While the state school in Lincoln will soon be making the yearly trip to East Lansing, Mich., Monday night it was UNO coach Derrin Hansen's men's basketball team that had the honors.
Senior forward Rich Purslow scored 9:35 into the second period Saturday night giving UNO a 3-2 lead. They never looked back, winning 5-2 against Minnesota State. After a 5-1 win Friday night in the opening game of the series, UNO was able to hold home ice in its first ever WCHA series in Omaha.
Missouri Western quarterback Drew Newhart found receiver Adam Clausen in the back of the end zone with 16 seconds remaining when the Griffons defeated the Mavs 16-14 Saturday afternoon. UNO had scored 1:24 earlier to take a 14-10 lead, but couldn't hold it as Missouri Western drove 64 yards in seven plays to take the lead for good.
UNO and Minnesota State-Mankato have been playing for the "Spirit of the Maverick" trophy since 1998. However, as enjoyable as it may have been to win or retain the trophy each year, the stakes this season (and every season going forward) will be much higher.
UNO's new DJ Sokol Vision
The $1 million-plus video and scoreboard, UNO football's newest toy, looks great. The only problem is that no one is there to enjoy it.
Mav Rush game
Sure, UNO football head coach Behrns has been producing ground games for years, but this year's installment is scary-good.
Thanks to senior guard Torrian Harris, the UNO men's basketball team will be heading to East Lansing, Mich. this Monday to take on No. 2 Michigan State Spartans.
With four seconds remaining in the Mavs game Saturday against the No. 9 Central Missouri Mules, Mules quarterback Eri Czerniewski found receiver Jamorris Warren for a 9-yard touchdown. Warren's second touchdown of the game gave Central Missouri the victory, coming back from a 31-7 fourth quarter deficit.
After blazing to a 4-0 lead on Friday night and holding on for a 4-2 victory, the 6-1 Maverick loss to Michigan on Saturday night was something of a disappointment. Yet despite the loss, the UNO coaches have to have been pleased with the Mavs' 5-1 start.
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