Dear Fellow Husker Fans,
Be honest, that was fun wasn't it? Edge of the seat excitement, yours truly screaming at the internet radio call, my beloved bride, again, saying "My love, they can't hear you no matter how loud you yell." Yes they can, because Stillwater, OK is closer to me than Lincoln, NE.
Before I get to good, bad, and ugly I want to point out a couple of things. #1. It's great to be able to watch the offense go out and win a game for the first time in a long time. The difference between this week and last week was the fact that the backs and WR's were catching the football. #2. To those that spent a week trashing Niles Paul, SHUT UP. 100 yard KO return for TD, 9 catches for 131 yards, and some clutch moments puts to rest about the talk after Texas. Get over that one, it's time to cheer these guys on against Missouri.
Speaking of Missouri, no this is not a battle of the lover vs jilted lover. The Big 10 has said over and over no matter how much Gov. Nixon and the Mizzou Admin want to change history and say they were on the Big 10 talks, fact is it was Notre Dame, Nebraska, Texas, and everybody else. Sorry Mizzou, love Tom Shatel, you may have a great journalism school, but quit lying to yourself. Time for good, bad, ugly.
The Good: Taylor Martinez, 323 yards passing, 112 yards rushing. He kept plays alive with his mobility, he found the wide open wide receivers, and he more than made up for the UT game.
The Bad: Eric Martin taunt. I only have a problem with the taunt. The hit was clean, doesn't appear to be head hunting, and it was solid. What you don't do is stand over the guy and "admire" your work. That isn't our style of football. In this age of watching for the health of the players and being careful with bone crushing hits to the head, the last thing you want to do or be perceived as is a heartless head hunter.
The Ugly: The Blackshirts in the first half. Prince was being torched by Blackmon. Kendall Hunter was making people think maybe he is the best RB in Oklahoma, if not the Big 12. After the up and down first half, the shutdown style of the Blackshirts was out in style. Hunter had less than 50 yards rushing in the second half and Blackmon had all of one more meaningless TD reception. Great adjustments by the coaching staff and the players worked it to perfection. Great job Blackshirts.
History of the NU/OSU series
1. 1987, NU 35 OSU 0. Thurman Thomas had 7 yards on 9 carries and Barry Sanders had 60 yards on 7 carries. T. Thomas numbers through 3 games against NU: 22-71 1 TD, 22-38, 9-7. B. Sander: 7-60, 35-189 3 TDs,
2. 1988 NU 63 OSU 42. one of the highest scoring games in Memorial Stadium history. It was 49-21 at the half. Nebraska actually lead 42-0 early in the second quarter before Coach Osborne started putting in the 2nd and 3rd teamers into this one.
3. 1995 NU 64 OSU 21. Nebraska led 36-7 at the half. This was actually a Thursday night August game.
Great way to start defense of a niational titla.
Nebraska finishes this series with a record of 37-5-1 including a 36 game stretch where they went 35-0-1. Wow.
Well, going to call it short and sweet for this week, have a busy week before Mizzou. God bless and Go Big Red.