For the second straight year, Corey Ross
saved our offense and the day against Kansas. The defense played huge,
even though our turnovers put them in tough situations. This was a great
win to get because now we are only one of two teams in the Big 12 North
(Missouri being the other) without a league loss.
Dailey continues to commit the kind of
errors that typically make a quarterback lose his position. Certain people
say to wait until he’s a senior and he’ll be better, but I’m
kinda doubting he’ll still be behind center by then.
Ross is turning into a star, though it’s
unfortunate to see the West Coast offense reduced to a pitchout on 3rd
and 8 late in the 4th, with the outcome still in doubt. As the game unfolded,
the home crowd increasingly voiced alarm whenever Dailey dropped back
for a pass.
I realize the enlightened thing to point
out whenever a younger player is not performing is that “he’ll
get better”. I dispute the merits of this sort of enlightenment—especially
if it means one cannot point out the obvious. Dailey had two weeks to
prepare for Kansas, and right out of the gate he was throwing an errant
sidearm pass and pitching the ball on the ground in his own end zone.
Reality check: Dailey has had a full Spring and Fall camp, plus three
games before this one. When does he start getting better? At what point
does tossing back-to-back interceptions in multiple games cease to be
blamed on running a new offense?
Kansas was a team Nebraska could have,
and should have, beaten by two touchdowns or more. In several of our games
this year, the final score has been closer than the two teams’ overall
talent level. The main reason has been our QB’s penchant for turnovers.
Callahan either needs to figure out how to get better play out of his
current QB or have the courage to make a change—that, or spend the
offseason listening to how he couldn’t win as many games as what
got Solich fired.
There has been no better linebacker in
college football through four games than Barrett Ruud. Since NU switched
to the 4-3 base D in the 90s, I don’t know if we’ve seen a
middle linebacker like him. Maybe Carlos Polk.
OUT OF CURIOSITY…
Does anyone remember an NU opponent ending
up with 8 points?
Late in the game, sideline guy and 1997
Husker hero Matt Davison reported that the offense had just come together
on the sideline, then told those listening to the broadcast to expect
a TD to put the game away. A moment later, Dailey threw an interception.
The Fox announcers for the pay-per-view
broadcast expressed surprise that the entire Nebraska team seemed to start
the game flat. This left me to wonder…
Why is it that off weeks seem to often
help our opponents, but never us? I remember back in the option days,
I heard various explanations about how long delays between games threw
our timing off. Now that we run a different offense, what’s the
Kansas might have been a better team than
their record and national standing might suggest. Before the NU game,
Kansas had only lost to Northwestern and Texas Tech. Northwestern—who
narrowly defeated KU—beat Ohio St on Saturday. And the Jayhawks’
loss to Tech was by only a point. Perhaps if Kansas is better that says
good things about us.
Texas Tech moved the ball up and down
the field on Oklahoma this past weekend in their 28-13 loss. Tech just
didn’t score touchdowns when they got down in the red zone. Playing
against this team in Lubbock is going to be tough. The Red Raiders are
at least as good as Southern Miss. We need some combination of Carriker
or McPherson back at full speed and a turnover-free (or turnover-limited)
performance from Dailey to come out on top.
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,
and at MenofIntegrity.net 1,
Contact Jeff at email@example.com.