H U S K E R D A N
THE MCNEAL "LAIR" REPORT IS IN: HUSKERS WIN, 48-12
BLACKSHIRTS SEE RED, DOWN AGGIES 48-12
BO SHIRTS "TURNOVER" A NEW LEAF; AGGIES "FALL", 48-12
AGGIE CREW IS BLUE OVER BIG RED 48-12
HUSKERS NOT WHAT REGGIE-MEANT, 27-14
BO'S BOYS CRACK AGGIE ATTACK, 27-14
BIG WED WAP-UP
Saturday's win over the Aggies was much bigger than just a win over a 3-3 A&M team. Lose this one, and the fan rumblings would have resonated throughout Huskerland. Thankfully, the 4th quarter Husker meltdown at Columbia last week didn't carry over to the A&M game.
DAZED AND CONFUSED
All day Saturday, Aggie QB Reggie McNeal looked as confused and as out of place as Frank Solich at a Marfan Convention. Other than the initial two drives that produced a grand total of 3 points for the Aggies, McNeal was running for his life most of the afternoon. He didn't have a clue what hit him. The Blackshirts were seeing Red. McNeal was seeing the turf. His sub, Dustin "Fourth 'n" Long, didn't fare any better.
And the Husker offense played just well enough to win. One HUGE stat: NO TURNOVERS BY THE OFFENSE!!!! Unbelievable. Penalties were kept at a minimum; the running backs produced a total of 219 yards. Lord added 109 yards including two touchdown runs. The trap play worked. Lord's pitches were good. He threw the ball away (to the cheers of the crowd) when his receivers were covered.
If each week, the offense plays its usual C+ game, the special teams play a B+ game and the defense brings its usual A+ game, the Huskers will be very difficult to beat for the rest of the year. I know that's a big "IF", but stranger things have happened.
This was a bad Aggie joke. An Aggie nightmare. The week before, the Aggies laid 73 on a Baylor team that beat Colorado. The relentless attack by Bo's Boys threw Reggie a lair from which he couldn't escape. Eight turnovers by the defense and zero, zip, zilch, nada turnovers by the Husker offense.
Barrett Ruud showed blazing speed on his sack of Reggie McNeal that forced a fumble, recovered by the Huskers. Man, that Ruud dude is fast! And how 'bout that interception for a touchdown!!!!! Holy cow, what a day for the former Lincoln Southeast star!
Defensive end, Titus Adams' 4th quarter touchdown interception was the proverbial lineman's dream come true. I'm glad the coaches and his teammates voted against any punishment for the sophomore from Omaha Creighton Prep.
Okay, Husker fans, are you ready for another Quiz? Test your skill and take the test!
1.) Who is Ed Sullivan's favorite college football player?
Ans. Marques Tuiasosopo-jeejo.
2.) What does Kenny G have in common with the following:
a.) Miles Davis
b.) John Coltrane
c.) Charlie Parker
Ans. Absolutely nothing.
2.) What is Kenny G's autobiography going to be called?
Ans. "The Sound of Muzak"
MORE FOOTBALL DEFFY-NITIONS
1.) First Down
What every man is supposed to do with the toilet seat.
2.) Ground game.
Another one for PETA to try to ban.
3.) Twelve Men on the Field
What the Buffaloes will need to win the rest of their games this year.
4.) Crunch Time
What causes a groin injury.
5.) Game Plan
When hunting season opens.
6.) Go deep
What your proctologist likes to do.
7.) Fade pattern
What you get when you leave your jersey out in the sun too long.
8.) Fifth downs
Hugh's younger brother
10.) Going for two.
What you do at Barry's before the game.
11.) Going for number one.
What you do after you keep going for two.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
1.) "The scoring window is open and in flew Ellen!"
Jim Rose (voice of the Cornhuskers) said after Isaiah Fluellen caught Joe Dailey's pass for a touchdown in Saturday's A&M game.
2.) "A guy could drop dead in the middle of main street and no one would find him until after the game."
Arden Uhlir, Verdigre, Nebraska (population 600) about his town's shutting down whenever the Huskers are on tv.
3.) An Aggie fan came up to a Husker fan Friday night before the game. The two began to talk about college football, the next day's game with the Huskers and about tradition in college football.
"Down at A&M, we have the best tradition in college football," he said proudly.
"We have Reveille, the Twelfth Man, we have the best band in the world. And, you get to kiss your girlfriend after every Aggie score. What traditions do yaw'll have up here in Nebraska?" he asked.
"Winning," the Husker fan deadpanned.
FLY-AWAY STATE PRE-GAME
Oh what a difference a year makes in college football. Last year at this time, the Cyclones were the media darlings of the college football world. They had given Florida State all they wanted in the opener and then reeled off 6 straight victories, 3 of which were over Iowa, Texas Tech and Nebraska. Iowa State was flying high.
This year, Seneca Wallace is gone and so are a bunch of players whom Dan McCarney was counting on to keep the 'Clones successive string of bowl appearances in tact. But injuries and a brutal fall schedule that included losses to Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech have taken their toll on this year's Cyclone team.
This game should not be close. It should be a Cyclone meltdown. It should be a game in which the Husker coaches can play a lot of kids who need the experience.
The Husker defense will be relentless once again. The Huskers will be able to run on Iowa State's porous defense. There likely will be little need for the Huskers to pass, but look for NU to try some anyway, just to try to get better at it.
Last year, the Cyclone fans tore down the goalposts after their 36-14 drubbing of the Huskers in Ames. Their fans may want to relax and watch the re-play of that game, because the 'Clones will not likely beat the Huskers again for a long time.
This game is Game #3 of the Husker Revenge Tour, 2003. It was payback time for Oklahoma State and Penn State earlier this season and the 'Clones will be joining the list this Saturday.
LOVE THE QUARTERBACK
Look for Bo's Boys to pin their ears back and make life miserable for Iowa State QB, Cris Love.
At 2-5 and with games remaining for the 'Clones @Nebraska, @Missouri, Kansas State Colorado and @Kansas, this could be a disastrous year for the Cyclones.
The 'Clones will have a miserable day, unless the Huskers are caught looking toward Texas. The Huskers can not afford to look past any team this year. Nebraska has a team capable of beating everybody, but also has the potential of losing to anybody.
Look for the Huskers to keep dominating. Look for a repeat of the A&M game. The 'Clones will want to phone home after this one Saturday.
HUSKER DAN SEZ
You can write Husker Dan at: firstname.lastname@example.org