What Taylor did was all too familiar for the Cornhuskers.

Led by a deep and talented front line anchored by All-America candidates Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence, the Tigers rank in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense (11.3), total defense (264.3), sacks (3.67) and fewest yards allowed per play (3.87).

“They’re solid — not only solid starters, but solid backups,” Babers said. “I mean, you can tire them out and they put someone else in … we don’t know their name, but they play just like the guy in front of them. Their front four guys, and their linebackers, they’re as good as anybody. There are no holes.”

Syracuse (3-3, 1-1) is coming off a 27-24 victory against Pittsburgh that snapped a streak of close defeats.

“It’s definitely surprising, but the guys give me so much confidence,” Taylor said. “I know I have to do my job and trust the guys to do theirs. We kind of pride ourselves on being the spark of the offense, the running back group. I wanted to be that guy that gave us the spark.”

Ball and Gordon each went over 200 yards against them in the 2012 Big Ten championship game. In 2014 Gordon ran for a then-NCAA record 408 yards against the Huskers. Dare Ogunbowale had 100-yard games the last two years against Nebraska.

Taylor’s 249 yards were the third-most rushing yards ever by a Nebraska opponent. His La Galaxy Cheap Jerseys night was highlighted by a 75-yard touchdown run.

The road back: USC has to do more than win the Pac-12 title. It also has to beat Notre Dame on Oct. 21 in South Bend, because while the selection committee would certainly consider a one-loss Pac-12 champ, the league would need some major upsets to get a two-loss champ in.
FPI says: USC is favored to win each of its remaining games Green Bay Packer Cheap Jerseys except for Notre Dame (26.5 percent).

What 5-year deal with Zibanejad means for Rangers

Can Mika Zibanejad be a No. 1 center on a Stanley Cup-contending team? The Rangers are banking that he can.

Zibanejad and the Blueshirts avoided arbitration Tuesday, agreeing to a five-year contract that will pay the 24-year-old pivot an average of $5.35 million per season, double what he made on his previous deal.

“It was something I was hoping was going to happen,” Zibanejad said of the long-term agreement. “I am super happy the deal got done and super happy to be staying in New York the next five years.”

It’s the first time Ottawa has been shut out since Feb. 24. And though the Senators have held the defending champions to two goals in two games, they find themselves all even as the series shifts to Ottawa for Wednesday’s Game 3.

“When Phil is emotional in the game, he’s into it, and he’s a threat out there,” Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said after making 23 saves in the shutout effort. “Again, tonight he came up big for us.”

Three stars

3. Craig Anderson, Senators — Anderson is expected to come through with the save on Kessel’s shot, but he otherwise made 28 saves in a pristine performance.

2. Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins — Fleury became the 12th goalie in NHL history to record 10 career postseason shutouts with his 23-save showing.

1. Phil Kessel, Penguins — Kessel now has 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) with a plus-10 rating in 14 games these playoffs.

The Senators are the feel-good story of the playoffs. Discounted against the Bruins in the first round and again upon drawing the Rangers, they’ve responded by going 6-2 in decisive fashion. It’s easy to forget Ottawa has held the home-ice advantage in both series. Coming off a pair of comeback victories, the sneaky Sens can put themselves on the brink of an Eastern Conference finals berth with more of Make Cheap Jerseys the same in La Galaxy Cheap Jerseys Game 3.