Before we talk about the details of the game, I have to say the missing man formation on the first Nebraska punt of the day was one of the most touching things I have ever seen. It was a wonderful tribute to Sam Foltz and an indication of what he meant to the Husker football program, his team mates and the people of Nebraska. I’ve watched the clip of that punt formation many times since last Saturday’s game, and every time it brings a tear to my eye.
First and foremost, last weeks game was a win…which is good. How we got there was a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly.
The good part (in addition to the win) was NO TURNOVERS! The Huskers ran the ball 51 times for nearly 300 yards and only threw 13 passes. Those who longed for the power running game of the past, must have been in heaven, but I think the Big Red needs to take better advantage of the best receiving group in the Big Ten in order to win down the road.
The bad was the number of penalties. The Huskers were penalized 7 times for a total of 80 yards…several of them were silly personal fouls of one form or another. The Huskers had hoped for improvement in this area, but it did not show up in week one. More discipline is in order.
The ugly part was the punt return game. How many times did they miss fielding a punt? They were very lucky that there were not a few turnovers in that part of the game. One thing I want to know is where was De’Mornay Pierson El?
Overall, the Husker offense looked ok. As I mentioned above, the run game was strong, with Newby, Ozigbo and the freshman Bryant all looked good! The passing game needs work.
Defensively, the Blackshirts looked good. They ran to the ball very well and held Fresno State to 31 yards rushing and 274 total yards. That is a long way from where they want to be, but with a brand new D-line and Nate Gerry out of the lineup on Saturday, they did pretty good.
This week the Huskers face the Wyoming Cowboys that won in triple OT last Saturday (actually early Sunday) against Northern Illinois. They have a big, strong, mobile QB named Josh Allen. He was named Mountain West player of the week for his performance against Northern Illinois. He was 19 for 29 passing and accounted for 315 total yards in last weeks game.
The Cowboy defense held Northern Illinois to 133 yards on the ground (94 yards if you exclude the 3 OTs). They also have a lot of team speed and ran to the ball well.
The Huskers have a good start…can they keep it going? Join us at Dukes on Saturday and find out!
This looks like another game the Husker should win fairly easily, but we have seen too many times that anything can happen in football. Neither team is ranked this week and I suspect the Huskers will remain out of the top 25 even with a win over the Cowboys. The odds makers currently have the Huskers favored by about 25 points. It will be interesting to see how the Huskers do in the pass game this week, and also what kind of a difference Gerry makes on the defensive side of the ball.
We hope you can join us Saturday, September 10th at Duke’s…doors open at 8:00 PM.
Duke’s will be offering a variety of breakfast and 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.