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Alma, NE- The season was on the line for the Arapahoe Warriors as they needed a must win if they wanted a spot in the playoffs.  It was a game that ended up being a high scoring shootout as both teams together put up a 102 total points.  This game had onside kicks, fake punts that would lead to first downs and then eventually touchdowns.  Arapahoe gets the win 52-50.  Arapahoe improves to 5-3 on the year and will wait to see if they sneak into the playoffs which will be released Saturday morning.

 

Scoring Drive

 

1st Q - 9:32 - 48yd TD pass Carson Schroeder to Colton Hearn - Two Point Conversion Good - Arapahoe 8-0

 

1st Q - 6:16 - 4yd TD run by Tyson McCurdy - Two Point Conversion Good - Tied 8-8

 

1st Q - 4:12 - 4yd TD run by Gentry Anderson - Two Point Conversion Fails - Arapahoe 14-8

 

1st Q - 1:07 - 9yd TD run by Daylan Russell - Two Point Conversion Fails - Tied 14-14

 

2nd Q - 9:22 - 11yd TD pass Daylan Russell to Ehren Smolik - Two Point Conversion Good - Alma 22-14

 

2nd Q - 6:01 - 5yd TD run by Gentry Anderson - Two Point Conversion Good - Tied 22-22

 

2nd Q - 2:36 - 16yd TD pass Carson Schroeder to Yordi Gutierrez - Two Point Conversion Good- Arapahoe 30-22

 

2nd Q - 19.6 - 13yd TD run by Daylan Russell - Two Point Conversion Fails - Arapahoe 30-28

 

3rd Q - 6:40 - 7yd TD run by Gentry Anderson - Two Point Conversion Fails - Arapahoe 36-28

 

3rd Q - 3:49 - 52yd TD pass Daylan Russell to Nathan Hock - Two Point Conversion Fails - Arapahoe 36-34

 

4th Q - 11:19 - 2yd TD run by Gentry Anderson - Two Point Conversion Good - Arapahoe 44-34

 

4th Q - 10:27 - 14yd TD run by Daylan Russell - Two Point Conversion Good - Arapahoe 44-42

 

4th Q - 9:05 - 55yd TD run by Antonio Hudson - Two Point Conversion Good - Alma 50-44

 

4th Q - 1:15 - 2yd TD run by Carson Schroeder - Two Point Conversion Good - Arapahoe 52-50





Dustin Kronhofman

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NORTH PLATTE – The McCook Community College volleyball team swept North Platte Community College Wednesday night in three setsw, 25-17, 25-11, 25-20.

 

The win capped a perfect run through the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference sweeping, North Platte, Central CC and Southeast CC as the Lady Indians finished with a 6-0 conference mark.

 

Freshman Faith Simpson (Wauneta-Palisade) led MCC with 12 kills and one ace. Sophomore Ryan Maddera (Greeley West High School, Colo.) had 11 kills.

 

Freshman Mallory Brown (Colorado Springs) had four kills, two assist blocks and one solo block. Sophomore Hannah Emerson (Greeley West High School, Colo.) had eight kills and three assist blocks.

 

North Platte finishes the regular season at 13-18.

 

MCC, now 19-10, returns to the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center Friday where the Lady Indians are 8-0 this year. The will take on Region IX perennial powerhouse and 19th-ranked Western Nebraska (21-7) at 6 p.m. Friday will be McCook Banking Night along with “Free Popcorn Night” courtesy of the MCC Indians Boosters. The MCC International Club is having a bake sale as well.

 

The Lady Indians wrap up the regular season Oct. 23 at home against 20th ranked Northeastern Junior College (20-5) starting at 7 p.m.

 

For photos from MCC’s home volleyball games check out individual game photo galleries in the Fan Zone on the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web page:

 

http://mccindians.com/galleries/?tab=photogallery

 

You can follow all MCC home games “live action” or “archived games” via live streaming this season “Tribe Watch” available in the Fan Zone section of the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web page:

 

http://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch





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NEBRASKA vs MINNESOTA
OCT. 20, 2018 | MEMORIAL STADIUM
LINCOLN, NEB. | 2:30 P.M. (CT)

BROADCAST INFO
TV - BTN (Kevin Kugler, James Laurinaitis, Lisa Byington)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 94, XM 195
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App

HUSKERS
Record: 0-6, 0-4 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Northwester, 34-31 (OT)
Rankings: NR
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 19-12 (3rd Year)/0-6 (1st Year) 
vs. Minnesota: 0-0

GOPHERS
Record: 3-3, 0-3 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Ohio State, 30-14
Rankings: NR
Coach: P.J. Fleck
Career/Minnesota Record: 38-32 (6th Year)/8-10 (2nd Year)
vs. Nebraska: 1-0

The Matchup
Nebraska begins a stretch of four home games in five weeks on Saturday afternoon when the Huskers play host to Minnesota at Memorial Stadium. The Big Ten West Division matchup is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff with the game televised on BTN. The contest can also be heard on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

Nebraska heads into the contest looking for its first win of 2018 following a 34-31 overtime loss at Northwestern on Saturday. Nebraska took a two-touchdown lead early in the fourth quarter, but saw the Wildcats storm back to defeat the Huskers on an overtime field goal. The Nebraska offense was productive again, rolling up better than 480 yards for the third straight game.

Minnesota will come to Lincoln with a 3-3 overall record and an 0-3 mark in the Big Ten Conference. The Gophers were victorious in each of their three non-conference games before dropping their three Big Ten games, including a 30-14 loss at Ohio State last Saturday. The Gophers have leaned on a strong defense in the first half of the season, allowing 354.2 yards per game to rank fifth in the Big Ten. Minnesota Coach P.J. Fleck is in his second season at the helm of the Gopher program.

This Week's Numbers
100 -
 Sophomore receiver JD Spielman is five receptions from becoming the 12th Husker with 100 career receptions. Spielman would be the first Husker to reach that milestone before his junior season. Spielman has 27 receptions over the past three games.

2 - Nebraska freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez is one of two players in the country averaging 225 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game, joining Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.

150 - Running back Devine Ozigbo has topped 150 rushing yards in two of the past three games. Ozigbo had 159 yards and two touchdowns at Northwestern, two weeks after a career-high 170 yards against Purdue.

Nebraska-Minnesota Series

• Nebraska has played Minnesota more than any other Big Ten opponent. The series has featured 58 all-time meetings, including 51 prior to Nebraska joining the Big Ten in 2011.

• Nebraska and Minnesota played 19 straight seasons between 1934 and 1952 and met for eight straight seasons between 1967 and 1974.

• Nebraska won 16 straight games in the series between 1963 and 2012, before a Minnesota win in 2013.

Husker Offense Hopes to Sustain Momentum Against Gophers
Head Coach Scott Frostand his staff oversaw one of the nation's most potent offenses at UCF in 2017. Nebraska has shown an improved offense in 2018, with the ability to be explosive.

Nebraska opened the year with 565 yards of total offense against Colorado. Nebraska had back-to-back 500-yard games in Big Ten play, including a season-high 582 yards against Purdue and 518 yards at No. 16 Wisconsin. 

• Nebraska averages 440.5 yards of total offense per game to rank fifth in the Big Ten. 

• The consecutive 500-yard games against Purdue and Wisconsin marks the first time NU has had back-to-back 500-yard outputs in Big Ten games. It is the first time NU has had consecutive 500-yard games in conference play since the final two Big 12 games in 2007.

• The 565 yards against Colorado in the opener marked the first 500-yard total offense game for the Huskers since posting 556 yards at Northwestern in 2016. 

• The total offense output against Colorado was the best at the time by Nebraska in 35 games, dating back to a 610-yard effort against Southern Miss in 2015. 

Offense Hopes to Sustian Momentum at Wisconsin
Head Coach Scott Frost and his staff oversaw one of the nation's most potent offenses at UCF in 2017. Nebraska has shown signs this season of an explosive offense, beginning with its effort in the opener with Colorado when NU had 565 yards of total offense.

Nebraska has posted back-to-back conference games with better than 500 yards of total offense, including a season-high 582 yards against Purdue and 518 yards at Wisconsin. 

• Nebraska averages 432.2 yards of total offense per game to rank fifth in the Big Ten. 

• The consecutive 500-yard games against Purdue and Wisconsin marks the first time NU has had back-to-back 500-yard outputs in Big Ten games. It is the first time NU has had consecutive 500-yard games in conference play since the final two Big 12 games in 2007. • The 565 yards against Colorado in the air marked the first 500-yard total offense game for the Huskers since posting 556 yards at Northwestern in 2016. 

• The total offense output against Colorado was the best at the time by Nebraska in 35 games, dating back to a 610-yard effort against Southern Miss in 2015. 

Huskers Passing Game Stressing Opposing Defenses
Nebraska has featured a high-powered passing attack over the past three games. The Huskers threw for 323 yards againt Purdue, had a season-high 407 passing yards at Wisconsin before also topping 250 yards at Northwestern.

• Nebraska's consecutive 300-yard passing games were its first since doing so against Minnesota and Penn State in 2017.

• The Huskers are averaging 247.8 passing yards per game to rank seventh in the Big Ten.  

NU Looks to Find Success in the Running Game
Nebraska churned out 329 rushing yards in the opener against Colorado, and has shown the ability to feature a strong rushing attack this season. 

• Nebraska had 231 rushing yards at Northwestern, marking the fourth time in 2018 the Huskers topped 180 rushing yards. NU is averaging 192.7 rushing yards per game to rank sixth in the Big Ten. 

• The rushing total against Colorado bettered Nebraska's season highs from 2017. In fact, the Huskers had 243 rushing yards by halftime, surpassing last year's single-game high of 225 yards against Arkansas State. 

• The 329 rushing yards were Nebraska's most yards on the ground since rushing for 458 yards against Illinois in 2014. 

• Nebraska surpassed 300 yards on the ground for the first time since rushing for 310 yards at Northwestern on Sept. 24, 2016. 

• Nebraska had a pair of 100-yard rushers against Colorado. That marked the first time Nebraska had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game since a 2014 win over Illinois.'

• Nebraska has added two more 100-yard games, with Devine Ozigbo topping 150 yards against both Purdue and Northwestern. 

• Ozigbo's career-high 170 rushing yards against Purdue were the most by a Husker in a Big Ten game since Ameer Abdullah had 225 rushing yards against Rutgers in 2014.

B1G Receiving Duo
Spielman and Morgan were at their best in conference play in 2017. Spielman and Morgan ranked first and second, respectively, in the Big Ten last season in receiving yards per play in conference play.

Spielman led the league with 88.1 receiving yards per game in conference-only games, while Morgan averaged 85.9 yards per game in league play. They were the only returning Big Ten players who averaged at least 59 receiving yards per game in Big Ten play last season.

• Both Spielman and Morgan are back among the league leaders in 2018. Spielman ranks third in the league in receiving yards in all game and is second in Big Ten games at 106.3 yards per game.

• Morgan ranks 10th in the conference in receiving yards per game.





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Two McCook Community College student athletes have been named the first winners of scholarships established to recognize team players.

Ron Rice, a sophomore from Hudson High School in New York playing for the men’s basketball team has been named winner of the Myron Mingo Male Teammate of the Year. Volleyball player Ashley Carson, Ord, has been named the Holly Myers Female Teammate of the Year.

The teammate scholarship awards were named in honor of Mingo, who was a men’s basketball player killed during Christmas break, 2008 at his home in Marksville, La. Myers was a volleyball player who died July 17, 2017 as a result of a motor-vehicle accident.

In addition, Sam Hinkle, Rifle, Colo., was named teammate of the year for women’s basketball. Cameron Lampe, Windsor, Colo., was named teammate of the year for men’s golf and Kayla Harrison, Richmond, British Columbia, was named teammate of the year for softball.

The scholarships were part of decade-long quest to “do something significant” with money inherited by Kelvin and Leigh Ann Miller. With the help of key teammates in community, they were able to establish scholarships at McCook Community College honoring two former athletes known for being team players.

Mingo was an innocent bystander who was killed Dec. 22, 2008, by a 9 mm bullet which ricochet off the floor at a lounge where a convicted felon and another man were struggling with the gun during an argument and it went off.

“Myron was 25 – just a young man trying to get his life back on the right track and came to McCook Community College to begin that process and was on his way -- but his life was cut short,” Kelvin Miller said.

Mingo majored in athletic training and was on track to graduate in the spring of 2009. He walked on at MCC and paid his own way.

“He was a great teammate. He bought into our system,” MCC Coach Brandon Lenhart said. “He was very quiet and very caring, but pretty vocal on the court. His teammates really looked up to him on the court."

Mingo was a full-time starter and averaged 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals a game for the Indians.

Mingo’s death happened about the same time the Millers inherited some money from a distant relative.

“We felt weird having this money that came from someone we really didn’t know and the more we talked, we decided maybe we could do something to benefit student athletes at MCC,” Miller said. “We were touched by Myron’s untimely death so we tried to set up a scholarship in his name.”

MCC was unable to award that money for several years because the scholarship was too restrictive, so the Millers regrouped and worked with the McCook Community Foundation and the McCook Community College Indians Booster Club to make it less restrictive.

“Thanks to a lot of hard work on the part of Mark Graff and the McCook Community Foundation, we were able to set up the Teammate Scholarships.”

In July of 2017, about the time they were re-structuring the scholarship, another MCC student-athlete, Holly Myers, was killed in a car accident. Myers was a member volleyball team, vice-president of dance club, a member of Phi Beta Lambda and had represented MCC at Anaheim, Calif., where she competed in public speaking and impromptu speech. She graduated from MPCC on May 12, 2017.

“Holly didn’t play much for us, but that didn’t stop her from being a great teammate,” said MCC volleyball coach Hayley Kobza. “She always had a smile on her face and win or lose she always had something positive to tell the girls.”

“Holly was only here one year, she was injured but stayed on the team, and never had much playing time. Miller said. “But Holly was a team player and so was Myron. They both embodied the attributes you need to be a good teammate,” Miller said.

“I still remember the very last time I saw Holly. It was after graduation and I made sure to go and get pictures with all of my first MCC volleyball graduates,” Kobza recalls. “I couldn’t find Holly anywhere, but when I did she was with the people she loves the most, her family. They were taking tons of pictures and they were right in front of the concession stand.”

While members of the MCC Indian Boosters will review scholarship applicants and make recommendations, the ultimate decision will come from MCC Vice President Kelly Rippen and Erinn Brown, Mid-Plains Community College Area Director of Financial Aid.






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The Dundy County Stratton Tigers came to Cambridge to take on the Trojans Friday, October 12th. It was a game that had District Championship and State Playoff implications at hand. If the Tigers were to win they would be the district champs with Southwest having lost earlier in the day. Cambridge needed to win this game and then win again next Thursday against Hitchcock County. 

The Trojans opened the game with the ball and would drive 58 yards on 6 plays with quarterback Paxton Ross taking it the last 10 yards for the TD. Preston Carbaugh added the extra point to put the Trojans up 7-0. After a DCS punt the Trojans would have the first of their 3 first half turnovers as Lane Shillington intercepted a Paxton Ross pass and returned it to the Cambridge 12 yard line. The Tigers would return the favor 3 plays later as Preston Carbaugh would intercept Quade Myers pass at the 2 yard line. Cambridge would capitalize on the DCS turnover driving 78 yards on 7 plays and Drew Sprinkle would cap it off with a 12 yard touchdown run. The PAT failed and the Trojans led 13-0. The Dundy County Stratton would get on the board on their next possesion as they went 54 yards on 5 plays and Serbondo Diaz scored the first of his 3 touchdowns, this one from 34 yards out and after the 2 point PAT the score was 13-8. Cambridge started their next drive at their own 15 and it would only take one play as Paxton Ross hit Deryk Huxoll for a 65-yard touchdown. The Trojans were successful on the 2 point PAT and led 21-8 after the first quarter. 

The Tigers would open the second quarter with a 7 play 60-yard drive which saw Serbondo Diaz get his second TD this time from 31 yards away. After a successful 2 point PAT it was 21-16. The Tigers would get their first lead of the night when Dominic Sis intercepted Paxton Ross and took it 21 yards for the pick 6, the PAT failed but the Tigers were up 22-21. Cambridge would answer with a TD of their own as Paxton Ross and Deryk Huxoll hooked up for the second time from 21 yards away to put Cambridge up 27-22 capping a 4 play 47 yard drive. Serbondo Diaz took the kickoff and returned it to the Cambridge 34. DCS took 8 plays to go the 34 yards and Quade Myers would score from 9 yards out to give the Tigers the lead 28-27. Paxton Ross got his second rushing touchdown of the game on Cambridge's next possession as he went 54 yards to give the Trojans a halftime lead 33-28.

DCS scored first in the second half as the went 66 yards in 11 plays and Diaz got his final TD from 8 yards to give the Tigers the lead 34-33. The Tigers got a turnover on downs and were driving from down the field when Preston Carbaugh intercepted Quade Myers in the end zone. 

The Trojans first possession of the 4th quarter started at their own 15 and they went 65 yards in 8 plays and Spencer Rice would score the TD from 7 yards out to put the Tojans up 39-34. The Tigers had one last chance. Starting from their own 25 the Tigers drove down the field and Serbondo Diaz crossed the goal line from 9 yards for what looked like the go-ahead touchdown, but a holding penalty would nullify the score and Cambridge would sack Myers on the next play to end the threat. The Trojans were able to run out the clock and get the win 39-34. 




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The Southwest Conference Volleyball Tournament will take place on Friday, October 19th at Cozad High School.  McCook has received the #6 seed and will take on #3 seed Minden in the opening round of the conference tournament at 12:00pm.  View the full bracket below.





Curtis, NE - The Medicine Valley Raiders entered the contest with a 4-2 record with losses to Wauneta-Palisade and Mullen.  The Raiders welcomed Garden County to town as the Eagles entered with a 5-1 record with the only loss coming from Mullen.  To start the game Garden County got the football, but on the opening possession, the Eagles fumbled giving Medicine Valley the football in excellent field position to start the game, where Medicine Valley took advantage and scored on the opening drive to give the Raiders momentum on Homecoming night where the Raiders defeated the Eagles 46-30.

 

Scoring Drive

 

1st Q - 9:52 - 27yd TD run by Sam Heapy - Two Point Conversion Good - Medicine Valley 8-0

1st Q - 8:05 - 34yd TD pass Austin Dormann to Wyatt Santero - Two Point Conversion Fails - Medicine Valley 8-6

1st Q - 7:51 - 71yd TD pass Sam Heapy to Dylan Davis - Two Point Conversion Good - Medicine Valley 16-6

1st Q - 1:17 - 45yd TD pass Austin Dormann to Wyatt Santero - Two Point Conversion Fails - Medicine Valley 16-12

2nd Q - 2:08 - 18yd TD run by Sam Heapy - Two Point Conversion Fails - Medicine Valley 22-12

3rd Q - 8:33 - 2yd TD run by Reid Spady - Two Point Conversion Fails - Medicine Valley 22-18

3rd Q - 5:39 - 9yd TD run by Sam Heapy - Two Point Conversion Good- Medicine Valley 30-18

3rd Q - 3:52 - 24yd TD pass Austin Dormann to Wyatt Santero - Two Point Conversion Fails - Medicine Valley 30-24

4th Q - 5:43 - 19yd TD run by Dylan Davis - Two Point Conversion Good - Medicine Valley 38-24

4th Q - 5:15 - 29yd TD pass Austin Dormann to Chandler McCord - Two Point Conversion Fails - Medicine Valley 38-30

4th Q - 1:18 - 18yd TD run by Sam Heapy - Two Point Conversion Good - Medicine Valley 46-30





Scott Johnsen

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LINCOLN, Neb. | PORTLAND, Ore. – The University of Nebraska Huskers and adidas Football today unveiled the new adidas Primeknit A1 ‘Memorial Tribute’ alternate uniforms, which will make their on-field debut for the Cornhuskers’ game against Illinois on Saturday, November 10.

2018 marks 100 years since the culmination of World War I (WWI). The new adidas Primeknit A1 ‘Memorial Tribute’ alternate uniforms pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the end of the WWI and celebrates Memorial Stadium. The venue was originally named Memorial Stadium to honor more than 700 Nebraskans who died in WWI and those who served in the Civil War, Spanish-American Wars. Memorial Stadium also honors Nebraskans who served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam and more.

In collaboration with University of Nebraska Athletics, the new adidas Primeknit A1 ‘Memorial Tribute’ alternate uniform was specifically inspired by the first team to play in Memorial Stadium and continues the school’s age-old tradition of honoring Nebraska’s veterans. The field hosted its first football game on October 20, 1923 and this will be the Huskers’ 96th season at the stadium.

Similar to the 1923 Huskers’ jerseys, the 2018 Nebraska ‘Memorial Tribute’ uniform features a throwback tonal, paneled front. The buff-colored pant is designed to resemble the first façade of Memorial Stadium, which was also a characteristic of the 1923 uniform. Additionally, the newalternate uniform showcases key aspects of the 85,000-seat arena, including the numbers and fonts which were inspired by the original clock in Memorial Stadium.

Four quotes are inscribed on each corner of Nebraska’s stadium that communicate honor and glory of the state’s fallen heroes. University of Nebraska Athletics chose to showcase the quote in the Southwest corner, which is centered above each number on the new jerseys. It reads, “Not the victory but the action; Not the goal but the game; In the deed the glory.” The words have gone on to become famous among Husker Nation and are a motto for the team.

Merging style and innovation, the Huskers’ new adidas Primeknit A1 ‘’Memorial Tribute’ alternate football uniform redefines the compression silhouette and takes the innovation and design of football jerseys and pants to the next level, with an emphasis on full range of motion, fit, form and function.

A new body-mapping jersey design features an all-new ribbed knit pattern on the chest and shoulder pads to produce a refined fit, while knit engineered mesh channels feature Climacool technology to provide enhanced breathability and cooling zones. The development of a new innovative chevron pattern on the chest of the jersey aligns with a player’s shoulder pads and generates increased durability for high-contact zones for protection and the inside of the jersey features silicon grip patterns on the shoulders to lock the pads in place.

Delivering a clean, iconic look, Primeknit finishes inspired by the adidas UltraBOOST and NMD are incorporated into the collar, while sleeve cuff and hem for added comfort and a new infinity neckline eliminates distractions and allows for a full range of motion. Additionally, the revolutionary Primeknit A1 football pants have been re-engineered with just two seams and bonded pockets for added comfort and a clean compression look and feel, along ribbed Primeknit on the knees for added durability.

To complete the head-to-toe look, the team will wear a replica 1923 helmet with a contemporary form, complete with cream-white stitched strapping details, along with traditional black adizero 5-Star and FREAK cleats.

For more info on the Cornshuskers’ new adidas Primeknit A1 ‘Memorial Tribute’ alternate uniform, visit http://news.adidas.com/US and join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram via@HuskerNBNation, @Huskersand @adidasFball #teamadidas.





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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The fifth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team fell 3-2 (22-25, 25-11, 26-24, 23-25, 9-15) to No. 9 Penn State at Rec Hall on Saturday night. 

The Huskers (15-3, 6-2 Big Ten) suffered their first loss to the Nittany Lions (15-3, 6-2 Big Ten) in eight matches dating back to 2014. Penn State won its 21st straight match at home dating back to its Sept. 22, 2017 sweep at the hands of the Huskers. 

Lexi Sun had 20 kills, her most in a Husker uniform, to go with nine digs. Mikaela Foecke added 17 kills and 18 digs. With her 17 kills, Foecke moved past Virginia Stahr to No. 8 on Nebraska's all-time career kills chart with 1,412.

Jazz Sweet had 10 kills, and Lauren Stivrins had 10 kills and five blocks while Callie Schwarzenbach had six kills and seven blocks. Nicklin Hames put up 49 assists with 18 digs for her fourth straight double-double. 

Kenzie Maloney had 23 digs to move to No. 9 on Nebraska's career digs chart, passing current director of operations Lindsay (Wischmeier) Peterson with 1,127. 

Nebraska had a .210 to .172 edge in hitting percentage. The Huskers also out-blocked Penn State 13-10, reaching double-digit blocks for the fifth straight match. 

Nia Reed led the Nittany Lions with 20 kills, though the Huskers held her to .171 hitting. Taylor Leath had 10 kills and hit .087. 

Set 1: A 6-1 Husker run put them up 8-5 early, but Penn State tied the set at 12-12 as both teams struggled to find any rhythm on the attack. Penn State used a kill and a block to go up 16-15, but an ace by Hames and a block by Sun and Schwarzenbach put the Big Red up 19-17. The Nittany Lions answered with the next two points to make it 19-19. The teams traded sideouts for six rallies before Penn State ended the set on a 4-0 run to win 25-22. 

Set 2: Nebraska scored first off a Sun kill and never trailed, taking a 15-7 lead after a 5-0 run keyed by two Sweet kills and an ace by Sun. After Penn State ended the run for one rally, the Huskers continued to build steam with a kill by Schwarzenbach, a block by Stivrins and Foecke, a kill by Sweet and a block and kill by Foecke to make it 20-8 via a 10-1 run. Foecke tacked on two more kills and an ace as the Huskers won 25-11, hitting .448 in the set and posting five blocks. 

Set 3: Penn State built a 9-6 lead after scoring on five of six rallies. The Huskers drew even at 12-12 after Sun recorded three kills and Schwarzenbach hammered down an overpass. The teams then played 16 straight rallies of sideout volleyball before the Huskers held serve on a Foecke kill to go ahead 21-20. Nebraska led 23-22, but a pair of errors gave Penn State set point first at 24-23. After a timeout, Sun kept the Huskers alive with her 13th kill, and Hames served an ace to give NU set point at 25-24. After a Penn State timeout, Sun tipped down her 14th kill to give the Huskers the set, 26-24. 

Set 4: After a pair of kills by Sweet to begin the set, Penn State reeled off a 7-0 run including a pair of aces by Kendall White. Foecke produced a kill and a block with Stivrins, and Stivrins then combined with Hames for a block to pull the Huskers within 9-7. The Huskers cut it to one on numerous occasions and finally tied the score at 13-13 on a block by Sweet and Schwarzenbach. Another block by Schwarzenbach made it 14-13 Huskers, and NU went ahead 19-16 after back-to-back kills by Sun. Penn State fought back to take a 22-21 lead after an ace serve by White trickled off the top of the net and dropped. But a service error tied the set at 22-22, and Foecke posted a kill for a 23-22 Husker lead. The Nittany Lions answered with a Reed kill and a block to grab set point at 24-23. A Husker hitting error handed Penn State the 25-23 win.

Set 5: Penn State ran out to a 5-2 lead, but kills by Foecke and Sun cut it to 5-4. The Nittany Lions then scored the next two to go back up by three, 7-4. After Sun pulled the Huskers within 8-6, Penn State scored four of the next five to take a 12-7 lead. The Nittany Lions finished off the match with a 15-9 win. 

Up Next: The Huskers are off until next Friday when they visit Madison, Wisconsin for an 8 p.m. match against the eighth-ranked Badgers. NU will then play at No. 3 Minnesota on Saturday at 7 p.m. Both matches will air on BTN and the Husker Sports Network.




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Evanston, Illinois – Sophomore kicker Drew Luckenbaugh made a 37-yard field goal in overtime, and Northwestern came from behind for a stunning 34-31 victory over Nebraska on Saturday at Ryan Field.

Nebraska (0-6, 0-4 Big Ten) had leads of 28-14 and 31-21 in the fourth quarter, but Northwestern (3-3, 3-1) rallied late in regulation to force overtime and win its first home game in four attempts this season.

The Huskers had possession first in overtime, but on fourth-and-1 from the Northwestern 16-yard line, a fumbled shotgun snap resulted in a scrambling Adrian Martinez throwing a pass in the end zone that Northwestern defensive back JR Pace caught for his second interception of the game.

Northwestern, which entered overtime with 29 rushing yards, kept the ball on the ground for three plays in setting up the field goal for Luckenbaugh, who had made a 31-yard attempt but missed from 42 yards in regulation.

Nebraska lost to Northwestern in overtime for the second consecutive season and has lost four straight overtime games, dating to a 2014 win at Iowa.

Martinez, a freshman quarterback, completed 25 of 35 passes for 251 yards and one touchdown and became just the second freshman quarterback in Nebraska history to reach 1,000 passing yards in a season, joining Taylor Martinez.

Senior running back Devine Ozigbo ran 22 times for 169 yards to surpass 100 rushing yards in a game for the second time this season, as Nebraska finished with 231 rushing yards.

Down 10 points, Northwestern drove to the Nebraska 13-yard line before settling on a 31-yard field goal by Luckenbaugh to pull the Wildcats within seven points.

Nebraska senior linebacker Luke Gifford fielded an onside kick at the Northwestern 47-yard line with 2:26 remaining. The Wildcats responded by using all three of their timeouts, as Nebraska ran the football three times and only took 15 seconds off the clock. But junior punter Isaac Armstrong pinned the Wildcats at their 1-yard line with 2:02 remaining.

Northwestern answered by covering all 99 yards, the key play a 32-yard completion from senior quarterback Clayton Thorson to senior wide receiver Nagel to the Nebraska 32-yard line. Thorson tied the game with 12 seconds to play with a 5-yard touchdown pass to freshman receiver JJ Jefferson, and Nebraska kneeled out the clock to force overtime.

Northwestern took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove to the Nebraska 41-yard line, but safety Antonio Reed intercepted Thorson on a deep pass, giving the Huskers possession at their 4-yard line. That was Reed’s second career interception.

Nebraska responded with its longest scoring drive of the season, covering 97 yards in 15 plays. Martinez sparked the series with a run of 12 yards on a third-and-8 draw play. On the next play, Martinez connected with senior receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. for a 26-yard gain over the middle, then hit sophomore receiver JD Spielman on a 13-yard swing pass, as the offense picked up the tempo. Spielman finished with eight receptions for 76 yards.

Ozigbo carried four times thereafter, including a 1-yard touchdown run that gave the Huskers a 20-14 lead with 7:07 remaining in the third quarter.

The Blackshirts responded with a quick three-and-out. Sophomore defensive end Ben Stille sacked Thorson and Gifford pressured Thorson into a third-down incompletion, forcing a Northwestern punt. Gifford finished with a team-high 3.5 tackles for loss.

Northwestern regained possession at its 20-yard line after a turnover, and the Wildcats drove to the Nebraska 24-yard line. But the Huskers forced a stop on third-and-long, and Luckenbaugh missed a 42-yard field attempt.

Nebraska responded with a 37-yard run by Ozigbo to end the third quarter with the Huskers leading, 20-14. Ozigbo began the fourth quarter with gains of 21 and 4 yards, and Washington carried for 11 yards before scoring a 3-yard touchdown run with 13:40 remaining. Martinez ran for a two-point conversion and 28-14 lead.

Northwestern answered quickly. On the third play of their ensuing series, the Wildcats scored when Thorson hit Flynn on a 61-yard pass to cut Nebraska’s lead to 28-21 with 12:31 to play.

The Wildcats regained possession, but senior safety Tre Neal intercepted Thorson at the 50 and returned the ball to the Northwestern 36. That led to a 34-yard field goal by freshman Garrett Pickering with 5:41 remaining for a 31-21 lead.

Nebraska opened the game with an impressive 75-yard touchdown drive that needed only four plays.

Ozigbo got the Huskers into Northwestern territory with a 33-yard run, and on the next play, Martinez hit Spielman on a crossing route, and Spielman scored on the 42-yard catch-and-run for a 7-0 lead.

The Blackshirts forced a Northwestern punt after the Wildcats gained one first down on their opening possession. Nebraska put together a 12-play drive that covered 52 yards but stalled at the Northwestern 42-yard line, and Pickering hit the right upright on a 45-yard field goal attempt.

Nebraska led 7-0 after the first quarter, its first lead after the opening period since last season’s game at Purdue, which was also the Huskers’ last victory.

Northwestern tied the game 7-7 with a nine-play drive that covered 80 yards. Thorson had two 17-yard completions on the series, to Flynn and Jefferson, and then completed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Nagel on third-and-8.

The Wildcats took the lead late in the second quarter when the pocket collapsed on Martinez, who fumbled as he succumbed to a sack. Sophomore defensive end Earnest Brown IV picked up the loose football and ran 10 yards for a touchdown and 14-7 lead.

Nebraska answered with an impressive touchdown drive that covered 83 yards in eight plays and covered 2:11. Martinez hit junior receiver Mike Williams on a 24-yard pass that pushed the Huskers into Northwestern territory.

Ozigbo then gained 18 yards on a catch-and-run before capping the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run up the middle with 42 seconds remaining in the second quarter. The extra point, though, was no good, and Northwestern held a 14-13 lead at halftime.

Nebraska fell to 8-5 all-time against Northwestern and dropped to 4-2 all-time in Evanston. The loss snapped the Huskers’ four-game win streak at Ryan Field.

Nebraska returns home Saturday to play Minnesota. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.




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