Husker Update: Football, Volleyball, Golf, Tennis, XCC

Football

Junior quarterback Adrian Martinez led two go-ahead touchdown drives in the fourth quarter, but Purdue answered both, including a touchdown with 1:08 remaining to defeat Nebraska 31-27 in a back-and-forth game Saturday afternoon at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Nebraska (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten Conference) had leads of 20-17 with 12:30 remaining and 27-24 with 6:50 remaining, only to have Purdue (3-6, 2-4) respond with drives of 13 plays and 12 plays to regain the lead both times. Third-string walk-on quarterback Aiden O’Connell directed the final series after starter Jack Plummer, who was 25-of-34 passing for 242 yards, left the game with an injury.

Nebraska has a bye week and returns to action with a home game against Wisconsin on Nov. 16.

Volleyball

The No. 8 Nebraska volleyball team won its first match against a top-10 team this season with an entertaining 3-2 (25-18, 18-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-13) victory against No. 7 Penn State in front of a crowd of 8,373 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday night.

Lexi Sun led the Huskers (18-3, 10-2 Big Ten) with 20 kills, seven digs and four blocks, as Nebraska ended Penn State’s eight-match winning streak. The Huskers hit .210 and held Penn State to .166, its lowest hitting percentage in a Big Ten match this season.

The Huskers host Northwestern on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Women’s Golf

Kate Smith notched her third top-25 finish of the fall to lead the Nebraska women’s golf team to an 11th-place finish in a strong 16-team field in the Battle at the Beach in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico on Sunday.

Smith, a senior from Detroit Lakes, Minn., managed a two-over-par 74 in Sunday’s final round on the par-72, 6,280-yard layout of Club Campestre San Jose. She finished with a three-round total of 220 (72-74-74) to tie for 25th individually in the 87-player field.

Nebraska will take the next three months off from competition before returning to the course for the spring portion of its schedule at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, P.R., Feb. 9-11.

Tennis

Chloe and Ellie Kuckelman take home second after falling to Florida in the doubles final at the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic at the Lakewood Ranch Tennis Club. The Husker team defeated Michigan, Appalachian State, and Oklahoma State to advance to the championship match.

In Sunday’s final, the freshman twins out of Overland Park, Kan., fell to the duo of Tsveta Dimitrova and Marlee Zein, 8-2. In the 2019 regular season, Dimitrova was a standout doubles player for the Gators earning two wins in the NCAA championships. Zein was named to the 2019 SEC All-Freshman team after going 18-17 in doubles.

Up Next: NU has completed the fall tournament slate and will resume play on Jan. 18 with a double-header against Sacramento State and South Dakota at the Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center in Lincoln.

Cross Country

The Nebraska cross country teams competed at the Big Ten Championships on Sunday morning at the Ohio State Golf Club.

The Nebraska men finished sixth in the 8K with 172 points, highlighted by George Kusche finishing as the runner-up with a time of 23:57.8. The sixth-place finish as a team was the best finish by the Husker men at a conference meet since finishing sixth at the 2010 Big XII Championships.

The Huskers will now turn their attention to the NCAA Regionals on Friday, Nov. 15, in Stillwater, Okla. The first race will begin at 11 a.m.

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