Nebraska completes its home schedule on Saturday when the Huskers play host to Maryland at Memorial Stadium. The matchup will also mark Senior Day for a large group of young men who will play in Lincoln for the final time.
Nebraska enters the game with an 8-2 record and a 5-2 mark in Big Ten play, following a 24-17 victory over Minnesota on Saturday night in Lincoln. The Huskers remain in a tie with Wisconsin for the West Division lead with two regular-season games remaining. The Huskers used a strong second half to defeat Minnesota, outscoring the Gophers 14-0 after intermission. The Blackshirt defense limited Minnesota to less than 100 yards of total offense after halftime, and quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. battled through injuries to engineer to long Husker scoring drives.
Maryland will come to Lincoln with a 5-5 record, including a 2-5 record in Big Ten play. The Terrapins will be facing their third straight ranked opponent, after dropping games against Michigan and Ohio State the past two weeks. Maryland is looking for a victory in one of its final two games to ensure a bowl trip at season's end. Maryland is coached by DJ Durkin, who is in his first season leading the program, after spending the 2015 season as Michigan's defensive coordinator. Maryland has a high-powered ground game, ranking third in the Big Ten in rushing offense.
On Saturday Nebraska will honor 30 young men for their contributions to the football team.
Nebraska’s 2016 Senior Class, Listed in Alphabetical Order:
Tommy Armstrong Jr., Josh Banderas, Ty Betka, Cethan Carter, Sam Cotton, Ross Dzuris, Ryker Fyfe, Sam Foltz, Trey Foster, Nathan GerrySam Hahn, Charles Jackson, Garret Johns, Spencer Lindsay, Kevin Maurice (No. 55 above), Mitch McCann, Alonzo Moore, Graham Nabity, Jordan Nelson, Terrell NewbyRobby Painter, Logan Rath, Brandon Reilly, Michael Rose-Ivey, Brad Simpson, Jamie Sutcliffe, Dylan Utter, Jordan Westerkamp, Corey Whitaker, Tanner Zlab
Date/Time: November 19, 2016 11:00 a.m.. CST
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE Capacity: 86,047
Surface: Field Turf
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Series Record: This is the first meeting between these schools. After this game, Nebraska will have played every other Big Ten school in football at least once as conference opponents.
TV: The game will be televised on ESPNews. With a login from your cable or satellite provider, you can stream the game on WatchESPN. .
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 similar to the other). I often use the TuneIn app for game audio.
Weather: At kickoff, the temperature will be a brisk 38 degrees and sunny with light winds from the northwest around 8 mph.
Odds: Nebraska is favored by 13 points.
Nebraska is 6-0 at Memorial Stadium in 2016, following last week's 24-17 win over Minnesota. A win over Maryland would give Nebraska a perfect home regular season for the first time since going 7-0 in 2012, and just the second time since 2001.
Coach Riley on senior day:
"I think senior day is something you have to be aware of," Coach Riley said. "There is a lot going on with the kids. But from my position you have to accept it as a good thing. It's a great celebration for these kids. I would say it's fairly emotional but I think the other part we have to maintain is that we have to still play a football game. The best way to go out in this stadium is to play hard and win."
Coach Riley on Sam Foltz and this week leading up to the last home game:
"Sam was just an integral part of his group of kids who will be playing their last game here," he said. "It's going to be sad, but there are things that make you smile about Sam Foltz that just make you thankful for it at this point."