Nebraska returns to Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon to open its 2018 Big Ten home schedule against Purdue in the annual Homecoming game in Lincoln.
Nebraska comes into the contest at 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the Big Ten Conference following a loss at No. 19 Michigan on Saturday. The Huskers will be looking to get back on track at Memorial Stadium after opening the season with a pair of five-point home losses. The home contest is Nebraska’s lone Big Ten home game in its first four 2018 league contests.
The Boilermakers are 1-3 overall, including an 0-1 Big Ten mark. Like Nebraska, Purdue was on the wrong end of close decisions to start the 2018 season, but reversed its fortunes last Saturday and comes to Lincoln with momentum. Purdue is coming off a 30-13 win against then-No. 23 Boston College on Saturday in West Lafayette. Purdue dropped each of its first three games in September by four or fewer points with the combined margin of just eight points. The Boilermakers have a high-powered offensive attack, averaging 483.5 yards and 28.2 points per game.
Date/Time: September 29, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. CDT
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE Capacity: 85,458
Surface: Field Turf
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Series Record: Nebraska leads the series 4-2.
TV: The game will be televised on BTN with Play-by-Play by Kevin Kugler, Analyst: Matt Millen and Sidelines: Lisa Byington. It can be streamed on BTN2Go with a login from your cable, satellite, or streaming provider.
Radio: Look for your local radio station on the 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 Ben MacLaughlin.
Weather: At kickoff it will be 52 degrees and cloudy with a slight chance of rain (10-15%) and winds from the southeast at 12 mph.
Odds: Purdue is favored by 3.5 points.
- Nebraska senior receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. has caught at least three passes in 15 straight games. Morgan needs five receptions on Saturday to move into the top five on the NU career receptions list.
Coach Frost on finishing this week of practice strong:
”Today was a lot better than last week,” Frost said. “Monday was really good, Tuesday was good and Wednesday was good. We’re practicing well. Sooner or later that kind of work is going to lead to results.”
“I’m just pleased we were better this week than last. There was more plays executed well, there was more attention to assignment. The guys have had a good week.”
Frost on what he wants to see from the team this Saturday.
”I want assignment sound football, but the No. 1 thing is play with passion, enthusiasm and effort,” Frost explained. “I’m not sure we’ve played as hard (as) the Colorado game since we played in that game, but there was a lot of enthusiasm and excitement going into that game. A lot of hope. Nothing’s changed except for three results. I hope they go out and play with the same fire they played with in week one.”
Frost on Adrian Martinez.
”He’s gotten more of the ‘one’ reps this week and the lion’s share of the reps this week so I think he’ll be more prepared going into the game,” Frost said. “Continuity helps, particularly when you have new guys that haven’t played much there. They need those looks at what they’re going to see on Saturday so hopefully that gives us a boost.”