Nebraska returns home to Lincoln on Saturday afternoon when the Huskers play host to Purdue in a Big Ten West matchup. The Huskers are 6-0 on the 2016 season, including 3-0 in Big Ten play, following a 27-22 win at Indiana on Saturday.
Nebraska once again used a strong fourth quarter to put the game away, scoring 10 points in the final period, while controlling the ball for more than 11 minutes. The 6-0 start is Nebraska's best since the 2001 Huskers opened the season with an 11-0 record. Nebraska has also won seven straight games overall, also the Huskers' longest winning streak since 2001. The Huskers' road win at Indiana helped Nebraska move up to No. 8 in the Associated Press Poll and stay at No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The AP ranking is Nebraska's highest since being ranked fifth in the AP poll in mid-October in 2010.
Purdue will come to Lincoln with a 3-3 record, including a 1-2 Big Ten mark, following a 49-35 loss to Iowa on Saturday in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers offense has been strong in recent weeks, gaining better than 450 yards in three of their past four games. Boilermaker quarterback David Blough leads the Big Ten in total offense, averaging better than 300 yards per game.
Date/Time: October 22, 2016 2:30 p.m. CDT
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE Capacity: 86,047
Surface: Field Turf
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Series Record: Nebraska and Purdue are tied at 2-2 for the series. The first meeting between these teams was a 28-0 shutout by the Boilermakers in 1958. The Huskers and Boilers did not meet again until they became conference and division foes. 2013 and 2014 both resulted in Nebraska wins and 2015 was a 55-45 Purdue upset.
TV: The game will be televised on ABC with Mike Patrick, Play-by-Play; Ed Cunningham, Analys;t Dr. Jerry Punch, Sidelines. In some areas it will be on ESPN2 (see the coverage map below).
It can be streamed on WatchESPN with a login from your cable/satellite provider. Playstation Vue streaming includes ESPN in all of its packages. SlingTV streaming includes ESPN in its Orange (but not Blue) package.
If you are in blue, you will get Nebraska vs Purdue on ABC. If you live in the yellow areas, you will get it on ESPN2.
Radio: Huskers sports radio network. The audio can also be streamed live for free at huskers.com The crew will be: Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, and Brenden Stai.
More streaming options: The official Huskers app is available on iTunes. The app is free but accessing live audio costs $4.99 (per season). The app is available for Android users for free but the live content requires a payment (I could not see the amount but assume it is a similar cost). I often use the TuneIn app for game audio.
Weather: At kickoff it is expected to be 73 degrees and sunny with no chance of precipitation. There will be light winds from the southeast at 8-10 mph..
Odds: The Huskers are favored by 24 points.
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Coach Riley on injuries:
"Nick Gates practiced today, he didn't necessarily go every play all day with the ones but he did some practicing which was encouraging. David Knevel practiced. Dylan Utter has a dislocated finger so we kept him out of some things today. It is pretty sore but we anticipate it'll be fine by the time we get to the game."
He also mentioned that receiver Jordan Westerkamp will not play on Saturday against Purdue, but is doing well and will hopefully be practicing starting next Tuesday.
Coach Riley on key points he wants to see happen on Saturday:
"We certainly want to run the ball more consistently and better than we did a week ago. You can take comparisons to just the most recent outing and I thought it was a pretty inconsistent performance by our offense. So consistency can start with running the ball effectively."
Coach Riley on Purdue being the number one passing team in the league:
"We have to be good tacklers and not give them any runs after the catch."