The onset of the last ice age may have forced some bird species to abandon their northerly migrations for thousands of years, says new research led by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln ornithologist. When the climate again warmed and glaciers retreated back to the Arctic, those species presumably resumed their seasonal migrations. Lead author Robert Zink said the conclusions could alter how scientists reconstruct the history of bird migration. For others, I think there was so little predicted habitat that they just ceased migration all together.
For the last couple years, Nebraska had left the Misery Index behind, bound for greatness under Mike Riley, no longer weighed down by Bo Pelini's boiling rage and mediocre results. College football is always about looking forward, and Nebraska hiring Riley following the 2014 season was a reach into the past. As colleague Paul Myerberg pointed out, Nebraska has started 1-2 just three times in the last 56 years. Either way, welcome back to the Misery Index, Nebraska.
A forgettable weekend for many, but one that unfortunately for Mike Riley won't soon be forgotten by Big Red Nation. A new low for Nebraska, beaten at home in Lincoln by Northern Illinois 21-17. Another unhappy place right now is College Station, Texas, and Texas A&M beating Louisiana-Lafayette 45-21 won't help all that much. When talking about coaches who are going to be facing scrutiny this week, add the Vols' Jones to the list.
Northern Illinois defensive tackles William Lee (90) and Ben LeRoy (99) sack Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee. Nebraska dropped to 1-2 on the season Saturday with a 21-17 loss at home to Northern Illinois of the Mid-American Conference. The stunning loss brought athletic director Shawn Eichorst to the postgame interview area, where he assured reporters that he has confidence in Riley. This week Nebraska announced it had given Riley a one-year contract extension, through the 2020 season. I'm angry, I'm frustrated, I'm disappointed, Eichorst said.
Northern Illinois Huskies defensive tackle William Lee (90) and defensive tackle Ben LeRoy (99) sack Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Tanner Lee (13) in the first half at Memorial Stadium. (AP) - Jordan Huff scored the winning touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, and Northern Illinois made two big defensive stops to finish a 21-17 upset of Nebraska on Saturday. Northern Illinois is now 4-1 against Big Ten teams under fifth-year coach Rod Carey. Nebraska had two chances with the ball after Northern Illinois went ahead.
Stay here for live updates, scores and analysis. It's hard to imagine they would have really played him with a hamstring injury after saying he'd be out. With many young defensive backs, cornerbacks coach Donte Williams addressed the growing pains earlier in the week. The players at times were playing and thinking they should be doing XYZ rather than falling back to their training. Then another quarter ended, and you had a chance to get a little bit of a surge there.