H U S K E R D A N
BUGEATERS BITE 'CLONES, 28-14
BIG WED WAP-UP
If asked in August how they'd feel at the mid-point of this season to
be 5-1 and have a 2-0 Big 12 conference record, and that the record
would include a 14 point road victory at Iowa State, I'm sure most Husker
fans would be pretty happy.
To be sure, Saturday night's game in Ames won't be confused with any
of the other Husker classic wins of old. The Husker offense scored 21
first half points, added another TD late in the 4th quarter and hung
on for a 28-14 win. There wasn't much that was flashy about the game,
but this Husker team shouldn't care about style points. Just win, baby-anyway
and anywhere you can. Husker fans should savor this victory. The BTN
is shaping up to be a race between Missouri and Nebraska with the big
showdown with the Tigers November 4th in Lincoln.
A look at the stats Saturday night and one would think the Huskers were
the Huskers of old, running the option and playing good ol' fashioned
smash-mouth football. But the Huskers didn't run the option, but did
what was needed to win the game-run between the tackles. Had Coach Callahan
chosen to exploit the 'Clone's weak secondary, there's no telling how
many points the Huskers could have racked up on the 'Clones Saturday
We got out of Ames with a win. Mission accomplished.
With the West Coast Offense, the Huskers have the ability to take what
opponents can't stop. The play of the game may have been Mo' Purify's
spectacular catch with seconds to go in the first half. His TD put the
Huskers up 21-7 and the Huskers were never seriously threatened the
rest of the way.
Yes, the 'Clones mounted a couple of drives and had two TDs called back-Austin
Flynn's and Todd Blythe's-the latter-by a penalty and the former due
to an apparent bobbled catch. The ruling on both plays was upheld by
the Big 12 Conference review board this week.
The Husker blitz packages rattled Cyclone QB Bret Meyer. He never seemed
to know when the Blackshirts were coming or where they were coming from.
Way to go Coz. This was a big improvement over last week's fiasco with
WE FEEL YOUR PAIN
And on the subject of bad calls, Cyclone fans, we feel your pain. Husker
fans remember all too well the outrageous calls at Penn State in '82
and the infamous "Phantom Clip" called on Corey Dixon's punt
return for a TD in the '94 Orange Bowl versus the Florida State Seminoles.
Those calls didn't just lose a game for the Huskers-we lost one national
championship ('93) and another possible national championship in 1982.
So Sooner fans and Cyclone fans, get in the sympathy line.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
It is becoming evident that the Huskers offense is a thing of beauty.
And with the "Four-Play" combo of Glenn, Jackson, Lucky and
Wilson, the Huskers have a Beast that can be very tough to defend. No,
the offense is not a finished product yet-still too many mistakes, but
when you can mix it up the way the Huskers have been doing, it must
create nightmares for opposing defensive coordinators. One game, it's
4 tight ends and 3 different running backs scoring; the next week, it's
bombs to Frantz Hardy, the next it's smash-mouth football reminiscent
of the Osborne years. The Huskers will need every once of these offensive
tools to make it to BT Championship Kansas City December 2nd.
THE ELMER FUDD PLAYER OF THE GAME
HUSKER DAN'S FOOTBALL TERMINOLOGY
Okay Husker fans, we are at the mid-point of the season. To make sure
you are up to speed with football terms, Husker Dan is offering you
the following refresher course:
What you get back from a buck for something that costs 95 cents.
What Jordan Congdon sips before each game
Left Rush End
The position played by conservative radio talk show hosts.
Ancient Greek History, Philosophy, Chinese Arithmetic etc.
Newt Gingrich's travel agency
A weapon of Miss distraction
Something Gary Barnett wouldn't do. (You gotta think about that one
A service station that's out of gas.
A bowling alley for QBs.
Something you do on a dare at a frat party
A quarterback with the trots
He's already married.
Delay of game
Is in de north end zone
An auto body experience...
When your canine subs for Tierre Green.
A receiver with bad kidneys
Everyone knows that if the Huskers win this Saturday in Manhattan, Kansas,
the Huskers will have posted the 800th school victory. The Huskers will
join Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas as the only schools to have reached
the 800 victory milestone.
THE "E" WORD
But what has gone almost unnoticed so far, is that if the Huskers beat
K-State this week in Manhattan, Kansas, the Huskers will become bowl
eligible. Stop to think about that one for a second-last year at this
time, Husker fans were biting their nails wondering if the Huskers would
have enough wins at the end of the season to be eligible to play in
a bowl. This year, the 5-1 record hasn't drawn any interest. The Huskers
have come a long way, baby.
HUSKER DAN SEZ:
Another amazing stat is that the Huskers have not won in Manhattan since
1996-a ten year drought! Who would have believed that could ever happen?
Amazing, absolutely amazing.
K-State used to be the worst football program in the country. The program
was dreadful-until Bill Snyder showed up. The rest in history.
And history is what the Husker players are hoping to make this Saturday
night in a 6:00 p.m. pay-per-view game at Kansas State.
The Huskers should be able to take care of business. Nebraska has too
many weapons for the 'Cats to defend. K-State's special teams are having
a great year so far, blocking punts and returning kickoffs. If the Huskers
can run the ball consistently, don't commit any costly turnovers and
if their special teams can contain the 'Cats, the Huskers should make
history with their 800th all time victory and their first win in 10
years in Manhattan.
NO BOWL GAME
This will not be the Freeman Bowl Saturday night. Josh Freeman never
played a down for the Huskers. He slithered out of his commitment to
Nebraska and split for K-State just before the signing date last February.
The "classy" way Bill Callahan was informed of Josh's decommitment
was when Freeman's dad text messaged Callahan with the infamous message,
"We won't be coming," But this bit of rudeness won't have
any effect on the game Saturday. Right, and I'm the King of Nova Scotia.
Mr. Freeman: Maybe your kid ain't comin', but the Huskers will be.
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