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Music City Bowl…Friday December 30th at 12:30 PM PST

Posted December 29, 2016

…Last Football Game of the 2016 Season on Friday!…

We hope everyone has had a wonderful Holiday season so far…the one thing that could make it even better is a Husker win this Friday against the Tennessee Volunteers in the Music City Bowl!

The Huskers have a tall order this Friday as they face a good 8-4 Tennessee team that has been hot and cold this season.  In some ways the Volunteers season has been very similar to the Huskers…some really good play mixed in with some not so good play.  Tennessee’s biggest struggles have come on defense where during the last 3 games of the season, Tennessee gave up an average of over 600 yards per game.  These defensive struggles may come in handy for a beat up Husker offense. Although the starting QB has not been determined, it appears Ryker Fife will start because Tommy Armstrong is still fighting his hamstring injury suffered in the Minnesota game. In addition, Jordan Westercamp will miss this game due to an injury suffered during a practice earlier in December.

The Husker defense has its own challenges going up against a potent Tennessee offense that averages 437 yard per game.  The Husker defense will be playing without their star safety Nathan Gerry who was deemed academically ineligible for the bowl game.

The Husker coaches are confident that other players will be able to step up and fill the holes left by some of the starters.  One nice thing about all the injuries this past season, some of the backups have gotten a lot of playing time so they should be prepared to fill in.

Statistically, Tennessee is the better team on offense and Nebraska has the edge on defense.  Tennessee looks to be the better team on special teams as they are ranking in the top 20 in punting, punt returns and kickoff returns. With the exception of kicking, Nebraska special teams have struggled all season long.  The Huskers poor special teams performance lead to the firing of the special teams coach shortly after the Iowa game and that work is now being done by Riley and others.
If the Huskers can win their bowl game, it will give them their best record  in 13 seasons.  Can they do it?  Join us at Dukes and find out. Bring some friends and help us fill the house!
Friday, December 30th Watch Party
Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Tennessee Volunteers
Game Coverage Begins at 12:30 PM PST


After the Iowa game, the Huskers dropped to #21 in the coaches poll, #24 in the AP poll and dropped out of the College Football Playoff poll.  Heading into the contest with Tennessee, the Huskers are 6-7 point underdogs.  As I mentioned above, with some of their stars out of this game, several guys will have to step up in order for the Huskers to win, but Riley has a great record in bowl games.  Just look at last year when UCLA was favored over the Huskers.  I’m hoping for another one of those games!

We hope you can join us Friday, December 30th at Duke’s…doors open at 11:30 AM. 
Duke’s will be offering a variety of lunch items. Arrive early for good seats! Families with children are welcome, however OLCC rules dictate that minors may not remain if a game goes beyond 9 PM.
That’s all for now…look for another message soon and Go Big Red!

Maryland Game – 11/19/2016

Posted November 19, 2016

…Huskers Bounce Back After Two Losses to Win Against Minnesota…
…OR4NE Toy Drive THIS SATURDAY!  Bring An Unwrapped Toy and Get Raffle Tickets…
…OR4NE Holiday Party Scheduled for December 4th…Sign Up Soon…
…OR4NE Elections Coming Up…
The Minnesota game was much easier to watch than Ohio State, but it was not without some drama.  The Huskers followed the same script they have used much of this season where they got off to a slow start, fell behind, then made adjustments in the second half and pulled ahead for the win.
The Husker offense got Jerald Foster back last week on the O-line which helped a little, but this team is still limping along with several injuries.  It was good that Armstrong completed the concussion protocol and was cleared for action this past Saturday, because without him, I’m not sure the Huskers would have won.  Not only was he MVP for the Husker offense last Saturday, but he was also named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week…Congratulations Tommy!  He even had to come back from an ankle injury that occurred during the game to score the winning TD in the 4th quarter.  Tommy never gives up!!!
Getting Foster back on the line, helped with both the run game and the passing game.  Terrell Newby was able to run for 85 yards and Tommy received a little better protection in the pass game, helping him complete 19 of 28 passes for 217 yards.  The Huskers still did not reach their average offensive production for the year, but they were up against a pretty good defense.
Defensively, the Huskers looked much better this week holding Minnesota to 265 total yards…well below their 400 plus yard average.  Run defense was excellent with the blackshirts holding the Gophers to 85 yards on the ground.  Josh Banderas and Aron Williams both had great days, each with 11 tackles and Kevin Maurice had another strong game on the line with 8 tackles.  Maurice made the Pro Football Focus Team of the week for his play.
Like a few other games this year, the special teams play was not so special.  A key Husker penalty in the first half when Minnesota was punting gave the Gophers a first down, which eventually lead to a TD.  Also, a -2 yard Husker punt right before the half gave the Gophers a short field which led to a field goal.  That was 10 points that could have easily cost Nebraska the game.  That part of the game needs to get fixed quickly.
This week the Huskers face the 5-5 Maryland Terrapins. This will be the first time Nebraska and Maryland have ever played each other. In Big Ten play, the Terrapins have beaten Purdue and Michigan State, and lost to Penn State, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio State and Michigan.  The last two games to Michigan and Ohio State have both been blowouts.
Maryland is dealing with injuries and some suspensions that will likely hurt them.  Their starting QB, Perry Hills is questionable after suffering a should injury last week against Ohio State.  Also, freshman running back Lorenzo Harrison, who has been part of a running tandem, has been suspended and is not expected to play.
Maryland’s strength is their running game.  So far this year, they have averaged over 200 yards per game.  They are ranked as the #3 best rushing team in the Big Ten and #31 in the country.
Defensively, they have some holes.  In the past two games, they have given up 59 and 62 points. Their run defense is particularly weak with a ranking of 113th nationally, Newby could have a fun day against this group.
The Huskers win the statistical battle in this game with slightly better numbers on offense and significantly better numbers on defense.
One of the big questions about this game is the status of Tommy Armstrong.  At the end of his 4th quarter TD run in the Minnesota game, he pulled a hamstring and his status as of this writing is day-to-day.  I think it will be hard to keep Tommy off the field on Senior day of his final Husker season, but I hope they use him sparingly to ensure he is ready for Iowa.  It looks like the Huskers will have Brandon Reilly back this week, which will be a nice addition to the receiving corps.
Can the Huskers use the momentum from the Minnesota game to keep winning?  Come Join us this Saturday at Dukes and find out!
Saturday, November 19th Watch Party
Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Maryland Terrapins
Game Coverage Begins at 9:00 AM PST
Well, Nebraska move up a little in the polls this week.  They are #17 in the coaches poll, #19 in the AP poll and #18 in the College Football Playoff poll.  The pundits have the Huskers as clear favorites in this game.  The point spread by the folks in Las Vegas is currently about 2 touchdowns.
Nebraska has beaten the spread 5 times this year, missed it twice and tied twice.  If the Huskers can get a good running game going, they should have no problem winning…even if Tommy cannot play.  If they can’t run the ball, the game could be interesting.
We hope you can join us Saturday, November 19th at Duke’s…doors open at 8:00 AM. 
Duke’s will be offering a variety of breakfast and lunch items. Arrive early for good seats! Families with children are welcome, however OLCC rules dictate that minors may not remain if a game goes beyond 9 PM.
The next game is on November 25th, against the Iowa, with the kickoff time to be determined.
The annual OR4NE holiday party is scheduled for Sunday evening, December 4th at Gold Valley Brewery in Beaverton. The party runs from 5:30-9 PM and includes dinner and a voluntary white elephant gift exchange, that always leads to some interesting surprises!  Sign up at watch parties over the next few weeks or respond to this email.
OR4NE is holding elections for Executive Board members this month.  If you are a current member of OR4NE, you have a vote.  In addition, if you would like to serve on the Executive Board, or just want to help however you can, please let a current board member know. Executive Board positions include President (must have served at least 1 year as a board member), Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, but we have many other ways people can get involved.
The Executive Board then appoints individuals to a variety of committees (watch party, merchandise, pubic service, etc.) If you don’t want to be an Executive Board member, but would like to help in other ways, notify a board member or respond to this email.
Ballots will be distributed at the watch parties on November 19th and November 25th. Ballots will be due by the end of the game on November 25th.  
If you are unable to attend either of those games and would like a ballot, please respond to this email.      
That’s all for now…look for another message soon and Go Big Red!
Oregonians For Nebraska (OR4NE) is the local chapter of the Nebraska Alumni Association.
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