SMITH AND WEAPONS DOWN HUSKERS, 41-24
TIGERS RAIN ON HUSKER PARADE, 41-24
HUSKERS SUFFER 4th QUARTER MELTDOWN, 41-24
HUSKERS MISSING IN ACTION, FALL TO TIGERS, 41-24
HUSKERS FUMBLE AND STUMBLE, 41-24
TIGER TRICKS NO "TREAT" FOR THE HUSKERS, 41-24
TIGER PAWS CAUSE HUSKER PAUSE, 41-24
BIG WED WAP-UP
The Huskers' Barney-Frank offense disintegrated Saturday night in
with a 4th quarter meltdown ala "The China Syndrome". Led by
Husker fifth-year senior and co-captain, Jammal Lord, the Husker offense went
good in the first 3 quarters, to gawd-awful in the 4th quarter with
disastrous pitch, a costly fumble and as usual, a great pass
Lord to a wide-open defender. If someone didn't know better, he
our qb was a true freshman instead of a fifth year senior.
If you Lord fans think your guy is going to get better "if the
give him a chance", you may want to reconsider.
GO WITH JOE
This sounds like a broken record. Those who think Jamm-awful is the
who say Dailey isn't ready yet, I beg to differ. It's hard to
Dailey would have performed worse than JL Saturday. When Lord is
pressure, he gets rattled. He makes poor decisions, doesn't take
the football, throws down the middle into the hands of wide-open defenders.
This has been going on far too long.
Lord can look like a candidate for the Heisman one minute and look
Play Little Joe. Now. What do you have to lose? Get the kid some
experience. So what if he makes mistakes-isn't that what the
every game? Ask yourself, is Lord getting better? At least Little
could be gaining some valuable experience this year.
Lord started for the first time, 20 games ago. He had almost no
time during Crouch's career, but he became the starter anyway.
True, he was
a 4th year junior when he got his first start, but look how he's
Each week, Frank Solich says, "Jammal had a great week of practice."
says that some weeks Dailey hasn't practiced well. Lord's great
don't seem to translate into great game-time performances.
Jammal is trying the best he can. He's a great athlete, maybe the
running back on the team, but, like "The Peter Principle" he's been elevated
to his level of incompetence. He's being forced to take on a role
If Solich stays with Lord, we could be in trouble. I know this
IF our defense continued to play lights-out football and the offense didn't
beat itself, Nebraska could run the table-not because the Huskers
good, but because the conference might not be up to snuff this
We may have a "gimme" or two on the schedule, but we're staring down
barrel of teams like A&M,Texas, K-State, Colorado (?) and who knows, Kansas.
If Lord is the guy, the Huskers will likely fall several more times. Solich
was the one who picked Newcombe over eventual Heisman winner Eric
Luckily for Husker fans, Solich reversed himself and made Crouch the
One has to wonder how long he can afford to stay with the present
The only thing that surprised me about the loss to the Tigers was
Huskers' 4th-quarter collapse.
This was a game the Huskers could have won and should have won. The Huskers
had clawed their way to a 4th quarter lead, only to see a good
outscore the Huskers 27-0.
The Tigers had a better game plan, executed better and wanted the
than we did.
We all wondered what would happen if the defense had an off
few of us anticipated, was a game in which the entire team didn't
ready to play.
What is hard to take is that the Huskers gave the game to the
the Tigers took advantage of our mistakes, but the game should have
come to that. Never.
Can anyone explain why we had 8, count 'em, 8 false start penalties?
is absurd. I know the conditions were awful, but they were the same
THE MISSING LEADER
There don't appear to be any leaders on the offense this year.
some very talented players, but no one has emerged yet as the leader
pack. Until one surfaces, we will continue to have offensive
What added salt to the wound was seeing former Husker player and
coach, former Washington State head coach and former Missouri head
Warren Powers on the Tiger sideline Saturday night. It is
think we lost that game with him on the sidelines cheering against
THIS BLOOD'S FOR YOU
There has been bad blood between Warren Powers and the Husker
back to 1977 when his Wazzu team came to Lincoln and upset the
19-10. The next year, his first year as the Tiger head coach,
the Huskers in Lincoln 35-31-the Tigers' last win over Nebraska
AND JOSTES FOR ALL
There was also the infamous late hit by Randy Jostes (Omaha Ralston
that took Turner Gill out of the game in the 1982 Missouri game.
Huskers rallied to win that day 23-19.
What is important to remember, Husker fans, is this season is a
not a sprint. The Huskers still can win the Big 12 North, they can
run the table, still play for the Big 12 championship and still
an attractive bowl game.
Clearly, the leader of the pack in the Big 12, and many think, in
college football, is the Oklahoma Sooners. Tiger fans who are
this week will get a big dose of reality when they go to Norman this
There is still a lot to fight for and a lot to accomplish. Stay
folks, it's going to be a bumpy ride.
THE MISSING COLUMN
Last week's column did not get posted. We haven't figured what the
technical glitch was, but hopefully, it's been solved.
LAST WEEK'S HUSKER HEADLINES (AFTER THE TROY STATE GAME)
HUSKER FIVE-OH, POKE HOLES IN TROJANS, 30-0
BO'S BOYS BOP TROY BOYS, 30-0
HUSKERS DEFLATE TROJANS, 30-0
TROJANS "LEAK" UNDER PRESSURE, 30-0
Fall afternoons such as the one we had for the Troy State game, were
for college football at Memorial Stadium. The autumn colors were
starting to show. The sky was blue, there were no clouds, temps
were in the
70s and there was very little wind. It was a magnificent day.
Before the game, I ran into former NU offensive line coach, Milt
"Thanks for the memories, coach," I said as we were shaking hands.
smiled and seemed genuinely happy with my gesture.
STATUE OF NO LIMITATIONS
On the east side of the Stadium, I stopped by to see the bronze
the Husker players. It was surrounded by hordes or red clad
many of whom were there because it's such a logical place to hitch
friends and family members. Two young boys were draped on the
securing their hold by hanging onto the chin strap of one of the
LAST WEEK'S TRIVIA ANSWERS
1.) Which coach has more Big 12 championships, Texas coach Mack
Ans. Frank Solich
2.) Which NU quarterback holds the NU record of most career
Ans. Tommie Frazier
3.) What is the number of TD passes thrown by the person in
4.) When is the last time the Huskers did not play a game on two
consecutive Saturdays in September?
Ans. 2001. The Huskers didn't play Saturday, September 15th or the
HUSKER DAN SEZ
There's not much to say about this week's game with the 3-3 Texas
To show how weird it's been in college football this year, there are
undefeated teams in D-I football and two of them are TCU and
It appears the Sooners and Hurricanes will meet for all the marbles
Sugar Bowl-at least Oklahoma's sure to be there.
For the rest of the pack, it's going to be a dogfight every week.
no games that can be overlooked by any team wanting to go far this
This week's game with the Aggies is no different. The Huskers will
to show the Collapse in Columbia last week was just an aberration.
Bo's Boys will be breathing fire. The offense, well, they'll be at
Let's hope and pray the offense doesn't have to come from behind to
Former NU AD, Bill Byrne, will make his first appearance at Memorial Stadium
in his role as the Aggie AD. Let's hope the Huskers send him back
College Station with a big "L" for his new school.
The defense needs to get back on track with another lights-out performance.
This game will be close all the way.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Huskers should have an advantage playing in front of the home
But when (not if) the offense self destructs, or the play calling is
look for another chorus (or two) from the Boo Birds.
Both teams will want to show they're back on track this Saturday.
be a very tough game. But home-cookin' should pay off for the
crowd will be loud, the place will be rockin'. Don't miss this
in person or on the tube. Come Saturday, Huskers will bounce back
You can write Husker Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org.