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Huskers Look to Rebound from 0-2 Start

Nebraska volleyball knew it had a brutal opening weekend in store with the AVCA Classic, facing No. 13 Florida State Friday then following up with No. 3 Stanford on Sunday. One of the youngest Husker teams in recent memories didn’t fare well, falling 3-1 to the Seminoles and getting swept 3-0 by the Cardinal two days later. Monday morning, Nebraska head coach John Cook talked about moving forward with a young team trying to start fast. Not-so-distant memories "Stanford got us way out of our comfort zone ...

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DE Gregory ‘Doubtful’ for McNeese State Game

There wasn't a lot of bad news coming out of Nebraska's 55-7 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday, but there was one glaring question: What's the status of defensive end Randy Gregory? The preseason All-American left the game after only one series in the opener and spent much of the game icing his knee on the sidelines. His status was unclear immediately after the game but head coach Bo Pelini said Monday that Gregory simply re-aggravated an old basketball injury and it ...

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They Said It: Florida Atlantic

Some of our favorite quotes from Nebraska's 55-7 win over Florida Atlantic. Defensive coordinator John Papuchis on Jordan Westerkamp's behind-the-back catch: “That was the greatest catch that I’ve ever seen in my life that Jordan Westerkamp made today.” Offensive lineman Matt Finnin on getting to play someone else for a change: It wasn’t a rout, it was just good to hit someone else for a change. This past month we’ve been hitting each other. To go out there and not have any concern for ...

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3 & Out: FAU

Three quick takeaways from Saturday's season opening win, the Huskers' 29th consecutive win to open the season. Grant Muessel I only think the defense is maturing a growing at a lightning pace, but I know for sure we’re going to see something special this year in the Tommy Armstrong to Jordan Westerkamp connection. It’s quite clear the two are on the same page, with Westerkamp hauling in a game-high seven passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. "The kid is my best friend, ...

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Let It Work

Here’s your disclaimer: “Let's not get ahead of ourselves,” head coach Bo Pelini said a short while after Nebraska had beaten Florida Atlantic 55-7 on Saturday. “I think we beat a football team we were supposed to beat.” That’s the idea that colors everything in a game like this – the team did what it was supposed to do. From there, the conversation quickly turns to how this meeting of expectations doesn’t prove anything. Or, you can mention all of the teams ...

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Ahead of Schedule

When I say the Blackshirts appear to have conference championship potential, it’s going to seem too fast, but that’s the way the Huskers are doing things this year. The first (and only possible) piece of evidence to draw on in a blowout over an inferior opponent in Florida Atlantic was the speed of evolution. The kinds of steps and adjustments that took Nebraska eight weeks to accomplish in 2013 seemed to happen in less than eight drives in the 55-7 demolition ...

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Beyond the Box Score: Nebraska-FAU

There are a lot of ways to look at a football game. These are the numbers you won't find in the ordinary box score. Each week following the game we'll be sharing five key stats to track the Huskers' progress this season. All of the numbers below include only "statistically significant" plays, meaning no garbage time plays, no end-of-half kneel downs and, this week at least, no plays after halftime since the game was essentially over at that point. Here's a look at ...

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Westerkamp’s Behind-the-Back Catch

With the #Huskers up 31-7 on Florida Atlantic in the third quarter, Jordan Westerkamp made the catch you'll be seeing in highlight packages the rest of the season. We'll just be watching it on a loop if anyone needs us. Here, have another look at the full play:

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Seminoles Upset Huskers

A Devaney Center record 8,569 fans were on hand Friday as the Husker Volleyball season kicked off with some fireworks between No. 7 Nebraska and No. 13 Florida State. The Seminoles proved too much for the young Huskers however, taking three straight sets after Nebraska took the opening set. Nebraska mounted comeback efforts in all four, but couldn’t close out late as the Seminoles won the match 18-25, 27-25, 25-23, 25-23. Captain Alicia Ostrander took the Huskers over the Seminoles in the first set ...

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Power Ranking: Season Openers

What's in a power ranking? Subjectivity, mostly, but that's sort of the point. All power rankings are kind of ridiculous but usually fun and we're hoping to focus on the latter each Friday this season where we'll rank...well...something. This week it's season openers since 1986. Why '86? Because it was the start of the 28-game winning streak in season openers Nebraska will carry into Saturday's game. How are they ranked? There's no science to it. Some made it because they were ...