NebraskaNebraska didn’t start off on the right foot today against Iowa State but they finally got it going late in the first half and continued on in the second half.  After spotting Iowa State a 10-0 lead, the Huskers came back to win 35-17.

Running back Marlon Lucky passed and ran for touchdowns and Bo Ruud scored on an interception return for the second straight week for the big plays of the game.  We all figured we would see a trick play today and that we did when Lucky connected with Sean Hill for a 20 yard touchdown.  Ruud’s touchdown was a on pass breakup by Courtney Grixby, and that Ruud returned 93 yards for a pick six.

Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller was 18-for-28 for 219 yards, with one interception on the day.  Keller connected with Thomas Lawson twice for touchdowns.

Bo Ruud and Steve Octavien had big days for the Husker defense along with Grixby.  It was nice to see double digit tackles and tournovers for the defense.  That is something they haven’t been getting until today against Iowa State.

Nebraska is now 4-1 on the season and travel to a hostile stadium in one week for a night game against the Missouri Tigers.  This game could ultimately decide who wins the Big 12 North.  Well, we can now throw Colorado into that mix as they upset #3 rated Oklahoma today.


***We now know why Andre Jones did not get his name called on Saturady.  Jones was suspended for the game for internal disciplinary reasons.  Coach Callahan said that Jones would be back for the Missouri game this coming Saturday.***

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NebraskaWe expected this to happen all along and now official word has been spreading that Phillip Dilliard will be the new starting middle linebackers on Saturday when the Huskers face off against Iowa State.  Cory McKeon will slide over and play some at the will position as Lance Bradenburgh is hurt.

Also, runningback Major Culbert is back on the defensive side of the ball once again.  With the emergence of Roy Helu and Quentin Castille, you could tell that Culbert wasn’t going to get the reps that he needed to be at the running back poistion.

Stay positive Husker fans and GO BIG RED!

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NebraskaThere are a lot of Nebraska fans calling for Coach Cozgrove to be fired asap.  Well first off, he won’t be fired during the season, and second I don’t know if they would actually fire him even after the season.

Granted, yeah I think a change needs to be made after the season, but Coz and Callahan are good friends and I don’t know if Callahan would do it.  Maybe only if he was pressured into it by Steve Pederson. 

So instead of talking about getting rid of Coz right now, lets talk about Phillip Dilliard starting over Cory McKeon, and Ricky Thenarse getting more playing time.  I know Thenarse makes some mistakes but he isn’t afraid to make a tackle and will lay some wood when he is given the chance.  Lets see some more of Lance Brandenburgh as well at the linebacker position.

I say we start with those changes and go from there.  Lets see how the defense plays against Iowa State this Saturday and hope they have improved a lot.  Let the rush ends actually rush downfield instead of being pushed back by offensive linement.  Linebackers need to stay back into their positions to fill a gap and make a damn tackle.  Secondary, stay with the wideouts and look for the damn ball and swat it away!

What do you all think about Coz and the defense right now?  Let us know your opinons by leaving a comment!


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NebraskaIt wasn’t what Nebraska fans had expected on Saturday as Nebraska struggled against Ball State in a 41-40 victory.  Thanks to Sam Keller and the offense, the Huskers improved 3-1 on the season.  Should they have won though?  Probably not but some teams have to get lucky at some point.

I’ll start off a good note and that was the offense.  Sam Keller and company were scoring on almost every possession.  Keller finished the day with completing 29-of-37 passes for 438 yards and three touchdowns.  A big play of the game came in the 3rd quarter when Keller connected with Sean Hill on a 73 yard pass.  Keller also connected with Maurice Purify on the final drive of the game to give the Huskers win.  Keller looked great 90% of the time yesterday and the receivers were all catching the ball instead of dropping them.  A+ for the passing game!

Marlon Lucky, Quentin Castille, and Roy Helu all carried the ball the Huskers.  Lucky led all the running backs with  21 carries and 102 yards.  Lucky also caught 11 passes for another 81 yards.  Castille caught a nice swing pass and then ran it in for a yard out in second quarter.  Helu was the suprise as he got quite a bit of playing time as Cody Gleen sat out the game.  Helu is a quick back that finds the hole and gets to it quick.  He needs to add some weight but he will be pretty good down the road.

Now for the bad part of the game.. The Blackshirts or I think we should start calling them the pinkshirts.  What a disgrace the way the defense is playing right now.  Ball State ran and passed all over the defense and should have put up more points but four dropped balls really hurt them.

I did like the fact that Ricky Thenarse and Phillip Dillard played more, and they need to continue to get more snaps every day.  Tierre Green, Bo Rudd, and Corey McKeon all sucked once again, and only Rudd had one good play on the interception and td.

Nate Davis is a hell of a quarterback, but the Husker defense made him look like a first team all american all day long.  If Cosgrove doesn’t start making some adjustments during the game, it is going to be a long season for the defense.

In the end I’m happy with a win and that is what really matters, but it doesn’t really feel like a Nebraska win.  It was ugly, and one of the worst performances by the defense in a very long time.

First Quarter (Nebraska 7, Ball State 0)
NU - Marlon Lucky 28 run (Alex Henery kick), 4:43

Second Quarter (Nebraska 14, Ball State 10)
BSU - Darius Hill 20 pass from Nate Davis (Jake Hogue kick), 2:58
BSU - Hogue 45 field goal, 3:40
NU - Quentin Castille 1 run (Henery kick), 4:10

Third Quarter (Ball State 31, Nebraska 28)
BSU - Davis 14 run (Hogue kick), 0:59, 3-39
NU - Sean Hill 73 pass from Sam Keller (Henery kick), 1:22
BSU - MiQuale Lewis 43 run (Hogue kick), 1:44
NU - Nate Swift 18 pass from Keller (Henery kick), 2:40
BSU - Love 58 pass from Davis (Hogue kick), 1:15

Fourth Quarter (Nebraska 41, Ball State 40)
BSU - Madaris Grant 21 pass from Davis (kick failed), 1:29
NU - Bo Ruud 34 interception return (Henery kick)
BSU - Hogue 22 field goal, 2:10
NU - Maurice Purify 11 pass from Keller (two-point conversion failed), 3:45

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Big 12 conference action begin this week with Oklahoma State (1-2) hosting undefeated Texas Tech (3-0). Oklahoma State enters conference play as one of the bigger disappointments in the conference.  With 15 returning starters, many thought online pharmacy the Cowboys could challenge for the Big 12 South title this season. Okie State struggled in their season opener losing to Georgia 35-14.  Even worse was last week’s performance where they were destroyed on national television by Troy 41-23.  For Texas Tech, they have dominated their opponents (SMU, UTEP and Rice) averaging 569 yards and 51 points a game.

Why Texas Tech will win?   

Texas Tech has completely dominated their first three opponents with their wide open spread offense.  Quarterback Graham Harrell may be getting the headlines with his performance but the play of the offensive line deserves a lot of credit.  In 178 pass attempts, the Red Raiders have given up just two sacks.  Impressive for a line that only returns one starter from last season. What does Texas Tech need to do to win? 

  • If it ain’t broke why fix it

Okie State gave up 388 yards passing to Troy last week so for Tech continue to do what they do best…..pass the ball.  If Tech’s line can continue to protect Harrell there is no reason why the Red Raiders can’t put up 35+ points in Stillwater this weekend. 

  • Put pressure on theOkie State offense

The Cowboys entered the season with some outstanding offensive talent.  They had a veteran center that had made 24 straight starts in David Washington.  They also had returning starters in quarterback Bobby Reid and senior tailback Dantrell Savage.  The middle of the offense was outstanding.  Well, Washington broke his leg at Troy. Reid has been benched and lost his job, perhaps on a permanent basis. And Savage has been hurt since August with a groin injury. What had been the strength of OSU was straight up the middle. Okie State now has a rookie quarterback, a fumble-prone tailback in Keith Toston, and they’re struggling to find a center.  If Texas Tech can get up early on Okie
State and make the Cowboys play catch-up it will be a long day in Stillwater for the Pokes. 

Why Oklahoma State will win the game? 

The home team has won in this series five straight seasons. Edge Oklahoma State.  Also, there is a sense of urgency with Okie State as they know they need to rebound after last week’s debacle at Troy.  Okie State can win this game if tailback Dantrell Savage is back this weekend (as expected) and if they can get consistent play from their quarterback.  Tech has allowed 337 yards a game so their defense is vulnerable.   

What doesOklahaoma State need to do to win? 

  • Big game from the big uglies

The Red Raiders had six sacks in last week’s victory over Rice and have 10 for the season. Okie State is without their best offensive lineman for the season so the rest of this unit must step up this weekend.  Not only must the Cowboy offensive line give their quarterback time but they must open up some holes for their ground game.  This leads to point two…. 

  • Establish the running game

It is key that Okie State establishes a running game for two reasons.  First, it puts pressure off the quarterback.  When an offense can establish a running game it opens up the passing game which has been a weak point for the Red Raiders defense.  Second, it allows you to control the clock.  It doesn’t take Tech long to score but if you can minimize their possessions it certainly gives Okie State a better chance of pulling off the upset. 

This weekend is the tale of two cities.  Texas Tech is hot out of the gate with a 3-0 start.  Okie State is walking with their tail between their legs after an embarrassing lost to Troy.  The home team has won this game the last five years but that trend stops this weekend.  Texas Tech has too much offense for a Cowboy defense that has been struggling.  The Cowboys offense has gone from ‘the best show on the universe’ to ‘lost in space’.  I like Texas Tech big in this one….45-20. 

Written by PMHusker

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NebraskaSenior Captain Zack Bowman showed why he was voted a captain by his teammates yesterday as practiced started.  Bowman was the last player to come out onto the field, and was not wearing his blackshirt.  Instead he had on a red practice jersey because he doesn’t deserve to wear a blackshirt.  It would have been awesome to see the rest of the defense do the same thing without having to see Bowman do it first.

The defensive players know how badly they played, it is time to take away all the blackshirts until they dominate a game.  And I’m not talking just Ball State either. What do you all think?  Should the coaches have taken the blackshirts away until they show that they have earned them?

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NebraskaNebraska offensive linemen Andy Christensen will be out the rest of the year with a terrible knee injury that he sustained on the second drive of the USC game.  Early reports are saying he tore his ACL.

I would expect Mike Huff or Keith Williams, or Jordan Picou to get some more playing time due to Christensen’s injury.

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