The Nebraska Cornhuskers had a hell of a Saturday that could be a signal that things are finally starting to turn around for an athletic program in limbo.
It’s been a long time since there has been a Saturday that’s been as positive for the Nebraska Cornhuskers athletic program as yesterday was. The Nebraska football team beat the Northwestern Wildcats to improve to 4-3 and keep themselves in line for a possible bowl bid for the first time in seven years.
Then there’s what the Nebraska Volleyball team did on Saturday night. Coming into the Clash of the Titans matchup, the Nebraska Cornhuskers had lost 10 straight matches to the Wisconsin Badgers.
However, it’s been clear since John Cook’s squad started the season in Memorial Stadium that this team would be different. Just how different? The Huskers announced that not only are they a contender for the National Championship, but they are now the front runners.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers went toe-to-toe with a former nemesis for five sets and emerged the victor. The Huskers won the match, 25-22, 17-25, 20-25, 26-24 and 15-13. It’s worth pointing out that NU was on the verge of an 11th straight loss as they were down two-sets-to-one and then rallied.
The Nebraska football team had to rally as well, initially being down 3-0, but the Nebraska football team found its defense was once again up to the task.
The Huskers managed to sack Northwestern quarterback Brendan Sullivan eight times and generally made his life miserable. When the smoke cleared, Nebraska had a 17-9 win. The victory means that head coach Matt Rhule is 4-1 in his last 5. In addition, Tony White’s defense has held its opponents to fewer than 10 points in a game for two straight weeks.
More Nebraska Cornhuskers news
- While the Nebraska women’s basketball team season hasn’t started yet, Amy Williams’s squad got some good news on Saturday. Alexis Markowski was named to the Lisa Leslie Center of the Year Watch List when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its list of 20 preseason candidates for the award.
- Following the win over the Wildcats, Matt Rhule got to do a little “crowd” surfing in the Huskers home locker room.
- The Nebraska basketball team played a couple of 20 minute scrimmages against the Utah Utes. The Nebraska Cornhuskers won the first scrimmage and lost the second. There were also some players who didn’t get to play. Rienk Mast, Juwan Gary, and Ramel Lloyd didn’t play but of the three of them, only Lloyd’s injury is serious as he’s still working his way back from a knee injury.