Oct. 6, 2011
Head coach Luke Fickell met with the media Thursday in preparation for Saturday’s game at No. 14/15 Nebraska (8 p.m. ET, ABC). Also watch co-defensive coordinator Paul Haynes talk about Nebraska’s offensive attack from Wednesday night. Click the video links to hear what they had to say.
Nebraska is 4-1, 0-1 in the Big Ten and ranked No. 14 and 15 in the latest Associated Press and USA Today polls. They suffered their first loss of the season Saturday night at No. 7 Wisconsin, 48-17. The Huskers started the season with wins over Chattanooga (40-7), Fresno State (42-29), Washington (51-38) and at Wyoming (38-14).
As a team, Nebraska leads the nation in kickoff returns at 30.5 yards a return and rank ninth in rushing, racking up just under 250 yards per game. Ameer Abdullah is the nation’s best return man at 35.1 yards per kick return and 18th with 12.0 yards per punt return. Running back Rex Burkhead and quarterback Taylor Martinez rank second and fourth in rushing in the Big Ten with 103.2 and 96.4 yards per game, respectively.
Bo Pelini (Ohio State, 1990) is in his fourth season at Nebraska with a 34-13 overall record. He has led the Cornhuskers to three consecutive bowl games: Gator (2008) and Holiday Bowls (2009, 2010).
The Buckeyes and the Cornhuskers have met only twice all-time back in 1955 and 1956, both Ohio State victories in Columbus under Woody Hayes. Ohio State defeated Nebraska, 28-20, in its 1955 season opener (Sept. 24) before a 34-7 season-opening win on Sept. 29, 1956.