Monday, September 25, 2006

ABC to televise NU-ISU game at 7 p.m.

Some Nebraska football TV news:

The Big 12 Conference and ABC Sports announced on Monday that Nebraska's Oct. 7 game at Iowa State will be televised on a regional basis with kickoff set for 7 p.m. at ISU's Jack Trice Stadium.

The game will mark the fourth consecutive night contest for the Huskers, following a road game at USC (ABC) and evening home games against Troy and Kansas (FSN). Nebraska has had one other stretch in school history with four straight night games, opening the 2002 season with four evening contests.

The ABC appearance also marks the second straight season and the fourth time in the past seven years that the Nebraska-Iowa State game will be televised by the network. The ABC game guarantees Nebraska at least three appearances on the network this season, as Nebraska's Sept. 16 game at USC was televised nationally and the Nov. 24 game against Colorado will also be shown by ABC to a national audience.

Nebraska opens Big 12 Conference play this week with a 6 p.m. game against Kansas that will be carried nationally on FSN. Game times for the remainder of Nebraska's games will be announced six to 12 days in advance.

Other Big 12 games selected for television on Oct. 7 include Oklahoma-Texas (2:30 p.m., ABC), Texas A&M at Kansas (11 a.m., FSN) and Missouri at Texas Tech (6 p.m., TBS).

Posted by Terry Douglass @ Monday, September 25, 2006 || 0 comments

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Honors for Lucky

News from the Big 12 office:

Nebraska sophomore I-back Marlon Lucky was named Offensive Player of the Week Monday by the Big 12 Conference for his performance during Saturday's 56-0 win over Troy. The award is the first career honor for Lucky, who is also the first Husker to be recognized by the league office in 2006.

The North Hollywood, Calif., native turned in his finest performance in a Husker uniform against the Trojans, rushing for 156 yards and three touchdowns -- both career highs -- on only 10 carries. The 15.6 per-carry average was the best for a Husker with at least 10 carries in a game since Damon Benning registered 173 yards on 10 carries against Pacific in 1995.

Lucky pushed the Nebraska offense to a fast start with a 34-yard touchdown run on the game's opening drive. He later added two other long scoring runs of 45 and 51 yards. Each of Lucky's three long rushes surpassed his previous career-long run entering Saturday's contest of 13 yards (Nicholls State).

The Big 12 offensive award is the fourth such honor for a Husker player in the last two years. Senior quarterback Zac Taylor was tabbed following a record-shattering passing performance last year against Iowa State. In addition to Taylor, junior linebacker Bo Ruud and former punter Sam Koch were named Big 12 Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, in 2005.

Posted by Terry Douglass @ Monday, September 25, 2006 || 0 comments

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Monday, September 18, 2006

Nebraska-KU to be televised

News from the Huskers' camp today:

FSN Selects Nebraska-Kansas Game for Prime-Time Telecast

The Big 12 Conference and FSN have announced that Nebraska's Sept. 30 game against Kansas in Lincoln has been selected for a national telecast by the network, with coverage beginning at 6 p.m. (CDT).

The game will mark Nebraska's second consecutive night game at home, following this week's 6:10 p.m. kickoff against Troy at Memorial Stadium. In addition, it will mark Nebraska's third national telecast in its first five games of the season, joining the Louisiana Tech game (FSN) and last weekend's game at USC (ABC). A fourth game is scheduled for a national telecast as the Nov. 24 game against Colorado can be seen nationwide on ABC.

Other Big 12 games selected for telecast on Sept. 30 included Colorado at Missouri (FSN Regional, 11:30 a.m.) and Texas Tech at Texas A&M (ABC Regional, 2:30 p.m.).

Game times for the remainder of Nebraska;s games will be announced six to 12 days in advance.

Posted by Terry Douglass @ Monday, September 18, 2006 || 0 comments

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

NU-USC prediction

It's been said that Nebraska's game Saturday night at No. 4-ranked Southern California is a "measuring stick" game, but coach Bill Callahan insists it's not a "defining" game. Seems to me, both statements are true.

While the Huskers can certainly measure themselves with their performance against the Trojans, Callahan won't let the results of this one game define Nebraska's season. Maybe it's a NFL-type approach, but I think it fits well here. Whether Nebraska pulls off the upset, plays well and loses or even plays poorly and gets routed, it's still a long season and there's still plenty to play for.

Just like it was against Nebraska for many years, several programs have attempted to validate themselves with wins over USC. Not many have had much luck of late.

During the course of the Trojans' 27-game winning streak in the L.A. Coliseum, nine top-25 opponents have lost to USC by an average score of 40-15. Only three of those teams were ranked lower than No. 19 -- the spot where Nebraska sits in the major polls.

Nebraska is progressing. Quarterback Zac Taylor and a salty defensive line certainly give the Huskers a puncher's chance. But for now, we'll have to go with USC ... Trojans 37, Huskers 17.

However, Husker fans should take solace. The last two times we've predicted a Nebraska loss in this space (Colorado and Michigan), the Huskers have won, despite being double-digit underdogs. Maybe the trend will continue?

Posted by Terry Douglass @ Thursday, September 14, 2006 || 4 comments

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

NU vs. Troy on pay-per-view

Nebraska officials announced today that the Cornhuskers' Sept. 23 home game against Troy will be televised on a pay-per-view basis and kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

The pay-per-view telecast will be available on participating cable systems in Nebraska and nationwide to satellite dish customers. The suggested price is $29.95. Fans can check and for additional details in the coming days.

Posted by Terry Douglass @ Tuesday, September 12, 2006 || 0 comments

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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Can we look ahead to USC now?

OK, Nebraska leads Nicholls State 28-0 at halftime. Can we start looking ahead to the USC game now?

One prediction: The Huskers will lead the country in pass defense after this weekend. The Colonels were 0-for-2 through the air in the first half for, obviously, zero yards. The prospects of Nicholls State completing one don't look good.

Not feeling too solid about my 56-7 prediction at this point -- not sure the Colonels will score, unless Nebraska turns it over deep in its own territory.

One thing is for sure, USC's Pete Carroll and his coaching staff can pretty much fast forward through the video of this game. As expected, the Huskers aren't showing anything exotic, offensively.

Posted by Terry Douglass @ Saturday, September 09, 2006 || 1 comments

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Monday, September 04, 2006

La. Tech win costly to defense's depth

While Nebraska's 49-10 season-opening win over Louisiana Tech was mostly a feel-good event for the Cornhuskers, there was a down side.

The Blackshirts suffered a pair of blows in terms of depth as backup middle linebacker Phillip Dillard and backup cornerback Isaiah Fluellen went down with season-ending knee injuries. NU coach Bill Callahan confirmed the severity of both injuries Monday during the Big 12 Conference coaches' call.

Callahan said that backup SAM linebacker Lance Brandenburgh will likely shift to the No. 2 middle linebacker spot behind Corey McKeon. He also hinted that Clayton Sievers, a former tight end, could move into the backup SAM spot behind Stewart Braldey.

As for the secondary, Callahan didn't announce any major personnel shifts. He just said that folks like junior cornerbacks Titus Brothers and Tyrell Spain and true freshman corners Corey Young and Anthony West will just have to "step up."

Other than that, Callahan said he was pleased with the offense's production and it's balance. He gave kudos to the Huskers' offensive line play.

As for things that need improvement, Callahan cited special teams play, penalties and limiting dropped passes.

Posted by Terry Douglass @ Monday, September 04, 2006 || 0 comments

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