Quarterback Jerry Tagge practiced with the No. 1 offense Tuesday as Van Brownson was limited because of a sore throwing elbow.
The injury occurred when a sideline tackle sent Brownson crashing into the opponents’ bench during the Colorado game, Brownson’s third consecutive start. Elbow soreness kept Brownson out of the Huskers’ first two games, but coach Bob Devaney said he didn’t expect the latest injury to be a lingering issue.
The team practiced both indoors and outside in chilly, wet weather Tuesday.
Devaney said the Huskers would need a good pass rush to help limit the effectiveness of Otto Stowe, Iowa State’s record-setting receiver. The Blackshirts could also expect to be tested by ISU’s ground game, given Colorado’s success against the Huskers in that department.
“Everybody’s going to try to run a reverse on us,” Devaney said.
Nebraska remained fourth in the polls as Ohio State slid to third behind top-ranked Texas and new No. 2 Notre Dame. With neither the Huskers nor the Fighting Irish tied to a bowl, conjecture about who would play where on Jan. 1 was heating up — and it appeared that a lot was riding on Notre Dame’s druthers.
Complicating matters was an NCAA rule allowing a school to accept a bowl bid after it had played its next-to-last regular-season game, which was Nov. 14 for Nebraska and Nov. 21 for the Irish.