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Nebraska Can’t Overcome Roster Issues in Six Point Loss to Purdue

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 15 Nebraska at Purdue Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

I expected this game to get away from Nebraska early. There were several times during the game I expected Purdue to blow it open but Nebraska kept on lingering. In the end Nebraska lost 43-37 and I’m not sure how many wins there are remaining on the schedule.

Purdue has one of the better rushing defenses in the country and Nebraska has had issues running the ball this season. Nebraska has also had issues protecting the quarterback. Both of those problems were seen early and often against Purdue but yet Nebraska was in the game at the end.

It is a credit to Mickey Joseph and this staff.

The game was also illustrative of the shortcomings of this roster. The lack of depth up and down the roster is a problem that will remain with this team all season long. The inability to pass block and stop the run is a bigger problem.

Especially with Illinois waiting in the wings in two weeks. This Illinois team not only is 6-1 but has beaten Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin in three successive weeks.

Nebraska’s remaining schedule looks more daunting than I expected at the beginning of the season. It scheduled goes Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and then Iowa.

Stopping the run is obviously not going to get any easier. Especially if Nick Henrich and Luke Reimer’s injuries keep them out.

Purdue’s walk-on running back Devin Mockobee had 30 carries for 179 yards. He runs hard but Nebraska is going to see at least three running backs better than him the rest of the season.

While the schedule looks daunting, we should not expect this Nebraska team to lay down. It should be interesting to watch at least.

If Mickey Joseph can find 2-3 wins in the next five games then he probably should get the Alabama job at this point. It might be a miracle.

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