Huskers and Trojans Meet Saturday at 11 am on BTN
NEBRASKA vs. TROY
SEPT. 15, 2018 | MEMORIAL STADIUM
LINCOLN, NEB. | 11 A.M. (CT)
TV - BTN (Joe Benanati, James Laurinaitis, Damon Benning)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 136, XM 196
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App
Record: 0-1, 0-0 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Colorado, 33-28
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 19-8 (3rd Year)/0-1 (1st Year)
vs. Troy: 0-0
Record: 1-1, 0-0 Sun Belt
Last Game: def. Florida A&M, 59-7
Coach: Neal Brown
Career/Troy Record: 26-14 (4th Year)/Same
vs. Nebraska: 0-0
Nebraska stays at home on Saturday to take on the Troy Trojans in a non-conference contest at Memorial Stadium. The game is set for an 11 a.m. kickoff with the contest televised on BTN and available on the IMG Husker Sports Network.
The Huskers enter the contest with an 0-1 mark following a 33-28 loss to Colorado last Saturday in the season opener in Lincoln. Nebraska showed promising signs on both sides of the ball, rolling up 565 yards of total offense and registering seven sacks. However, three turnovers and a late Colorado score were the difference in the contest.
Troy comes to Lincoln with a 1-1 record, following a 59-7 victory over Florida A&M on Saturday evening. The Trojans opened the year with a home setback against Boise State, but rebounded by rolling up 477 yards of offense and forcing four turnovers in the victory. Troy is coming off an outstanding season in 2017, posting an 11-2 record and capturing the Sun Belt Conference crown.
Saturday's matchup will be the fifth all-time meeting between the schools. The Huskers defeated Troy four times in six seasons between 2001 and 2006, with each of the games at Memorial Stadium.
This Week's Numbers
329 - Nebraska rushed for 329 yards on 54 carries against Colorado. The rushing total was Nebraska's first 300-yard game since a 310-yard effort at Northwestern in 2016, and the highest by the Huskers since NU rushed for 458 yards against Illinois on Sept. 27, 2014.
7 - Nebraska recorded seven sacks for 43 yards against Colorado. The seven sacks were the most by Nebraska since also posting seven at Michigan in 2013. Nebraska had a total of 14 sacks as a team in 2017 with a high of five at Illinois.
87 - In the opener against Colorado, 87 percent of the Huskers' total offense output was produced by players making their Husker debut. Of the 565 total yards, 492 were produced by players in their first Nebraska game, including 236 passing yards and 256 rushing yards.
Nebraska and Troy will meet for the fifth time on Saturday, with NU holding a 4-0 edge in the series.
• The four previous meetings have all been played in Lincoln between 2001 and 2006.
• Nebraska won each of the first four meetings by 15 or more points, including a pair of shutouts in the most recent meetings in 2003 and 2006.
• DeJuan Groce returned two punts for touchdowns in the 2002 victory in Lincoln, setting a Nebraska record.
Huskers vs. Sun Belt
Nebraska owns a perfect 9-0 record all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference. The most recent matchup was a a season-opening victory over Arkansas State in 2017.
• In addition to a 4-0 record against Troy, Nebraska is 3-0 against Arkansas State and 1-0 against both Louisiana-Lafayette and South Alabama.
• In addition to Saturday's game, Nebraska has future games scheduled against South Alabama (2019) and Georgia Southern (2022).
Huskers Elect Four Captains
Four Husker seniors were elected by their teammates as captains for the 2018 season. On offense, the captains are OG Jerald Foster and WR Stanley Morgan Jr. Representing the defense are NT Mick Stoltenberg and LB Luke Gifford.
2018 Nebraska Team Captains
Jerald Foster, Sr., OG, Lincoln, Neb.
Stanley Morgan Jr., Sr., WR, New Orleans, La.
Luke Gifford, Sr., LB, Lincoln, Neb.
Mick Stoltenberg, Sr., NT, Gretna, Neb.
• This marks the second straight season Nebraska has had three Nebraska natives as captains. Prior to last season Nebraska had not had three homegrown captains since 2001.
• This marks the 13th straight season at least one native Nebraskan has been elected as a captain.
• Foster and Gifford were teammates at Lincoln Southeast High School. This marks the first time high school teammates have served as captains in the same year since Jerry Tagge and Jim Anderson in 1971. Tagge and Anderson both went to high school at Green Bay West in Wisconsin. Foster and Gifford are the first pair on in-state high school teammates to serve as captains together.
• Foster is serving as a captain for the second straight season, and becomes just the 11th two-time team captain in NU history. This marks the sixth straight season an offensive lineman has served as a captain.
Martinez Excels in First Career Start at Nebraska
True freshman Adrian Martinez made a memorable first start for Nebraska on Saturday against Colorado. Martinez rushed 15 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns, including a 41-yard run in the first quarter. He completed 15-of-20 passes for 187 yards and one touchdown.
• The 117 rushing yards by Martinez were the most rushing yards by a Nebraska quarterback since Tommy Armstrong Jr. rushed for 132 yards at Northwestern in 2016. It marked the most rushing yards for a quarterback in a season opener since Taylor Martinez ran for 135 yards against Chattanooga in 2011.
• The 41-yard touchdown run by Martinez was the longest rush by a Husker quarterback since Armstrong had a 42-yard run against McNeese State in 2014.
• Martinez accounted for 302 yards of total offense, just the third 300-yard total offense game by a Nebraska freshman. It was also the first-ever 300-yard total offense game by a true freshman quarterback.
• Martinez became the first true freshman quarterback in NU history to start a season opener. He was just the second freshman quarterback to start an opener, joining Taylor Martinez who started as a redshirt freshman in 2010.
• Martinez joined Tommie Frazier (1992) and Cody Green (2009) as the only true freshmen to start at quarterback in Husker history.
Huskers Show Potential for Powerful Running Game
Nebraska churned out 329 rushing yards on 54 attempts against Colorado. Both totals bettered Nebraska's season highs from the 2017 season. In fact, the Huskers had 243 rushing yards by halftime, surpassing last year's single-game high of 225 yards against Arkansas State.
• The 329 rushing yards were Nebraska's most yards on the ground since rushing for 458 yards against Illinois in 2014.
• Nebraska surpassed 300 yards on the ground for the first time since rushing for 310 yards at Northwestern on Sept. 24, 2016.
• Adrian Martinez (117) and running back Greg Bell (104) both cracked the century mark on the ground. That marked the first time Nebraska has had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game since a 2014 win over Illinois.
• Nebraska had a pair of runs of 40 yards or more in the game–a 41-yard touchdown by Martinez and a 45-yard rush by Bell. That was the first time Nebraska had two runs of at least 40 yards in a game since a 2014 win at Fresno State.
High-Octane Offense Post Prolific Nubmers in Game One
Head Coach Scott Frost and his staff oversaw one of the nation's most potent offenses at UCF in 2017. The season opener against Colorado showed that Nebraska could feature similar explosiveness in 2018.
• Nebraska posted 565 yards of total offense vs. Colorado, with 329 rushing yards and 236 through the air.
• The 565 yards marked the first 500-yard total offense game for the Huskers since posting 556 yards at Northwestern in 2016.
• The total offense output was the best by Nebraska in 35 games, dating back to a 610-yard effort against Southern Miss in 2015.
Morgan Aims to Be Nebraska's All-Time Leading Receiver
After setting a school record with 986 receiving yards in 2017, Stanley Morgan Jr. will look to become Nebraska’s all-time leading receiver this fall.
Morgan has 124 career receptions, which ranks seventh on NU’s all-time list. He needs 57 receptions to tie Kenny Bell (181) atop the Husker chart. Morgan has 1,818 career receiving yards to rank fifth on Nebraska’s all-time list. Against Colorado, he moved past Terrence Nunn into the top five on the list. Morgan needs 871 yards to tie Bell (2,689) for the most receiving yards in program history.
The New Orleans native put himself in position to challenge Nebraska’s all-time records thanks to a breakout junior season, when he earned All-Big Ten accolades. Morgan caught 61 passes for 986 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2017 after entering the year with 58 career receptions, 757 career receiving yards and five career touchdown catches.
• Morgan set Nebraska records with 986 receiving yards and five 100-yard receiving games in 2017, while ranking third in school history in touchdown receptions (10) and fifth in catches (61).
• He led the Big Ten and ranked 14th nationally in receiving yards per game (89.6) in 2017. His 986 receiving yards ranked second nationally among players who saw action in 11 or fewer games.
• Morgan led all Big Ten wide receivers and ranked 16th nationally in touchdown catches with his 10 touchdown grabs.
• He produced his first five career 100-yard receiving efforts in 2017, leading the Big Ten in that category.
• Morgan posted 185 receiving yards at No. 13 Penn State, the second-highest total in school history.
• He had at least three catches in every game last season. Morgan had five catches in the opener with Colorado, extending his streak to 27 consecutive games with a reception, the fifth-longest streak in Husker history
Defense Shows Playmaking Ability in Season Opener
The Nebraska defense showed the ability to be one of the nation's most improved units in 2018. Despite falling to Colorado, the positive signs from the defense were evident last Saturday.
• Nebraska recorded seven sacks for 43 yards against Colorado. The seven sacks were the most for the Huskers since also recording seven at Michigan in 2013–a span of 56 games. The last time Nebraska had more than seven sacks was in the 2009 Big 12 title game against Texas, when the Huskers had nine sacks.
• The seven sacks on Saturday represented half of Nebraska's 2017 season team sack total. The Huskers finished 2017 with 14 sacks for 85 yards.
• Nebraska limited Colorado to 44 rushing yards, including just 12 first-half rushing yards. The 44 yards rushing are the fewest by a Nebraska opponent since Maryland rushed for 11 yards in 2016.
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