Lincoln, Neb. ? The No. 9/8 Nebraska football team practiced for two hours Wednesday afternoon under hot and humid conditions on the grass practice fields north of Memorial Stadium, as the Huskers continue preparations for Saturday?s 6 p.m. kickoff with Utah State.

"I was pleased with the way the team responed today, and their effort on the field," Head Coach Frank Solich said. "It was definitely a tough day on us in terms of the weather, but I really like the way they pushed through a good two hour practice. We did do about 12 snaps of No. 1s against No. 1s to work on speed and movement. We did that at the end of practice, and I though that it was good for us."

Nebraska worked through the heat on Wednesday preparing for a Utah State team that comes to Lincoln for the first time since 1991 when the Huskers handed the visiting Aggies a 59-28 loss. NU owns a 6-0 edge in the all-time series that dates back to the 1966 season.

Backup cornerback Fabian Washington, a native of Bradenton, Fla., is back in Florida and will miss Saturday?s game to attend a family funeral.

The Huskers return to the practice field on Thursday at Memorial Stadium to review the game plan for the Aggies. Coach Solich will address the media following practice.