Husker Go To Gator Bowl
Monday, 09 December 2013 06:09
Nebraska will appear in a New Year’s Day bowl game for the third straight season, as the Huskers were selected on Sunday to participate in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl in Jacksonville. Nebraska will take on Georgia in the Jan. 1 game at EverBank Field. The game will kick off at Noon ET (11 a.m. CT) with ESPN2 providing television coverage of the match up.
The Huskers go into the bowl game with an 8-4 record, including a 5-3 mark in Big Ten Conference play.
Nebraska’s appearance in the Gator Bowl will be the Huskers’ 50th all-time bowl game. Nebraska will join Alabama and Texas the only schools with 50 or more bowl appearances. The 2013 season marks Nebraska’s sixth straight season with a bowl trip.
Nebraska will be making its second trip to the Gator Bowl, both under Pelini. Nebraska defeated Clemson 26-21 in the 2009 Gator Bowl to conclude Pelini’s first season as head coach with a 9-4 record.
The matchup with Georgia marks the second straight year the Huskers and Bulldogs have squared off on New Year’s Day. Last season, Georgia defeated Nebraska, 45-31, in the Capital One Bowl. It will mark the third all-time meeting between the schools with the other matchup occurring in the 1969 Sun Bowl, a 45-6 Husker victory.
The rematch with Georgia marks the first time Nebraska has faced the same opponent in a bowl in back-to-back years since taking on Florida State in the Orange Bowl following the 1992 and 1993 seasons.
Georgia enters the contest with an 8-4 record, including a 5-3 record in Southeastern Conference play.
Tickets for the Gator Bowl will go on sale Monday morning beginning at 8 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at Huskers.com, or through the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office by calling 1-800-8-BIG RED. Fans can purchase tickets by using VISA, MasterCard or Discover.
Gator Bowl tickets available for sale are priced at $60, $80 and $125. Nebraska will receive an allotment of 12,750 tickets for the game.
Scheer spurs his way to 3rd place
Saturday, 07 December 2013 09:13
LAS VEGAS – Every bronc rider who makes a living on the back of bucking beasts knows the key to a good ride is the start.
The first step is make sure his spurs are over the front of the horse’s shoulders when the animal leaps from the chute. Not only is it following the rules, but it helps set up the strong spur ride that makes saddle bronc riding the classic event in rodeo.
“I feel like I spurred that horse out better than any horse I spurred out last year at the NFR,” said Cort Scheer, a 27-year-old cowboy from Elsmere, Neb., now competing for the third time at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
On Thursday during the opening night of ProRodeo’s grand championship event, Scheer spurred Frontier Rodeo’s Griz for 80.5 points to finish third in the round, earning $11,118 in the process. That cash helped Scheer move from sixth to fifth on the money list in his chase for the coveted world championship – in rodeo, dollars equal points, and the contestants in each event with the most money won at the conclusion of the NFR will win the prestigious gold buckle.
“I think a lot of what’s going on was the Canadian Finals and the PRS,” Scheer said, referring to the Canadian Finals Rodeo that took place a month ago and the Professional Roughstock Series finals that wrapped the 2013 season three weeks ago. “Leading up to this, I got to get on a lot of great bucking horses and got through all the pressure situations. Now you’re here, and you’re just wanting those good horses.”
He had one in Griz.
“That horse is amazing,” he said. “I got on that horse about four years ago in Corpus Christi (Texas) and got along real good with him. They always place on him in this round. He’s just one of those horses that you’ve got to spur him out and go at him, because it’s your own fault if you don’t place on him.”
In Friday’s second round, Scheer has drawn Rafter H Rodeo’s Spade, an animal that’s been known to be a pill for cowboys.
“He’s a really strong, black horse, and he’s fighting the chute, kicking, dripping sweat in the chute,” Scheer said. “He’s wanting to get it on. I’m just going to give him the same treat treatment, but I ain’t going to be sweating.”
No, he’s not. Scheer is confident and talented. That’s what it takes to get through the toughest bucking horses in rodeo.
Editor's Note: Scheer is one on four Nebraska natives competing in the NFR. We're proud of all the competitors, including Trula Churchill (Valentine), Steven Dent (Mullen), Dean Gorsuch (Gering) and Cort Scheer (Elsmere). Complete results are available on http://www.prorodeo.com.