RED HEAD ZONE
Game: October 15, 2005
I was at a wedding
reception. Missed the game. No end zone seat. No Pay-For-View easy
chair. No radio headset wire dangling from my ear. Just 6-7 score
updates from good ‘ole Jim Green (friend, Husker FAN and father
of world class Husker pole-vaulter, Ginny Green.) This to say, I wasn’t
tuned into this game like the first five…BUT not to worry…I’ve
done my post-game homework. Here’s the heart of the matter.
Game formula: WACO 1=WACO 2
WACO 1…Working A Controlled
WACO 2…Winning Away brings
Blackshirts play as fiercely as they did their first five games?”
Answer, yes and
no and that is a good thing!!!
eligible, that’s not one of our goals. That’s suppose
to be a given. We’re striving to be down there in Houston (for
the big 12 title game). That’s a real goal.”
Note on Grixby’s
We got this win with straightforward controlled football!
Neck-up and neck-down controlled football.
1) The neck-up:
The Huskers played emotionally under control.
there was fierceness in the blackshirts. You don’t succeed without
some degree of heart, fire and fervor. (Baylor) bear with me here?.
Rather than become the beast by getting all lathered up, foaming at
the mouth and hand wrestling with the carnivorous creature for three
hours on Texas tundra there was instead a methodical game plan. Game
six was drawn up a gridiron veterinarian. Knowing there was a menacing
bear to tranquilize he went about doing so. From the neck up our animal
doctor Huskers banished the hype and subdued the beast. At 6 P.M.
yesterday these Bears came loaded onto Floyd Casey Field. Romping
freely and quite hungry for Huskerland berries, nuts, grubs and one
big corn dog victory they were sent to hibernate three hours later.
Big Red did indeed remain resilient after the Texas Tech loss. (See
my writing of last week). How about that! No cave in. Instead, this
Baylor Bear family got backed in its cave. They are not dead. We’ll
see you foraging again in 2008 on Tom Osborn field and I sincerely
hope their resurgent ways continue.
Note: I think the coaches (must have) done a good job of helping the
players lock-out all the lip about this “mind’ menacing
game in Waco.
And yes, a loss here would have been devastating!
2) The neck down:
X’s and O’s, X’s and O’s,
X’s and O’s. Planning and execution of basic X’s
and O’s football won this game too!
The stats add up. See the balance! See the control!:
a) 10 first downs by rushing…10 from passing
b) 350 total yards…182 rushing, 168 passing
c) plus 2 in turnovers…1 corn dog coughed up, three from the
grizzlies in green and gold
d) 47% 3rd and 4th down conversion ratio (6-16 on 3rd and 3-3 on 4th)
e) 62% ball possession
f) only 5 and 25 yards in penalties (that is solid focus)
MENTAL GAME TIP:
There is a lot of negative out there. It swirls around
from the dark, dank, dreary minds and mouths of doubters:
in the press corps (or is that press corpse), snips from those draining
the glass…they seem to prefer it half full rather than replenish
it when depleted, kings-of-the-critics and those horrendously loose
headed haranguers that just rant, rage and rattle on because…I
guess…they seem to like too.
So what? Get on in spite of them or if need be from time to time take
them on and “spite” their words.
“CHOOSE BELIEF IN YOURSELF, CAST AWAY DOUBT!”
Yes, know and acknowledge that you are not perfect. Yes, know you
have work to do. Yes, know you have errored and probably will error
again but always, alWAYS, ALWAYS believe in yourself!
I don’t know anyone who will set out on a journey
to accomplish something if they think it is not doable. If they think
they cannot make it happen.
I do believe the Nebraska Cornhuskers
ARE on the right path to again dance on the stage of national football