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Nebraska vs. Northwestern Watch Party
Posted September 22, 2016
Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Northwestern Wildcats WATCH PARTY
Saturday, September 24th
Game Coverage Begins at 4:30 PM PST
…Husker Win A Huge One Against Oregon…
…No Time To Rest With Northwestern Up Next…
OREGON GAME REVIEW
WOW! That has to be one of the most exciting games I’ve ever seen at Memorial Stadium and a huge win for the Huskers! As I was watching the momentum switch from one team to the other on several occasions, all I could think was how do these guys (on both teams) keep their composure?
Winner of the award for most heart has to go Tommy Armstrong. On several occasions, he went down with cramps, only to get back up and throw a first down pass or run for the game winning touchdown. I don’t know if I have ever seen someone with quite his level of determination and fight. While in my opinion, Tommy gets the game ball, several others stepped up and had great games. Ozigbo had a great game running for nearly 100 yards. Gerry had a good game with 9 tackles and 2 tackles for loss. Dzuris again had another good game with 5 tackles and one QB sac. Also, Caleb Lightbourn had an outstanding game with an average of 47 yards on 5 punts, including a season best 58 yarder in the 4th quarter. The last three of Lightbourn’s punts ended up inside Oregon’s 20 yard line. For his work, Lightbourn was named Big Ten freshman of the week!
Both teams did a good job on offense as we expected, but both teams also made some critical stops on defense…I’m just glad the Huskers made the biggest stop of the day.
This week the Huskers go on the road for the first time this season to play the Northwestern University Wildcats. The Wildcats have struggled to a 1-2 record so far this year, but they seem to always bring their A game when they play the Huskers. The Wildcats beat the Huskers last year in Lincoln 30-28. In three of the last four years, the Nebraska-Northwestern game has been decided by 3 points or less.
One thing the Husker coaches have already noticed from the Wildcat game against Duke was the ability of the Wildcats to convert on third downs. The Huskers will need to stop those third down conversions and keep the Wildcat offense off the field to avoid letting Northwestern stay in the game. Although the defense did well enough…especially in the clutch, the Ducks did gain quite a few yards and broke a few big plays…so there is still work to be done.
Statistically, Nebraska looks like the stronger team in this match-up. A few notable exceptions where Northwestern holds the edge are the scoring defense, punting and lack of penalties. The Huskers appear to have turned the corner in the punt game based on Person El’s great return in last weeks game and Lightbourn’s tremendous punting last week. They have also made improvements in the penalty game with only 55 yards in penalties last week. The biggest difference appears to be offense where the Huskers rank in the top 50 in nearly every offensive category, while the Wildcats are generally over 100.
Letdowns tend to occur after big game, but I don’t think this Husker team is going to let that happen…they just seem to have a different mind set this year. Join us this week at Dukes to see if the Big Red can make it 4-0!
Posted September 16, 2016
This last game against Wyoming showed us a little different Husker team than we saw in week one. While week one against Fresno State showed us a great running attack and very little in the way of passing, this past week was the opposite. Against Wyoming, The Huskers threw the ball for over 400 yards and ran for only 138. Many people wanted to see a little more passing after the Fresno State game…including me, but the Wyoming game seemed a little extreme.
Looking back on both games, I have decided that while balance on offense is a good goal, you still have to take what the other team gives you. If a team does everything it can to stop you from doing something, it is best to do something else…and this is what happened last Saturday. The Wyoming Cowboys focused on stopping the run nearly the whole game, so Langsdorf and Tommy Armstrong went to the air…and did so very well. In fact Tommy Armstrong is now the all time Nebraska leader in touchdown tosses with 57 touchdown passes. On Saturday, he moved ahead of Taylor Martinez who has 56. It is good to know that Nebraska can both run and throw the ball if needed, and it is even better to know that they will exploit what ever the other team gives them.
The blackshirts looked good again, except for a couple of fly sweeps. I hope they get that fixed before Oregon gets here. Nate Gerry made a statement in his first game of the year by grabbing two interceptions and making a team high 7 tackles. His performance earned him Big Ten defensive player of the week honors.
The rest of the defense did a great job too…I’m thrilled to see how much better the defensive backfield is compared to this time last year. One other guy that I kept seeing in the middle of big plays last week was defensive end Ross Dzuris. He had 2 tackles for loss, a half of a sack and a fumble recovery that he nearly took in for a TD. And how about that turnover rate? The blackshirts got 6 turnovers this past week and currently are tied for the national lead in turnover margin with +3.5 per game.
Next up is a game many of us living in Oregon have been looking forward to for the last several years. The Ducks are going to Lincoln! I for one was dreading this meeting a couple of years ago, but that is not the case any more…I firmly believe this version of the Huskers can beat Oregon. It definitely will not be easy as Oregon is a very good team with great speed, but the Huskers have the tools this year to compete.
Guys to watch out for on the Oregon roster include their new QB Dakota Prukop who transferred from Montana State after a very successful career. He has learned the Duck offense very quickly. They also have one of the best running backs in the country in Royce Freeman. He has just under 300 yards in his first two games, and in his last game, he averaged nearly 10 yards per carry.
While the Duck offense appears to be as dangerous as ever this year, the defense has shown a few cracks. The Duck defense gave up 388 yards to Virginia and 392 yards to UC Davis. With these kinds of defensive stats, I think the Huskers have an opportunity to put points on the board. They just need to slow down the high powered Duck offense.
Can the Huskers move the ball on the Duck defense and slow their offense down enough for a win? Join us at Dukes this Saturday and find out.
Saturday, September 17th Watch Party
Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Oregon Ducks
Game Coverage Begins at 12:30 PM PST
By all appearances, this should be a great game. Both teams had a relatively easy time in their first two games. For both teams, this game will be their first major test of the 2016 season. Odds makers have Nebraska favored, but by only 3 points. Also, early forecasts by national experts shows a near even split on who is favored in this game.
A couple things that the Huskers need to clean up for this game in order to win include penalties and the punt game…mainly the receiving part. The Huskers currently have 0 put return yards for 2016.
We hope you can join us Saturday, September 17th at Duke’s…doors open at 11:30 AM.
Duke’s will be offering a variety of lunch items. Arrive early for good seats! Families with children are welcome, however OLCC rules dictate that minors may not remain if a game goes beyond 9 PM.
The next game is on September 24th at 4:30 PM PST against the Northwestern Wildcats.