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This week, Nebraska takes hopefully the first of two trips to the Rose Bowl this season, taking on UCLA this Saturday, 6:30 CDT on Fox.
Go Big Red!
In today's Reads, the defense learns about Southern Miss by reading the newspaper, UCLA gets excited for Nebraska's arrival (and their freshman phenom Hundley) and Nick Saban's Alabama may match Osborne's feat. Those stories and more below.
Wow I'm unimpressed... -JLew
Not nearly enough game footage to get the crowd pumped up. That's unfortunate. - Salt
It's no longer a birthday party. I trust the students will figure something out - they're a creative bunch.
We have a stiff challenge coming up against UCLA and now's not the time to oversell our potential. Let's reconvene on that in December.
THEY CAUGHT THE BALL. All joking aside, a great weekend for the receiving corps. And those tight ends. (Anyone notice the bounty of passes to tight ends? Think Belichick's visit had anything to do with that?)
More Nebraska football and other stories after the Jump!
The defense knows they need to figure out the mystery of the mobile QB...
Nebraska held Southern Miss to a TD and a FG based on words from the local media. That is insane. Also, now we understand why Pelini runs a tight ship for information. Couldn't he at least put out misinformation?
The dust is beaten out of this team. Let's hope for another strong performance against UCLA.
Interesting dynamics on the sideline.
Southern Miss (0-1)
Southern Miss-Nebraska football stats (Sept 1, 2012) -- HuskerMax™
For those of you who are interested.
Nebraska covered the spread, which was counter to what I expected. Good thing I don't gamble.
Let's hope Nebraska's special teams figure out how to block kicks - it's been an issue for a while.
If Nebraska can keep up their offensive attack, we'll be that much harder to game-plan for. And may I point out that the Blackshirts made USM earn every yard - only one play over 20 yards.
Let's see where the line is once we enter Big Ten play. But they did have a good Saturday. Keep it up, guys.
"I think they were just working on plays. We stopped them a few plays here or there. But, frankly, they might have missed a block or something. I don’t know how else we stopped them. It’s just something that’s got to get better."
And apparently Nebraska didn't pull out anything new that they hadn't seen before.
Get well soon, Rex. Thankfully, Abdullah, Heard, Cross and Marrow should be able to fill his shoes. Yes, it might take all four of them.
Nebraska never had much of a passing game last year and the offensive options were limited, but quarterback Taylor Martinez spent the offseason changing up his passing mechanics and looking stronger in practices. All the work paid off, at least for one week, tearing up defending Conference USA champion Southern Miss for 354 passing yards and five touchdowns in the surprising blowout. Unfortunately, for the Husker attack, star running back Rex Burkhead suffered a knee injury in the win.
Hey, we're a star in the Big Ten! (h/t JLew)
Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 3): Nebraska
Taylor's arm changes everything, doesn't it? I think ESPN had us slated for either the Insight or the Gator Bowl before. Important to note that I don't think it'll be Oklahoma as the Big 12 representative. (h/t JLew)
4. Martinez and Miller have done their homework: Nebraska's Taylor Martinez and Ohio State's Braxton Miller both are among the nation's best athletes at the quarterback spot. But both men also entered 2012 with questions about their passing skills after one (Martinez) took a step backward in 2011 and the other (Miller) barely threw the ball in his freshman year.
Let's hope this isn't a September Heisman kind of deal and Taylor can keep it up. (h/t JLew)
Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez: With running back Rex Burkhead sidelined early by a knee injury, the Huskers offense was squarely in Martinez's hands. And it was in very good hands. Martinez's hard offseason work on his mechanics paid big dividends as he completed 26 of 34 passes for 354 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions in the 49-20 win over Southern Miss. He'll face better defenses, but his decision-making and accuracy were mighty impressive.
Southern Miss' defense did not look very good, so don't read too terribly much into the Huskers' 632 total yards. But do take note of Martinez's improvement, which was undeniable. If he can play like that, and Burkhead isn't gone for long, this is a serious Big Ten title contender.
Amazing what one bad weekend for the rest of the Big Ten can do for Nebraska's image. (h/t JLew)
Our own HuskerMike recaps the game. Saturday was definitely Taylor's day.
I think we stay under the radar until October. Hopefully we don't crash and burn. (And Dirk sounds absolutely giddy in this piece.)
(**) Steven M. Sipple: Beck needs -- and has -- plenty of weapons : Husker Extra
Needless to say, the offense is by far the most exciting offense we've seen at Nebraska in a long time. Perhaps back to Eric Crouch?
This offense has been built to complement Martinez and it shows.
There is something different about the team, not just Taylor. Perhaps the lack of a Spring Game to over-inflate expectations and a solid first outing is making things sunshiney, I don't know.
I really think Martinez has turned a corner.
We can't really judge this defense following Southern Miss' musical QBs. UCLA won't be doing that - they'll just have their true freshman dual-threat QB Hundley who is his own bucket of trouble for Pelini's defense.
I agree - a solid outing but it's too early to figure out if this team will be consistent. Certainly hope so.
A good tune-up for UCLA, even if it was just Rice. Look for a tough game this Saturday. Their QB, albeit timid in the pocket, could be dangerous.
They seem fairly confident for a team that struggled against Rice. (For comparison, Southern Miss. Weak?*) UCLA is dangerous but I think they would've lost to Southern Miss. (And Hundley wasn't that amazing.)
*Update: See carlosatthetoe's comment below for clarification. (It's the first one.)
Could Nebraska turn the Rose Bowl red?
UCLA's first game may have been against Rice, but they still have a talented offense that should challenge the Nebraska defense.
Well done, ladies! They sweep Colgate, winning 25-12, 25-19 and 25-13.
The Lady Huskers downed UC Irvine 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-21).
They can handle it, I'm sure of it.
Women's Soccer (2-4-0)
Good job, ladies!
Big Ten (10-2)
Just FYI. No indication of how long.
The Big Ten delivers recaps of the Big Ten's 10-2 record coming out of this weekend.
Adaptability is important. Good on Frank for being willing to change.
The mobility of Tettleton was a problem for an aggressive front seven. Sound familiar?
With the new playoff, it's going to be necessary. I for one would love for Nebraska to stop scheduling FCS opponents.
OTE suggests that perhaps Michigan will finally appreciate where their program is. On the plus side, no one in the Big Ten is thinking BCS this fall. Which means we're all gunning for roses. It's Valentine's Day afternoon, everyone.
Glad thats settled. Why should the rest of us play? I mean, look how well Oregon beat up Arky State! And USC and LSU! LOOK AT THAT COMPETITION. Seriously, everyone. It's week one. CHILL. (Includes us.)
Someone had the difficulty set to "freshman".
Alabama very well might match Osborne's feat this fall. Good for them. (Can we get a Texas-sized spoiler out of the SEC please?)
Arizona might as well pencil in the L - these kids are motivated.
My pick for West Virginia to win the Big 12 is looking better and better. (Oklahoma? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.)
What did I just watch?
Aren't they having budget issues? This seems unnecessary.
How They Did: A Look at Our Upcoming and Past Opponents.
Click the link for a recap of each team's previous game.
|Date||Opponent||Last Week||This Week||Record|
|9/1||Southern Miss||@Nebraska, L, 20-49||vs East Carolina (1-0)||0-1|
|9/8||@UCLA||@Rice, W, 49-28||vs Nebraska (1-0)||1-0|
|9/15||Arky State||@Oregon, L, 34-57||vs Memphis (0-1)||0-1|
|9/22||FCS Idaho||@Air Force, L, 21-49||vs Black Hills State (0-0)||0-1|
|9/29||Wisconsin||vs Northern Illinois, W, 26-21||@ Oregon State (0-0)||1-0|
|10/6||@URBZville||vs Miami (OH), W, 56-10||vs UCF (1-0)||1-0|
|10/20||@NU||@Syracuse, W, 42-41||vs Vanderbilt (0-1)||1-0|
|10/27||Mitten||vs Alabama, L, 14-41||vs Air Force (1-0)||0-1|
|11/3||@Mitten State||vs Boise State, W, 17-14||vs Central
|11/10||Penn State||vs Ohio, L, 14-24||@ Virginia (1-0)||0-1|
|11/17||Minnesota||vs UNLV, W, 30-27||vs New Hampshire (1-0)||1-0|
|11/23||@Iowa||vs Northern Iowa, W, 18-17||vs Iowa State (1-0)||1-0|
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