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Huskers prepare for Homecoming vs. Fighting Illini

Nebraska opens Big Ten Conference play on Saturday night, taking on Illinois in a West Division matchup at Memorial Stadium. The game, which will mark Homecoming in Lincoln, is set for an 8 p.m. kickoff at Memorial Stadium and will be televised by BTN and aired on KVSH Radio 940 AM.

The Huskers will head into conference action with a perfect 4-0 record, marking the third time in seven seasons under Bo Pelini Nebraska completed non-league play unbeaten. Nebraska secured its 4-0 start with a 41-31 victory over Miami before a Memorial Stadium record crowd on Saturday night in Lincoln. Nebraska’s offense dominated the game with a powerful rushing attack, grinding out 343 rushing yards, including 229 yards by Heisman candidate Ameer Abdullah.

Nebraska’s victory over Miami allowed the Huskers to advance in the national polls. The Huskers moved up three spots in both polls to No. 21 in the Associated Press Poll and 19th in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Illinois comes into the game with a 3-1 record following a come-from-behind 42-35 victory over Texas State on Saturday in Champaign. The Illini feature a high-powered offensive attack as they average 429.8 yards per game, including 321.5 yards passing per contest.

This marks the second of four consecutive seasons in which Nebraska will open Big Ten play against Illinois. It also marks the second straight year NU has hosted Illinois on Homecoming.

The Series
Nebraska holds an 8-2-1 edge in the series between the two schools, including a 39-19 victory in Lincoln last season in the first meeting as Big Ten opponents. Saturday’s matchup will be just the fourth meeting since 1953. Nebraska holds a 6-1 edge in games played in Lincoln.

The Coaches
Nebraska: Bo Pelini (Ohio State, ‘90) owns a 62-24 record (.721) in his seventh season as head coach. He has guided NU to nine or more wins in each of his first six seasons as head coach, joining Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne in accomplishing that feat at Nebraska. His 62 wins trail only Osborne and Devaney on the NU wins list. Pelini joins Alabama’s Nick Saban as the only head coaches in the nation to win nine or more games each of the past six seasons.

Bo Pelini is in his seventh season as Nebraska’s head coach and owns a 62-24 record with the Huskers. Pelini has won or shared four divisional titles in his first six seasons as head coach, including the 2012 Big Ten Legends Division crown. He guided NU to three straight Big 12 North Division crowns from 2008 to 2010, becoming the first coach in the history of the Big 12 to win at least a share of a division title in each of his first three years.

He has guided Nebraska to at least nine wins each of his six seasons, and three 10-win seasons. Pelini is third on the Nebraska career victories list, trailing only Tom Osborne and Bob Devaney.
Pelini took charge of the Huskers after a highly successful five-year run as a collegiate defensive coordinator, including orchestrating NU’s defensive efforts in 2003. Pelini picked up his first college head coaching victory as NU’s interim coach in the 2003 Alamo Bowl against Michigan State.

Following his one season at Nebraska, Pelini served as the co-defensive coordinator at Oklahoma in 2004, helping the Sooners to the Big 12 title and BCS title game. He then followed with three seasons as the defensive coordinator at LSU. With the Tigers, Pelini led three consecutive defenses to No. 3 national rankings in total defense. He culminated his time in Baton Rouge by helping the Tigers to the 2007 national championship.

In addition to his five seasons as an assistant at the collegiate level, Pelini coached in the NFL for nine seasons, serving three years each with the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers. Pelini was a team captain and four-year letterman as a safety at Ohio State from 1987 to 1990.

Illinois: Tim Beckman (Findlay, ‘88) is in his third season as Illinois’ head coach and his sixth season overall as a collegiate head coach. Beckman has guided the Fighting Illini to a 9-19 record in his three seasons and owns a 30-35 overall record as a collegiate coach. He previously served as the head coach at Toledo from 2009 to 2011. He had assistant coaching stops at Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Bowling Green, Elon and Western Carolina.

Tim Beckman is in his third season at Illinois, where he owns a 9-19 record. The Fighting Illini have shown improvement each season under Beckman. Illinois was just 2-10 in Beckman’s first season in 2012, but the Illini doubled their win total with a 4-8 record in 2013. Illinois has nearly matched last year’s win total with a 3-1 record entering tonight’s game. The Fighting Illini are 1-15 in Big Ten games under Beckman.

Beckman is in his sixth season as a collegiate head coach. He guided Toledo to a 21-16 record from 2009 to 2011. Before accepting the head coaching job at Toledo, Beckman had 21 years of experience as an assistant coach. He served as the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State (2007-08), the cornerbacks coach at Ohio State (2005-06), the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Bowling Green (1998-2004), the defensive coordinator at Elon (1996-97), the secondary coach and recruiting coordinator at Western Carolina (1990-95) and as a graduate assistant at Auburn (1988-89).

A graduate of the University of Findlay, Beckman is 0-1 against Nebraska as a head coach, but he was on the Oklahoma State staff that handed the Huskers a 45-14 homecoming loss in 2007.

Huskers to Wear Red Rising Uniforms on Saturday Night
Nebraska will wear Red Rising TECHFIT football uniforms this Saturday night when the Huskers take on Illinois on Homecoming at Memorial Stadium.

Celebrating the 125th year of Nebraska football, the new all-red uniform features black metallic stripes on the jersey and pant, ultra-light black and silver metallic numbers and a large Nebraska “N” on the chest of the TECHFIT compression base layer.

Nebraska’s uniform also incorporates TECHFIT Shockweb technology. The adidas TECHFIT Shockweb uniform is the only true compression uniform system in the industry. Shockweb fits tighter to the body, making players more difficult to tackle. TECHFIT Shockweb is lighter, helping to make the player fast and increasing his range of motion, to support the athlete’s performance at the highest levels.

For more information and images of Nebraska’s alternate uniform, please visit @Huskers, @adidasFballUS, and



An Ogallala man died Tuesday after his kayak capsized in a private pond

Glen Bassett, 64, was on his pond a few miles west of Ogallala when his kayak capsized just before 10 a.m. A Colorado Springs man who was visiting heard the kayak capsize. He swam to Mr. Bassett, pulled him to shore and began CPR. Bassett was transported by Ogallala EMS to Ogallala Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He had not been wearing a life jacket.

This is the first Nebraska boating fatality since October 2012 and the 31st boating accident reported in 2014. So far, 23 people have been hospitalized from injuries sustained in boating accidents in Nebraska this year. The accident is being investigated by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Keith County Sheriff's Office.

"Life jackets save lives," said Herb Angell, Game and Parks boating law administrator. "No matter your age or swimming abilities, Nebraska Game and Parks strongly encourages everyone who is participating in water-based recreation on open water to wear a United States Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device."

No child age 12 or under is allowed aboard any vessel when not wearing a life jacket of suitable size, except when hunting waterfowl in an anchored boat. People operating personal water crafts, being towed by a boat on skis, a tube or other similar device, and children on any vessel must wear a life jacket. To take a boater's safety course visit For more information, read the agency's 2014 Boating Guide at




MPCC Rodeo at North Platte Results for Hastings College

Hastings College competed at the Mid-Plains Community College Great Plains Region Rodeo on September 19 and 20, 2014. Below are select results from Hastings College head coach Justin Nokes.

Breakaway roping:
1st rd:
2/3rd-Dayna Strand (Amelia, NE)
4th-Hilary Kasperbauer
5th-Bailey Dexter(Valentine, NE)
Take top ten:
5th-Dayna Strand
4th-Dayna Strand

Tie-Down Roping:
1st rd:
4th- Tyler Davis
10th-Tom Littell
5th-Tyler Davis

Steer Wrestling:
1st rd:
9th-Tom Littell

Team Roping:
1st rd:
5th-Tucker White
7-Samantha VonHeeder (Ainsworth, NE)
8-Bailey Dexter
2nd-Tucker White
4th-Samantha VonHeeder
2nd-Tucker White
4th-Samantha Vonheeder

Further information is location on the NIRA website here:

Hastings College Broncos Rodeo Team:
Results from River Falls, WI 9/12 - 9/13/2014:

Breakaway Roping :
1st rd:
3rd Sadie Stec(Bassett)
5th Sadie Stec

Team Roping :
1st rd
3rd Tom Littell
7th Tucker White
5th Tom Littell

Tie-down Roping
1st rd
3rd Tyler Davis
3rd Tyler Davis
3rd Tyler Davis




Reminder of Change to Bowhunter Education

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters that changes in Nebraska law now require them to be certified in bowhunter education if they hunt big game with a crossbow and are ages 12 through 29.

Hunters ages 12 and 29 who hunt deer, antelope, elk or bighorn sheep with bow and arrow or a crossbow must carry with them proof of certification of a bowhunter education course.

In addition, hunters ages 12 through 29 who hunt anything with a firearm or air gun must carry with them proof of certification of a firearm hunter education course.

To find hunter and bowhunter education classes in Nebraska, visit





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