Wow, what a day and night it was in Lincoln this past Saturday for myself and my wife. We got started on the road Friday morning to make the seven hour drive to Lincoln and checked out the Rail Yard area for food and drinks. Came away very impressed with the area!

After the rain stopped Saturday morning we ventured out ended up grabbing a parking spot at 10th and N for $30 bucks. Looks like the prices have went up since I last parked in this lot and they said no tailgating? What the heck, it was an open area and not garage. Good thing we had plans to head over to the Lincoln Journal Star lot where we had some friends that had a spot there.

Tailgated for five or so hours with hundreds  of Husker and Hurricane fans. Everyone was getting a long great and there were zero problems. Plenty of food and drinks to go around just like tailgating should be. (Hint, not like down on the reservation lot where the cops showed up etc). Be smarter people!

On to the game. Wow, Memorial Stadium was rocking from the tunnel walk all through the game. The tunnel walk was one of the best ones I had though and the 94 team coming through the tunnel once again was a great sight. I’m sure those players and coaches really enjoyed doing that one more time.

You could tell what the game plan was for Nebraska. Run Run Run and hope to wear down the Miami line. The Hurricanes were primarily playing a 4-3 defense but had to spread the linebackers out to cover a slot receiver which really opened up the middle of the field for Ameer Abdullah. Not sure why Miami didn’t roll the safeties up closer and force Beck to call more passing plays..

With Abdullah running wild, for the tune of 229 yards on 35 carries and two total touchdowns the Nebraska offense put up 41 points vs the Hurricanes 31 points. The offensive line played good and the wide outs did an exceptional job of blocking out on the edge.

It was the defense however that was the turning point in the game. Trevor Roach forced a Duke Johnson fumble which Josh Mitchell scooped up and took back for a 57 yard touch down. From that point forward, the game got very chipping with the Hurricanes picking up five personal foul penalties and trying to start fights all over the field. Thug U at their best…

The blackshirts weren’t their best on the field but they played well enough to get the win. The linebackers were the one group that I thought had a rough night minus the Roach forced fumble. Duke Johnson was a matchup nightmare for the linebackers and it is something that the guys really need to work on. Better angles and tackling in the open field. They better get that fixed before Saturday as Illinois will be coming to town and will be trying the same thing on offense.

Overall it was a battle by both teams and Nebraska came out on top. Next years game down in Miami is going to be a scary one. Not only for the team, but also the fans in my opinion. I will not be making that trip I have already decided. I just don’t want to be there for the the mess that could happen.

We had seats in section 108 and loved it there. Great fans all around us. No shut up and sit down comments as everyone was into the game just as it should be. By the way, make sure you go up from your seats if you need to use the bathroom or grab some concessions. Much faster than going down the stairs and back down to the ground level.

Nebraska 41 – Miami 31. GBR! @NEBSPORTS


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Nebraska had no problems when they kicked off the 2014 season vs Florida Atlantic in Lincoln. Behind an explosive offensive performance, the Cornhuskers put up 55 points while limiting the Owls to only seven. Starters primarily played until the middle of the 3rd quarter or the score could have even been worse.

Ameer Abdullah led the Huskers with 232 yards rushing and one touchdown. Those stats would have been even more but Ameer had a couple of plays called back due to holding penalties in the first quarter. It was one hell of a day for the Senior tail back.

It wasn’t just the Ameer show on offense. Behind quarterback Tommy Armstrong, the big red machine tallied 784 total yards of offense. Armstrong was 15 of 29 passing for 271 yards and two touchdowns. One of those completions was to sticky fingers Jordan Westerkamp has he hauled in a tipped pass behind his back while keeping a foot down a long the sideline. The play was SportsCenter top play from the first Saturday of college football.

I thought defense as a whole played well. It was against a very average offensive team from the Owls so it is hard to tell how well the unit really played. There were some mental break downs and wr’s that were left wide open. Those things will have to get fixed as the guys get more game time under themselves.

One thing to pay attention to going forward is the knee injury that happened to end Randy Gregory. Gregory went out early in the game and actually had his knee scooped early this week to clear up the damage that was an older injury that flared up. Gregory will be out this Saturday against McNeese State but hopes to be back the following week.

Overall I was happy, and that included watching the game a second time. There is definitely things to work on, but for the first game this season, the guys showed up and beat a team like they should be them. There wasn’t no playing down to your opponent. They went out there and dominated BIG RED STYLE!


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