Game Week: North Dakota – University of Nebraska

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LINCOLN, NEB. | 2:30 pm (CT)

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Record: 0-1, 0-1 B1G
Last game: vs. Northwestern (L, 31-28)
Ranking: NO
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 34-37 (7th year)/15-30 (5th year)
vs. North Dakota: First meeting

Record: 0-0, 0-0 MVFC
Last game: at South Dakota State (L, 24-21 in ’21)
Ranking: NO
Coach: Bubba silent
Career Record/UND: 69-61 (12th year)/47-40 (9th year)
vs. Nebraska: First meeting

All-time series: Nebraska leads, 1-0
At Lincoln: Nebraska leads, 1-0
Last game: Nebraska, 33-0 (9/23/1961)
Winning Streak: Nebraska 1 game

Nebraska opens its 2022 home schedule on Saturday afternoon when the Huskers welcome the North Dakota Fighting Hawks to Memorial Stadium. Game time in Lincoln is set for just after 2:30pm CT with BTN providing televised coverage.

Nebraska enters the contest with an 0-1 record after a 31-28 season-opening loss against Northwestern last Saturday at Aer Lingus Football Classic in Dublin, Ireland. Nebraska twice held 11-point leads against the Wildcats, but Northwestern rallied in the second half for the three-point victory. Nebraska’s offense showed its explosiveness in the loss, racking up 465 yards, including 355 passing yards.

After opening with a Big Ten Conference game overseas, the Huskers will now settle into their home environment at Memorial Stadium for the next month. The game against North Dakota is the first of four straight in Lincoln. Following the UND contest, Nebraska will welcome non-conference opponents Georgia Southern (Sept. 10) and Oklahoma (Sept. 17) to Lincoln before opening its Big Ten schedule at home against Indiana on Oct. 1.

North Dakota will open its 2021 season Saturday in Lincoln. The Fighting Hawks posted a 5-6 record last season against one of the nation’s toughest FCS schedules. North Dakota’s five FCS losses last season were all by seven points or fewer, with each of the setbacks coming against 2021 FCS playoff participants.

Nebraska and North Dakota have met just once before, with the Huskers opening the 1961 season with a 33-0 shutout of North Dakota at Memorial Stadium.

Series history: Nebraska vs. North Dakota
Saturday’s game is the second all-time meeting between Nebraska and North Dakota. Nebraska defeated North Dakota, 33-0, in the 1961 season opener in the only other meeting between the schools. Nebraska and UND are scheduled to meet again in 2026 in Lincoln.

Saturday’s game will mark Nebraska’s 14th all-time game against an FCS foe (at the time of the game), with the Huskers holding a 13-0 record in those contests.

• Nebraska beat Fordham 52-7 last season in its first game against an FCS opponent since 2018.

• All of Nebraska’s games against FCS opponents have occurred since 1992, including facing an FCS opponent for five straight seasons from 2010-2014.

Nebraska home opener history
Nebraska opens its seven-game home schedule Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The Huskers have won three of their four home games under Scott Frost. Overall, Nebraska has been winning in the
34 of last 36 home openers.

• This marks the third straight season Nebraska has opened away from Memorial Stadium. Before the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Nebraska had not opened away from Lincoln since 1999.

Huskers Hit Rare 300-100-100 Combo in Opener
Nebraska’s offense reached a rare milestone in its season opener against Northwestern on Saturday. The Huskers recorded a 300-yard passer with Casey Thompson throwing for 355 yards, a 100-yard rusher Anthony Grantwho had 101 yards and two touchdowns, and a 100-yard receiver with Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda catching four passes for 120 yards and a touchdown.

• Saturday’s game marked just the eighth time in school history Nebraska has produced a game with a 300-yard passer, 100-yard receiver and 100-yard receiver.

• Three of the eight games have come long Scott FrostHis coaching tenure, most recently in a 42-38 win at Illinois in 2019. Nebraska also accomplished the trifecta in a 2018 game against Purdue.

This week’s numbers
14 – Saturday’s game marks Nebraska’s 14th all-time game against a Football Championship Subdivision opponent. The Huskers have won each of their previous 13 games against FCS opponents, including a 52-7 victory over Fordham last season.

100 – Nebraska had both a 100-yard rusher (Anthony Grant) and 100-yard receiver (Isaiah Garcia-Castenada) in the season opener against Northwestern. It marked the first time the Huskers had a running back and receiver top the century since 2021 against Northwestern.

300 – Central defender Casey Thompson broke the 300-yard passing barrier against the Wildcats with 355 yards through the air. His 355-yard outing was the most ever by a Nebraska player in a season opener, bettering Taylor Martinez’s 354 yards against Southern Miss in 2012.

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