By Robert Cameron

       Huskers celebrate 31 to 22 victory over Colorado in season finale.
The Huskers go into Boulder and defeat Colorado 31 to 22 despite all the distractions regarding head coach Frank Solich. This brings the Huskers record for the year to 9 and 3 and with a win in a bowl game the Huskers could finish the year with a 10 and 3 record.

The Husker offense posted 31 points on Colorado and most of them were credited to the rushing game. Cory Ross led the team in rushing with 103 yards on 22 carries and he scored 1 touchdown. Jammal Lord rushed 21 times for 68 yards and 1 score and Fullback Judd Davies had 18 yards on 6 carries and he also scored a touchdown. The Huskers as a team rushed for 223 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The passing game for the Huskers was average at best. Jammal Lord threw for 146 yards on the day. He completed 8 of 18 attempted for a completion rate of 44%. Jammal continues to overthrow receivers that are wide open down the field. He has a very long delivery when he is throwing, which helps opposing defenses react quicker to the pass. He did complete one long pass to Matt Herian for a 58 yard touchdown. Matt led the Huskers in receiving, catching 2 balls for a total of 64 yards.

In my opinion, Lord's poor performances throwing the ball this year warranted Joe Daily receiving more playing time. Solich, Cotton and Gill all stood behind Lord this year as the Huskers best chance to win knowing that they had Daily on the sideline who is a much better passer than Lord. It still remains to be seen if Solich will be held accountable for his inability to improve the Huskers passing game again this year. The offense is still one dimensional as the defeats suffered from Texas, Kansas State and Missouri showed this year. Beating Colorado in Boulder is nice, but let's not get too carried away. Remember coming into this game Colorado's record was only 5 and 6. This isn't the same team that had beaten us the last two seasons.

The defense played well and came up big at the end of the game when we needed them, making two key interceptions to stopping Colorado scoring drives. Barrett Ruud led the team in tackles with 6. T.J. Hollowell and Pat Ricketts made the two key interceptions late in the game. The Blackshirts held Colorado to only 62 yards rushing for the game and yielded 269 yards passing. Overall it was a good performance by the defense. They shutdown the running game and limited the number of long passes by allowing Colorado to complete the short passes.

This was the last time the Husker seniors will play in a Big 12 game. Some of the starters we will have to replace next year are as follows: Judd Davies, Josh Davis, T.J Hollowell, Trevor Johnson, Patrick Kabongo, Kyle Larson, Jammal Lord, Jerrell Pippens, Pat Ricketts and Demorrio Williams. These seniors played hard this year and helped the Huskers regain some of the respect that was lost after last year. Let's play hard in the bowl game and finish the year 10 and 3. The Huskers must wait for the outcome of the Big 12 Championship game before they know which bowl game to which they will be invited. Most likely it will be the Holiday Bowl in San Diego on December 30th.