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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Armstrong, Nebraska breeze by Minnesota 48-25

By DAVE CAMPBELL

AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Nebraska was reeling from four losses already this fall on the opponent’s final offensive play, stirring up angst among the proud program’s ardent fans just halfway into coach Mike Riley’s first season.

This was quite the recovery - and the sigh of relief.

Tommy Armstrong Jr. bounced back from a pair of bad performances to start Big Ten play, passing for 261 yards and three touchdowns to start the salvaging of Nebraska’s season and steer

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Nebraska loses 23-21 to Wisconsin on FG with 4 seconds left

By ERIC OLSON

AP College Football Writer

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Once again, Nebraska seemed to have a game won. And then it didn’t.

This time Rafael Gaglianone sent the Cornhuskers to another crushing defeat, making a 46-yard field goal with four seconds left to give Wisconsin a 23-21 victory on Saturday.

Gaglianone made the winning kick just over a minute after he missed from 39 yards, and now the Huskers have lost four games by a total of 11 points. All four losses came on the opponent’s

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At 2-3, Huskers’ start worst since 1959, Riley taking heat

By ERIC OLSON

AP College Football Writer

Nebraska keeps finding new ways to lose, and now the Cornhuskers are off to their worst start in more than a half-century.

First-year coach Mike Riley and offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf are taking the brunt of criticism from fans and media after Saturday’s 14-13 loss at Illinois. The reaction was triggered following mismanagement of the game clock on the final offensive series that allowed Illinois - with no timeouts - enough time to drive 72

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Late Allison TD delivers Illinois win over Nebraska, 14-13

By SEAN NEUMANN

Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Nebraska left a wet, windy field at Illinois with a familiar feeling Saturday, and it wasn’t a good one.

The Illini (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) fought back from a 13-0 fourth-quarter deficit, defeating the Cornhuskers 14-13 on a 1-yard touchdown pass to Geronimo Allison with 10 seconds left in the game.

It was the third time this season that Nebraska’s (2-3, 0-1) lost in the closing seconds. BYU scored on a Hail Mary pass in the opener and

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Nebraska holds off Southern Miss in 4th quarter to win 36-28

By ERIC OLSON

AP College Football Writer

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska has lost one game on a Hail Mary and another in overtime after it made a huge comeback. Now here was Southern Mississippi moving down the field in the last minute with a chance to tie after Nebraska had blown most of a 22-point lead in the fourth quarter.

“I guess it’s really true. It’s never easy,” coach Mike Riley said after his Cornhuskers held on for a 36-28 victory Saturday.

During an afternoon when the Huskers and

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Nebraska high schools may soon allow transgender athletes

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The group that governs Nebraska high school sports is drafting a policy on allowing transgender athletes to compete because there has been some interest in it.

The Omaha World-Herald reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/1F9ucAS ) the Nebraska School Activities Association’s board has asked staff to draft rules for transgender athletes.

At least 38 other states have already adopted such policies although they vary widely. The Nebraska School Activities Association had been

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