Nebraska beats Colorado 40-31Holy cow, that is the first thing that comes to my mind after watching the Huskers beat Colorado 40-31 this afternoon. First off, who knew that Alex Henery could kick a 57 yard field goal especially with the team down one and all that pressure on him. Henery kicked field goals of 57, 37 (two), and 27 yards. Congrats on stepping up and kicking the longest field goal in team history and giving the team the victory!

We can’t forget about the big man Ndamukong Suh who intercepted Cody Hawkins pass that Zach Potter tipped for a pick six to put the game out of reach for the Buffaloes. Suh stiff arm Hawkins as he returned the interception back for a touchdown. It was Suh’s second pick six of the season.

The game sure didn’t start out the way the Huskers wanted to however. They spotted the Buffaloes 14 points right away and then battled back to score the next 17 points of the game to take a 17-14 lead.  Roy  Helu Jr. did awesome as he filled in for Marlon Lucky who did not play on Senior day due to his turf toe injury. Helu Jr. carried the ball 25 times for 166 yards as he averaged 6.6 yards per carry.

Quentin Castille had the only rushing touchdown for the Huskers as he scored from one yard out in the second quarter.

Joe Ganz threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns as he completed 19 of 26 passes. Ganz had a up and down game overall I thought. There were times when he held on to the ball way to long which is something that has given him problems all season long. You can’t take sacks especially late in the game like he did. Nate Swift and Mike McNeill caught the touchdown passes from Ganz.

The Huskers defense played pretty good despite giving up two big plays early in the game. The Buffs scored on 68 and 36 yards but after those two plays in the first quarter, the Blackshirts stiffened up and held the Buffaloes to 291 total yards. Almost all of those yards came via that passing game as they passed for 249 yards. The defense picked off three passes and recovered one fumble as they had four takeaways in the game. Great job by the D-line and linebackers!

I’m happy to come away with a victory as it means the Huskers will probably be headed to the Gator Bowl against an ACC opponent, but the team needs to work some things as they have a month’s worth of practice coming up. The offense needs to limit mistakes inside the redzone, cut down on the turnovers, and Ganz needs to figure out a way to get rid of the ball rather the taking so many sacks. The defense needs to limit those big plays (mostly in the secondary) and then just keep doing what they have been doing at the defensive line.

What’s your opinions on the game? Did you about have a heart attack as well?

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3 Responses to “Alex Henery and Ndamukong Suh leads Nebraska past Colorado”

  1. ken campbell Says:

    D** good best in years i think

  2. Nebrasketball Says:

    Wow, what a game today. I think Bo and his staff got outcoached today…which doesn’t happen too often. That has to be one of the 10 best finishes ever in Husker history. School record FG to take the lead? You’re freaking kidding me!

    Looks like we are on to the Gator bowl against Florida State. This team has issues when going against speed, and Florida State has plenty of it. I think our offense is better though…and I think our defense is better than we think. The Big 12 has some crazy offensive firepower this year…there’s not a defense in the league who hasn’t got jacked up a few times this year. I think the bowl games will prove that these Big 12 defenses are actually pretty good…including ours.

  3. Cliff Says:

    I was thinking the same thing when Henery was sent out for the field goal. Give him props for knocking the kick through and coming p big.

    It’s been awesome watching the d-line improve all season long. Let’s all hope that Suh does indeed stay for his Senior season next year.

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