San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork. Malik Hooker Colts Jersey .com) - The 2014 Holiday Bowl is the first postseason venture pitting a pair of ranked foes against each other, as No. 25 Nebraska takes on No. 24 USC on Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium. Nebraska comes in sporting a 9-3 record (5-3 Big Ten), which by many standards would be considered a success, but to the Cornhuskers and their faithful fans, it meant another season of failed expectations. As a result, and partly due to his somewhat abrasive personality, Bo Pelini was relieved of his duties as head coach after seven solid seasons. The school has hired a new coach in former Oregon State head man and USC assistant Mike Riley, and while the Huskers will play this game under the direction of interim coach Barney Cotton, Riley has already begun to lay the groundwork for his tenure. Cotton had a pretty simple message for the team moving forward, four basic things that the team should rely on as it prepares for this game. I am basically telling them four things -- honor God with your effort. Honor your teammates with your effort. Honor Coach Bo (Pelini) with your loyalty and love and support, along with your effort. Cotton said. And lets reveal our character one last time in the Holiday Bowl. Nebraska has a long history of performing well in bowl games, this being the teams 51st postseason appearance (25-25). The Cornhuskers will be seeking their second straight bowl win after beating Georgia in the Gator Bowl last January, 24-19. USC won twice as many games as it lost this season (8-4, 6-3 Pac-12), but the team too underachieved in the eyes of its supporters. Still, head coach Steve Sarkisian isnt going anywhere as he had been entrusted with ushering in the next phase of the Trojans championship-or-bust run. USC is making its 49th official bowl appearance (32-16), and it blasted Fresno State in last years Las Vegas Bowl, 45-20. The Trojans are playing in the city of San Diego for just the seventh time, and the first since 1992. We are excited to go play in the Holiday Bowl and be the first USC team to do so, said Sarkisian, who previously guided Washington to the 2010 Holiday Bowl, where his Huskies beat Nebraska, 19-7. We get to play close to home and our fans will show up in force. Theyll get to see a pair of Top-25 teams with storied football heritages. Having been to the Holiday Bowl when I was at Washington, I know this bowl experience will be a good one for our players and fans. The series between these two stories programs features four previous meeting, with USC leading 3-0-1. The most recent encounters occurred during a home-and- home series in 2006-07, with the Trojans winning both times. Nebraska was one of the top scoring offenses in the Big Ten this season, putting up 37.4 ppg behind typical outputs of 248.2 ypg rushing and 198.0 ypg passing. The Cornhuskers relied heavily on star RB Ameer Abdullah to carry much of the load, and he responded by totaling 1,523 yards and 18 TDs. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong, Jr. was next on the teams rushing list with 664 yards and five scores, while throwing for an additional 19 TDs and more than 2,300 yards, despite completing only 51.7 percent of his passes. Jordan Westerkamp and Kenny Bell were the guys Armstrong looked to most often, as they combined for 81 catches, 1,383 yards and nine scores. The Nebraska offensive line did a nice job in helping the backs average 5.5 ypc, while at the same time yielding only 19 sacks. The defense was middling unit compared to the other 13 teams in the Big Ten, the Huskers allowing 24.8 points and 372.8 yards per contest. Foes ran for more than 176 ypg against the Blackshirts, scoring 23 TDs on the ground to rank Nebraska fourth from the bottom in that category. The effort against the pass permitted fewer than 200 ypg, and the team recorded 27 sacks while ranking fourth in the league in opponents third-down conversion percentage (.307). The Cornhuskers were also among the league leaders in red zone defense (.805). Zaire Anderson has amassed 95 tackles to pace the unit, and that includes 12 TFL and two sacks, while Nate Gerry is second with 85 stops to go along with his club-best five interceptions. Randy Gregory has the most sacks of anyone on the roster with seven, and Josh Mitchell has been credited with a dozen PBU. Even though they averaged 35.1 points and 452.8 yards per outing, the Trojans were a middle-of-the-pack offensive team compared to the others calling the Pac-12 Conference home. Five teams churned out more yardage, although it wasnt for a lack of effort on the part of standout QB Cody Kessler, who hit the mark on an impressive 70.7 percent of his passes, doing so for more than 3,500 yards, 36 TDs and only four INTs. Also turning in sensation seasons were WR Nelson Agholor, who caught 97 balls for 1,223 yards and 11 scores, and RB Javorious Allen, who rumbled his way to 1,337 yards and nine TDs. Allowing 23.8 points and 400.2 yards per contest ranked the Trojans third and second, respectively in the conference, with their effort against the run (132.5 ypg) being the better of the two pursuits. USC ranked eighth in pass defense (267.7 ypg), but finished second in pass efficiency defense (118.5). Hayes Pullard logged a team-best 87 tackles during the 2014 campaign, while Sua Cravens had 16 of the squads 73 TFL. J.R. Tavai tallied seven of its 30 sacks. USC led the Pac-12 in opponents third-down conversion percentage (.352), while also pacing the league in interceptions with 13, although no player had more than two. Quincy Wilson Colts Jersey . - The Oakland Athletics say they are stopping negotiations to extend their lease at the Coliseum. Quincy Wilson Jersey .com) - Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh called Joe Flacco the NFLs best quarterback last week.DENVER - Andrew Wiggins was sick and tired. Not of losing — although it has been a trying season — but from a bug he cant shake and fatigue that carried over from logging big minutes the night before.No matter. Hes young and resilient, and easily shook all that off to turn in his best performance.Wiggins scored a career-high 31 points and Robbie Hummel had two big tip-in baskets in the fourth quarter, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves hold off the Denver Nuggets 113-105 on Saturday night.The dynamic rookie out of Kansas was 11 of 17 from the floor, including four 3-pointers. The top pick in last years draft has scored 20 or more points in eight of his last 10 games.Wiggins improvement this season has been so noticeable that even an official on the court made a comment to Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders.He said, Wiggins, how much hes improved in a month is almost astonishing, recounted Saunders, whose team is 4-16 on the road and 3-16 at home. He continues to get better and amaze, do everything.Wiggins big night also included nine rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots. Asked which number stood out to him, he smirked and responded, The win. Definitely.We got the win, played hard, executed down the stretch, added Wiggins, whose previous high was 29 points against Sacramento on Nov. 22. Nothing feels better than that.This recent stretch is exactly what the Timberwolves were expecting from Wiggins when they traded for him, leading Saunders to say, hes probably ahead of what anyone anticipated what he would be.Hummel finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Thaddeus Young added 22 points.The Timberwolves hardly looked weary down the stretch in the thin air of the Mile High City despite losing the night before in Phoenix. Theyre now 2-7 on the second night of a back-to-back.Ty Lawson had 22 points for the Nuggets, who lost the night before in Dallas, snapping a five-game win streak.Jameer Nelson had 16 points in his home debut for Denver. The diminutive guard was acquired Tuesday in a deal that sent Nate Robinson to Boston.When you lose you think you can do a lot of things better, Nelsson said. Malik Hooker Womens Jersey. Ill be kicking myself in the butt thinking about what I could have done better.Hummels work around the rim propelled the Timberwolves down the stretch. His second tap-in off a miss by Young gave the Timberwolves a 96-95 lead with 5:25 remaining. Mo Williams kept the lead intact by hitting basket after basket each time the Nuggets made a run.Wilson Chandler was fouled after hitting a 3-pointer. He missed the free throw, and Kenneth Faried tapped it in to make it 108-105 with 1:41 remaining. But Williams hit a long shot to quiet the rally.We didnt do a good job of taking that punch. We delivered that punch and they got hot, Nelson said.Even though Wiggins had a splendid all-around game, Williams wasnt about praise him too much. Wiggins is, after all, only a rookie.A lot of strides he can continue to make, Williams said. Rookies run into a wall right now, but hes hitting his stride, which is good. Its tough to log a lot of minutes in this league, do it consistently every day. Have to go out and produce. ... I think hes handling it pretty well.___TIP-INSTimberwolves: Saunders said guard Ricky Rubio still has soreness in the left ankle he sprained Nov. 7 at Orlando. Are we being cautious? Yeah. We just signed the guy to a $55 million contract, Saunders said. When hes ready to go and the doctors say that hes ready to really go, thats when hell go. ... G Kevin Martin (broken right wrist) and centre Nikola Pekovic (ankle, wrist) are both nearing a return. Asked if they might play Monday, Saunders responded, Well see. ... F Shabazz Muhammad (strained oblique) missed a fourth straight game.Nuggets: Lawson has struggled at the free throw line lately. His teammates haven taken to calling him Ty Rondo — a reference to Dallas guard Rajon Rondo, whos shooting 30 per cent from the line. Hopefully that will light his fire a little bit at the free throw line, coach Brian Shaw said. ... G Randy Foye returned after missing 26 games with a right quadriceps injury. He was 0 for 3 from the field.UP NEXTMinnesota plays at Charlotte on Monday.Denver plays at Golden State on Monday.Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '