Last week the Husker’s offense struggled to get anything going against South Alabama. Luckily, the defensive came through in a way that they hadn’t since the 2017 season. They scored. Twice. Add in a special teams touchdown from JD Spielman and Nebraska was able to walk away with a win.
Husker fans it’s time to look ahead to a new week and a new team, Colorado. The Huskers go on their first road game of the 2019 season to Boulder on Saturday.
The rivalry with Colorado was renewed last year and it looks to be as fierce as ever. While it’s the same Colorado, this team has a different look with new head coach Mel Tucker.
Last week Colorado defeated Colorado state 52-31. Their defense caused four turnovers and had one score in the win. Their quarterback Steven Montanez went 13-20 for 232 yards and two touchdowns. Their leading receiver was Tony Brown, followed by NFL prospect Laviska Shenault Jr.
For more on the Buffaloes, check out Husker Mike’s Colorado Preview
Date/Time: September 7, 2019 2:30pm CT (1:30pm MT)
Location: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO Capacity: 53,613
Opposition Blog: Check out The Ralphie Report
Series Record: Nebraska leads the series 49-19-2. As for games in Boulder, Nebraska also leads that record 23-10-2. The current win streak has Colorado at 1-0 from last year’s meeting in Lincoln.
TV: The game will be televised on FOX. Play-by-Play announcer will be Joe Davis, analyst, Brock Huard, and Bruce Feldman on the sidelines. It can be streamed through the Fox Sports Go App with a login from your cable/satellite/streaming provider.
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: 80 degrees and cloudy, there is a chance of rain and a possible thunder storm
Odds: Nebraska is favored by 4.5-3.5 points.
Saturdays game will be the 71st meeting of the Huskers and the Buffaloes. From 1948-2010 Nebraska and Colorado were in three conferences together. Those conferences were the Big Six, Big Eight, and Big 12.
This is Nebraska’s first trip to Boulder in 10 years. The last time the Huskers played there was in 2009 when the Huskers won 28-20.
Defensive Coordinator Eric Chinander on last week’s defensive performance
“I was happy with that part of it. Guys played hard and got the ball out. We probably should have scored one more if the guys would have done exactly what we are coached to do. Lots of stuff to fix and lots of stuff to get better at, but I was pleased with the turnovers.”
On junior safety Eli Sullivan
“Unbelievable. For that guy, it is gonna be special for him being from Colorado, walk-on guy. [He] put his head down and grinded for three or four years. All he does is get better. Through camp, he is out there making plays. You know, he intercepts a pass with the one’s and I’m like ‘Who is that Fish?’ [Defensive Backs Coach Travis Fisher] ‘That’s Eli.’ He has improved so much, and I’m so happy for that guy. He’s made some big tackles out there. I saw some of the stuff on Twitter. He is another coach on the field. Sure, he corrects me sometimes. He studies the football game. There is never a point where he is out of position. I am just proud of him.”
Quarterbacks Coach Mario Verduzco on Adrian Martinez
“Both of us were piss poor. He’s just a young guy, man. I’m in charge of getting him ready to go and I didn’t do a very good job. I gotta get better.”
Cam Jurgens on his play at Center
“I think it’s just getting more reps. Everything is correctable. It’s just rushing myself. I’ll be ready for it next week.”
Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters on receiver Kanawai Noa
“He didn’t have any catches and he didn’t appear in the stat line (Saturday), but he blocked his butt off, hustled. He did a great job.”