Mustangs dominate Western Trails Conference Tournament

The Gordon-Rushville Mustangs dominated the Western Trails Conference Tournament this weekend as both the boys and girls routed all opponents on their way to first place.

The Lady Mustangs swept the tournament with an average margin of 17.3 points. They started their dominance Thursday with a 62-48 win over Morrill on the road. They then defeated top-seed Hemingford 85-70 to advance to the championship game, where they beat Kimball 60-39, leaving no doubt who the conference champions were.

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Nebraska caps losing season with 37-29 bowl win over UCLA

By JOSH DUBOW

AP Sports Writer

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - After a year marred by a string of close losses, Nebraska found a way to put a happy capper on a losing season.

Tommy Armstrong Jr. threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Nebraska close a disappointing year by beating UCLA 37-29 in the Foster Farms Bowl on Saturday night.

“Like I always said, our 5-7 record doesn’t speak about this team,” Armstrong said. “We were just blessed enough to get another opportunity to

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Nebraska sweeps Texas in 3 sets for NCAA volleyball title

By ERIC OLSON

AP Sports Writer

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - There’s no place like home to win a national championship.

The “Go Big Red!” cheers started well before the first serve Saturday night and continued long after Nebraska had wrapped up its three-set sweep of Texas in the NCAA women’s volleyball title match.

“I think we had game point, and I can’t remember who said it, but they said, ‘I thought my eardrums were going to pop,’“ setter Kelly Hunter said. “Just playing in front of the fans that

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Volleyball state: It’s Nebraska, with 2 teams alive in NCAA

By ERIC OLSON

AP Sports Writer

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska has made it to another NCAA volleyball regional. Nothing new, it has advanced this far 21 times in the last 22 years.

Creighton, located about 50 miles northeast of Nebraska’s Lincoln campus, is in a regional, too. It’s the first time for the Bluejays.

This state of 1.8 million produces a bevy of Division I players every year. Having two teams in the final 16 of the national tournament shines a spotlight on the strong volleyball

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Nebraska, Minnesota, San Jose State will go to bowls at 5-7

By RALPH D. RUSSO

AP College Football Writer

Nebraska, Minnesota and San Jose State will be playing in bowl games with 5-7 records.

Championship Saturday began with 75 bowl-eligible teams and two more teams got there, three short of what was needed to fill a record 80 bowl games.

Kansas State took care of business by beating West Virginia 24-23 to finish 6-6. Georgia State, in its sixth season playing Division I football, beat Sun Belt Conference rival Georgia Southern 34-7 for its sixth

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Nebraska is No. 4 seed, Creighton No. 16 in NCAA volleyball

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska and Creighton earned seeds for the 64-team NCAA volleyball tournament that opens this weekend.

The Cornhuskers (26-4) are No. 4 seed and play Harvard (15-10) in Lincoln on Friday night. Their match at Devaney Sports Center will be preceded by Kansas State against Wichita State. The winners of those matches meet Saturday night for a bid in the Lexington (Kentucky) Regional.

Creighton (25-8) is the No. 16 seed and will open in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, against

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No. 3 Hawkeyes go to 12-0 with 28-20 victory over Nebraska

By ERIC OLSON

AP College Football Writer

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Iowa certainly didn’t change the minds of critics who say the Hawkeyes don’t look the part of a national championship contender.

They didn’t do a whole lot on offense against Nebraska, their defense gave up a lot of yards again and they muffed a punt.

When the clock struck 0:00 Friday, though, they were celebrating a 28-20 victory that finished their first perfect regular season in 93 years.

“We’re not trying to be pretty, we’re

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No. 6 Michigan State falls 39-38 to Nebraska in last seconds

By ERIC OLSON

AP College Football Writer

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - This time one went Nebraska’s way, and now Michigan State’s playoff hopes are in jeopardy.

Tommy Armstrong drove Nebraska 91 yards in the final minute, hitting Brandon Reilly with a 30-yard touchdown pass that withstood a video review with 17 seconds left to hand the sixth-ranked Spartans a devastating 39-38 loss on Saturday night.

Starting at his own 9, Armstrong hit Jordan Westerkamp for passes of 28 and 33 yards. Two plays

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Despite 3-6 mark, Nebraska AD tells fans ‘future is bright’

By ERIC OLSON

AP College Football Writer

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - With Nebraska off to its worst nine-game start since 1960, athletic director Shawn Eichorst released a letter to fans Monday expressing confidence that “the future is bright” under first-year coach Mike Riley.

Eichorst’s 450-word letter, posted on the athletic department’s website, came two days after the Cornhuskers’ 55-45 loss at Purdue and in advance of their toughest game to date against No. 6 Michigan State.

Riley made a 12

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Purdue air attack beats Nebraska 55-45

By JEFF WASHBURN

Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - With a sparse Ross-Ade Stadium crowd of 31,351 to see it, third-year Purdue coach Darrell Hazell’s wait for a Big Ten Conference home victory is over.

And in a big way.

Freshman quarterback David Blough, in only his fifth collegiate start, completed 28 of 43 passes for 274 yards and four touchdowns in the Boilermakers’ 55-45 victory against Nebraska on Saturday. Blough also rushed 10 times for 82 yards and a touchdown.

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