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!