O-LINE MAKES BEE-LINE FOR THE GOAL LINE,
TAMES WOLFIES 52-10
BIG WED WAP-UP
know it was a wacky Husker game when:
1.) A Husker place kicker (Adi "The Hottie" Kunalic) got a
standing ovation for making a 46 yard field goal.
2.) Adi "By Gotti" rocketed 6 kickoffs into the end zone.
3.) The Huskers amassed 625 yards of total offense including 413 rushing
4.) The Huskers ran 96 plays and owned an astonishing 20 minute advantage
5.) The Huskers scored 24 third quarter points.
6.) Marlon Lucky rushed for 233 yards.
7.) The Blackshirts didn't allow a touchdown.
The only blemish on an otherwise perfect afternoon of Husker football
Saturday afternoon was the Tunnel Walk screw up and Sam "I am"
Keller's errant pass that was tipped and returned for Nevada's only
TD of the game.
Who were these guys, Saturday? Last year, Husker household names included
players like Zac Taylor, Brandon Jackson, Mo Purify, Hunter Teafatiller,
Dane Todd, Adam Carriker, Jay Moore, Ola Dagundaro, Jordan Congdon and
Barry Cryer. How could the Huskers lose so many good players and yet
look so much better than last year? (I know, Mo and Hunter were serving
one game suspensions.)
THE REST OF THE STORY
And now you know why Sam Keller came to Nebraska. The dude knew that
in his final year as a college quarterback, he was going work behind
a great offensive line-one that would have a lot of talent and depth.
And it didn't hurt that the Huskers also were going to have a very good
crop of receivers.
With so much talk about Sam, the day really wasn't all about him. To
be sure, Slammin' Sammy looked good-very good. His passes (save a couple)
were right on target. (It was painful to see several of his pin-point
passes dropped by Frantz and Nunn, including a perfect TD strike dropped
by fullback Thomas Lawson.)
Sam is the Real Deal, but the Huskers don't need him to be a Heisman
type player every game or every play. He needs to let the game come
to him and make sure his teammates get involved in the offense. There
will be times in which Keller is going to be called upon to be heroic,
but Sam is fortunate that he has a pretty good supporting cast to complement
If the Huskers can run effectively this fall, they should be in every
game. If they can't, well, Bill Callahan might have to wait another
year to get his first signature win at Nebraska.
It was good seeing Marlon patiently read his blocks and then accelerate
down field. That's the best I've seen ML run since he's been at Nebraska.
As good as Marlon Lucky, "Don't Call Me San" Quentin Castille,
and Major Culbert were Saturday, it was the O-line that knocked the
Nevada defense into the middle of next week. It was shades of TO and
the option game. The O-line kept pounding and pounding on the Wolf Pack
and by the middle of the second quarter, it was no contest. Game over.
Why in the name of Bob Devaney did the network think it had to bring
in Ron Jaworski during the 4th quarter of the broadcast? Who the bleep
cares about a dog killer? It was incredibly rude to blab on while the
likes of Joe Ganz, Major Culbert and Cody Glenn were running up and
down the field for the Huskers. Absolutely dreadful.
And speaking of dreadful, why does ABC think it has to have a cutesy
cheerleader to introduce the Nevada Wolf Pack starting line ups? It
And, as a long time admirer of former Nebraska head football coach Tom
Osborne, I cringed watching Coach read the Husker starting lineups.
It seemed as though he was a POW forced at gunpoint to read something
that he didn't believe. Again, dreadful. Please oh please, let the professionals
do the line-ups.
And with the risk of sounding like Andy Rooney, listening to Rece Davis
and Lou Holtz over the weekend (and every weekend) is excruciatingly
painful. Thank goodness for the Mute button.
HUSKER DAN SEZ
There were many (including mois) who before the season believed the
Huskers' road game at Wake Forest was going to be a really tough game
for Nebraska. Some even predicted a Husker loss. And who can blame them?
The Husker record in road games against good opponets isn't exactly
But I'm going with the Huskers this week (big surprise!). If the Huskers
can keep from thinking about the Huskers home game the following week
with the you-know-who, you-know-whats, then I think Nebraska should
have its way with the Freakin' Deacons.
I don't think it'll matter which QB plays for Wake Forest this Saturday.
The Huskers have way too much talent and depth. The game will be close
with the Men in Red pulling away in the second half. If I were a betting
man (which I am not) I would take the Huskers and the points.
Not even the memory and inspiration of Brian Piccolo (my son is named
after him) will save Wake Forest this week. This Saturday at Groves
Stadium, the Husker faithful will be in greater numbers than many have
predicited. Huskers will be-devil the Demon Deacons.
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