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H U S K E R    D A N
 
HUSKER HEADLINES:
 
JAMMAL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS STUFF THE EAGLES, 38-14
EAGLES ARE HUSKER ROAD KILL, 38-14
HUSKERS PASS ROAD TEST, 38-14
EAGLES SORE; HUSKERS SCORE 38-14
HUSKERS SHELL ALMOND & CO. 38-14
EATING DISORDER?  CALL DR. CHU
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BIG WED WAP-UP
0
The number of Husker losses through 4 games.
0
The number of interceptions thrown by Jammal Lord Thursday night in Hattiesburg.
0
The level of class shown by the So. Mississippi students before, during and after the game Thursday night.
1
The national ranking of the Husker defense.
1
The total number of second half touchdowns given up by the NU defense this season.
2
The number of Big 12 teams in the Top Ten this week.
2
The number of TD passes thrown by Jammal Lord in the 3rd quarter of NU's win over So. Mississippi.
3
The number of fumble recoveries for Barrett Ruud has this year (ties a position record at NU).
3
The current win streak of Troy State.
4
The total number of interceptions Husker Josh Bullocks has so far this season (he leads the nation with 4).
4.7
The per carry rushing average for the Husker offense through the first 4 games.
7
The number of punts Kyle Larson had in Thursday night's game at So. Mississippi.
7.3
Average yardage per pass attempt for the Huskers through the first 4 games this year.
8
This week's Husker ESPN poll ranking.
8
The number of regular season games remaining on the NU schedule.
9.85
Average number of points allowed by the Husker defense through the first 4 games.
10
The number of Big 12 teams the Huskers are ranked above this week.
12
This week's Husker ranking in the AP poll.
14
The number of undefeated teams left in Division I college football.
15
The number of take-always the Blackshirts have through 4 games this season.
19
The jersey number worn by this week's Big 12 Special Team player of the week, Kyle Larson.
47
The school record number of take-always registered by the '71 Huskers.
47.6
NU kicker Kyle Larson's punting average in the So. Mississippi game.
70
The jersey number of Jason Lohr, NU's 6th year injury plagued senior defensive tackle who saw action in Thursday night's game in Hattiesburg.
36,152
The sellout number for "The Rock" Thursday night in Hattiesburg, Mississippi (less than half what Memorial Stadium has for each of its home games).
 
HUSKER QUESTIONS:
1.)  Which coach has more Big 12 championship titles, Frank Solich (Nebraska) or Mack Brown (Texas)?
2.)  Which NU quarterback holds the record for most career TD passes?
3.)  What's the total number of TD passes thrown by the QB in question #2?
4.)  When is the last time the Huskers did not play a football game on two consecutive Saturdays in September?
5.)  In the next year, how many schools will ask permission to talk with Bo Pelini about head coaching opportunities?
HUSKER RED EYE
Transplanted Husker fan Jim Walker of Gulf Shores, Alabama (formerly of Beatrice, Nebraska) recently sent me the following picture of his grandson.  Jim says, "...as you can see, he is being raised appropriately and already has that certain gleam in his eyes!"
 
Thanks for writing, Jim.  If any of you have other interesting Big Red pictures you'd like to share with your fellow Husker fans, send them to:  huskerdan@cox.net
 
THE 2003 NUKE 'EM AWARD
It's not too early to be thinking about this year's nominees for the third annual "Nuke 'Em Award" to be given to the person, player, fan, broadcaster, newspaper, magazine, sportswriter, TV commentator or anyone else who causes the most grief, embarrassment or damage to HUSKER PRIDE, WORLDWIDE.
 
Previous winners were Bobby Newcombe (2001) and Lawrence Phillips (2002).  Nominations for this year's award will be due Monday, November 17th, with the list of finalists announced Monday, November 24th.  Voters will have until Monday, December 1st to get their ballots in to Husker Dan. (huskerdan@cox.net). The winner will be announced at a luncheon in Omaha Saturday, December 6th at noon.  The location of the event and information regarding reservations will be posted in the near future.
 
This season's front runners for the award should include:
1.)  Terry Bowden
2.)  The no-class Southern Mississippi student section
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TROY STATE OF MIND
The cartoon shows a doctor talking to one of his middle-aged, out-of-shape male patients. 
 
 "You're in quite good health for a man in your condition," he says tactfully.
 
Much the same could be said about the Husker offense through the first 4 games this year.  It has sputtered and stalled all too often.  If not for the Bo Crew, the Huskers would be lucky to be at .500.  This week, Troy State visits Lincoln for a 12:30 p.m. game with the Huskers.
 
Yes, last week, the Men of Troy beat Marshall, a team that  beat K-State at Manhattan, and if we extrapolate all that, the Huskers could be in for a real battle this Saturday.
 
With all the upsets this year in college football, NU can ill-afford to take any team lightly.  Just ask Alabama, Wisconsin, K-State, Texas, Michigan and Pittsburgh. 
 
The Huskers, with their beige Buick offense, must come out ready to play, or the Huskers could join the list of teams that have fallen to huge underdogs.
 
Do the Huskers have enough to win at home against the Trojans?  Of course.  The unmistakable source of strength for this year's Husker team this season is the defense.  They come ready to play every snap of every game.  If the offense can eliminate turnovers and score at least 20 points, the Huskers will be hard to beat in any game this year.
 
This Saturday's 12:30 CDT game with Troy State should give the Huskers the luxury of playing a lot of players, including Joe Dailey.  If the quarterbacks can pose a sustained threat to pass, it will open up the running game and should allow for some deep TDs to Ross "The Boss" Pilkington, Isaiah "Can You See" Fluellen and Matt "Where's He At?" Herian. 
 
If you want to see a fun, entertaining Husker game, this is going to be a good one-never mind that the game isn't deemed worthy of being televised.
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HUSKER DAN SEZ
This week, Troy State will be riding high after its upset of Marshall.  But this week, reality sits in-Dorothy returns to Kansas in black and white, Cinderella's carriage turns into a pumpkin and it's January and all the Christmas bills are due.
 
This Saturday, the Trojans will burst under pressure-the pressure of the Blackshirts and their relentless attack. 
 
There'll be no joy
For the Men of Troy. 
'Cause Bo's Boys
Make all the noise. 
HUSKERS         42
TROY BOYS                      14
 
You can write Husker Dan at:  huskerdan@cox.net