Nebraska 47
W. Michigan 24

Aug. 30, 2008 • 6:10 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • FSN PPV
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2008 Nebraka Cody Glenn pass breakup vs Western MichiganCody Glenn, former running back making his debut at linebacker, breaks up a pass intended for WMU’s Jamarko Simmons. · Lincoln Journal Star ·

1st quarter
NU: M. Lucky 14 run (A. Henery kick) 8:06
NU: M. McNeill 3 pass from J. Ganz (Henery kick) 0:55
2nd quarter
NU: Henery 44 field goal 14:50
WM: B. Ledbetter 3 pass from T. Hiller (J. Potter kick) 11:07
NU: N. Swift 61 pass from Ganz (Henery kick) 10:14
NU: Henery 44 field goal, 4:27
WM: Potter 19 field goal, 1:15
NU: Swift 2 pass from Ganz (Henery kick) 0:32
3rd quarter
NU: Henery 44 field goal, 8:23
WM: B. West 1 run (Potter kick) 6:11
NU: Lucky 19 pass from Ganz (Henery kick) 1:48
4th quarter
WM: J. Nunez 9 pass from Hiller (Potter kick) 14:43
NU: Henery 44 field goal, 5:22

                              WM       NU
First Downs.................. 19       24
Rushes-Yards............... 25-8   31-138
Net Yards Passing........... 342      345
  Comp-Att-Int.......... 30-49-1  20-36-2
Total Offense Yards......... 350      483
Fumbles-Lost................ 4-1      2-0
Penalties-Yards............ 5-45     6-60
Punts-Avg................ 5-36.2   3-37.7
Punt Returns-Yds-TD....... 0-0-0   3-41-0
Kickoff Returns-Yds-TD.. 5-139-0  5-102-0
Interceptions-Yds-TD..... 2-48-0   1-26-0
Possession Time........... 29:36    30:24
Third-Down Conv. ....... 6 of 17  5 of 13
Fourth-Down Conv. ....... 2 of 4   0 of 0
Red-Zone Scores-Chances..... 4-5      5-5
Sacks By: Number-Yards...... 0-0     4-28

WM: B. West 12-29; G. Thompson 3-5; K. Elsworth 2-3; T. Hiller 8-(-29). 

NU: R. Helu Jr. 7-52; M. Lucky 12-43; J. Ganz 6-38; Q. Castille, 6-5. 

WM: T. Hiller 30/49, 342 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT.

NU: J. Ganz 20/36, 345 yds, 4 TD, 2 INT.

WM: B. Ledbetter 9-123; B. West 7-40; S. Julien 5-85; J. Simmons 3-24; J. Nunez 3-18; A. Williams 2-28; M. Stevens 1-24.

NU: N. Swift 5-121; M. Holt 5-59; Q. Castille 3-38; T. Peterson 3-34; M. Lucky 2-35; D. Young 1-55; M. McNeill 1-3.

Attendance: 84,485


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Pelini era begins with win over Broncos

With an efficient offense, an aggressive defense and an impressive kicking game at his disposal, Bo Pelini’s first game at Memorial Stadium as Nebraska’s head coach produced the same final result as his first game as NU’s leader in the 2003 Alamo Bowl – a solid victory.

Pelini, who led NU to a 17-3 win over Michigan State in the 2003 Alamo Bowl, improved to 2-0 all time as a head coach and 2-0 against teams from the state of Michigan as the 2008 Huskers cruised to a 47-24 win over Western Michigan.

Quarterback Joe Ganz led a high-octane Nebraska offense, producing his fourth consecutive 300-plus yard passing game in his fourth consecutive career start. He became the first NU quarterback to throw for 300 or more yards four times in his career.

Ganz completed 20 of 36 passes for 345 yards and four touchdowns. The senior guided the Huskers to scores on each of their final six drives of the first half after NU was forced to punt on its opening possession.

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Pregame & team info
2008 schedule
04/19Reds 24, Whites 14
08/30W. MichiganW 47-24
09/06San Jose St.W 35-12
09/13New Mexico St.W 38-7
09/27Virginia TechL 30-35
10/04MissouriL 17-52
10/11@ Texas TechL 31-37
10/18@ Iowa St.W 35-7
10/25BaylorW 32-20
11/01@ OklahomaL 28-62
11/08KansasW 45-35
11/15@ Kansas St.W 56-28
11/28ColoradoW 40-31
01/01ClemsonW 26-21


Colonel Mustard

Ganz throws the ball in to tight spaces, but he will need to be more careful with the ball.


The Blackshirts are not back yet, but you can see them coming, and Glenn is out in front, leading the charge.


On defense, Pelini’s troops play hard and hit like a ton of bricks. But oh, those busted assignments.

Omaha World-Herald

Husker fans have plenty to pick apart this morning, but considering the debacles of last season, I’m guessing nitpicking’s never felt so good.

Lincoln Journal Star

Nebraska’s defense still had too many missed assignments, but its first outing should inspire some confidence.

Grand Island Independent

The Cody Glenn Experiment continues to look like a good move. I also liked the effort from Dillard, Turner, and the cornerbacks.


It was great to see defenders flying to the ball. The first series of three and out got the crowd pumped up.

Husker Dan

Husker fans should hold their criticism of the Husker running game and its pass defense until later in the season. This is a work in progress.

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