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  1. 2011 Jan 02

    Jordan Burroughs reclaims his crown at Midlands

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    By sportsvoice

    Jordan Burroughs is back on top of the college wrestling world. The former national champion is currently ranked second by authoritative wrestling website Intermatwrestle.com, but that figures to change quickly after his first place victory in the Midlands wrestling Championship in Evanston Ill earlier this week.

    On his way to the top of the podium at Midlands the 165 pounder beat two ranked opponents, scored two wins by technical fall, one by major decision and pinned Iowa State's Chris Spangler before ending defending national champion Andrew Howe's 51-match winning streak in the tournament's 165-pound championship match via a 10-7 decision.

    Burroughs wasn't the only cornhusker to make it to the finals. 10th ranked sophomore Josh Ihnen made it to the 184 pound championship match with an upset over Iowa's fourth ranked Grant Gambrall in a sudden death victory, but had to settle for second after being dispatched in a 4-3 loss to Wisconsin's sixth-ranked Travis Rutt.

    No other Huskers were able to crack the top five in their weight class at the prestigious tournament. Sophomore Kiley Ridge and senior James Nakashima both walked away with 8th place finishes.

    The cornhuskers won't wrestle again until January 15th when they will participate in the Lone Star Duals in Grand Prairie, Texas. After that both Burroughs and Ihnen will get to relive their Midlands finals experience when they will both face their finals opponents one more time in Madison, Wisc., in their dual with the Badgers of Wisconsin.


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    Tags: nebraska, wresting, midlands, jordan burroughs, josh howe, in progress

  2. 2010 Oct 30

    Martinez will need to outscore a shifty Missouri offense playing against a tough Missouri defense

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    By sportsvoice

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, it's pretty weird to come in ranked so much lower than another team and yet still be everybody's favorite to win.


    Both Vegas and the cliche spewing ESPN talking heads are calling for No. 14 Nebraska to upset No. 7 Missouri. Even Kirk Herbstreet, Husker hater that he is, is calling the 'skers to win, though only "because it's at home."


    Husker fans can only hope that their team isn't listening to the hype. Now would be a bad time for them to get cocky. Missouri is coming in off of that huge win against Oklahoma and though Nebraska looks like the better team on paper victory over Missouri is anything but a sure thing. Husker fans seem to think that by beating Oklahoma State's paper thin defense that means their offense is back. They're mistaken.

    Oklahoma State has given up scads of points to some pretty terrible teams. I mean really, 38 points to Troy? Missouri's defense makes them look like the weak sisters of the poor. Missouri is fourth over all in points against, they are in a completely different stratosphere than Oklahoma State,


    Missouri's defensive end Aldon Smith is no joke, neither is sophomore linebacker Zaviar Gooden. Both of them had big interceptions against Oklahoma last week. Smith is an NFL type who is big and fast. He'll be able to pressure Nebraska's Taylor Martinez in the pocket and disrupt the zone read option in ways that Oklahoma State couldn't.

    Martinez will need to over come that disruption though, because the Tigers will probably put up some points. They run a quirky offense that spreads recievers all over the field. They'll get loose for a few touchdowns for sure. Blaine Gabbert and TJ Moe will be the players to watch, though I don't see Moe owning Prince Amukamara like Justin Blackmon did last week, he's physical, fast and dangerous when Gabbert checks down to him in bubble screens.

    Missouri's offense may not have the crazy playmaking ability that Oklahoma State's does, but they have a defense that can hold Nebraska under forty, which Oklahoma State does not. Nebraska's Taylor Martinez will need to prove that he can execute against a real squad if he wants to lead his team to victory this time.

    Tags: missouri, nebraska, football, defense, weak sisters of the poor, herbstreet, oklahoma state, zone read option, taylor martinez, zaviar gooden, aldon smith, blaine gabbert, espn, in progress, tj moe, prince amukamara

  3. 2010 Oct 27

    Aldon Smith almost as daunting as QB Gabbert's arm

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    By sportsvoice

    Here we go Nebraska fans. This is what you wanted, a big game against a great opponent on a giant stage and you're the favorite. Now what. Staring accross the line of scrimmage at you is the Missouri Tigers, good luck.

    Missouri's defense has a number of big time players but perhaps none more disruptive than sophmore defensive end Aldon Smith. He was a force last year totaling 11.5 sacks last season and had three sacks in three games this season before getting injured playing.

    He finally got back against Oklahoma and didn't do much, other than intercept a pass in the Missouri redzone to kill a sooner drive and then run it back 58 yards to the OU 28-yardline.

    Tags: aldon smith, missouri, nebraska, in progress

  4. 2010 Oct 26

    Nebraska Battles Mizzou for Big 12 North Supremacy Saturday

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    By sportsvoice

    It's been a long time since the Nebraska football team has had a game this meaningful. Last Saturday's 51-41 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys has given the No. 14 Cornhuskers a chance to pursue greatness the likes of which they haven't seen since the glory days of Husker football.

    But it's only a chance, and certainly no definate thing. Standing in the way of NU's second chance at a Big 12 title and a possible BCS birth are the No. 7 Missouri Tigers, and you can bet that they would like nothing better than to give the Huskers a humiliating home loss as a Big 12 parting gift. Not to mention that a win over NU would solidify their position as a national title contender.

    Nebraska comes into the game somewhat of an enigma. They can be spectacular both offensively and defensively at times, but sometimes they aren't. Their defense was manhandled by Oklahoma State only to have their offensive, which had been similarly dominated the previous week by Texas come up big and save the season.

    Missouri has looked shaky at times this season as well. Before their landmark win against Oklahoma they needed a 69-yard touchdown reception from wide receiver TJ Moe with 51 seconds left in the fourth quarter to beat a scrappy San Diego State team, but unlike the Huskers no one has been able to topple the Tigers yet.

    Oddly enough, though the Tigers will come into Memorial Stadium undefeated and ranked seven spots higher than the Huskers a lot of people are still picking them to lose. MGM and Caesars Palace have Nebraska as a 7 1/2 and 8 point favorite respectively and ESPN's Pat Forde predicted Missouri to fall in his Forde-Yard Dash.

    But prognosticators can predict upsets until they're blue in the face, this is a huge game between two Big 12 contenders and no one can really predict the outcome with any certainty. That's why when the teams take the field in Lincoln, Ne., Saturday at 2:30 pm, Husker fans will be on the edge of their seats.

    Tags: nebraska, missouri, football, game preview, team ranks, vegas point spread, caesars palace, mgm, pat forde, oklahoma, tj moe, sdsu, forde yard dash, in progress, nebraska missouri game time

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