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The Morning After: A Welcomed Sigh of Relief as Nebraska Finally Handles Its Business

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Make no mistake. Fordham was a FCS opponent that Nebraska was expected to handle easily.

In the beginning it was anything but easy. With that said Scott Frost stuck with the running game and Nebraska pulled away in the 2nd quarter to end up beating Fordham by 45 points.

Frost said after the game that he wanted to establish the running game. It took longer than he wanted but it happened nonetheless. “Still want to get the run game established a little earlier and a little better. We need our base run plays to get us five or six when they’re getting us two and get us 11 when they’re getting to six and I think that’s a team effort. It’s up front, it’s backs, it’s good decisions, it’s all those things and when you can establish run, everything else works off of it, and we did that okay today, but it can still get better.”

The ability to establish the run is likely the number one key for this season. How the offensive line plays will determine the success of this 2021 season. It was clear as day in yesterday’s game against Fordham.

In the first quarter the offensive line appeared out of sync and disjointed. The offense struggled to stay on the field when that happened. At the same time the Nebraska defense looked lost as FCS Fordham’s quarterback, Tim DeMorat, looked like the next coming of Tom Brady.

As the game went on you could tell that the offensive line of Nebraska started to assert itself. Then the defense started to do the same. It was hand in hand for Scott Frost’s team.

The defense got a couple turnovers. The offense finished some drives to finish the half and the game was in hand.

The special teams played an excellent game, with the obvious exception of another Cam Taylor-Britt.

How about the kickoff specialists? Isn’t that a sight for sore eyes. Touchback after touchback after touchback. It’s simply quite amazing.

Daniel Cerni averaged 40 yards per punt. Last year’s all-conference kicker Connor Culp didn’t miss two extra points.

Sometimes special teams is a great indicator if a team is taking care of it’s business. Those are the small things that turn into really big things as Nebraska fans are aware.

Halfway through the third quarter Nebraska started funneling in the backups. We finally got to see Logan Smothers in live action.

Folks. This was the first time we have been able to see backups play in a Nebraska football game since 2019. It felt weird. It felt distant. It used to be normal at this time of season. We got to see the a glimpse of the future.

That doesn’t happen unless Nebraska takes care of business on Saturday. I think we should appreciate it even if it was against a 40 point underdog.


Much Respect for Fordham’s Ryan Greenhagen

I think Ryan Greenhagen won a bunch of fans from Nebraska players, coaches and fans. The kid is a stud. He is a linebacker and generally if a linebacker gets double digit tackles then that’s a good game. The kid had 30 TACKLES! It was impossible not to notice him. Much respect.

In fact, he set a Nebraska football record. His 30 tackles is the new records for tackles by an opponent. The last record holder was Clete Pillen of Oklahoma State in 1976.

The Morning After

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Nebraska’s “Red Carpet Experience” might have looked like charity. But closer inspection reveals a measure of wisdom, writes Dirk Chatelain. It also gave underserved kids "the trip of a lifetime."