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Bo Pelini arrived for Monday’s news conference on the week of the Nebraska football team’s season-opener in a red sports coat that would have made Bob Devaney proud. About the only thing missing, in fact, was Devaney’s signature red fedora.... more

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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. Fi... more

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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 f... more

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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 ste... more

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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 effic... more

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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 victo... more

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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 w... more

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The question was whether Taylor Martinez would play for the Nebraska football team on Saturday at Minnesota, following a bye-week. And the answer was a definitive maybe. “We’re just seeing how he’s progressing . . . kind of play it by... more

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Purdue is next up for the Nebraska football team. And, it’s safe to say, no Husker is more excited about the trip to West Lafayette, Ind., than sophomore defensive end Randy Gregory. “It’s a big week for me,” Gregory said at Nebraska’s ... more

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Taylor Martinez can do just about anything on a football field, except use a headset. “He didn’t even know how to turn it on,” Ron Kellogg III said following Nebraska’s 59-20 victory against South Dakota State. “I’ll give him some tips ... more

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Apparently, not everyone got the memo. “I don’t use that at all,” coach Bo Pelini said during his weekly news conference on Monday. “That” was a reference to Nebraska’s 36-30 loss at UCLA last season, a game in which the Huskers allow... more

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To quote legendary television sportscaster Keith Jackson: “Whoa, Nellie!” The Nebraska football team’s season-opener against Wyoming wasn’t supposed to go quite like that. Yes, the Huskers won. Yes, they scored 37 points and rolled up 5... more

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Rex Burkhead was running along the sideline. And Jeremiah Sirles wanted to know why. “I’m going in,” Burkhead said. “I was like, ‘Oh, well, let’s go then,’” said Sirles The brief exchange between I-back and offensive tackle took pla... more

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Nebraska’s long-standing walk-on tradition can be traced to Bob Devaney’s tenure as coach. For all intents and purposes, it began then. But walk-ons became commonplace under Tom Osborne, as a hedge against the NCAA’s reduction in football... more

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Will Compton can laugh about it now. But when it happened, it was no laughing matter. “I was like a deer in the headlights,” he said. “I was nervous. I was caught off-guard.” Compton was a freshman on coach Bo Pelini’s first team at Neb... more

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Yep, Justin Blatchford looks a little bit like Taylor Martinez, enough so that Nebraska football fans have even mistaken him, on occasion, for his Husker teammate. “I’ve gotten that a couple of times from fans, asking me for my autograp... more

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These practice jerseys are a far cry from those distributed in 1964, when Nebraska’s Blackshirt tradition began, as near as anybody can remember, anyway. Accounts differ on exactly when the originals were purchased and distributed. An... more

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Put it this way, when Taylor Martinez is good, he’s very, very good. And when Nebraska’s junior quarterback is bad . . . remember those three interceptions against Ohio State? But the three interceptions, and a lost fumble when the game... more

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Consider it a life-lesson for the Nebraska football team. “Sometimes in life you have to get hit in the mouth to pick up your resolve and get back to the realization that it’s ‘not just going to happen to me, for whatever reason,’ ” coa... more

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A reporter has to try, right? And one did. Bo Pelini was asked (paraphrasing here) if the Nebraska football team’s trip to Ohio State this weekend would be personally special. Pelini, who’s from Youngstown, Ohio, earned four letters at ... more

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