Bud Rising

When Terence "Bud" Crawford defends his WBO lightweight title June 28 at the CenturyLink Center, he'll fight for himself, his tight-knit family and a boxing community that's not seen anything like this since 1972.

Forty-two years ago heavyweight champion Joe Frazier came to town to battle local Great White Hope Ron Stander. Omaha was thrilled to host boxing's ultimate event, but Stander never had more than a puncher's chance. Predictably, he was outclassed and dismantled.

This is different. Crawford's the hometown kid who realized his dream of being a world champ by unanimously decisioning Ricky Burns in Scotland March 1. He's the title holder and Cuban opponent Yuriorkis Gamboa the contender. The champ and challenger enter this HBO main event…

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Assumptions

Bo Pelini behaved as if he had coached his last game at Nebraska, based on his sideline and post-game decorum, or lack thereof. That was the assumption.

The evidence was far from subtle. But it was an assumption, keep that in mind.

First, the basis for such an assumption.

Pelini was brusque with ABC sideline reporter Quint Kessenich, who asked about the interceptions thrown by Ron Kellogg III on the Huskers’ first two possessions.

“What do you think?” Pelini said. “What kind of question is that?”

Pelini’s response is already included in Kessenich’s profile on Wikipedia. Kessenich “made national headlines” for asking the question of an “indignant” Pelini, the entry says.

The entry…

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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

If not for Burtch, Ron Kellogg III might not have gotten the opportunity to heave the Hail Mary pass to Jordan Westerkamp on the final play of the Northwestern game.

Much was made of Ameer Abdullah’s determined 16-yard run with a Kellogg pass to convert a fourth-and-15. And rightly so. If not for Burtch’s presence of mind a few seconds later, however, there might not have been sufficient time on the clock for Kellogg’s touchdown pass.

On first-and-10 at the Nebraska 40-yard line, with time running out, Burtch caught a Kellogg pass for a 7-yard gain, at the…

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Sack leader

As David Santos remembers it, Connor Cook was rolling out and he was pursuing the Michigan State quarterback when Nebraska teammate Randy Gregory “blew right past me.”

Gregory, a defensive end, “took a good angle, had a full head of steam,” said Santos, a linebacker. “I already knew Randy was fast, but right then, it was like, ‘Whoa, this guy can move.’”

“This guy” is 6-foot-6, 255 pounds, it should be noted. He’s large as well as fast.

The week of the Huskers’ game at Purdue, Gregory received a lot of media attention because of his connection to the Boilermakers. He had committed to them out of high school but had changed his mind while attending…

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Accepting the challenge


Michigan State is next up for the Nebraska football team.

And the task is daunting.

The Spartans are a “tough team,” said Tommy Armstrong Jr.

How tough? They rank first in the nation in total defense, rushing defense and pass efficiency defense. And they rank third nationally in scoring defense and pass defense.

“Tough” hardly describes their defense. Really, no word does.

Armstrong must deal with it on Saturday afternoon, and it would be daunting for a veteran quarterback, much less a redshirt freshman such as Armstrong.

But he “is not going to be intimidated,” coach Bo Pelini said on Monday. “That much I know.”

Armstrong is 5-0 as the…

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Hail Mary

Ron Kellogg III disappeared. At least from Bo Pelini’s vantage point he did.

Kellogg is the fifth-year senior quarterback who initiated Nebraska football history by throwing a Hail Mary pass on the final play of the Huskers’ 27-24 victory against Northwestern.

No doubt you’re familiar with the pass. The ball was tipped at the goal line, probably by a defender, and Jordan Westerkamp caught it for a touchdown.

Westerkamp is a redshirt freshman wide receiver.

The play itself was unlikely enough, but even more so given those involved. Westerkamp is listed second at his position, getting an opportunity because Jamal Turner missed the game because of injury. Kellogg is listed third at his position, getting…

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Deja vu and Details

Rewind to last football season, late October.

Nebraska had been embarrassed by Ohio State in Columbus – 63-38 if you don’t recall, or maybe don’t care to recall – and was preparing to play Northwestern, also on the road. Husker nation was in an uproar. The forecast for the remainder of the season was dire.

Starting with Northwestern, the Huskers won six in a row to advance to the Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin, a rematch. The Badgers were standing in for Ohio State, which was ineligible for the championship game as well as for a bowl.

For purposes here, let’s limit last season’s reference to the six consecutive victories. What happened after that –…

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