Wanted to start the morning after with the best thing about yesterday
It’s been my dream all my life... Dream Accomplished. pic.twitter.com/EsQLerCH6l— Matt Jarzynka (@MJarzynka) October 27, 2018
Mick Stoltenberg said he had tears in his eyes when Matt Jarzynka recorded that TFL in the fourth quarter. Here's what Stoltenberg said when he came to the podium in the postgame: pic.twitter.com/PK30a8yC52— Parker Gabriel (@HuskerExtraPG) October 27, 2018
Your mind drifts to strange places during the second half of a game like Saturday’s.
As Nebraska was breezing past Bethune-Cookman, I kept thinking about Ohio State. That’s kind of a strange place at the moment, right?
In the two weeks leading up to Michigan, Nebraska averaged 19.8 yards per point. In the two weeks leading up to Ohio State, Nebraska is averaging 11.5 yards per point. The lower the number here, the better; the first would have ranked 129th in the country last season while the second would have ranked sixth.
In the two weeks leading up to Michigan, Nebraska was outscored 17-7 in first quarters. In the two weeks leading up to Ohio State, Nebraska is outscoring its opponents 42-3 in first quarters.
On Saturday, Memorial Stadium and Nebraska's fans were on full display for Bethune-Cookman. Sure, the Wildcats left with a 45-9 loss but that wasn't all they took from the day.
"There’s 90,000 people out there, everyone excited, student section, all the fans. Their fans were cheering us on before the game even started," B-CU senior running back Alfred Adams said post-game. "They were very friendly and honestly, I’m not used to that. Usually other fans are like, ‘Oh, boo. You suck’ but they were very welcoming.”
Eileen Jensen sat in section 613, row 11, seat 8 on Saturday. She was decked out in a red Nebraska sweatshirt, red Nebraska jacket and a red ballcap with a silver bow on the back. The 85-year-old looked like a seasoned visitor of Memorial Stadium at first glance.
Yet Nebraska's matchup with Bethune-Cookman was actually Jensen's first visit to Memorial Stadium for a Huskers game day.
Terry Sims wasn’t sure he wanted to bring his kids to play at Nebraska, but the coach decided it was too good of an opportunity for him and the Bethune Cookman program.
Even after a 45-9 loss, Sims said he couldn’t be happier with his decision to add the game and come to Nebraska. The coach said that not only will it be a memory for his players, but it’s a good learning tool for the whole program.
When asked about his own 55-yard performance in Nebraska’s 45-9 win, Wyatt Mazour defaulted credit to the people blocking for him — both in the trenches and on the perimeter.
In the second half when Mazour got his first real run of extend playing time, it seemed at times Bethune-Cookman didn’t get a hand on him until he was already 6 or 7 yards down field. Mazour said it was because of the strong blocking out in front.
The stat book will show that Miles Jones caught one pass for 21 yards and ran it once for five yards in his first action as a Husker.
This seems a typical enough debut for any true freshman in college football. A couple touches are the equivalent of putting one big toe in the 10-foot end of the pool.
But, man, there was almost a much bigger splash.
Matt Jarzynka had a tough decision to make when he headed home for the summer.
The walk-on senior-to-be lined up a summer internship that would advance his career professionally, but it kept Jarzynka apart from his teammates for the summer. The defensive lineman thought hard about whether to return for his senior season at Nebraska or move on and begin his career.
On Saturday, Jarzynka knew made the right decision.
Adrian Martinez passed for 213 yards and two touchdowns and Devine Ozigbo ran for 110 and another score — all in the first half — and Nebraska prepped for next week's trip to Ohio State with a 45-9 win over Bethune-Cookman on Saturday.
This is a game where it feels like the teams should go out to dinner together afterwards.— Jack Mitchell (@JackMitchellLNK) October 27, 2018
Your mind goes to strange places in the second half of a game like this.— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) October 27, 2018
I keep thinking about Ohio State.
That's kind of a strange place at the moment, right?
Wahoo Neumann. Boone Central. Loup City. Lincoln Southeast. Lots of local kids getting their moment today. Throwback Saturday.— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) October 27, 2018
Who is in? Everyone is in. Throw a dart at Nebraska's depth chart, there's a good chance whatever name it hits is about to catch a pass or get a tackle.— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) October 27, 2018
Last two weeks #huskers Points per Play .715. Now up to .410 on the season. Should be ranked in top 50 to start the week. They were 106th at the beginning of the month.— Mike'l Severe (@MikelSevere) October 27, 2018
Why is it we have Husker football fans staying at a 45-3 game when Nebrasketball fans leave early with the game still in question?— CornNation (@CornNation) October 27, 2018
Life Lesson From Steven M. Sipple?
I'm 52 and really not the dieting type. But I do vow going forward to never walk and eat at the same time.— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) October 27, 2018
Random Stuff From Saturday
Coaches should do more fart noises. pic.twitter.com/kpma18obSd— Connor Happer (@ConnorHapper) October 28, 2018
This is not pass interference. pic.twitter.com/l56ONPnrvl— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) October 27, 2018