run that put the Big Red up 20-13. Holman and Sweet combined for a block, and Foecke added a kill during the run. The Huskers finished off the 25-17 win on Albrecht's sixth kill of the match. NU held Iowa to .075 hitting in the set.

    Set 3: Stivrins notched four kills to help the Huskers to a 9-5 advantage. Iowa rallied with a 7-3 run to tie the set at 12-12. The Hawkeyes took a 15-14 lead on a kill by Claire Sheehan, but an Iowa attack error tied the set at 15-15. Stivrins and Hunter provided another block to put the Huskers back in front, and Stivrins hammered an overpass after a good serve by Townsend was mishandled. The Hawkeyes then hit wide, and the Huskers led 18-15. Iowa scored the next two points, but Albrecht and Foecke posted kills out of a timeout to gain back the three-point lead, 20-17. After Hunter dumped a kill, Foecke and Holman combined for a stuff block to make it 22-18. Maloney served an ace to gain match point at 24-18, and NU won 25-20 to finish the sweep, its 11th of the season.

    Up Next: The Huskers play at No. 7 Wisconsin on Wednesday at 8 p.m.


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    Huskers Unable to Slow Badger Rushing Attack

    Lincoln - Nebraska' battled back from a quick 10-point deficit to tie the game at 17, but No. 9 Wisconsin controlled the fourth quarter on its way to a 38-17 win over the Huskers at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.

    Playing in front of a raucous home crowd in the 358th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium on a night when Nebraska honored its 1997 national championship team throughout the game on the 20th anniversary of its historic accomplishments, the Huskers fought hard before slipping to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten. The Badgers improved to 5-0 and 2-0 in the conference.

    The Huskers took the opening kickoff and raced into the Wisconsin red zone before a huge momentum swing. On 3rd-and-2 at the Wisconsin 17, Tanner Lee's quick screen pass to running back Devine Ozigbo went through Ozigbo's hands, ricocheted off his helmet and bounded into the arms of Badger linebacker Chris Orr in stride heading the other way for a 78-yard interception return for a touchdown.

    The miscue gave Wisconsin a 7-0 lead with just 2:26 gone in the game. Nebraska moved the ball effectively on its second drive, before it stalled at the Wisconsin 39.

    On the Badgers first offensive possession of the game, they marched 61 yards on 11 plays capped by Rafael Gaglianone's 37-yard field goal to give Wisconsin a 10-0 lead with 3:31 left in the opening quarter.

    Nebraska's third drive penetrated Wisconsin territory for the third consecutive time, but came to a halt just outside of field goal range. The Huskers buried Wisconsin deep in their own territory and kept them there on the Badgers' second drive, giving Nebraska good field position on its fourth drive. The Huskers pounded their way into the Wisconsin red zone again, before the Badgers stiffened and forced a Drew Brown 33-yard field goal attempt. The normally sure-footed senior kicker missed the attempt wide right to keep the Badger edge at 10 with 9:10 left in the first half.

    The defenses continued to assert themselves for the next eight minutes before the offenses erupted in the final 1:30 of the first half.

    After a 38-yard punt by Wisconsin's Anthony Lotti resulted in a touchback to give the Huskers the ball at their own 20 with 1:32 remaining, Lee connected with Stanley Morgan Jr. on a deep crossing route and Morgan did the rest, racing 80 yards down the Nebraska sideline into the end zone. It matched the seventh-longest pass play in school history and the longest connection since a 90-yard touchdown pass in the 2013 Gator Bowl.

    Although Nebraska briefly cut the margin to 10-7, Wisconsin immediately answered. Following a touchback on the ensuing kickoff, Badger running back Jonathan Taylor took a handoff from quarterback Alex Hornibrook and sprinted 75 yards to paydirt on the Badgers' first play from scrimmage. The run pushed Wisconsin's lead back to 17-7 with 1:20 left in the half.

    But the Huskers weren't done yet. Ozigbo, who rushed for a career-high 112 yards on 23 carries, unleashed a 28-yard burst to put the Big Red quickly into Wisconsin territory. Nebraska eventually worked its way to the Badger 14, where Brown booted a 32-yard field goal as time expired in the half to send Nebraska to the locker room trailing, 17-10.

    At the half, Nebraska held a 313-228 advantage in total offense despite trailing on the scoreboard.

    Ozigbo, who notched his third consecutive 100-yard rushing game, became the first back to reach the century mark against the Badger defense since LSU's Leonard Fournette reached the mark in the 2016 season opener at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

    The two teams exchanged unproductive drives to start the third quarter, before a 57-yard punt by Caleb Lightbourn pinned the Badgers at their own 12 with 11:28 left in the period. After a rush by Taylor for no gain, Husker junior safety Aaron Williams made an outstanding play on the ball thrown into the flat toward the Wisconsin sideline and sprinted untouched into the end zone to tie the game at 17 with 10:43 left in the third.

    On the ensuing kickoff, Wisconsin's A.J. Taylor returned a Brown boot to the goal line 25 yards where he was crushed by Husker safety Kieron Williams, dislodging the ball. Wisconsin recovered the fumble, but was flagged 10 yards for holding and then flagged an additional half the distance to the goal line for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

    With the momentum in hand and the Badgers buried at their own 7, the Memorial Stadium crowd was at a fever pitch, but visiting Wisconsin found an answer.

    And the answer was Jonathan Taylor, who took the first three carries of the drive and galloped 32 yards. After two more running plays to other backs, Hornibrook connected with Quintez Cephus on a 31-yard pass to convert on 3rd-and-4 from the Wisconsin 45.

    Taylor pounded his way a total of 19 yards on the next three plays, to set up Hornibrook's five-yard touchdown pass to Cephus on 3rd-and-Goal from the Nebraska 5 with 4:56 left in the quarter. Hornibrook completed 9-of-17 passes for 113 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Hornibrook was also sacked once for a six-yard loss and did not attempt a rush in the game. Cephus led the Badger receivers with four receptions for 68 yards on the night.

    Nebraska tried to answer on its next drive, navigating its way into Wisconsin territory and maintaining possession for the rest of the third quarter before being forced to punt on the first play of the fourth quarter, trailing 24-17.

    Despite trailing on the scoreboard, Nebraska went to the fourth quarter with a 364-341 edge in total yards. The Huskers had also been flagged for 43 fewer penalty yards than the Badgers

    But the fourth quarter was all Wisconsin, as the Badgers used a 10-play, 80-yard drive that culminated in a two-yard touchdown by Taylor to push their edge to 31-17 with 9:08 left.

    Nebraska's next drive ended with a fumble after a completion on a short completion from Lee to Morgan, and Wisconsin turned the mistake into points with a 10-play, 40-yard drive that ate up 6:15 and ended with a one-yard plunge by Bradrick Shaw with 2:40 left to extend the Badger margin to 38-17.

    In the fourth quarter, Wisconsin outgained the Huskers, 125-17, with all 125 yards coming on the ground. Taylor finished with 249 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries to lead a Badger running game that finished with 353 yards. Shaw added 43 yards and a score on 12 carries, while Rachid Ibrahim contributed 51 yards on seven carries.

    Wisconsin finished with 466 total yards, while Nebraska finished with 381.

    Lee added two carries for five yards in the game, as Nebraska managed 110 rushing yards on the night after Patrick O'Brien was sacked for a seven-yard loss on the Huskers' final drive of the game.

    Lee completed 16-of-32 passes for 262 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Morgan finished his night with four receptions for 115 yards and a score, while freshman wide receiver JD Spielman added career highs with six catches for 79 yards. De'Mornay Pierson-El added three receptions for 59 yards, while Ozigbo pitched in four catches for 18 yards.

    Nebraska continues Big Ten home action against another top-10 opponent next Saturday, when the Huskers take on Ohio State at Memorial Stadium at 6:30 p.m. (CT).

    #9 Wisconsin 38, Nebraska 17
    Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
    Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)

    Scoring Summary

    First Quarter (WIS 10-0)
    WIS - 12:24 - Chris Orr 78 INT return (Rafael Gaglianone kick) WIS 7-0
    WIS - 3:31 - Gaglianone 37 FG, 11 plays, 61 yards, 5:47, WIS 10-0

    Second Quarter (WIS 17-10)
    NEB - 1:20 - Stanley Morgan Jr. 80 pass from Tanner Lee (Drew Brown kick), 1 play, 80 yards, 0:12, WIS 10-7
    WIS - 1:09 - Jonathan Taylor 75 run (Gaglianone kick), 1 play, 75 yards, 0:11, WIS 17-7
    NEB - 0:00 - Brown 32 FG, 11 plays, 60 yards, 1:04, WIS 17-10

    Third Quarter (WIS 24-17)
    NEB - 10:43 - Aaron Williams 14 INT return (Brown kick), 17-17
    WIS - 4:56 - Quintez Cephus 5 pass from Alex Hornibrook (Gaglianone kick), 10 plays, 93 yards, 5:42, WIS 24-17

    Fourth Quarter (WIS 38-17)
    WIS - Taylor 2 run (Gaglianone kick), 9:08 - 10 plays, 80 yards, 5:48, WIS 31-17
    WIS - Bradrick Shaw 1 run (Gaglianone kick), 2:40 - 10 plays, 40 yards, 6:15, WIS 38-17

    Kickoff (TV): 7:11 p.m. (BTN)
    Time of Game: 3:10
    Attendance: 89,860


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    Huskers Hit the Road to Face Iowa

    The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team heads to Iowa City, Iowa this Saturday for a 7 p.m. match against Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The match will be streamed online with a BTN Plus subscription.

    Husker Sports Network will broadcast all the action on HSN affiliates including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com and on the official Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 24th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren Cook, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.

    About the Huskers
    • The Huskers enter the match with a 12-3 overall record and 5-0 mark in the Big Ten after a 3-1 win over No. 14 Michigan State on Wednesday at the Devaney Center.
    • With the win, the Huskers took over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings a quarter of the way through the conference season.
    • The Huskers won their sixth match in a row and their sixth straight match against a top-15 opponent, matching the most consecutive wins by NU against top-15 teams in a season since 2006.
    • Nebraska is 13th nationally and second in the Big Ten in kills per set at 14.46.
    • Nebraska ranks 12th nationally in opponent hitting percentage at .150, a mark that ranks third in the Big Ten.
    • The highest opponent hitting percentage against the Huskers this season is .232 by Northern Iowa. The Huskers have held their first 15 opponents this season under .250 hitting. The last time they accomplished that feat was in 2007.
    • Annika Albrecht leads the Huskers with 3.25 kills per set and 2.83 digs per set. In Big Ten matches only, Albrecht ranks fourth in the Big Ten in kills at 4.33 per set. She has led NU in kills in the last seven matches.
    • Albrecht has 117 career service aces, which is tied for ninth in NU career history.
    • Mikaela Foecke is averaging 3.17 kills per set and 2.83 digs per set.
    • Jazz Sweet adds 2.38 kills per set.
    • Kelly Hunter, a two-time Big Ten Setter of the Week this season, is putting up 10.70 assists per set and 2.63 digs per set. The only NCAA Division I setter who has set her team to both a national and conference championship, Hunter ranks fourth in school history with 3,341 career assists at NU.
    • Senior middle blocker Briana Holman averages 2.49 kills and 1.04 blocks per set with a team-high .332 hitting percentage. Holman’s hitting percentage of .413 in Big Ten matches ranks fifth in the conference.
    • Junior libero Kenzie Maloney is averaging 4.23 digs per set, which ranks fifth in the Big Ten.
    • Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins chips in 2.29 kills and 0.96 blocks per set for the Huskers.

    Coaches
    • John Cook, Nebraska: 18th year at Nebraska (511-68); 25th year overall (672-141)
    • Bond Shymansky, Iowa: 4th year at Iowa (58-56); 16th year overall (348-165)

    Series History
    • Nebraska leads the all-time series with Iowa, 25-0. The Huskers have won 16 in a row by sweep, and 23 of the 25 matches overall in the series have been Husker sweeps. The Hawkeyes’ last set victory against the Huskers was in 1987 in Iowa City. Nebraska swept Iowa in Iowa City last year, 25-17, 25-19, 25-13.

    Scouting Iowa
    • Iowa enters the weekend at 13-5 overall and 2-3 in the Big Ten after upsetting No. 22 Michigan, 3-1, on Wednesday night in Iowa City. Like Nebraska, the Hawkeyes have had a very difficult start to their Big Ten schedule. Iowa’s first six matches have included then-No. 2 Penn State, No. 7 Wisconsin, No. 3 Minnesota, No. 22 Michigan and now No. 4 Nebraska.
    • Taylor Louis leads the Hawkeyes with 3.57 kills per set and is hitting .302. Claire Sheehan adds 2.71 kills per set and 2.18 digs per set.
    • Setter Gabrielle Orr organizes the attack with 11.47 assists per set. Libero Annika Olsen contributes 4.47 digs per set and ranks fourth in the Big Ten. As a team, Iowa ranks fifth in the conference in digs at 14.97 per set.

    Hunter Guides Young Husker Squad
    • All-America setter Kelly Hunter is in her senior season after leading NU to a national championship and a Big Ten championship the past two seasons as team captain and starting setter.
    • Hunter was a second-team AVCA All-American in 2016 and an All-Big Ten setter, becoming the first Husker setter since Lauren Cook in 2012 to make the All-Big Ten team. She is a preseason All-Big Ten selection.
    • Hunter ranks fourth in school history with 3,341 career assists at NU.
    • Hunter was named the Big Ten Setter of the Week on Sept. 11 after a double-double of 31 assists and 14 digs against UCLA on Sept. 9.
    • She added another honor on Sept. 25 after averaging 12.33 assists in sweeps at Penn State and Rutgers. She has eight career weekly Big Ten awards.

    Albrecht Steps Up as Senior Captain
    • Senior outside hitter Annika Albrecht was named a team captain along with Kelly Hunter prior to the season and has stepped into her new role as a six-rotation hitter for the Huskers.
    • Albrecht leads the team in kills with 3.25 per set and adds 2.83 digs per set and 12 service aces. She ranks ninth in school history in career aces with 117.
    • The North Aurora, Illinois native made national headlines this season when she tallied a career-high 19 kills on .400 hitting in a 3-0 sweep at Penn State on Sept. 22. For her performance, Albrecht was named the Big Ten Player of the Week, Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week and the espnW Player of the Week. The honors were all the first of her career.

    Foecke Excelling in Six-Rotation Role
    • Junior outside hitter Mikaela Foecke is averaging 3.17 kills per set. She received All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2016 and was an AVCA All-Region honoree.
    • Foecke worked hard to become a six-rotation player entering her junior season and has been effective in that role, adding 2.60 digs per set. Foecke has five double-doubles this season and leads the team in aces with 15.
    • Foecke was a unanimous preseason All-Big Ten selection and was one of just two players to earn a unanimous selection (Minnesota setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson).
    • Foecke was the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player in 2015 - becoming just the third freshman to earn the honor - after 19 kills on .385 hitting in the championship win against Texas. The other freshmen to win the award were Deja McClendon (Penn State, 2010) and Kerri Walsh (Stanford, 1996).

    Holman Leads Husker Middle Blockers
    • Senior Briana Holman guides a relatively young group of Husker middle blockers, as she teams with redshirt freshman Lauren Stivrins and is backed up by true freshman Chesney McClellan.
    • Holman is averaging 2.49 kills and a team-best 1.04 blocks per set for the Huskers while hitting a team-best .332. She was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 5 and the MVP of the Ameritas Players Challenge after a dominating display over three matches with 25 kills and 18 blocks on .525 hitting.
    • Holman earned AVCA All-Region honors for the third time in her career last season and received All-Big Ten honorable mention.
    • Holman was a first-team AVCA All-American at LSU in 2014 with 3.94 kills and 1.47 blocks per set. She was a two-time All-SEC performer for the Tigers and represented the U.S. Collegiate National Team at the World University Games in South Korea in July 2015.

    Huskers Turn to Freshmen for Instant Impact
    • With five true freshmen and two redshirt freshmen on the roster, the Huskers needed some new talent to step up in a big way in 2017, and that has happened.
    • Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins is averaging 2.29 kills per set and has started every match.
    • Freshman outside hitter Jazz Sweet is fourth on the team in kills at 2.38 per set and is hitting .297. Sweet had an outstanding debut with 14 kills on .375 hitting against Oregon and 16 kills on .323 hitting at Florida.
    • Redshirt freshman setter Hunter Atherton has made two starts and played in seven matches with an average of 6.14 assists and 1.82 digs per set. Atherton also has five service aces, third-most on the team.
    • Freshman outside hitter Anezka Szabo, who plays the same right-side hitter position as Sweet, tallied 10 kills on .400 hitting against Saint Mary’s and has played in nine matches.

    Huskers Ranked No. 4 in AVCA Coaches Poll
    • Nebraska is ranked No. 4 in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll, up four spots from No. 8 last week and its highest ranking of the season. The Huskers have climbed 10 spots from their No. 14 ranking two weeks ago.
    • The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 98 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history.
    • The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 461 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
    • Nebraska has appeared in all 517 AVCA Coaches Polls since it was established in 1982. Nebraska and Stanford are the only two programs to be ranked in every poll all-time.

    Cook Adds to Legacy; Will Join AVCA Hall of Fame in December
    • Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 18th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2017. He has led the Huskers to three national championships, seven final fours, 11 conference championships and 15 top-10 final rankings since 2000. Cook has 672 career wins and is one of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA history.
    • Since taking over the program in 2000, Cook has led the Huskers to a nation-leading .882 win percentage in that time (511-68).
    • Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 49 AVCA All-Americans and 19 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, both among the best in the nation. He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in 2000 and 2005, and a six-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016, his first Big Ten honor with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
    • Cook was named the AVCA North Region Coach of the Year this season, his fifth career regional coaching honor and fourth while at Nebraska.
    • Cook is one of only four active coaches - and one of six all-time - to be a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year and was honored in 2008 by USA Volleyball, receiving its All-Time Great Coach Award.
    • Cook will be inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in December in Kansas City, Missouri. Cook will join former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit in the hall.

    Husker Fans Set Attendance Standard Once Again
    • Nebraska fans led the nation in attendance for a fourth straight season as their 8,210 average per match in 2016 established a new NCAA attendance record, topping its 2015 average of 8,206.
    • The Huskers’ total attendance of 155,986 in 19 home matches also set a school record.
    • In 2013, the Huskers led the nation in attendance (8,175) for the first time since 1992, ending Hawaii’s 21-year reign as the national leader.
    • The Huskers repeated as attendance champions in 2014 with 8,083 fans per match, which included a school-record 8,585 fans at the Oct. 3 win against Penn State.
    • Nebraska has ranked in the top three nationally in attendance every season since 1990 (27 straight seasons).
    • The Huskers have sold out every regular-season match since 2001, a streak of 227 consecutive matches, the longest sellout streak in the history of NCAA women’s athletics.
    • The Devaney Center has hosted the three largest regular-season crowds in NCAA history and seven of the 10 largest.

    Huskers Get Depth From Former Husker Women’s Basketball Player Allie Havers
    • The Huskers gained some depth at middle blocker when former Husker women’s basketball player Allie Havers joined the team in the spring.
    • Havers, a 6-5 native of Mattawan, Michigan, has one season of eligibility to play volleyball, a sport she excelled at in high school. Havers was a first-team Class A all-state player in Michigan in 2012 and a finalist for Michigan’s Miss Volleyball in 2013.
    • On the Nebraska women’s basketball team, Havers closed her career having played in 125 games with 50 starts. She ranked among the top 50 career scorers (720 points) and top 25 career rebounders (541) in Husker history.

    Cook’s Coaching Tree Continues to Grow
    • Nebraska head coach John Cook’s assistant coaches have a great track record of moving on to become head coaches.
    • After the 2016 season, Nebraska assistants Chris Tamas and Dani Busboom Kelly both accepted high-level Division I head coaching jobs. Busboom Kelly became the head coach at Louisville, while Tamas accepted the head coaching job at Big Ten foe Illinois.
    • Seven assistants under Cook have become head coaches following their time on Cook’s Nebraska staff: Craig Skinner (Kentucky), Lee Maes (Virginia), Lizzy Stemke (Georgia), Dan Conners (UC Davis), Dan Meske (Augustana, Associate Head Coach at Louisville), Busboom Kelly and Tamas.
    • In the last seven years, five of Cook’s Husker assistants have become head coaches.

    New Players, New Coaches
    • Not only are six of the 15 Husker players new to the program, so are the two Husker assistant coaches. Former Husker and U.S. Olympic libero Kayla Banwarth, and former Long Beach State men’s associate head coach Tyler Hildebrand are on the Husker bench this year.
    • Hildebrand joined the Nebraska coaching staff as an assistant in February of 2017. Hildebrand came to Nebraska after five seasons on the coaching staff of the Long Beach State men’s volleyball program, including two seasons as associate head coach. In 2017, he was the AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Assistant Coach of the Year. A former All-American at Long Beach State, Hildebrand was the top assistant there from 2013-15 after a decorated playing career on the U.S. Men’s National Team. He is a former setter who coordinated both the offense and the blocking defense at Long Beach State at one point in his career.
    • Banwarth joined the Nebraska volleyball coaching staff as an assistant in January of 2017. Banwarth completed an illustrious playing career for the Huskers in 2010 before embarking on a professional playing career that saw her win an Olympic bronze medal with the U.S. National Team, as well as an FIVB World Championship. Banwarth is relatively new to the coaching profession after finishing her professional career with the U.S. National Team at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. A U.S. National Team libero since 2011, Banwarth spent two years as a volunteer assistant coach for the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team.


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    Huskers Continue Streak With 3-1 Win Over Spartans

    LINCOLN, Neb. - The fourth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team continued its impressive run through the beginning of its Big Ten schedule with a 3-1 (25-19, 25-15, 22-25, 25-19) win over No. 14 Michigan State on Wednesday night in front of 8,406 spectators at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

    With the win, the Huskers (12-3, 5-0 Big Ten) took over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings a quarter of the way through the conference season. Michigan State, the only other unbeaten team in Big Ten play entering the night, dropped to 11-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play.

    The Huskers won their sixth match in a row and their sixth straight match against a top-15 opponent, matching the most consecutive wins by NU against top-15 teams in a season since 2006.

    Nebraska hit .217 in the match and held Michigan State to .147. The Huskers have held their first 15 opponents this season under .250 hitting. The last time they accomplished that feat was in 2007. NU also won the serving battle against the Big Ten's leader in aces per set entering the match. The Huskers served five aces and gave up none to MSU, which also committed nine errors at the service line. The Huskers outblocked the Spartans, 11-7.

    Annika Albrecht produced yet another dominant performance with 18 kills and 15 digs while hitting .333 and adding three solo blocks and two aces. She has double-digit kills in seven straight matches and has double-doubles in back-to-back matches for the first time this season.

    Lauren Stivrins had 10 kills and four blocks, and Jazz Sweet provided an offensive spark with 10 kills on .318 hitting. Mikaela Foecke added nine kills and 10 digs, and Briana Holman had eight kills and two blocks.

    Kelly Hunter had 45 set assists and 14 digs for her third straight double-double and fifth of the season. With her 45 assists, Hunter passed both Val Novak and Sydney Anderson on NU's career assists chart, as she now sits in fourth place with 3,341. She also had a season-high five blocks. Five Huskers were in double digits in digs, led by libero Kenzie Maloney with 17. Sydney Townsend had 10.

    Brooke Kranda led Michigan State with 16 kills but hit just .190 against the Big Red.

    Set 1: Nebraska rallied from a 5-3 deficit to a 7-5 lead after a 4-0 run keyed by the serve of Foecke. A kill by Sweet and a block by Albrecht and Stivrins doubled the lead to four at 10-6. Sweet added another kill, followed by a solo block by Albrecht to force a Michigan State timeout with the Huskers up 12-8. After the timeout, Stivrins posted a kill and Albrecht killed a back-row set from Townsend for a 14-8 lead. The Spartans then hit long to make it 15-8 Nebraska, capping a 5-0 Husker run. The Spartans answered with a 5-0 run of their own to get back within 15-13 before committing a service error. Albrecht served an ace on the next rally, and then Michigan State hit into the antenna. Another tough serve by Albrecht forced Michigan State into sending over a free ball, and Stivrins terminated for a 19-13 lead. Holman smacked a kill and teamed up with Sweet for a block to put the Huskers ahead by seven, 22-15. The Huskers put the set away, 25-19, with another kill by Sweet and two by Albrecht. The Huskers held the Spartans to just .098 hitting.

    Set 2: Sweet and Albrecht continued their impressive matches with a kill by the freshman and a solo block by the senior to put the Huskers up 7-6 early. The Spartans hit for a couple of errors around a Foecke kill, and NU led 10-7 at a Michigan State timeout. Later, Holman and Albrecht each added a pair of kills to make it 15-10 Huskers. Nebraska dominated the rest of the way with Sweet and Stivrins each tallying two more kills and Albrecht serving her 117th career ace to move into a tie for ninth in school history. The Huskers won 25-15 after finishing the set on a 13-5 run. NU was even better defensively in the second set, limiting Michigan State to .047 hitting.

    Set 3: Hunter, Foecke and Stivrins opened the set with kills for the Huskers, and Maloney served her second ace of the night for a 5-2 advantage. Michigan State drew even at 8-8 before committing a service error. Hunter then took over with a kill, a solo block and a combined block with Stivrins. After that, Stivrins and Albrecht recorded kills, and the Huskers led 14-8 after the 6-0 run. But Michigan State went on an 11-5 run to tie the set at 19-19. Albrecht and Rachel Minarick traded kills, and then the Spartans served long to put NU back up, 21-20. A Husker hitting error squared the set again before Kranda terminated to put MSU up 22-21, its first lead since 1-0 to begin the set. The Spartans went up by two, 23-21, after a block, and the Huskers used a timeout. A double-contact call on Michigan State gave the Huskers the next point, but Michigan State got set point on a soft kill and won 25-22 on a Husker hitting error.

    Set 4: After falling behind 3-1, Nebraska scored five points in a row via two Albrecht kills, one each by Sweet and Holman and a Holman/Foecke block. The Spartans cut it to 7-6, but Albrecht got a kill to put Hayley Densberger at the service line. Densberger served the next four points with Albrecht tacking on her 14th kill and Sweet her ninth, and the Huskers led 12-6. With a 13-8 lead, the Huskers got kills from Stivrins and Foecke and a solo block by Stivrins to help them to an 18-8 lead after a 5-0 run. Although the run ended on a service error, Hunter and Stivrins added another block, and Foecke smashed a kill to make it 20-10. Holman and Sweet pounded kills to help NU to a 22-12 lead, but the Spartans attempted to make things interesting with three straight points to get within 22-15. Albrecht got the Huskers out of the rotation with another kill, but Michigan State pulled within 23-18 after back-to-back kills by Kranda. Nebraska used a timeout to regroup, and Albrecht earned an immediate sideout for match point. She finished off the match at 25-19 with her 18th kill.

    Up Next: The Huskers travel to face Iowa on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.


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