Nebraska heads to West Lafayette this weekend to take on the Purdue Boilermakers.
The Huskers are coming off of a tough loss to Iowa. While Nebraska played a much better game than they did the week before, turnovers proved to yet again be a problem.
The Boilermakers are 2-3 after a 30-37 loss to Rutgers on Saturday. Purdue averages 304 passing yards per game. Their leading receivers, Rondale Moore and David Bell, average 96 and 98.6 yards per game, respectively. The leading rusher for the Boilermakers is Zander Horvath. He has had 421 yards for the season.
Defensively Purdue is led by Derrick Barnes who has 45 tackles on the year. Barnes will miss the first half of the game due to a targeting penalty.
For more on the Boilermakers, check out Husker Mike’s Purdue Review.
Date/Time: December 5, 2020. 11 AM CDT
Location: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN
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Series Record: The series is tied 4-4. Nebraska leads 4-3 as Big Ten foes, while Purdue leads 3-2 in West Lafayette.
TV: The game will be televised on the BIG Network. Cory Provus will do the play-by-play, with Anthony Herron as the analyst. Coley Harvey will be on the sidelines. It can also be streamed on the Fox Sports App with your cable or dish log in.
Weather: Partly cloudy with a high of 42.
Odds: Purdue is favored by 1.5.
The three December games that are scheduled for the Huskers, are the first regular season December games since 1992. This is also the most games the Huskers have played in December.
Wan’Dale Robinson averages 6 catches per game, which has him ranked as fifth in the Big Ten and 31st nationally.
Head Coach Scott Frost on Cam Jurgens’ performance at center
“No, we need to get it fixed so we’re gonna get as much help and as many ideas as we can to get it fixed. He’s too good of a player not to have on the field. He’s too good of a player to even consider moving him out of that role or moving him somewhere else. But we can’t continue the way we’re going. We did a study this week and we scored on our drives where we don’t have a penalty, a bad snap or a turnover. We scored on over 90% of those drives and we just had far too many. The snaps last week hurt us. Four or five of those when you’re only getting 63 plays in a game, was about 10% of your offensive snaps and it puts us behind the eight ball. It puts us in third and longs. Cam cares as much as anyone on the team, so he wants to get it fixed. And we’ll do whatever we have to make sure that we’re getting it better.”
On the running backs
“Sevion Morrison won’t be available. We’re crossing our fingers for everybody else at this point.”
On Adrian Martinez’s performance against Iowa
“I thought he was efficient. He didn’t turn the ball over. I thought he ran hard when he had a chance to. Made a couple throws downfield. There are still a couple simple things that we could have done a little better. His eyes a couple of times. But I thought returning to play, he did a good job and Luke (McCaffrey) was really efficient on his snaps, too. Again, in that game set, that’s a tough team. That’s the kind of game we’re going to have to win to beat a good team like that. And when we have our opportunities, we just can’t get the untimely holding penalty. That’s the downside. The good side is we only had I think four penalties. They just came at the wrong time. And you can’t fumble a punt when you’re going to get great field position to try to go win. And Cam Taylor-Britt is one of our best players. He’s not going to drop very many, but it’s just untimely. We certainly can’t miss a guy on a protection when we’re going to win and the guy that missed that is one of our best players. Those are all fixable things that happened. That’s good, but like I said, the intensity and the approach to the game was the best that I felt. So we need to continue to do that and not have those mistakes that cost us.”
Linebacker Will Honas on motivation for the rest of the season
“Every week we have an opportunity to compete and get better. The season hasn’t gone as planned but we still have an opportunity to finish it strong. We can finish with three wins and that would be ideal to finish 500 and get some momentum for next year.”
Cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt on Dicaprio Bootle’s interception
“Well, if you ask him, he’ll tell you. But I tell him every game, ‘This is your game, you’re gonna get a pick this game, just follow the ball through and go get it.’ The ball really just landed right there in his hands so perfectly. I don’t know how he could’ve drop it. I was so happy for him. You could see me in the pictures, in the videos, just chasing him, so happy like I caught the interception myself. But it’s just exciting to see another player, especially my brother, close teammate who’s always been there for me since I’ve got here and showed me the ropes. Just to see him get that, I was so excited.”