Dear Fellow Husker fans,
This past weekend you can look at the game and see some good and some bad. The good is that the Blackshirts dominated KU's offense all day long. The bad is, stop me if this sounds like a broken record, the offense's inability to get on track and just dominate a game for 4 quarters. I have talked on ESPN.com for every game so far this year and to be quite honest, it disgusts me that the same thing comes up offensively. Fact is, I believe this offense is still a work in progress.
Let's take a look back to spring ball. The thoughts were that Zac Lee would start with T. Martinez and Cody Green sharing the back-up role. The offensive line was looking pretty good after years of lacking quality and depth. Maybe, just maybe this would be the year but things started happening come the summer. Taylor Martinez received the nod at QB, OL Mike Smith was knocked out for the year and seriously the injuries just mounted up.
I want to take a moment to discuss the Mike Smith injury. If I were to say that was the worst injury of the summer would you agree? Let's take a look at the 2 deep as it is right now.Tackles are Sirles, Hardrick, D. Jones, & M. Jones. Guards are Williams, Rodriguez, Henry & Qvale. Centers are Caputo and Pensick. Now, coming out of spring ball the thought was Smith could probably start anywhere on the o-line. You could have Caputo at center, Williams and Henry at the guards and a combo of Sirles, Hardrick and D. Jones at tackle. Or you could have had Smith at the guard in place of WIlliams with Sirles and Smith at tackle. Fact is, that injury from the get-go took all the chemistry away from the o-line. Look at it from last year's standpoint. Suh was the heart and soul of the team. This year Mike Smith was going to be the heart and soul of the o-line. I want to point out one other tidbit, I think Hardrick is still suffering a bit from his spring ball injury as well. He went from pencil him in starter coming out of the spring to barely getting on the field. And like I always say, you can't start building a offense without a foundation in place.
Good, Bad, Ugly
Good: The Blackshirts. KU ran 47 plays for a total of 87 yards. Guys and gals, that is hard to do on video game football. The Blackshirts awoke with a heated passion Saturday night. I think they were angry and/or bitter about the way things happened against OSU and ISU. They were going to make it be known that the Blackshirts were out to win this game on their own.
Bad: I'm going to put this one on Taylor Martinez and in some regard the Shawn Watson. I loved the way as a team the Huskers ran the ball (49-230). But seriously, the slow start and just the lack of go this past weekend. I'm thinking that as a whole the coaching staff is waiting to unleash the full Martinez against A&M and if that is so, this "vanilla" game is hopefully just a hiccup in this current run of games following Oct. 16th.
Ugly: Whoever the heck put the kick-off at 5 PM. Seriously, at kick-off the temp was 30 degrees. I work a graveyard job and down here in sunny AZ at night the temp can get mighty bitter (was 27 degrees at 3 AM Sunday morning). I had to do some work outside and believe me, for this 30 something year old, that is bitter cold. Now Saturday afternoon the temps were awesome, the administration made people pay $40 to watch the game on pay-per-view, and the crowd just wasn't there completely. Where was the benefit to such a late kick-off in early November? Something just doesn't add up.
KU through the years. NU owns the longest running series in their history: 91-23-3. In fact there is a 36 game winning streak for NU in there as well. Many times Nu won by double digits and many of those double digits started at the number 30. Some of the fun ones.
1. 11-9-91 NU 59 KU 23. Forget the fact KU jumped out to a early 17-0 lead. Forget the fact Derek Brown left the game late in the first quarter with a injury (He finished with 13 carries for 75 yards). I told you following Helu's big game I would wait with the gold nugget from Calvin Jones' record setting game. CJ carried the ball 27 times for 294 yards and 6 touchdowns and he did it in 3 quarters.
2. 11-7-92 NU 49 KU 7. The year of the "We Backs". DB 15-156, CJ 13-107 and 2 TDs. Oh yeah, some freshman named Frazier threw 3 TD passes.
3. 10-25-97 & 10-17-98 NU shuts out KU 35-0 and 41-0. The last time a Husker team shuts out the Jayhawks.
Well, time for the fun in College Station. College Station is a interesting place, home of the 12th man, and to be honest is just a awesome stadium when you get to see pictures. It is one of those places I really want to see before I leave this rock. God bless and Go Big Red.