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Huskers and Gophers at 2:30 pm on ESPN2

By NU Athletic Communications

GAME 7: NEBRASKA at MINNESOTA
OCT. 17, 2015 | TCF BANK STADIUM
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. | 2:30 p.m. (CT)

BROADCAST INFO
TV - ESPN2 (Eamon McAnaney, Rocky Boiman, Jane Slater)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 136, XM 196
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com

HUSKERS
Record: 2-4, 0-2 Big Ten
Last Game: Wisconsin, L, 23-21
Rankings: NR
Coach: Mike Riley
Career/NU Record: 95-84 (15th Year)/2-4 (1st Year) 
vs. Minnesota: First meeting

GOPHERS
Record: 4-2, 1-1 Big Ten 
Last Game: Purdue, W, 41-13
Rankings: NR
Coach: Jerry Kill
Career/Minnesota Record: 156-101 (22nd Year)/29-28 (5th Year)
vs. Nebraska: 2-2

The Matchup
Nebraska returns to the road this Saturday as the Huskers continue their run of Big Ten West Division opponents at Minnesota. Game time at Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium is set for 2:30 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

The Huskers enter the game with a 2-4 record, including an 0-2 mark in Big Ten Conference play. Nebraska suffered its fourth heart-breaking setback of the season on Saturday in Lincoln, when Wisconsin kicked a field goal with four seconds remaining to defeat the Huskers 23-21. The Huskers' four losses this season have been by a total of 11 points with each opponent scoring the winning points in the final 10 seconds or overtime.

Minnesota will come into the game with a 4-2 record, and a 1-1 Big Ten Conference record following a 41-13 win at Purdue on Saturday. The Golden Gophers boast a stout defense, allowing just 19.0 points and 306.2 yards per game. Minnesota has been strong at TCF Bank Stadium, winning 10 of its past 13 home games, with all three losses occurring against nationally ranked opponents.

The Huskers will also be looking to end a two-game losing streak to the Golden Gophers. Minnesota has won tight games each of the past two years over Nebraska, after the Huskers had won 16 straight in the series.

Nebraska Football Top 10
• Nebraska is 876-365-40 all-time, one of only 10 schools with 800 wins.

• The Cornhuskers rank fourth all-time with their 876 victories.

• Nebraska has won five national titles (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997).

• The Huskers have won 43 conference championships.

• Nebraska’s 51 all-time bowl appearances rank third nationally.

• Three Huskers have won the Heisman Trophy (Rodgers, Rozier, Crouch).

• Nebraska’s 107 football Academic All-Americans lead the nation.

• The Huskers have 110 first-team All-Americans in school history.

• Nebraska football is the only team in any sport in NCAA history to total 100 athletic and academic All-Americans.

• Memorial Stadium has been sold out every game since Nov. 2, 1962, a streak of 344 consecutive sellouts.

The Matchup
Nebraska returns to the road this Saturday as the Huskers continue their run of Big Ten West Division opponents at Minnesota. Game time at Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium is set for 2:30 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

The Huskers enter the game with a 2-4 record, including an 0-2 mark in Big Ten Conference play. Nebraska suffered its fourth heart-breaking setback of the season on Saturday in Lincoln, when Wisconsin kicked a field goal with four seconds remaining to defeat the Huskers 23-21. The Huskers' four losses this season have been by a total of 11 points with each opponent scoring the winning points in the final 10 seconds or overtime.

Minnesota will come into the game with a 4-2 record, and a 1-1 Big Ten Conference record following a 41-13 win at Purdue on Saturday. The Golden Gophers boast a stout defense, allowing just 19.0 points and 306.2 yards per game. Minnesota has been strong at TCF Bank Stadium, winning 10 of its past 13 home games, with all three losses occurring against nationally ranked opponents.

The Huskers will also be looking to end a two-game losing streak to the Golden Gophers. Minnesota has won tight games each of the past two years over Nebraska, after the Huskers had won 16 straight in the series.

First-Time Starters Continue to Debut for Huskers
The injuries have forced Nebraska to shuffle its lineup throughout the year, most notably on defense. Numerous players have had the opportunity to make their first career starts in 2015, in large part because of the injury bug.

Nebraska had seven players make their first career starts in the season opener against BYU on Sept. 5. Another five Huskers made their first career starts in week two, and Nebraska has continued to embody the "Next Man Up" philosophy.
first-time starters in 2015 (16)

• Chongo Kondolo, RG (6 games)
• Nick Gates, RT (6 games)
• Terrell Newby, IB (5 games)
• Lane Hovey, WR (2 games)
• David Sutton, TE (BYU)
• Dedrick Young, LB (5 games)
• Aaron Williams, S (BYU)
• Stanley Morgan Jr., WR (3 games)
• Freedom Akinmoladun, DE (4 games)
• Chris Weber, LB, (4 games)
• Marcus Newby, LB (3 games)
• Tyson Broekemeier, P (South Alabama)
• Jonathan Rose, CB (3 games)
• Chris Jones, CB (Illinois)
• Kevin Maurice, DT (Illinois)
• Ross Dzuris, DE (Wisconsin)

Aaron Williams and Dedrick Young joined an exclusive group of true freshmen to start in a season opener, becoming just the fourth and fifth true freshmen position players to start a season opener since freshmen regained NCAA eligibility in 1972. Stanley Morgan Jr. became the third true freshman to earn a start in 2015, when he was in the lineup for the opening snap against South Alabama.

True Freshmen to Start a Nebraska Season Opener*
• Dedrick Young, LB (2015)
• Aaron Williams, S (2015)
• Tyler Moore, RT (2011)
• Terrence Nunn, WR (2004)
• Ralph Brown, CB (1996)
*since 1972 when freshmen were made eligible

Husker Youth Hitting the Field Early in 2015 Season
In addition to Williams, Young and Morgan who have earned starts as true freshmen, five other true freshmen have seen action in 2015.

• Tyrin Ferguson, LB
• Jordan Ober, LS
• Devine Ozigbo, IB
• Antonio Reed, S
• Jordan Stevenson, IB/KOR

Morgan has 13 receptions, Young has 35 tackles and Williams has made 11 stops through six games. Ozigbo emerged at Illinois with a team-high 70 rushing yards on seven carries.

In addition, 10 redshirt freshmen have seen their first action through six games, including starting offensive tackle Nick Gates and starting defensive end Freedom Akinmoladun, who leads the team with 4.5 sacks and seven TFL.

Huskers Getting Production from Youth on 2015 Roster
Nebraska has an excellent mix of experience and youth contributing to both the offense and defense in 2015.

The Huskers' two-deep roster includes ample experience, with 15 seniors listed on the current depth chart. However, youth is also being served in Lincoln in 2015.

Through the first half of the 2015 campaign non-seniors have produced the following percentages of statistics for Nebraska, showing that the future looks bright.

Non-Senior Production
• Rushing: 78% (908 of 1,162 yards)
• Passing: 100% (1,533 of 1,533 yards)
• Receiving: 92% (1,411 of 1,533 yards)
• Scoring: 90% (161 of 179 points)
• Total Offense: 91% (2,440 of 2,695 yards)
• All-Purpose Yards: 87% (2,612 of 2,989 yards)
• Tackles: 78% (308 of 397 tackles)
• Tackles for Loss: 87% (40 of 46 TFL)
• Sacks: 92% (12 of 13 sacks)
• Interceptions: 100% (3 of 3 INT)

Tommy Armstrong Jr. in Third Season Under Center
Junior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. is in his third season guiding the NU offense. The Cibolo, Texas, native has 18 wins as Nebraska's starting quarterack, and has started each of the past 20 games.

Armstrong is backing up a strong sophomore season with one of the best statistical seasons in the Big Ten in 2015.

• Armstrong has completed 52 percent of his passes for 1,500 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2015.

• Armstrong had his fourth career 300-yard passing game and third of 2015 with 368 yards against Southern Miss (319 vs. BYU, 309 at Miami). Armstrong's other 300-yard game was a career-high 381 yards against USC in the 2014 Holiday Bowl.

• Through six games, Armstrong is second in the Big Ten by averaging 250.0 passing yards per game.

• Armstrong has 12 200-yard passing games, all since the start of the 2014 season. Armstrong passed for at least 200 yards in seven straight games, before being limited to 105 yards at Illinois.

• Armstrong has 5,161 career passing yards, good for third on the NU passing list. He became the fifth 5,000-yard passer in school history at Illinois, then moved up to third on the NU career passing list against Wisconsin. Armstrong is just the second player to reach 5,000 career passing yards before his senior season (Taylor Martinez).
• Armstrong had four touchdown passes against Miami, all in the second half. He now has five career games with at least three touchdown passes. Dating back to last season, Armstrong has 19 touchdown passes in his past eight games, including 12 in 2015.

• His 43 career passing touchdowns are tied for fourth with Tommie Frazier on the NU career charts. His 22 passing touchdowns in 2014 were the fourth most in school history.

• Armstrong threw for at least one touchdown in 10 straight games prior to the Illinois game. That streak was one shy of the Nebraska school record.

• Armstrong had a career-high 431 yards of total offense against Southern Miss, bettering his 422 yards against USC in the Holiday Bowl. Armstrong has seven career games of at least 300 yards of total offense.

• Armstrong is averaging 284.3 yards of total offense per game to lead the Big Ten and rank 25th nationally.

• Armstrong ranks 16th in the nation in passes of more than 10 yards (62) and is 15th in passes of 20-plus yards (24).

• Armstrong cracked the 6,000-yard total offense mark against Illinois, and sits No. 3 on the NU career total offense list with 6,274 yards. He was the third player in school history to reach 5,000 yards before their senior season (Martinez, Eric Crouch).

• Against Southern Miss, Armstrong became the 10th Nebraska quarterback to surpass 1,000 career rushing yards. He now has 1,113 rushing yards.

• Armstrong is one of only eight active FBS quarterbacks with 5,000 career passing yards and 1,000 career rushing yards. The other seven QBs on the list are seniors.

• Armstrong is one of only two quarterbacks in school history to start 20 games or more before the end of their sophomore season, joining Taylor Martinez.

• Armstrong is one of only 13 players in the FBS ranks to run, throw and catch a touchdown pass during their career.

• Armstrong set Nebraska bowl records for attempts (51), completions (32), passing yards (381) and total offense yards (422) in the Holiday Bowl against USC.

* Check out the attached Nebraska Games Notes PDF for more notes

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