Huskers and Nittany Lions at 3 p.m. on FS1
GAME 11: NEBRASKA at PENN STATE
NOV. 18, 2017 | BEAVER STADIUM
STATE COLLEGE, PA. | 3 P.M. (CT)
TV - FS1
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Record: 4-6, 3-4 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Minnesota, 54-21
Coach: Mike Riley
Career/NU Record: 112-97 (17th Year)/19-17 (3rd Year)
vs. Penn State: 0-1
Record: 8-2, 5-2 Big Ten
Last Game: def. Rutgers, 35-6
Rankings: AP-13; Coaches-11
Coach: James Franklin
Career/PSU Record: 57-32 (7th Year)/33-17 (4th Year)
vs. Nebraska: first meeting
Nebraska completes the back end of a two-game road trip on Saturday when the Huskers travel to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions in a Big Ten cross-division matchup. Game time at PSU's Beaver Stadium is set for 3 p.m. CT (4 p.m. local), with national television coverage on FS1. The game can also be heard on the IMG Husker Sports Network.
Saturday's matchup is the first between two of college football's most storied programs since 2013. Nebraska has won all three meetings with Penn State since joining the Big Ten in 2011, including a 2-0 mark at Beaver Stadium.
Nebraska heads to Happy Valley with a 4-6 record, including 3-4 in the Big Ten and continues to focus on bowl eligibility in the season's final two weeks. The Huskers are coming off a 54-21 loss at Minnesota on Saturday, and must win its final two games to become bowl eligible.
Penn State comes into the game with an 8-2 overall record and a 5-2 mark in Big Ten action, following a 35-6 victory over Rutgers at home on Saturday. The Nittany Lions have spent the majority of the season ranked in the top 10 in the nation and are currently 13th in the Associated Press Poll and 11th in the USA Today Coaches poll. Penn State was ranked No. 14 in last week's College Football Playoff poll.
Penn State has an explosive offense that ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring at 37.7 points per game and second in passing at 283.6 yards per game. On defense, the Nittany Lions rank second in the Big Ten in scoring defense at
13.9 points per game and fourth in total defense in the conference.
Nebraska Football Top 10
• Nebraska is 893-378-40 all-time, one of only 10 schools with 800 wins.
• The Cornhuskers are tied for fourth all-time with their 893 victories.
• Nebraska has won five national titles (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997).
• The Huskers have won 46 conference championships.
• Nebraska’s 53 all-time bowl appearances rank second in NCAA history.
• 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 360 consecutive sellouts.
Nebraska-Penn State Series
• Nebraska holds a 3-0 advantage in the series since joining the Big Ten in 2011, including a 2-0 mark at Beaver Stadium.
• The Huskers own a four-game overall win streak in the series, including a victory in 2003 in Lincoln before NU joined the Big Ten.
• Penn State won four of the first five meetings in the series beteween 1920 and 1952, but NU has an 8-3 edge since.
• Nebraska and Penn State met five consecutive seasons from 1979 to 1983, with both teams ranked in each of those five meetings.
• Nebraska's three-point loss at Penn State was its only setback in a 12-1 season. Penn State also finished with just one loss and captured the national title, while NU finished third in the AP poll.
• Under the original Big Ten divisional format, Nebraska and Penn State were scheduled to play each season as a protected cross-division game. That changed with the advent of the East and West Divisions in 2014.
• Following Saturday's matchup, the next scheduled meeting between the two schools is Nov. 7, 2020, in Lincoln. That will mark the Nittany Lions first visit to Memorial Stadium in eight years.
Senior Linebacker Weber Named NFF Scholar-Athlete
Nebraska linebacker Chris Weber joined an elite group of scholar-athletes on Nov. 1, as the senior was one of 13 finalists by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments®.
As a finalist, Weber will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, and will travel to New York City in December for the 60th annual NFF Awards Dinner on Dec. 5.
Weber is Nebraska’s first Campbell Trophy finalist since Spencer Long in 2013, and the 23rd Husker football player to receive this prestigious honor for achievement on the playing field and in the classroom. Weber looks to become NU’s third Campbell Trophy winner, joining Kyle Vanden Bosch (2000) and Rob Zatechka (1994).
Weber has started nine of 10 games and leads the Huskers in tackles (82), tackles for loss (8) and pass breakups (5). He has four games of at least 10 tackles. In the classroom, Weber carries a 3.96 GPA and has already been accepted to medical school at UNMC. He is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District VII selection (and was nominated for Academic All-America honors in 2017) and a three-time Distinguished Big Ten Scholar.
Moos Named Nebraska Athletic Director
Bill Moos, a distinguished leader in collegiate athletics who elevated programs at the Oregon and Washington State to national prominence, was named Nebraska’s athletic director on Sunday, Oct. 15.
Moos, who had been director of athletics at Washington State since 2010, began his tenure in Lincoln on Monday, Oct. 23.
In his seven years at Washington State, Moos secured a 10-year, $35 million marketing rights agreement with IMG College and led a $130 million addition and remodel of WSU’s football stadium. He was in a leading position in securing the conference’s 12-year, $3 billion television contract with Fox and ESPN. In Moos’ time in Pullman, the Cougar Athletic Fund’s Annual Giving program has seen an 81 percent increase in gifts. From 2010-16, Cougar student-athletes and coaches earned 805 academic all-conference honors, 130 all-conference selections, 45 All-America accolades and three Pac-12 coach-of-the-year honors.
Moos led Oregon’s athletics from 1995-2007, during which time the athletic department grew to national prominence – its annual budget rose from $18.5 million in his first year to more than $40 million by 2007 and became self-sufficient. In Moos’ Oregon tenure, the Ducks won 13 Pac-10 championships in six different sports; and UO student-athletes earned 722 academic all-conference selections, 34 Academic All-America selections, nine NCAA post Graduate Scholars and one NCAA Top VIII Award.
Moos came to Oregon after five years as the University of Montana’s director of athletics. He began his career in 1982 as assistant athletic director at Washington State and also was the school’s associate director. He was director of development for more than five years and associate director for nearly two, supervising all external operations. For eight years prior to that, he managed and owned private businesses in Washington and Oregon.
Raised on a wheat and cattle ranch in eastern Washington, Moos went to high school in Olympia when his father was in the governor’s cabinet. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history in Pullman and was a three-year letterman in football. He co-captained Washington State’s 1972 team and was first-team All-Pac-8. He and his wife Kendra have three daughters, Christa, Brittany and Kaiti; and two sons, Bo and Benjamin
Riley in Third Season at Helm of Husker Program
Head Coach Mike Riley is in his third season as the Nebraska head coach in 2017. Riley has guided the Huskers to an 19-17 record.
• Riley is in his 26th season as a head coach, tying for the second-most experience of any FBS head coach entering the 2017 season.
• Riley is one of eight active FBS head coaches who also has experience as an NFL head coach.
• Riley owns 16 victories over nationally ranked opponents during his college head coaching tenure.
Riley Hopes for More Success vs. Ranked Foes
Nebraska faces its third ranked opponent of the 2017 season at No. 13 Penn State on Saturday. NU faced top-10 foes Wisconsin and Ohio State earlier this season at home.
• Mike Riley-coached teams have 16 wins over ranked teams in his 17 seasons as a college coach, 14 at Oregon State and Husker wins over Michigan State in 2015 and Oregon in 2016.
• The 2015 win over No. 6 Michigan State marked the sixth top-10 opponent a Riley-coached team defeated since 2006. The win was Nebraska's first over a top-10 opponent since October of 2011.
Veterans Leading Young 2017 Husker Team
The 2017 version of Nebraska football is one of the youngest teams in the Big Ten. Coupled with that youth, Nebraska does feature several players with extensive starting experience. Ten players have at least 20 career starts at Nebraska, led by place-kicker Drew Brown with 49 career starts.
Overall, Nebraska has 21 players with at least 10 collegiate starts, including quarterback Tanner Lee, who made 19 starts at Tulane and has started each game in 2017 with the Huskers.
Numerous Huskers Make First Career Starts in 2017
Due to injuries and youth, Nebraska has had a number of players make their first career starts in 2017. Most recently, tight end Jack Stoll made his first career start at Minnesota.
The start by Stoll brought Nebraska's first-time starters total in 2017 to 20 players.
First-Time Starters in 2017
• Luke Gifford, LB (7)
• Tyler Hoppes, TE (9)
• Connor Ketter, TE (8)
• Eric Lee Jr., CB (6)
• Brenden Jaimes, Fr., OT (7)
• Michael Decker, So., C (5)
• Mikale Wilbon, Jr., IB (5)
• JD Spielman, RFr., WR (3)
• Sedrick King, Jr., LB (3)
• Tre Bryant, IB (2)
• Matt Farniok, RFr., OT (4)
• Gabe Rahn, Sr., WR (1)
• Ben Stille, RFr., LB (1)
• Dicaprio Bootle, RFr., DB (1)
• Conor Young, So., WR (1)
• Mohamed Barry, So., LB (2)
• Alex Davis, So., LB (3)
• Tyjon Lindsey, Fr., WR (1)
• Marquel Dismuke, RFr., S (1)
• Jack Stoll, RFr., TE (1)
Jaimes Joins Rare Club for NU Offensive Linemen
True freshman Brenden Jaimes has lined up as the starter at right tackle the past seven games. Jaimes originally started at right tackle where senior David Knevel and redshirt freshman Matt Farniok were out with injury, but has continued to hold the No. 1 spot after those two have returned.
A native of Austin, Texas, Jaimes' seven starts are the most ever for a Nebraska true freshman offensive lineman.
Jaimes is just the fifth true freshman offensive lineman to start a game at NU since 1972, and the first since 2011. He is also just the 11th offensive lineman to play at Nebraska as a true freshman.
True Freshman OL Starters in Nebraska History (Since 1972)
• Matt Slauson, OG (3 games, 2005)
• Jacob Hickman, C (1 game, 2006)
• Javorio Burkes, OT (3 games, 2007)
• Tyler Moore, OT (4 games, 2011)
• Brenden Jaimes, OT (7 games, 2017)
Injuries Bug Plauges 2017 Huskers
Nebraska continues to battle through an injury-riddled 2017 season. The injury hits started in the summer when All-America candidate cornerback Chris Jones was sidelined with a knee injury. Jones has played the past five games, but took time to round into form.
Nebraska running back starter Tre Bryant went down with a knee injury after two games and has missed the next five games, before undergoing season-ending knee surgery in late October.
Nebraska has been without several starters or key reserves for several weeks. Linemen Tanner Farmer and Michael Decker were lost for an extended period of time at Purdue, and linebacker Luke Gifford and safety Aaron Williams have missed the past three games after being defensive stalwarts early in the year.
• Through 10 games, Nebraska has lost 37 games by projected starters to injury.
Husker Ball Control
Nebraska's offense has been at its best when it shows the ability to control the football. The Huskers had great success in that department in wins over Rutgers, Illinois and Purdue.
• Against Illinois, Nebraska scored touchdowns on all three of its first half possessions. NU reached the end zone on its first three possessions for the first time since a 2009 game against Arkansas State.
• The Huskers had three scoring drives of at least 88 yards at Illinois. NU has seven scoring drives this season that have covered at least 85 yards.
• In the second half of wins over Rutgers and Illinois, Nebraska has held the ball for 22:50 and 18:39, respectively.
• Nebraska had 35:00 of possession time at Purdue, with more than 8:00 in all four quarters. Nebraska possessed the ball for 18:11 in the second half as it rallied from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit.
• Nebraska produced a season-long drive in terms of plays and time against Northwestern. The Huskers drove 18 plays over 9:24 for a field goal in the third quarter.
NU Features Triple Threat of Wideouts in Passing Attack
Nebraska began the season with the luxury of two veteran and proven pass catchers to lead the receiving corps. Senior De'Mornay Pierson-El and junior Stanley Morgan Jr. both had extensive playing experience entering 2017.
That duo has had a strong 2017 season, and continues to climb Nebraska season and career charts. Redshirt freshman JD Spielman has emerged to give Nebraska three dangerous receiving options.
Morgan has 47 receptions for 727 yards and seven touchdowns, despite missing a game. He ranks among the conference leaders in all receiving categories and capped the Purdue contest with a game-winning touchdown with 14 seconds remaining.
Spielman produced a Nebraska record 200-yard receiving day on 11 catches against Ohio State. He has 49 receptions for 734 yards, and has set Husker freshman receiving records for yards and catches. Pierson-El has caught 38 passes for 530 yards and four touchdowns.
• Morgan ranks third in the Big Ten in receiving yards (727), second in receiving yards per game (80.8 ypg), third in receiving touchdowns (7) and he is first in 100-yard receiving games (4).
• The 727 receiving yards by Morgan is just 53 yards from the NU season top 10 and is 215 yards from the Husker single-season record. His 47 catches are three shy of the school season top 10 list. .
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