The nice thing about this win was that
it showed our defense is capable of stopping another Big 12 offense. After
the Kansas game, it was hard not to wonder.
Does having an aggressive defensive scheme, rather than
a read-and-react (like against KU), make that much difference for these
players? Seems so. We play way better when the D-line is in attack mode.
On offense, Jackson might be the best back we have. He
picks up blitzes better than any RB I can remember in recent history.
I’m sure nearly every Husker fan enjoyed the running game’s
effectiveness against ISU. Almost as impressive though, I thought, was
our ability to stop their running game. Hicks is a good back and Meyer
a solid running QB. We made their offense one-dimensional—which
works well when receivers are catching passes just out of bounds and/or
getting called for pushing off.
The more Thenarse and Wilson see the field, the better
this secondary can be on passing downs. I like Bradley, but it makes me
worry when we have him lined up on an opposing team’s WR.
Fortunately for us, Blythe didn’t go against Grixby
much. Cryer is really playing well. The more batted-down passes we can
get out of him, the better. (Makes for good pass D.) McKeon also had another
Taylor-to-Purify is going to continue to pay dividends
if we don’t overuse it. I still yearn to see NU throw to Herian
more. He seems to be open a lot more than he ends up getting the ball.
Okay, yeah now I’m just nitpicking…sorry.
Overall, a great win—and another step toward our
conference “order restoration” project.
Kansas St. is probably not any better of a team than Iowa
St. But will we play as well? Will we get the breaks again? Manhattan
has not been a kind place, in more ways than one. If any order is to be
restored, we need to hand them a loss now. This is the best chance to
win at KSU we have had in awhile.
Hopefully Austin and Mann will be able to contribute to
another strong running game. If we get that, and our fair share of hits
on Freeman, we should be able to pick up another road win. This will give
us another notch of confidence for next week’s home game.
The voice of Scarlet Commentary is Jeffrey A. Leever, a Nebraska native also stuck behind enemy lines in Jefferson County, Colo. He is a 1994 graduate of the University of Nebraska (Kearney) and a freelance writer and author. Some of Jeff’s writings of the nonfootball kind can be found online at Barnes & Noble (1, 2), Amazon.com (1, 2), and MenofIntegrity.net (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Contact Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org.