Saturday, October 28, 2006

Okie State

1. Well, those fourth quarter Oklahoma State scores seemed to arrive about as often as spam wanting you to help a poor foreigner sneak money out of his country for a cool 20 percent cut. The Blackshirts has about as much success as people who get suckered into those e-mails, too.
2. Not the bounce-back effort that's needed. The offense went flat, the defense made its yearly one big sieve-like performance (see Tech '04 or Kansas '05), special teams hurt the Huskers and the coaches' decisions are being questioned. Similar to several NU road games the past two years...
3. Who else after the first quarter was ready to proclaim the I-back firmly settled and name Brandon Jackson the No. 1 running back? Now who expected him to have nine carries over the final two-and-a-half quarters? Raise your hand...anyone?
4. Prior to this game, it seemed that the special teams naysayers were being a little picky. But bad kick coverage, bad execution on extra points and bad kicking can probably add up to 13 points in this game.
5. Husker fans should be relieved and humming "Boomer Sooner" after this one. The North is still up for grabs, and like last year, three losses may not be enough to knock a team out of the race.
6. I'm no expert, but I have to agree with what the NU coaches were saying since last week following the Texas game....that OSU offense is pretty explosive. Husker Nation has to regret that it proved the coaches right so dramatically. Getting up 16-0 only to see the Cowboys score 41 of the next 48 points is a shocker in Huskerland.

Posted by Dale Miller @ Saturday, October 28, 2006 || 1 comments

Saturday, October 21, 2006


1. Well, that one has to hurt for Husker fans. From being nine points down in a game that wasn't that close to a big comeback to losing the ball and the game, that was one wild emotional roller coaster for a record Memorial Stadium crowd and everyone watching on TV.
2. Can't blame Terrence Nunn. Yes, if helmet doesn't hit ball or if he goes down easier, then game over. But Nunn doesn't really control those things, does he?
3. And Nebraska is still searching for that breakthrough win under Callahan. The Huskers keep getting closer, but Michigan last year doesn't cut it. A win over a top 10 team would show exactly how close Nebraska is to being a top leve team again. Maybe it'll have a chance to get that Dec. 2 in K.C.?
4. Back-up kicker, walk-on, never been in game action, playing in what Texans probably consider a blizzard....I'm gussing Ryan Bailey will never forget this game. And these Huskers will have a tough time forgetting the third 22-yard field goal against them in this game.
5. At Oklahoma State, Mizzou in Lincoln, at A&M....there was plenty of talk about these teams rematching in Kansas City, but no one better assume that it'll happen, especially the Huskers.
6. What happened to the running game? Does it just feast on bad teams or is the Longhorns' run defense that good? There's something that has to be questioned.

Posted by Dale Miller @ Saturday, October 21, 2006 || 1 comments

Monday, October 16, 2006


Things I think I think about the Kansas State game from occasionally glimpsing it on a flat screen monitor across a hockey game, which is the equivilant of watching it on a one-half inch screen...
1. Even from that limited view, that fake field goal was impressive. While the road offensive game plan must be put in the "conservative" category, the special teams strategy doesn't follow. That's two big fakes in two big road games that were executed pefectly.
2. Hey, establishing the run and keeping the other team's offense off the field doesn't only work against alleged offensive powerhouses like USC. It works against lesser teams like the Wildcats, too.
3. People keep claiming K-State ran a fake punt on fourth-and-3 from their own 9. That's just crazy talk!
4. The Blackshirts are giving up some yards, but they aren't giving up points. That's what's most important.
5. So, Husker Nation, did the Mizzou-A&M result make you feel better about the game against the Tigers or more worried about the road trip to College Station?
6. I thought the vehicle broken down on Highway 281 with a big "CU Buffaloes" sticker on the back window on Saturday was an omen. Guess not. Now we know who the most dangerous 1-6 team in the nation is.

Posted by Dale Miller @ Monday, October 16, 2006 || 0 comments

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Iowa State

1. Anybody else starting to suspect that the Huskers have a "Home Playbook" and a "Road Playbook"? Not that that's a bad thing. But the more conservative, run, short passes style of play returned for the second road trip of the year. While its success could be debated at USC, it's hard to argue about what happened at Ames. The ISU offense was kept off the field enough and the Huskers controlled the pace for most of the game.
2. The Cyclones might have wanted those couple of second-half TDs that were taken away. The one clear TD reception that apparantly wasn't even looked at by instant replay really hurts, especially after the fake field goal later that possession came up super short.
3. Anybody else wondering about the ABC announcers praising McCarney for his unusual move of deferring after winning the coin toss? How many teams don't defer these days? It doesn't seem that radical a decision to me.
4. My head hurts trying to figure out the RB rotation game to game. Now that Jackson and Glenn got their 100-yard days, I half expect them to combine for three carries at K-State while Lucky and Wilson combine for 34 and 253 yards. It works, but it hurts!
5. I'm guessing Optimistic Nation is back in full force. Got to love football where the emotional state of the fans shifts drastically every seven days.
6. Yes, I'm still saying that Colorado is the most dangerous 0-6 team in the nation.

Posted by Dale Miller @ Sunday, October 08, 2006 || 0 comments

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