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Pelini: Nebraska wasted opportunities in loss

South Carolina won Monday’s Capital One Bowl by a score of 30-13. Give the Gamecocks credit for earning the victory, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said after the game.

But boy, you could tell by Pelini’s demeanor and tone afterward that he and the Huskers will have a sour taste in their mouth for a long while.

NU had a couple of chances to take a double-digit lead into halftime Monday — instead, it found itself down 16-13. And it got way worse from there.

Junior kicker Brett Maher missed a 35-yard field goal early in the third quarter that would have tied the game. Eventually, South Carolina’s ground game took over and the stumbling NU offense couldn’t come up with a response.

“You can’t give …

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Halftime: South Carolina 16, Nebraska 13

Just when it appeared that the Huskers were about to cruise into halftime with confidence, momentum and the lead, Alshon Jeffery made a play.

South Carolina’s top receiver — a 6-foot-4, 229-pounder — went up over the top of at least three NU defenders and pulled down a 51-yard heave at the end of the first half. Jeffery even eluded Alfonzo Dennard and dove into the end zone for the buzzer-beating score.

It was a great throw by Connor Shaw, who bought enough time in the pocket and pump faked before tossing the bomb. The remarkable play gives the Gamecocks a 16-13 lead at halftime.

Jeffery has four catches for 148 yards — remember that first half Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon had against Nebraska last …

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Update from Orlando

Nebraska’s football team is now in Orlando, Fla., ready to begin on-site preparations for the Capital One Bowl against South Carolina.

The Huskers arrived Monday night without any travel hiccups. Coach Bo Pelini called the trip “first class.” Now, the team’s trying to stay focused.

The plan is to practice Tuesday morning at Freedom High School. It’ll be the first time that the Huskers take the practice field with their revamped coaching staff (John Papuchis promoted to defensive coordinator and Rick Kaczenski hired to coach the defensive line).

Senior Lavonte David and junior Will Compton commented on Papuchis Monday night…

Said David: “It’s well-deserving. He’s a great football coach. His opportunity was going to come sooner or later, I think. … He’s a great motivator.

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Sam McKewon’s All-America Ballot

I was one of a handful of voters for the Associated Press All-America team. Here’s my ballot for the first team that I submitted last week.

OFFENSE

QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor: This was a really hard choice between RGIII and Stanford’s Andrew Luck. I gave the nod to Griffin because he shouldered the constant burden of scoring touchdowns because he knew his defense wouldn’t help him out. Luck had fewer weapons, yes — but a much better defense. Beyond that, Griffin can do everything. Zone read. Scramble. Throw the deep ball, keep a play alive.

RB Trent Richardson, Alabama: A combination of toughness and nimble feet, Richardson rarely took the easy route out of bounds. He’s the best I saw this year.

RB Montee

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Yahoo! tabs PK Maher

Nebraska junior Brett Maher received his first All-America recognition Friday when he was named the first-team kicker on the Yahoo! Sports/Rivals.com lineup.

NU senior linebacker Lavonte David also was a first-team choice. Senior cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was a third-team selection.

Maher made 19 of 22 field goals in his first season after replacing Alex Henery, including all 16 of his attempts inside of 50 yards. He previously was the All-Big Ten first-teamer at both kicker and punter.…

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Butkus results didn’t bother David

The Butkus Award voting panel ranked Nebraska’s Lavonte David the nation’s fifth-best linebacker. David’s OK with that.

Boston College’s Luke Kuechly won the Butkus Award, selected by 51 voters (coaches, scouts, reporters). Two Alabama players — Dont’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw — and Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o finished ahead of David.

Asked about the award after Thursday’s practice, David smiled. Clearly, he wanted to win, but the NU senior is as humble as it gets.

“Just to get the opportunity to be ranked up there with those guys is a great opportunity for me,” David said. “I just cherished the moment of it. But all those guys are well-deserving of it. Luke Kuechly won it. That guy’s outstanding. He’s a great football player.”

David’s earned …

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Nebraska back on the practice field

Most of the NU coaching staff is out of town recruiting (or in Bo Pelini’s case, touring the bowl site). But that hasn’t stopped Nebraska’s football team from starting its preparations for South Carolina.

Nothing too specific yet. Mostly fundamentals right now, though many of the players have already watched some film on the Gamecocks (the Huskers’ opponent in the Jan. 2 Capital One Bowl).

Some of the full-time assistant coaches have been around at times this week. Most not at all. It’s a contact period in football recruiting through Dec. 17.

Still, the two practices on Tuesday and Thursday were productive, according to senior linebacker Lavonte David.

Graduate assistants took charge Thursday. … Well sort of. The team leaders helped out, too. David said …

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David finishes fifth in Butkus voting

And the Butkus Award goes to… Boston College junior Luke Kuechly.

Dick Butkus even crashed the team’s banquet to present the trophy himself.

Nebraska senior linebacker Lavonte David finished fifth in the voting (16 total votes; one first-place vote). The voting panel for the honor that goes to the nation’s top linebacker was made up of 51 coaches, recruiters, scouts and reporters.

Kuechly was the 2010 Butkus runner-up. This year, he received 58 votes (18 first-place). Behind Kuechly were Alabama’s Dont’a Hightower (33 votes) and Courtney Upshaw (23), Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o (20), David, and Georgia’s Jarvis Jones (14).

Kuechly had 191 total tackles this season, leading the nation.…

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Pelini: Nebraska its own worst enemy Saturday

At times in Saturday’s post-game press conference, coach Bo Pelini didn’t know exactly how to explain the mistakes that led to an embarrassing 45-17 loss to Michigan.

The Huskers had errors (some relatively familiar, others uncharacteristic) in all three phases of the game Saturday. Pelini mentioned a few of them as he spoke to reporters…

>>> The fumbles on special teams, the blocked punt and Michigan’s fake field goal (Nebraska practiced for that exact play). “I don’t have an answer for why we put two balls on the ground in the second half, gave away two possessions,” Pelini said.

>>> The inability to make plays in pass defense. “We had — how many balls? — that we should have intercepted,” Pelini said.

>>> The ineffectiveness

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Halftime: Northwestern 7, Nebraska 3

A wild day in the Big Ten is getting a bit wilder. Northwestern’s giving the Huskers all they can handle through one half in Lincoln.

Already Saturday, Iowa upset Michigan. Minnesota nearly took down Michigan State in East Lansing. And Ohio State had its hands full with Indiana.

Nebraska and Northwestern are in a tightly contested battle now, too. The Wildcats lead, 7-3.

Thanks to a big play by the NU defensive line, Nebraska got its field goal. Baker Steinkuhler batted a pass high into the air, Cameron Meredith out-jumped QB Dan Persa and tipped the ball to Lavonte David, who hauled in the interception.

Junior Brett Maher kicked a 36-yard field goal with 2:26 left before halftime to make it 7-3.

A few things …

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