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    by Published on 09-22-2014 07:33 PM  Number of Views: 5242 
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    It was fitting and proper that on Saturday's ticket to the Miami game there was an embossed picture of #8, Ameer Abdullah, on it. He is one of the nation's top collegiate running backs and Saturday night, he broke the career all-purpose yardage record at Nebraska with 313 all-purpose yards. And sadly for Husker fans, they have only four more home games to see him in person before he leaves for the much greener pastures of the NFL.

    Since 2011, Ameer has gradually become the Huskers' go-to guy. You say you need a first down
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    by Published on 09-22-2014 01:45 PM     Number of Views: 11385 
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    This Just In…
    Nebraska rocks Miami…like a Hurricane
    Huskers prevail 41-31


    As the minutes ticked down on a nostalgic yet feisty contest, I couldn’t help but wonder if this win on this night was going to lead to something special this year. There was so much hype leading up to this game that you would have thought that the 11th battle between these two teams was going to decide the last spot in the newly created college football playoff this year.

    The ...
    by Published on 09-22-2014 09:16 AM  Number of Views: 9724 
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    So, Nebraska's 4-0 for the first time since 2011 and put on a spectacle Saturday night that has not been at Memorial Stadium for some time. Onward 12-0 and Indianapolis and then Dallas? Let's hold off on that for a second and look at what went right first.
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    Ameer Abdullah's over-use has become a central focus of my criticism of Nebraska's offense, and yes, I felt they could have skimmed ...
    by Published on 09-21-2014 07:43 PM  Number of Views: 5012 
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    Ameer Abdullah vs Miami 2014, Dennis Hubbard photo

    Where would this Nebraska football team be without Ameer Abdullah? The answer is likely sitting at 2-2. On his best day as a Husker, and in front of a Memorial Stadium record crowd of 91,585, Abdullah broke 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers' school career record for all-purpose yardage. Abdullah's 313 all-purpose yards versus Miami were the second-most in a game for Nebraska, and it raised his career total to 5,762 and counting. Nebraska extended its NCAA-record consecutive sellout streak to an astonishing 336 games on Saturday, and the home crowd didn't disappoint.
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    by Published on 09-21-2014 12:44 AM   
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    A rivalry was reborn Saturday night. With most of the national championship team of 1994 and a record crowd on hand, Nebraska and Miami reprised the Smashmouth vs. Trashmouth matchup that gave Tom Osborne his first national championship. By game's end, Ameer Abdullah stood tall and a new generation of Nebraska fans had reasons to disrespect the Miami football program.

    They also found reasons to be optimistic about the 2014 season, ...
    by Published on 09-18-2014 03:50 PM  Number of Views: 3314 
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    As if physicality wasn't bad enough, Saturday night's TV colorman described the potent Husker offense as having "explosivity." Maybe I missed something, but the last time I checked, the word explosiveness was still in the dictionary.

    Oh yes, and what about the repeated references to MAC-neeze State (last week's Husker opponent)? It's Mic-NEESE State. I know, picky, picky.

    A DRY HEAT?
    I won't devote much time to last Saturday's "Sauna Bowl" at Fresno State. With a kickoff temps flirting with 100 degrees, it's a wonder there were any players who were able to actually finish
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    by Published on 09-18-2014 08:32 AM  Number of Views: 4574 
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    Time for another edition of the Hot Takes.

    Husker fans, we have found our "Jump Around"

    As we've discussed before, Nebraska is unsure of how to fill the gap between the 3rd and 4th quarters. The goal is to replicate the excitement, fan involvement, and impact on the other team that Wisconsin's "Jump Around" has become. To that end, Nebraska has tried several things, most of which were failures. Here is a partial recap of what's been done in the last 10 years:

    • An ill-fated attempt to get one half of the stadium to chant “Can’t be beat”, while the other half responds “Won’t be beat”. Aside from the potential awkwardness of doing this chant should NU be down 14 points going into the 4th quarter, it was too hard for fans to know what to chant and when to chant it.

    • The HuskerVision version of the shell game (Valentino’s “Eye the Pie”, as well as an earlier Runza-themed version) where fans follow a pizza or Husker logo as it is shuffled around. Boy did that one get the fans fired up!

    • The NU drum line goes out on the field to do a drum cadence for one corner of the stadium (usually the students) while the flag line twirls neon rifles. It's cool for the corner of the stadium they pick, but the rest of us don't get the full effect.

    • The band plays “Hey ...
    by Published on 09-18-2014 01:28 AM  Number of Views: 6077 
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    Of course Nebraska and Miami are just as different as they are similar, but the similarities fit the narrative I can most closely keep on the rails so we’ll head down that track.

    Of the ten times NU and UM have played, only twice were the teams not similarly ranked or unranked; this will be the third, with NU clinging to a spot in the polls and Miami still paying for a first game loss to Louisville.

    Arguably each team’s greatest, ...
    by Published on 09-17-2014 10:53 PM  Number of Views: 4224 
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    That was something, wasn't it?

    Not the game, although that was quite entertaining - if a little long at times. I'm talking about the experience of playing Fresno State in Fresno. A 9:30 CDT kickoff meant that the game started after the bed times for the youngest and oldest Husker fans. Thousands more probably didn't make it past halftime. For those fans watching in bars with 1:00 closing times, did you get kicked out before the game ended? And I'm guessing Sunday morning church attendance across the state really took a hit.

    For all the quirks and inconveniences of this game, it was an important one to play. Fresno State may not be the best team Nebraska has played in 2014, but they are the most respected brand name - and that does matter. It also matters to play the occasional game in the state of California if you intend to maintain a recruiting presence in the state. Short of a Rose Bowl appearance, late night in Fresno will have to do for now.

    So what did we learn?

    The defense showed flashes of dominance. Looking at the night as a whole, the defense had a pretty solid outing. The Blackshirts held Fresno to just over 100 yards rushing and 346 in total offense. One of the Bulldog touchdowns (the 66 yard keeper by quarterback Brian Burrell) was a busted play that snowballed. But other than that, Fresno did not mount much of a threat ...
    by Published on 09-14-2014 05:39 PM  Number of Views: 6296 

    When reviewing the McNeese State game last week I wrote, "Nebraska is going to show what they are made of and what kind of season they will likely have. If they can focus and prepare the way they should, they should come out and make a statement against the Bulldogs." I was interested in seeing Nebraska's mindset after winning in the final minute against McNeese State. Well, the Huskers came out and quickly answered that question. Nebraska made a statement against the ...

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