Published Monday, May 6, 2013 at 2:12 pm / Updated at 9:34 pm
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Nebraska to open with two home night games on Big Ten Network

LINCOLN — Nebraska will try to add to its success in Memorial Stadium night games when it starts next season with a pair of late kickoffs that will be carried by the Big Ten Network.

NU and BTN announced Monday that the Huskers' season-opening game with Wyoming on Aug. 31 will be carried live at 7 p.m. NU then will kick off at 5 p.m. against Southern Mississippi on Sept. 7 with coverage by BTN.

Nebraska owns an all-time record of 37-5 in night games at home. That mark includes 11 straight wins under the lights at Memorial Stadium.

“Memorial Stadium always has a great atmosphere, and kicking off the season with two home night games should bring even more energy to the stadium,” NU coach Bo Pelini said in a release.

The BTN schedule comes about a week after Nebraska was not included in the ABC/ESPN plans for prime-time games in 2013. The Huskers played three ABC/ESPN prime-time games last season.

The NU-Wyoming game will mark the seventh time since 2002 that the Huskers play their season-opening game at night. The last time was 2010 against Western Kentucky, a game that NU won 49-10.

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Rich Kaipust is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska football and some general assignment tasks, including the College World Series and U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.

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