The Nebraska Cornhuskers and fans celebrated the 300th consecutive sellout on Saturday night and there was a lot of cheering going on as the Huskers rolled past Louisiana-Lafayette 55-0. It was complete domination pretty much from the get go and the Huskers played their most complete game of the season and the first shutout at home since Sept. 23, 2006.

Zac Lee was on target all game long as he finished 15 of 18 for 238 yards and one touchdown pass. It was great to see Lee in there and throwing the ball much better than he did in the second half against Virginia Tech a week before. Lee connected with senior Chris Brooks for a four yard touchdown to account for his td pass.

Brooks had a career high four receptions in the game as he is starting to get more and more playing time with the number one team.

On the ground it was Roy Helu Jr. leading the way with 83 yard and two touchdowns on 15 carries. With the Huskers having good field position most of the game, Helu wasn’t able to rack up over a hundred yards but he still finished with nice yardage per carry and found the end zone twice.

The defense really stood out against the Ragin Cajuns as the dominated and controlled the entire game. The defense allowed just 78 yards on 22 carries and also picked off a pass that was returned for a 76 yard touchdown. Larry Asante returned the pick six for the touchdown but also hurt his ankle on the play. As of right now it is uncertain how serious the injury is.

Adi Kunalic continued to put the ball deep in the end zone for touchbacks on his kickoffs and stud kicker Alex Henery continued to boot the ball through the uprights as he connected on both of his field goal attempts. Henery also had two punts inside the 20 yard line with one putting the Ragin Caguns at the one yard line to start their possession.

Ricky Thenarse could be out the rest of the season with an apparent ACL injury. We will know more about the injury later this week. It is unknown at this time if Thenarse would be granted a medical red shirt as it was the fourth game of the season.

It was a hell of a game for the Huskers and now it will be time to start conference play after a bye week. The Huskers will next be in action on October 8th, when the Huskers travel to Columbia to take on the Missouri Tigers. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN and be played on Thursday night. Let the smack talk begin Mizzou fans!


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It was supposed to be the game that really put Nebraska back on the map in the college football world but instead, it was another game where the team and fans are left wondering “What Happened?”

Despite dominating the stats sheets and the Hokies on their home field, it was the Huskers who still lost the game 16-15. All the Big Red could muster up was five Alex Henery field goals despite being inside the Hokie ten yard line three times. Five times in the redzone and they didn’t score one touchdown.

Everyone will look back to the 80-yard pass that Tyrod Taylor hit late in the fourth quarter that setup the Virginia Tech game winning touchdown, but that play shouldn’t even have mattered if the Huskers would have punched the ball in the end zone. With the score 12-10 the Huskers had first-and-goal at the six yard line but two holding calls, two false starts and an incomplete pass later the Huskers and the punt team on the field.

The defense played awesome up until the one blown coverage that cost them the game. They held the Hokie offense to just 53 total yards on 25 plays before the long 80 yard pass to Danny Coale.

Roy Helu led the Nebraska offense with 169 yards on the ground.

The Huskers are setting near the bottom of the Top 25 polls now and will look to get back on track Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette. It will be a big weekend in Lincoln as a lot of recruits will be on hand for the 300th sellout game. I’ll be making the seven hour drive down and can’t wait to hit the road Friday morning.


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It’s almost gametime once again and that means I have another game preview. The Huskers will be looking for a little bit of revenge on Saturday when they take on Virginia Tech on their home field in Blacksburgh. This will be a big test for the Huskers especially with it being on the road. Last year it was the Hokies coming out of Lincoln with a 35-30 victory.

The key to the game as I look ahead is containing Virginia Tech quarter Tyrod Tailor. The Husker defense cannot let him get out in the open and scramble for positive yards. The defense will need to keep Tailor in the pocket and make him attempt to throw the ball. This comes down to the d-line of the Huskers getting pressure with the front four and the defensive ends playing a very good game.

The Husker offense will look to attack the linebackers who are three first year starters and the secondary of the Hokies. I really expect Zac Lee to look to stretch the field early in this game especially if the running game gets off to a good start with Roy Helu.

I think this game will come down to the line play. Whichever team’s linemen play better will come out with the victory. Both teams are going to try to run the ball and then attempt to work in passes off of the run. Quarterback pressure will be huge for the Huskers and I just don’t know if they have the speed to keep up with Taylor.

I’m going to be honest and predict this score. Virginia Tech 30 Nebraska 21

I hope I’m wrong and can come back after the game and blog about a Husker victory. It’s just been too long since the Huskers have defeated at top 20 team on the road and I don’t see it happening this Saturday.


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Running back Collins Okafor from Omaha has decided to leave the Nebraska Football team I have learned. I can only assume that Okafor seen how low he was on the depth chart and wanted a better chance at seeing the playing field.

Okafor is a big time eduction guy and almost went to Stanford out of highschool. I have to wonder if he will go back and talk with the Stanford coaches or possible check out schools like Northwestern or some of the private schools possibly.

I don’t see this really hurting the team too much as he was fifth or sixth on the depth chart and probably wasn’t going to see the field this year anyways. I do wish Collin the best in whatever decision he makes for his future.

***Update***

I’ve been told that Okafor is now back with the team and took part in practice on Thursday. Collins must have changed his mind or could we possibly see him working at a new position?


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Husker fans will probably be surprised on Saturday when they notice that linebacker Phillip Dilliard is back out there with the first team. Dillard was told by the coaches on Tuesday that he was being moved to the WILL linbacker from the MIKE linebacker position.

Dillard hasn’t seen the playing field in a game since Oct 25th of last year when he went down with an ankle injury against Baylor. There was quite a bit of talk later in the season and during the offseason in Lincoln as to why Dillard wasn’t getting any playing time.

I’ve heard that one reason he is moving to MIKE is because Will Compton has had a hard time getting the defensive calls from the sideline and then relayed to the rest of the defense in time for the d to get into position quickly. Hopefully Dillard can help out that and be productive because we sure can use his ability on Saturday against Virginia Tech and Tyrod Taylor.


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It was another good day for the Nebraska Cornhuskers as the defeated the Arkansas State Red Wolves on Saturday afternoon. Zac Lee led the Huskers with four touchdown passes as the Huskers dominated the game to the tune of 38-9 when the final whistle blew. Overall they played well but there sure are some things that need to be worked on before the Huskers board the plane later in the week for Blacksburgh.

Lee showed a very strong arm and didn’t make any mistakes as far as throwing interceptions. He did make some good reads and finished 27-of-35 passes for 340 yards and four touchdowns.

Mike McNeil caught two touchdown passes from Lee. A 13 yarder in the first quarter and then a 32 yarder in the third quarter.

Fourteen different Huskers caught passes in the game. Niles Paul led the way as he had his best day in a Husker uniform with six catches and two touchdowns. Paul had touchdowns on a reverse play and also caught a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Now that Paul is not behind players like Nate Swift and Todd Peterson, expect him to really jump out and be the receiver everyone was expecting when he enrolled at NU.

There were two downsides to the game that I didn’t like. Roy Helu Jr., didn’t get as many touches as I would like to see but that was mostly due to the fact that Lee was throwing ropes all over the field and the Huskers were moving the ball through the air. Helu finished with just 60 yards and no touchdowns. The running game just wasn’t there on Saturday. Roy did add 44 yards on 4 receptions so he still had over 100 total yards.

The other thing I didn’t like was the play of the young linebackers. These young guys are out there flying around but they need to do a better job of wrapping up and making good sound tackles. Stop trying to go high every time, take better routes and make a good formed tackle. These linebackers are going to have to grow up fast if they want to slow down the Virignia Tech running attack in their next game.

The rest of the defense played a pretty good game. The d-line had pressure on the Red Wolves and held the entire team to just 271 total yards. One player that really stood out was corner back Prince Amukamara who finished with seven tackles.

Overall it was a good game for the Huskers and they found some things that they will need to improve on. They will go into the Virginia Tech game on Saturday being ranked #19 in the AP poll. We will have a preview to the Va. Tech game in the middle of the week so look ahead to that!


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Coming off a blowout victory over Florida Atlantic in their first game, the Nebraska Cornhuskers are know looking ahead to their upcoming game on Saturday against Arkansas State. Currently the Huskers are favored by 24 points but this game could be a lot closer than that when you start to break things down.

Arkansas State has a great defensive end by the name of Alex Carrington. Carrington is already projected to be a second round draft pick in the NFL draft and he will put a lot of pressure on the Husker offensive line and running backs who will have to pick him up at times. The 6-foot-5, 285 pound defense end collected 10.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss last season.

With Carrington and the rest of the defense, Arkansas State held Mississipi State to just 69 yards of total offense as they dominated the entire game. The offense was just as good as the defense as well as they rolled up nearly 500 yards. Look for them to try and establish the run to setup their passes. I expect the Husker defense to really key in on the run and this week look for Pierre Allen and Barry Turner to have a much better game compared to last Saturday against FAU.

On offense for the Huskers I expect Roy Helu, Jr. to have a huge day. The Red Wolves like to run a 4-2-5 defense and that means if Helu gets by the initial four man front he is going to have a hay day. He will make those two linebackers miss and next thing you know he will be at the safeties and causing a lot of havoc in the seconday.

My finaly prediction will be something like 42-21 with the Big Red moving to 2-0 on the season. Do you agree?


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Hope everyone’s Labor Day weekend is going good! I had hoped to get this up after the game on Saturday evening but had a few things come up and then I was busy all day on Sunday. Anyways, the Huskers started off the 2009 season with a 49-3 victory over Florida Atlantic and rather than go through with a big recap of the game, I’ll just hit on some positives and a couple negatives that I took from the game.

The Positives:
Quarterback play with Zac Lee. Lee was 15 of 22 for 213 yards and two touchedowns. Lee found wide receivers Menelik Holt and Curenski Gilleylen for his touchdown passes. Lee did throw one interception which was a badly underthrown ball. Not bad for the first outing for Lee.

Roy Helu Jr. picked up where he left off in the 2008 season. Helu, Jr. ran for 152 yards on just 16 carries. He picked up most of his yards in the third quarter when he scored his second and third touchdowns of the game. Great game for Roy!

The play of true freshman Cody Green and Rex Burkhead. I thought Green and Burkhead played about as good as they could in their first college action. Green stood out more because of his long 49 yard run but he also threw for 18 yards on two of three passes. Burkhead showed glimpses of what he can do as he rushed for 39 yards on nine carries.

They play by the young linebackers. The linebackers had a combined 17 tackles on the night as Blake Lawrence and Sean Fisher led the way with six tackles each. If this group stays healthy and continues to get better, the Huskers will have one very stingy defense!

Some negatives from the game:

The play of defensive ends Pierre Allen and Barry Turner. The two simply did not get pressure on the Florida Atlantic quarterbacks like I expected. The Huskers were able to get some pressue up the middle with Jared Crick and Ndamukong Suh which was nice but I just wanted to see more out of Allen and Turner.

The owls were able to get 358 yards which is way to many yards against a Sun Belt conference team. I do give the defense credit however because they allowed just three points on the scoreboard.

Overall it was a good first game and it gives the Huskers something to build on for this weekends game against Arkansas State. The game will once again be on Pay-Per-View but this time it will be a 1 P.M. central timezone kickoff.

What were your thoughts on the game? Leave us a comment and let us know!


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Good afternoon Big Red Nation. Some of you were probably wondering why hasn’t Coach Pelini released his weekly depth chart like he usually does on Tuesday’s? Well here it is on Thursday afternoon. There are a few surprises which I’ll talk about below.

Don’t expect to see Chris Brooks getting much playing time as he is at the bottom of the list at the X receiver. Brandon Kinnie is also down the list at X due to not knowing the playbook as good as the other players.

Mike McNeil and Dreu Young are co-listed at the #1 tight end position but both will see plenty have action as Coach Watson likes to use multiple tight end sets. Look for Ben Cotton and Kyler Reed to also get some playing time at the position.

Antonio Bell is listed as the #2 at the Z wide receiver position. Niles Paul is number one.

True Freshman Cody Green is the clear cut man at backup behind Zac Lee.

Your starting linebackers will be Will Compton, Sean Fisher and either Matt May or Blake Lawrence. Phillip Dilliard will play in a backup role atleast for week one.

Alex Henery will be your field goal kicker and punter while Adi Kunalic will handle the kickoffs.

Check out the complete depth chart over at Huskers.Com


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