September 13, 2013 |
LINCOLN, Neb. - Savvy travelers should always check their itineraries with those who have been there. Terry Donahue came here to face Nebraska in football four times, three as UCLA's head coach. "None of them were good," he said. Rick Neuheisel took the Memorial Stadium field as UCLA's starting quarterback in 1983 and left it as the backup. "It was not a good day at the office," he said. Wayne Cook, another Bruins' quarterback, experienced that deafening Cornhuskers crowd in 1994.
September 12, 2013 |
The Blackshirts are in the hands of greenhorns. Nebraska's defense, long known as the Blackshirts and once the monsters of the Midwest, slipped in recent seasons, then hit a free fall in the opener against Wyoming two weeks ago. A 37-34 survival seminar with Wyoming rolling up 602 yards? It was time to send in the cub scouts. Linebackers Josh Banderas and Nathan Gerry , both first-year freshmen, were rushed into the starting lineup last week. The No. 23 Cornhuskers routed Southern Mississippi, 56-13, holding the Golden Eagles to 284 yards.
September 11, 2013 |
Nebraska fans continue to step up in support of UCLA's football team, which lost receiver Nick Pasquale this week. The Californians for Nebraska , a Cornhusker support group, voted Wednesday morning to donate proceeds from its opportunity drawings to the Nick Pasquale Foundation. The group holds watch parties at various locations in Southern California when Nebraska plays. UCLA plays at Nebraska on Saturday. Pasquale, 20, died early Sunday monring when he was struck by a car. Services are being held Sunday in San Clemente.
September 10, 2013 |
Preparation for a football game against Nebraska starts with a look at Taylor Martinez , the Cornhuskers' senior quarterback. UCLA, which travels to Lincoln on Saturday, is well acquainted with his play. A year ago, UCLA escaped with a 36-30 victory even though Martinez threw for 179 yards and ran for 112. The No. 16-ranked Bruins now get another dose. "He's a dynamic player," UCLA Coach Jim Mora said. "You have to be sound in your assignments and stay in your gaps.
September 9, 2013 |
A day after UCLA receiver Nick Pasquale died after being struck by a vehicle, the Bruins went back to work preparing for Saturday's game against Nebraska - while remembering their popular teammate. Players patted two handmade posters attached to the fence at Spaulding Field, one reading "Play for each other, play for your brother," the other, "We love you Nick. " The practice facility's UCLA football flag was at half staff. Linebacker Eric Kendricks , who wears No. 6, walked onto the field with a "3" taped to his jersey to honor Pasquale, who wore No. 36. Coach Jim Mora became annoyed with a television technician who was speaking loudly into a cellphone during Mora's weekly news conference.
September 9, 2013 |
UCLA begins a difficult week of practice Monday, preparing to play Nebraska while mourning Bruins receiver Nick Pasquale. Pasquale, 20, died early Sunday morning when he was struck by a car. The Bruins football flag at Spaulding Field was at half-mast Monday, and handmade signs were placed outside the practice facility to honor Pasquale. “Play For Each Other. Play For Your Brother.” “We Love You Nick. Rest In Peace.” UCLA players and assistant coaches will not be allowed to conduct interviews with the media this week, team officials said.
September 9, 2013 |
Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini reached out to UCLA on Monday, a day after Bruins walk-on wide receiver Nick Pasquale was struck by a vehicle and killed. During his weekly news conference, Pelini said, “I speak for everybody associated with the University of Nebraska in offering our condolences to Nick Pasquale and his family [as well as] UCLA and everyone associated with their program dealing with the tragedy that they are dealing with,” Pelini said. Pasquale died early Sunday morning.
August 16, 2013 |
"What we need is an army of the kind. " Cleveland Amory Kindness One, my trusty motorcycle with the sidecar, has already transported me from Los Angeles to the cornfields of Nebraska. In truth, though, it is not Kindness One that has been doing the heavy lifting. It's the people I've met along the way. People have filled the bike with gas, fed me and opened their homes on these first legs of my around-the-world journey that began Aug. 10. I have no money, no food, no place to stay, relying on the goodness in others to help me on my journey.
August 12, 2013 |
Bo Pelini's expertise has always been defense. Says who? "Pelini's expertise has always been defense," his official Nebraska biography reads. He played safety at Ohio State, coached linebackers in the NFL (Green Bay, New England), was defensive coordinator at Nebraska in 2003 and co-defensive coordinator at Oklahoma in 2004, and directed Louisiana State's defense to the 2007 Bowl Championship Series title. The Tigers finished No. 3 in total defense that season, and Nebraska was so impressed with Pelini it hired him. Pelini knows defense, so believe him when he says of this year's Nebraska team: "I really like our offense.
July 17, 2013 |
An Indiana doctor will be extradited to Nebraska to face murder charges in the killings of three adults and an 11-year-old boy, which authorities have described as retaliation to his firing from an Omaha medical school in 2001. Illinois State Police arrested Anthony Garcia during a traffic stop on Monday. He had a .45-caliber gun and appeared to be intoxicated, police said. An Omaha police task force linked Garcia to the May killings of Creighton University pathology professor Roger Brumback and his wife, Mary.