Racing out to a dominant, 27-3 lead on
Missouri is one of the more impressive things the Huskers have done all
year. After the meltdown against Oklahoma St., we needed a win like this.
Nunn, Purify, and Swift all made great
plays in this game. Missouri’s coaches can be thanked for giving
Swift the chance to put the game out of reach in the 4th quarter. The
Tigers had stopped us on the previous 3rd down, but there was a penalty
on the play which Pinkel chose not to decline—giving Taylor the
chance to hit Swift.
Carriker continues to impress on D. The
more the young defensive backs see the field, the better we seem to play.
Our special teams effort in this game
needs to become the norm, rather than the exception, as we go forward.
BIG 12 NORTH
It wasn’t that long ago people were
proclaiming Missouri to be the class of the North. I imagine there is
considerable heat being felt in Columbia these days.
I was sorry to see McCarney ousted in
Ames this week. He was a good guy, always playing with the hand dealt
to him and never whining. Presumably, Barney Cotton will go with him.
It will be interesting to see how serious
a look Norvell gets as a possible replacement. Norvell as a coach elsewhere
in the Big 12 North? Hmmmm…
Being the class of the North isn’t
all that significant if you lose all of your scheduled games against the
South. A&M is certainly beatable, if we don’t play to beat ourselves.
Their passing game isn’t that great, which should help because that’s
still our biggest weakness.
Another factor that is in our favor is
that the Aggies’ loss to OU seemed to deflate them. The Huskers
have momentum on their side, and more to play for this week. Kyle Field
will be a tough environment, of course.
In any case, the final step in the Huskers’
long, hard road back to the Big 12 championship game comes Saturday, and
players need to seize the day. I wonder what the weather is going to be
like at Arrowhead in early December.(?)
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
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