LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 10: Ameer Abdullah #8 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers runs a kickoff back for a second half touchdown during their game at Memorial Stadium September 10, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska won 42-29.(Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
Each week we will go over Nebraska's non-conference opponents and how they fared against their competition.
A lot of strong showings from our non-conference opponents last week. All four schools looked better this week than they did in the previous week. They all won (except for Fresno State), too.
Tennessee Chattanooga - Last week - Jacksonville State (W, 38-17). This week @ Eastern Kentucky.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team moved up nine spots to No. 14 in the Sports Network Top 25 poll, released today, following the Mocs’ 38-17 win over then-No. 10 Jacksonville State on Saturday.
Fresh off its first win over a top-10 team since 2000, two members of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team garnered Southern Conference Player of the Week honors today. Senior receiver Joel Bradford earned the offensive award while sophomore linebacker Wes Dothard was the defensive honoree. Bradford tied a career high with 15 receptions as the Mocs knocked off No. 10 Jacksonville State, 38-17. He finished with 162 receiving yards and one touchdown, the yardage being a single-game high in the FCS this season.
And if you interested in making the road trip this weekend to support the Mocs',
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletics Department is planning a bus trip to the football game at Eastern Kentucky this weekend. Chattanooga is coming off its first win over a top-10 team since 2000 after defeating No. 10 Jacksonville State 38-17 on Saturday.
It should be a barn-burner. The Colonels took Kansas State to the wire a few weeks ago. If nothing else, it should serve as a good comparison for Nebraska-Kansas State this year (for all of you that have to deal with Wildcat fans regularly).
Fresno State - Last Week - Nebraska (L, 29-42). This week vs. North Dakota. No current line.
Then the play of the day. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder from Homewood, Ala., received the ball outside of the right hash, angled to his left, burst through a narrow lane, angled back to the right and sped a school record-tying 100 yards for a touchdown. Just like that -- in 16 seconds -- the Bulldogs were back in a two-possession hole, and they wouldn't dig out.
"Turning point of the game," Abdullah said. "It was huge."
It was a heartbreaker for Fresno State on a day the Bulldogs proved physically superior to a Nebraska team that dwarfed them in size. Fresno State mounted advantages of 81-56 in total plays, 24-16 in first downs and 37:12-22:48 in time of possession.
Some troubles for Fresno State. Had they won in Lincoln, they may have had to forfeit the game anyway.
As many as two dozen football players from Fresno State University have been implicated in a welfare fraud investigation involving a county Department of Social Services worker accused of filing for false benefits for them and others.
Washington - Last Week - Hawaii (W,40-32). Next week @ Nebraska. Latest Line has the Huskies as a 16.5 point underdog.
They jumped to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, forced Hawaii into two costly turnovers, blocked two extra points, one of which Desmond Trufant returned 87 yards for two points. Yet, the Huskies still needed a botched Hawaii onside kick -- that traveled just shy of the necessary 10 yards -- to secure the win.
Everything that went right for the Huskies should have made it an easy win, but it wasn't. That's what happens when you give up 333 passing yards, throw an interception that's returned 99 yards for a touchdown, allow the opposing team to covert 11-of-14 third-down plays and kick a punt so badly it hit a Hawaii player just 3 yards away.
Fans would be forgiven if they did not recognize the University of Washington football team that played at Husky Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The new white helmets, intended to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 tragedy 10 years ago today, were only part of the changes.
There were the Huskies, opening the game in a rare I-formation. There they were, having completed just one pass to a tight end in their previous eight games, hitting two long passes to freshman tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins to start the game. There was defensive end Hau'oli Jamora, standing up and playing linebacker while fellow end Andrew Hudson moved inside to defensive tackle. There was cornerback Quinton Richardson, playing a few yards off the line with hands on kneepads, looking like a linebacker himself. And there was running back Jesse Callier, taking direct snaps out of Wildcat formation.
Wyoming - Last week - Texas State (W, 45-10). This week @ Bowling Green. They are currently 8 point underdogs this weekend against the Falcons of Bowling Green.
What a difference a week makes for the Wyoming defense. After struggling to stop Weber State last week the Cowboy defense turned a new leaf and held Texas State (0-2) to just 189 yards en route to a 45-10 blow. Wyoming improved to 2-0 on the year and had a fantastic performance on both sides of the ball.
The game started off close in the first half with Wyoming holding a 17-10 lead. The depth and pressure of Wyoming ended up being too much for the Bobcats as the Cowboys went on to score 28 unanswered points in the second half. This game was so fun to watch compared to the barn-burner last week and followed by a week of wondering how the defense would respond.
Apparently they like blowouts in Laramie as much as we do.