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    by Published on 09-22-2014 11:53 PM  Number of Views: 7842 
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    Throughout the game on Saturday night, I kept thinking how much fun I was having. Don't get me wrong, I have enjoyed going to every one of the Husker games I've attended over the years. But this was different. I've been trying to put my finger on why.

    Yes, the late kickoff (and some pregame beverages) didn't hurt. Certainly, the opponent was a big part. Miami. The dreaded Hurricanes. The team that ruined more New Year's Days than any other program. After years of having to play the biggest game of the season in their stadium, they were finally coming north. (Seriously, I'm still bummed it didn't snow - or at least get below 50 degrees). And we beat them. Decidedly.

    Yet, there's more to it than just the win. More than Nebraska going to 4-0 and emerging as one of the better teams in the conference. It was how they won. With four quarters of no-nonsense power football, featuring an amazing player doing amazing things. It was a throwback to the glory days, which was fitting as the 1994 team - the team the finally broke through and did the impossible - was there to watch it.

    And that is what made the night special.

    It was Bo Pelini being as stoic as he possibly can. It was John Garrison channeling the offensive line success of his former coach. It was diminutive Josh Mitchell breaking the game open like another undersized play maker, Baron Miles. It was a quarterback named Tommy making excellent decisions in the option game. It was Ameer Abdullah cementing his ...
    by Published on 09-22-2014 07:33 PM  Number of Views: 4185 
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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: 10239 
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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: 8558 
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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: 4035 
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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: 2321 
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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: 4919 
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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: 7661 
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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 ...
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