This week the Cornhuskers are set to travel to West Lafayette to take on the Purdue Boilermakers.
Nebraska is coming off of a loss at home to Indiana last week. In the game the Huskers were led by true freshmen Wan’Dale Robinson and Luke McCaffery. Third string quarterback McCaffery ran for 76 yards while passing for 71. Robinson rushed for 83 yards and had 71 yards receiving.
The Husker offense rushed and passed for over 200 yards each. This was a welcome return to the Husker offense. The defense however did not play as they have earlier in the year. Nebraska is ready for both sides of ball to show up on Saturday.
Purdue (2-6, 1-4 Big Ten) lost to Illinois 24-6 last week. They were able to score in the fourth quarter of that game to prevent a shut out. Purdue brings in a week rushing attack, but they counteract that with a strong passing game. Both Jack Plummer and Elijah Sindelar have had 9 passing touchdowns this year. The leading receiver for Purdue is David Bell with 653 yards and 4 touchdowns. Ben Holt and Jack Karlaftis lead the Boilermakers on defense. They combine for over 100 tackles so far this year.
For more on the Boilermakers, check out Husker Mike’s Purdue Preview.
Date/Time: November 2, 2019, 11 A.M. CDT
Location: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Indiana Capacity 57,236.
Surface: Natural Grass
Opposition Blog: Check out Hammer and Rails.
Series Record: Nebraska leads all time 4-3. In West Lafayette it is tied 2-2. The last meeting, last year in Lincoln Purdue won 42-28.
TV: The game will be televised on FOX. Tim Brando will do the play-by-play, with Spencer Tilman as the analysit and Coley Harvey on the sidelines. It can also be streamed on the Fox Sports App with your cable or dish log in.
Radio: Huskers sports radio network. The audio can also be streamed live for free at huskers.com. The crew will be: Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, and Ben McLaughlin. Satellite radio options include: XM Simulcast 83; Sirius Simulcast 83
Weather: Partly cloudy with a high of 41. It’s going to be a chilly one.
Odds: Nebraska is favored by 2.5-3 points.
Nebraska set a school record for pass completion percentage on Saturday against Illinois with 87%. They also had three players complete passes during the game.
Nebraska has played 25 freshmen so far this year. They rank 12th nationally for freshmen played. In the game against Indiana true freshman Wan’Dale Robinson and Luke McCaffery played bit roles.
Head Coach Scott Frost on talking to his football team
“There comes a time and a place when you have to rip some tails, honestly. That’s what we did. But I wanted our players to understand the reason we did that, why we did that and wanted them to know that it is never personal. The guys get it.
Team captain Matt Farniok on what the players need to do
“It comes down to just being personal; take every rep personal. In practice, you can’t ever relax. You can’t ever take a play off - ‘I’m kind of tired, I’ll go 75 percent.’ It needs to be 100 percent every time because those little things, they add up and they will show.
Wan’Dale Robinson on what the team mentality
“There’s still some guys on the team that aren’t bought all into our mentality that Coach Frost is wanting our team to have for the years to come. We have to start that now, we can’t just wait for that to come. So, getting that mentality and trying to preach it to the other guys- even though I’m a freshman, I’m still trying to get that into the older guys’ heads.”
Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander
“I love these kids. Here’s what I’d tell you: I love football, I love Nebraska, And I love these kids. And I’m going to coach them as hard as I freaking can for as long as I’m here, and I hope that’s for a really, really long time. This program’s going to be really good — we have to find a way to get it better. There’s no such thing as a quick fix. I know everybody wants it. I want it. The players want it. That’s not realistic. We have to build this program to where Coach Frost wants it. If that happens for the next four games, great. If that happens next year, that’s probably not good enough for everybody, but we’re going to keep pushing until we do it. There’s not one person in this building who doesn’t love Nebraska.”