NebraskaFirst off, I’d like to say I’m sorry for just now getting the game recap up. It was a long weekend with a lot of friends and family members over for the game. (Isn’t it always like that when you have the pay per view games on?!)

My first thoughts as the game was ending was “Wow that was a sloppy win” but now looking back it wasn’t as bad as I had originally thought. Sure there were mistakes in the secondary which we all figured was going to happen. But overall I thought they played pretty well and hopefully the mistakes that happened Saturday night will be fixed and we will see better play out of the secondary against San Jose State.

One thing I love seeing was the pressure being applied to the Western Michigan quarterback during the game. The Huskers finished with four sacks and caused three tournovers in the game. It seemed like they didn’t have three tournovers all last season lol. Cody Glenn was a beast in his first game at the linebacker position. Glenn was flying around all over the field and led the team with 12 total tackles.

As for the offense, they put some huge numbers as Joe Ganz had a pretty good game. Ganz completed 20-36 passes for 345 yards and four touchdowns. Ganz put the ball in the hands of seven different husker receivers in the game. Joe did make a couple of mistakes as he threw a couple of interceptions.

Nate Swift had a huge night as he caught five balls for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Mike McNeill and Marlon Lucky caught the other two touchdowns from Ganz. Menelik Holt added five catches for 59 yards, while Quentin Castille and Todd Peterson each added three receptions.

The running game was quite a letdown I thought. With the husker offensive line out-weighing the Western Michigan line by average of 40 lbs per player, I thought the Huskers would run all over the Broncos but I was mistaken. The Broncos stacked the box and the Huskers had problems running as they only finished with 159 yards on 31 attempts. Lucky had the only rushing touchdown which came in the first quarter to put the huskers up 6-0. Roy Helu Jr. lead the team with 54 yards and 7 carries. Lucky then followed with 52 yards on 12 carries.

The specials teams part of the game was awesome. Field goal kicker Alex Henery was 4-4 with all four field goals being from 44 yards. The sophomore place-kicker from Omaha also tied the Memorial Stadium record with four field goals by a Husker, most recently accomplished by Jordan Congdon against Maine in 2005.

Now the Huskers will be watching film and have a hard week of practice to get ready for Saturday’s game against San Jose State. Hopefully the Huskers secondary plays better and shuts down the San Jose passing attack and we see another Huskers victory. I expect a blowout and the defense playing a lot better in the secondary.

What are your opinions on the game? What needs to be worked on? What did you like about the game? Leave us a comment and let us know!


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2 Responses to “Huskers come away with 47-24 win over Western Michigan”

  1. crazy fan Says:

    that Helu guy had 7 carries for 54 yards, and he also averaged more than Lucky and Castille. Why isn’t he starting?

  2. Cliff Says:

    Granted Helu did have more yards and a better average, Lucky is the #1 back for the Huskers. Helu will get his carries just like Castille will in the offense.

    Can’t take stats from one game and use that for depth chart.

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