Dear Fellow Husker fans,
The leftover turkey is sliced, diced and ready to made into sandwiches for work from now until Christmas. The yams are gone, as is the pie and fudge. Oh yeah, and another Husker win was the highlight of a week off of epic proportions. Before I get to our game (and the title) I need to give a bit of a talk about my Thanksgiving week vacation.
I had the best of the 3 BIg "F's". You guys know what it is. Hey, back there, get your mind out of the gutter, this is a family site. The big 3 Fs are family, food, and football. If you want the countdown, Tuesday I made my picks, Wednesday I prepared for football week, Thursday was 2 NFL games and the UT/A&M game (that was a good game actually), Friday of course was NU/CU with other great games that have great movie names: Iron Bowl (Bama/Auburn) and the Backyard Brawl (Pitt/WVU), and finally Saturday was Bedlam followed by bouncing around 3 websites to catch radio calls of other games. I did work Saturday night, so had to get a nap in before work to precede the fun on Sunday with a great finale of PItt vs Baltimore. I didn't skip MNF on purpose, but by that time I was tired as all get out and fell asleep during the radio call.
My dad on the other had had the ultimate turkey day, just him, mom and 3 football games. I guess the family didn't make the yearly jaunt until halftime during NU/CU. I sure hope they were able to keep the food down during the second half. Anyways, lets get to rock and roll and time to talk some Husker football.
First off, this game was everything I think a few of us have come to expect from NU/CU (I still wont call it a rivalry, so sue me). More or less this is the nrom, hard fought games where CU is trying to save their coach's job (Hawk is back, what fun). Offensively, our beloved Big Red was more of the same, trying to stay out of their own way. That is until late in the game when a "T-Rex" Burkhead sighting was made. 18 carries for the magic number of 100 yards plus the clinching TD was the spark our offense needed. As I listened to the game, I was thinking what-if, as in what if Rex wasn't out for all those game and was providing quality carries behind Roy Helu, Jr. I am sure at the least, the ISU game would have turned out much differently. Anyways, the offense in the later half of the game looked like the great offense of yesterday. The hope is they can keep it going come the Big 12 Title game and the bowl game. I'm thinking next spring will show plenty, but I am getting ahead of myself.
You saw in my title mentioning great sequels. I am sure more than a few of you are going, what the heck. Well, time to run down the sequels we saw last Friday.
Original Premier Date: 11-25-1971 in Norman, Oklahoma. Plot: Johnny ":the Jet" Rodgers returns a OU punt 72 yards for the game's first points with 11:28 remaining in the first quarter propelling NU to a win in the "Game of the Century".
Sequel Premier Date: 11-27-2009 in Boulder, Colorado. Plot: Niles Paul returns a CU punt 59 yards for the game's first points with 3:34 remaining in the first quarter to provide NU with a much needed early lead in the game.
It's funny how these things happened at Thanksgiving in what were big games. I know this CU game wasn't the biggest, but when you realize how long it has been that A. NU has won this many games in a row and B. how much the offense needed this break in terms that the special teams and D were scoring points and helping the team win, yeah that was big.
Original Premier Date: 11-28-2008 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Plot: NU has a 4th and 25 from the CU 40 yard line. Bring on Alex Henery. With one great kick and a shout that registered on the Richter scale Henery boots NU into the lead on Coach Pelini's gutsy call last year. Play is known as "The Kick"
Sequel Premier Date: 11-27-2009 in Boulder, Colorado. Plot: Alex Henery lines up and on one of his many great punts this year pins Colorado deep in their own end at the 3 yard line.
Alex the Great does it again. Alex the punter has helped his draft status for 2011 big time with his punting. He has made kicks that are unbelievable in the way they signal a right or left hand turn and then bound out of bounds inside the 10 yard line. I believe during the radio call they said Alex has had 8 punts go out inside the 10 yard line this year. Unbelievable. Alex the place kicker has been doing pretty good as well. So what he has only make that is 50+ yards (the fore mentioned premier), but from 49 yards on in, the kid is money. It was asked on a website of fans talking during the game what round Alex would get drafted, one fan spoke up and said 5th round (yes, I was that fan).
Original Premier Date: 11-28-2008 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Plot: CU has a chance to kick a field goal and re-take the lead. Zac Potter and Ndamukong Suh change that in a play known as "The Pick"
Sequel Premier Date: 11-27-2009 in Boulder, Colorado. Plot: Cu is trying to get back in the game. Matt O'Hanlon turns that around with a 20 yard INT return to put NU up by 2 scores.
Where are you guys out there calling for Matt O'Hanlon to be demoted to the scout team. I seem to recall one person stating it was O'hanlon that blew the V-Tech game. Wrong. There was another that posted he was too slow, too well the person played the race card to play safety. Wrong. Look what he did to Landry Jones in the OU game and then this week. There is something to be said for a young man that just has a nose for the football and the ability to make big plays.
Yeah, the Blackshirts didn't exactly play their best this week, but thsi year's motto rang true, a win is a win. I know UT is 14 point favorites and to be quite honest our offense has to channel in the ghost of great Husker O-lines of the past to help in bulldozing our way to a Big 12 championships. Defensively, the Blackshirts have to play 60 minutes of great ball, force some turnovers and 3 & outs, probably have to score a few points as well for NU to have a chance. Well, those unbelievable happenings happened against OU, maybe lightning will strike twice this year. Anyways, this is my call to you fans, if you do not have 100% faith that the guys will play their hearts out and don't believe in the Power of Red, don't buy a ticket for the game, let a true fan get into this game.
Well, that's about it for another fine week. Time for a turkey sandwich so, thank you for taking the time to read my posts and thank you for your comments. God bless and Go Big Red.