Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos, and Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman, in partnership with Irish American Events Limited, announced Monday that the 2021 Nebraska-Illinois game will be played at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. The game will open the 2021 season and will be played on Saturday, Aug. 28.
The Aer Lingus College Football Classic at the Aviva Stadium will be the second game in a new five-game series of college games in Dublin. The first of those games will be a season-opening matchup between Navy and Notre Dame in 2020.
“Playing a game in Ireland provides another way to spread the Nebraska brand, and in this case on an international stage,” Moos said. “We are always looking for new scheduling opportunities and when this was presented, Coach Frost and I decided this would be an experience of a lifetime for the student-athletes in our program. This will also be a great trip for our fans, and knowing how Husker fans travel it will be great to see Dublin, Ireland turned Red.”
Nebraska was originally scheduled to play at Illinois on Nov. 13, 2021. The matchup in Dublin will be Nebraska’s first game outside of the United States since the Huskers took on Kansas State in the 1992 Coca-Cola Bowl in Tokyo, Japan.
“We look forward to taking our team to Ireland to kick off the 2021 season against Illinois,” Nebraska Head Coach Scott Frost said. “This will provide great exposure for the Nebraska football program and the Big Ten Conference. Our first priority for the trip will be to play a football game, but it is also going to give our players a chance to visit a part of the world most of them will not have seen.”
The Nebraska-Illinois game in Dublin as part of the Aer Lingus Football Classic will bring great excitement to Ireland, according to Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.
“It’s great to see new teams getting involved in the Aer Lingus College Football Classic,” Varadkar said. “Tens of thousands of fans are expected to make the journey for each game in the series over the next five years, bringing with them a huge boost for the economy.
“Illinois and Nebraska players and fans can look forward to the best of Irish hospitality. The series will showcase Ireland as a location for international events and tournaments and put our world-leading tourism sector front and centre. The 2020 game between Notre Dame and Navy is fast approaching and now sports fans have another great occasion to plan for in 2021.”
In addition to taking on Illinois in Ireland in Week Zero, Nebraska also announced the completion of its 2021 non-conference schedule on Monday.
The Huskers will take on Southeastern Louisiana of the Football Championship Subdivision on Nov. 13, 2021, in Lincoln. The Huskers will play the Lions at Memorial Stadium on the previously scheduled date of the game at Illinois. Last week, Nebraska announced that it had moved a previously scheduled 2021 non-conference game with Northern Illinois to the 2027 season.
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The Aer Lingus College Football Series will have a very strong Irish-American influence. Not only will there be the usual college football fanfare with lots of fun events celebrating the red, white and blue including marching bands, cheerleaders and tailgating parties, but there will also be a great celebration of the close Irish-American links that are so highly valued. The teams will compete each year for the Keough-Naughton College Football perpetual Trophy, acknowledging the contribution to Irish-American society of Don Keough and Martin Naughton.
The McCook Community College volleyball team dropped its first home match of the season Friday losing in straight sets to 17th ranked Western Nebraska 19-25, 12-25, 17-25.
“Tonight we couldn’t compete because we were competing with ourselves, we weren’t even competing with the other team,” said MCC Coach Hayley Kobza.
Western Nebraska leads the Region IX south-sub region with a 4-0 mark (21-5 overall.) MCC falls to 3-2 and 18-8 overall. With Otero Junior College’s Friday sweep over Lamar, the Rattlers take over second place in the conference with a 3-1 record.
“We had plans tonight to execute with a purpose, and a plan for what we needed to do in order to win and we were unable to do that because we were battling ourselves individually and that resulted in us not playing as a team,” Kobza said.
Freshman Fernanda Canedo, (Cochabamba, Boliva) had nine kills and 12 digs. Freshman Kallie Cathcart, (Holly, Colo.) had six kills and four assist blocks.
Freshman Emily Barr, (Hershey) had four kills and two assist blocks. Sophomore Bailey Honn, (McCook) had four kills.
Sophomore Kiera Barr, (Granby, Colo.) led MCC with 18 digs.
All three freshmen setters saw action Friday. Heiata Tauota, (Nantes, France) had 11 assists, Chandler Nelson, (Colorado Springs) had six and Madison Mendoza, (Ogallala) four.
The Lady Indians will take on North Platte Tuesday at home in the annual Pink-Out game for breast cancer awareness. Also up for grabs is the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference Title. MCC leads with a 5-0 mark, North Platte is 3-1 in conference and 11-17 overall. MCC won a five-set match in North Platte Oct. 2.
For more photographs from tonight’s game, please visit the McCook Community College Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/
For the latest on MCC volleyball and all MCC sports including, schedules, rosters, photographs, and other news, please check out the official home of MCC Athletics at: https://mccindians.com/index.
If you can make it to the game, you can watch it at https://mccindians.com/sports/
REGION IX SOUTH SUB-REGION STANDNGS
Western Neb. 4-0 1.000 21-5 .808
Otero JC 3-1 .750 15-6 .717
McCook 3-2 .600 18-8 .692
Northeastern 1-1 .500 14-6 .700
Lamar CC 0-4 .000 3-16 .158
Trinidad JC 0-3 .000 6-18 .250
REGION IX SOUTH WEEKEND SCHEDULE, RESULTS
FRIDAY – Western Nebraska 3, McCook 0
Otero JC 3, Lamar 0
Trinidad State at Northeastern JC, 8 p.m.
SATURDAY – Otero JC at Northeastern JC, 4 p.m.
Trinidad State at Lamar CC, 6 p.m.
Ansley-Litchfield 30, South Loup (Callaway/Arnold) 28
Crawford 56, Hay Springs 7
Gretna 31, Elkhorn 13
Kenesaw 1, Franklin 0 (Forfeit)
Lutheran High Northeast 42, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 16
Millard North 24, Papillion-LaVista 10
Plainview 62, Riverside 32
Sandhills/Thedford 42, Mullen 14
Adams Central 55, Minden 0
Ainsworth 82, Niobrara/Verdigre 65
Allen 52, Wausa 26
Alliance 34, Gering 21
Arapahoe 50, Southwest 16
Arcadia-Loup City 36, Burwell 6
Arthur County 75, Minatare 53
Ashland-Greenwood 57, Lincoln Christian 34
Aurora 41, Boone Central/Newman Grove 7
Axtell 42, Giltner 6
BDS 56, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 20
BRLD 58, Louisville 0
Battle Creek 30, Norfolk Catholic 0
Beatrice 40, Crete 33
Bellevue West 63, Omaha South 0
Bennington 70, Schuyler 0
Bloomfield 40, Randolph 18
Boys Town 27, Arlington 12
Brady 33, Medicine Valley 30
Bridgeport 1, Southern Valley 0 (Forfeit)
CWCE 50, Stuart 13
Cambridge 66, Alma 40
Centennial 21, Shelby-Rising City 18
Central City 36, Fairbury 29
Central Valley 38, St. Mary's 0
Centura 38, Gibbon 13
Chase County 38, Chadron 12
Clarkson/Leigh 96, Cedar Bluffs 30
Cody-Kilgore 57, Hyannis 0
Columbus Scotus 40, Columbus Lakeview 21
Creighton Preparatory School 61, Omaha Northwest 0
Cross County 62, Nebraska Lutheran 20
David City 42, Twin River 18
Doniphan-Trumbull 70, Superior 7
Dundy County-Stratton 54, Hitchcock County 28
EMF (Exeter-Milligan/Friend) 32, East Butler 26
Elm Creek 47, Amherst 0
Elmwood-Murdock 60, Southern 36
Elwood 84, Bertrand 20
Emerson-Hubbard 78, Omaha Christian Academy 24
Eustis-Farnam 86, Wilcox-Hildreth 34
Falls City Sacred Heart 67, Diller-Odell 8
Fort Calhoun 47, Douglas County West 6
Fullerton 60, Nebraska Christian 22
Garden County 54, Wauneta-Palisade 6
Gothenburg 35, Valentine 0
Hartington Cedar Catholic 13, Crofton 7
Hartington-Newcastle 40, Wynot 20
Harvard 53, Red Cloud 6
Hastings 24, Seward 14
Hastings St. Cecilia 21, Raymond Central 20 (OT)
Heartland Lutheran 66, Dorchester 6
Hemingford 71, Bayard 42
Hershey 35, Gordon-Rushville 6
Howells-Dodge 50, Elkhorn Valley 8
Humphrey St. Francis 66, Elgin Public/Pope John 0
Johnson County Central 47, Freeman 20
Johnson-Brock 78, Pawnee City 20
Kearney 14, Lincoln Southwest 0
Kearney Catholic 38, Cozad 20
Lawrence-Nelson 56, Blue Hill 24
Lincoln East 68, Omaha Bryan 8
Lincoln High 55, Omaha Benson 0
Lincoln Lutheran 20, Auburn 7
Lincoln Southeast 42, Lincoln Pius X 6
Lourdes Central Catholic 48, Palmyra 24
Malcolm 40, Conestoga 6
Maxwell 80, Leyton/Banner County 20
Maywood-Hayes Center 59, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 14
McCook 28, Holdrege 6
McCool Junction 73, Lewiston 19
Mead 34, Pender 30
Meridian 70, Parkview Christian 32
Milford 28, Fillmore Central 0
Millard South 56, Columbus 7
Millard West 20, Grand Island 7
Morrill 48, Kimball 6
Mount Michael Benedictine 24, Blair 21
Nebraska City 42, Falls City 15
Neligh-Oakdale 76, Madison 28
Norfolk 21, Omaha Central 20
Norris 50, Gross Catholic 13
North Bend Central 13, Aquinas Catholic 0
North Central 20, Creighton 12
North Platte 36, Lincoln North Star 28
North Platte St. Patrick's 34, Mitchell 21
Northwest 28, York 7
Oakland-Craig 52, Archbishop Bergan 0
Ogallala 41, Sidney 22
Omaha Burke 59, Fremont 35
Omaha North 56, Lincoln Northeast 6
Omaha Roncalli Catholic 55, South Sioux City 7
Omaha Skutt Catholic 28, Waverly 21 (OT)
Omaha Westside 38, Elkhorn South 7
Ord 54, Broken Bow 15
Osmond 50, Winside 20
Overton 20, Anselmo-Merna 0
Papillion-LaVista South 50, Bellevue East 14
Pierce 48, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS) 13
Platteview 30, Omaha Concordia 0
Plattsmouth 23, Ralston 19
Pleasanton 48, Loomis 12
Ravenna 70, Palmer 48
Scottsbluff 64, Lexington 14
Shelton 28, Heartland 0
Silver Lake 49, Hampton 13
Sioux County 65, McPherson County/Stapleton 31
South Platte 34, Potter-Dix 30
Spalding Academy 26, Walthill 25
St. Edward 77, Santee 66
St. Paul 46, ONeill 12
Stanton 26, Ponca 14
Sterling 60, Deshler 20
Sutherland 48, Perkins County 14
Sutton 52, Sandy Creek 7
Tri County 58, Thayer Central 40
Twin Loup 31, Clearwater-Orchard 18
Wahoo 23, Bishop Neumann 6
Wakefield 50, Guardian Angels Central Catholic 36
Wayne 28, West Point-Beemer 11
Weeping Water 68, Omaha Brownell Talbot 16
West Holt 48, Boyd County 8
Wilber-Clatonia 55, Syracuse 0
Winnebago 57, Omaha Nation 14
Wisner-Pilger 62, Homer 28
Wood River 18, Grand Island Central Catholic 14
Yutan 41, Tekamah-Herman 36
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