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Nebraska Cornhuskers 2011 Non-Conference update: Week 1

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Each week we will go over Nebraska's non-conference opponents and how they fared against their competition.

There was a consistent theme this week for Nebraska's non-conference opponents: inconsistency. Every team played their first game of the year and all of them found some strengths and some weakness.

Tennessee-Chattanooga - Last week - Nebraska (L, 7-40).  This week vs. Jacksonville State. No Line.

Chattanooga vs. Nebraska - Box Score - September 3, 2011 - College Football -

Some of the Box Score highlights include:

Coleman, 19/33 174 yards, 1TD, 1INT

Green, 7 rushes, 37 yards

Bradford, 4 catches, 47 yards

Nebraska Tops No. 21 Chattanooga 40-7 to Open Season - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Official Athletics Site

The 21st-ranked Chattanooga Mocs football team put up a good fight in a 40-7 loss at No. 10 Nebraska. The Mocs opened the season against an opponent from the Football Bowl Subdivision for the 10th time in school history, making their first trip to historic Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

Next week will be tough but winnable game for the Mocs. It will definitely be more manageable than their game against Nebraska.

Anniston Star - Blanchard Gamecocks start Plan B preparations

Not only was the coaching staff hunkered down to fix the problems from Thursday’s dramatic 24-23 season-opening win over UT Martin, it had to start making plans to go forward with a new quarterback. The Coty Blanchard era begins today as the ninth-ranked Gamecocks (1-0) start preparing to play at No. 21 Chattanooga (0-1) this week.

Fresno State - Last week - California (L, 21-36).  This week vs. Nebraska. They are currently a 23 point underdog to the Cornhuskers.

Bulldogs up for more pain - Fresno State Football -

Fresno State took quite a few lumps during Saturday's 36-21 loss to Cal at Candlestick Park, and afterward coach Pat Hill seemed to be preparing the fan base for a few more.

"I still believe this will be a very, very good football team," Hill said during the postgame news conference. "We had a lot of new guys. There's a lot of moving parts. We're going to go through a few growing pains."

Fresno State vs. California - Box Score - September 3, 2011 - College Football -

Some of the Box Score highlights include:

Carr, 21/33 142 yards, 1TD, 1 INT, 6 rushes, -33 yards

Rouse, 17 rushes, 86 yards, 1TD

Wylie, 5 catches, 75 yards, 0TD

It was a rough first game for David Carr's little brother. Like most teams, you watch the game tape and try to improve for the next outing.

Washington Huskies - Last week - Eastern Washington (W, 30-27).  This week vs. Hawaii. They are currently a 1 point favorite against the defending Rainbow Warriors.

Washington Huskies hold off Eastern Washington in football opener - Seattle Washington Huskies |

Eastern quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell picked apart the Huskies defense all day. Mitchell completed 39 of 69 passes for 473 yards and three touchdowns, as the Eagles outgained Washington 504-250.

Washington used a last-minute interception by Desmond Trufant in the corner of the end zone to hold off the defending FCS champions Eastern 30-27 Saturday evening.

E Washington vs. Washington - Box Score - September 3, 2011 - College Football -

Some of the Box Score highlights include:

Price, 17/25, 102 yards, 3TD

Polk, 23 carries, 125 yards

Johnson, 4 catches, 29 yards, 1 TD

Let's be honest. Washington got lucky. Eastern Washington won the FCS title last year and they gave they gave the Huskies all they could handle. -4 turnover ratio did in the eagles.

Wyoming Cowboys - Last week - Weber State (W, 35-32).  This week vs. Texas State. No current line.

Wyoming Wins Football Season Opener Against Weber State - KOWB 1290

True freshman quarterback Brett Smith made his collegiate debut starting for the Cowboys Saturday night. His first pass attempt resulted in an interception which allowed Weber State to put the first points on the scoreboard. But by the time he completed a game winning 9-yd pass to Robert Herron with 22 seconds remaining in the game, Wyoming fans had long forgiven him.

Weber State vs. Wyoming - Box Score - September 3, 2011 - College Football -

Some of the Box Score highlights include:

Smith, 27/41, 294 yards, 3TD, 1INT

Smith, 13 carries, 44 yards, 1TD

Herron, 7 catches, 104 yards, 2 TD

The Cowboys had quite the shoot-out against Weber State and managed a TD with 22 seconds left to get the win. A little more refining over the next few weeks and the Wyoming offense could test the Blackshirts at the highest altitude stadium in the country (7,200 feet above sea level).