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    by Published on 09-21-2014 12:44 AM  Number of Views: 6782 
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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: 2007 
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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 01:28 AM  Number of Views: 4602 
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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 09-14-2014 02:35 AM
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    On one of those hot summer nights where it feels good to rest your arm on the car door and feel the air rush in through the open window, Nebraska kept its cool in the heat of California throughout a three-hour, 41-minute game.

    Fresno State wouldn't stop trying to pass, so the Cornhuskers made road kill out of the Bulldogs with a notable assist from loud-and-proud freshman De'Mornay Pierson-El, who burned rubber on his first ...
    by Published on 09-10-2014 02:08 AM     Number of Views: 7608 
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    So, Husker Nation tuned-in expecting to watch NU beat FCS school McNeese State and that’s exactly what happened, but the “W” was maybe the only expected thing that they got. Pretty much everything else in-between kick-off and Ameer Abdullah (brilliantly) deciding to take his ball and go home, was likely a surprise to most folks.

    The silver-lining crowd will say ...
    by Published on 09-06-2014 05:41 PM  Number of Views: 5489 
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    It didn't take long for Husker-late-game drama to return. In fact, it came back one game too soon. In spite of a game full of wallowing and mistakes (though surprisingly, only one turnover), Nebraska once again pulled brilliance out of a hole in the ground when the game was on the line. But due to the gap between the Huskers and McNeese State, there's still a lot to be disappointed in.
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    Compared to the Hail Mary, how dramatic was Abdullah's touchdown run? ...
    by Published on 09-02-2014 06:17 PM  Number of Views: 5945 
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    Now, that's a headline I'll probably never get to write again. As I watched the Cornhuskers dismantle the Owls of Boca Raton in Lincoln on Saturday, it struck me that the Husker offense was playing as if it were trying to prove a point.

    I think it did more than that.

    ON FIRE?
    The Husker "O" played most of the game with their hair on fire and the result was a new modern era B1G total offense record of 784 yards. Had it not been for a couple of miscues, NU could have easily racked up 900 yards on the hapless Owls. It didn't help the Hooters' cause when they lost their starting QB, Jacquez Johnson, in the first half. NU did not get FAU's best shot. But even if they had, the result wouldn't have been much different
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    by Published on 09-02-2014 11:16 AM  Number of Views: 4640 
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    Husker stampede thrust Owls on the brink of extinction.
    NU runs over FAU 55-7

    Player of the Game: Ameer Abdullah
    21 car, 232 yds, TD


    A wise old owl once told me that it took three licks to get to the center of a tootsie roll lollipop. From the looks of things yesterday it appears it took about the same amount of time for the big red army to assert its will ...
    by Published on 08-31-2014 03:27 PM  Number of Views: 5970 
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    Aug 30, 2014; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. (4) runs the ball as Florida Atlantic Owls defensive end Robinson Eugene (59) defends during the first half at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska won 55-7. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

    With 91,441 fans in attendance at Memorial Stadium, the Huskers won their 29th straight opener, the longest streak in the nation. And opening day couldn't have gone better for the Huskers, who welcomed the 2014 football season with a convincing 55-7 win over the Florida Atlantic Owls. After winning the opening toss, the Huskers bucked the trend of deferring to the second half and asked for the ball to start the game. Almost as if they knew what they had in store for the hapless Owls.

    The Husker offense made its presence felt right away, driving 86-yards on 13-plays for a touchdown on its opening
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    by Published on 08-30-2014 06:43 PM  Number of Views: 7086 
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    On a day when many Big 10 teams were struggling in their early games, Nebraska took care off season-opening cupcake the old fashioned way: executing their base offense, sprinkling in enough blitzes on defense, and easy breathing by the third quarter. A lot of backups/younger players got into the mix, and you have to feel that this team will be competing in November. If I'd bet on the over of 7.5 wins, I'd feel good now.

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