Hey Husker fans, hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and a great Halloween! Things go started pretty good on Saturday for all us fans as the Huskers traveled down to Waco, Texas to play the Baylor Bears. The Huskers came away with a 20-10 win even though it was pretty ugly once again on the offensive side of the ball.

True freshman Cody Green got his first career start as Coach Pelini and Coach Watson wanted to spark the offense. It worked a little bit but then there were some of the same old mistakes that have been happening. Green finished the day 12 of 21 for 128 yards and one touchdown. He did have a costly interception and also fumbled once.

One thing that I did like with Green at quarterback was that he can hurt the opposing defense with is feet. On more than one occasion he took off and scrambled or ran a qb draw to pick up 5-8 yards.

Had the running game actually worked on Saturday I think Green would have had a lot better day and put more points up on the scoreboard. It really seems that Roy Helu Jr. needs to rest his shoulder because having him for a couple of plays a game does nothing. If he can’t run with authority and the way we have been accustomed to seeing him run, he should not be out there on the field in my opinion.

The defense once again basically won this game for the Huskers. They shut down the Bears rushing attack to the tune of just 54 yards. Thanks in part to the dominating play of Jared Crick who was named the national defensive player of the week. Crick led the team with 13 tackles (ten solo) and five sacks. Crick also recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter to add to his impressive stat total.

The blackshirt defense also pickd off two Baylor passes as Prince Amukamara and Dejon Gomes both came away with interceptions.

Special teams was great on Saturday as well as freshman Eric Martin blocked a punt that was scooped up and returned for a touchdown by Justin Blachford. Martin once again shows why he is going to be a stud for the next three years.

So now it’s time to start looking forward to a huge game in Lincoln this coming Saturday. Oklahoma will be coming to town for a night game that will be televised on ABC. Memorial Stadium needs to be rocking and we need to have confidence that this team can pull off the upset!

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It sure wasn’t pretty but the outcome was exactly what Bo Pelini and Husker nation was hoping for on Thursday night. After three quarters of terrible special teams and offense, the Huskers finally got things going against Missouri and scored 27 points to come away with their first win in Columbia since 2001 and put themselves in the drivers seat in the Big12 North.

Zac Lee who just couldn’t get it going until the fourth quarter became hot and found Niles Paul for two touchdowns and also threw a touchdown to Missouri native Mike McNeill. Lee finished the game 14 for 33 and 158 yards. The one key thing was that he did not throw an interception and battled back late in the game after being down 12-0.

Roy Helu led the Huskers’ running attack with 88 yards on 18 carries. The Huskers didn’t run the ball like they would have liked to but was able to move the ball in the fourth quarter where Helu picked up most of his yards. Missouri was sending nine guys at the runningbacks daring Lee to make a play with his arm.

Big Ndamukong Suh picked off Blaine Gabbert and was on his all night long. Suh really showed why he is on of the best defensive linemen in college football last night. He ended with six tackles, a sack, a forced fumble to highlight the Huskers defensive showing.

All in all it was a great win for the Huskers and they found a way to win rather then a way to lose a game. This is a big step as the head into Big 12 play in hopes of going to the Big 12 Championship.

I’ll keep it short this morning as I’m head to Las Vegas for a little weekend vacation and gotta catch a flight. Hope everyone has a great weekend and enjoys some college football on Saturday like I plan on doing!

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It’s time for the annual Nebraska vs Missouri football game and after reading articles and listening to interview you sure can tell that both coaching staffs and players are ready to get things going on Thursday night in Columbi, Missouri. This will be a tough challenge for both teams as they both look to open up the Big 12 Conference with a victory and get started towards the Big 12 North title.

Missouri comes into the game undefeated with a 4-0 record so the Huskers will be looking to give the Tigers their first lose of the season and more importatly their first lose in conference play. I really have a feelng that this game is going to come right down to the end just like when the Huskers played Virginia Tech. The team that doesn’t make a costly mistake in the fourth quarter is probably going to come away with the victory in my opinion.

One key to the Huskers coming out of Columbia with a victory is going to be the play of quarterback Zac Lee. The Tigers will attempt to pressure Lee and force him to make mistakes and bad throws just like the Hokies did in Blacksburg. Can Zee keep his composure and will the linemen give him enough time to make good decisions with the ball?

On the other side of the ball for the Huskers they will attempt to slow down the spread offense and ex-husker committ Blaine Gabbert. Gabbert has looked pretty good so far this season as he took over the reigns from Chase Daniel. Daniel has yet to throw an interception this year while tossing eleven touchdowns. Look for the defense to play a lot nickle and dime and hope that the front four can get pressure on Gabbert.

It looks like it will be a rainy and soggy night in Columbia so ball control will be a big issue. The Huskers and Roy Helu will have the advantage on the ground so as long as Roy and the other running backs don’t put the ball on the turf I expect the Huskers to come out with a 35-34 victory and improve to 4-1 on the season.

What do you think the outcome of the game will be?

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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 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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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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Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini along with with players Roy Helu Jr., Ndamukong Suh and Jacob Hickman were down in Irving, Texas where the 2009 Big 12 media days are taking place this week. There wasn’t a whole lot of news that was surprising to me but here are the highlights of the chat with Coach Pelini and the players.

Coach Pelini said that the players are ready to go and woudl love to get at things right now. Nine wins is not where they want to be but they are getting to where they need to be if they take the opportunity. Pelini also said that Jaivorio Burkes is not longer with the team but didn’t speculate on the situation anymore than that.

Ndamukong Suh said that he is glad that he elected to stay at Nebraska not enter the NFL draft. He did pay attention to the draft to see where other Husker players went, but he never did think of where he would have been drafted had he chosen to go to the NFL.

Roy Helu Jr. said that he is very impressed with the young players that the coaching staff is bringing in. Helu said that the offense is also taking a lot more shots down the field and it is fun to see.

The one big thing that offensive linemen Jacob Hickman commented on was that he thought that Ricky Henry will be the number one right guard on the team. We all know that Ricky has a great motor and hopefully he plays under control and really helps out on the line.

So it sounds like the players are anxious to get the season going and get at things. I’m excited for the season and think it will be a very good season for the Huskers. I’m ready for practices to get started and you can expect the blog to be rocking and rolling as the season comes closer!


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