The Kansas State Wildcats come into Lincoln and totally dominated the Nebraska Huskers 38 to 9. The Wildcats beat the Huskers in Lincoln for the first time since 1968.
By Robert Cameron
Wildcat RB Darren Sproles rushed for 140 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Let's recap what I said last week about this game: "The Huskers will play Kansas State in Lincoln next week, which is a very important game and should decide who will win the Big 12 North division. The home crowd and Husker defense should keep the game close in the first half. The inability of Jammal Lord to throw the ball will make the Huskers too one-dimensional. Turner Gill, Barney Cotton and Frank Solich will still refuse to address this issue and it will cost the Huskers the game. My prediction is Nebraska 17 and Kansas State 35." Well that's pretty much what happened, it was all tied up at halftime 7 points each. The first half was a very closely contested match, then in the second half, the Wildcats offense came alive and the Huskers offense was nowhere to be found. The Huskers had receivers open all day long and QB Jammal Lord couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. Lord completed 8 of 26 passes attempted and had 1 interception for an unimpressive 30.8% completion rate. He did manage to throw one touchdown pass that should have been called incomplete due to the fact that his knee was on the ground when Lord threw the ball. After the Huskers were down by a few touchdowns and were forced to throw the ball, did Frank Solich and his coaches go to a quarterback that could throw the ball? Just like I predicted last week, NO! I can't understand how we can use 3 running backs and go with the one that has the hot hand, but when it comes to the quarterback, they are unwilling to make a change. Why would Solich burn up QB Joe Daily's red shirt if he plans not to use him this year? If he is to be the quarterback of the future, wouldn't you want to get him some game experience? I am not sure I would like the answer that Solich would give me, nor would it convince me that Lord is our best chance to win.
The Wildcats QB Ell Roberson completed 15 of 28 attempts for a 53.6% completion rate. Roberson threw for 313 yards, 3 interceptions and 2 touchdowns. RB Darren Sproles led the Wildcats in rushing with 140 yards on 25 carries scoring 3 touchdowns. WR James Terry caught 6 passes for 175 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead all Wildcat receivers.
The Huskers defense was no match for the Wildcats offensive explosion in the second half. LB Demorrio Williams and LB Barrett Ruud led the team in tackles, each recording 14. The Blackshirts forced 3 interceptions, CB Fabian Washington, CB Pat Ricketts and FS Josh Bullocks each had one. That brings Josh Bullocks interception total on the year to 10.
IB Cory Ross, for the second week in a row, looked good running the ball and should have earned the starting job for the Huskers next game against Colorado. He ran for 87 yards on 16 carries for a 5.4 yard average per rush.
So what if anything can we find to be happy about when it comes to this game? First of all, the fans in Lincoln will never have to watch Lord lead the Huskers in a home game again. Second, we now have no chance to win the Big 12 North division and that will save us from having to play Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship game. Oklahoma surely would have beaten us very badly and that may have had some negative effects on our recruiting next year. Third, we are one more game closer to QB Joe Daily getting his chance to play quarterback.
If the Huskers lose to Colorado and then lose their bowl game this could be it for coach Solich. He has 12 days to get Daily ready for the Colorado game. I suggest he make the most of this opportunity. It's time to let Daily get some game experience so he's ready to take over next year. Do I actually think this will happen? NO! Jammal will be the starting quarterback until he is out of eligibility. That means he will start against Colorado and the bowl game.
The Huskers next game against Colorado will be in Boulder and this will be their bowl game so look for them to go all out. The Huskers will need to pound the Colorado defense with the run game if they hope to win. I look for Cory Ross to have a big game. Jammal Lord should be able to throw just enough to win this game. Colorado will keep it close early, but the Huskers should wear them down late in the game. Look for the Blackshirts to make some big plays. My prediction Nebraska 24 and Colorado 13.