By Robert Cameron
  chuskers.com



     Huskers celebrate 17 to 3 victory over MSU in the 2003 Alamo Bowl.
The fireworks between Nebraska and Michigan State started a few days before the Alamo Bowl. Michigan State was still talking smack during the game. After all was said and done, Nebraska let their playing do their talking defeating the Spartans 17 to 3. Any questions?

Jammal Lord started his last game at quarterback for the Huskers and played good enough to leave with a victory and player of the game award. Jammal completed 8 of 17 passes for 160 yards with a completion rate of 47%. He didn't turn the ball over nor did anyone else on the Huskers team. He rushed for 88 yards on 10 carries including a career long 66 yard scamper. I can't say that I hate to see Jammal leave this year, but I do respect the way he has handled himself this year and I believe he performed to the best of his abilities. All this to say goodbye, thank you and good luck.

Cory Ross had a great game and some would argue that he was more deserving of the player of the game award. Cory led the Huskers in rushing with 150 yards on 37 carries and scored 2 touchdowns. Isaiah Fluellen led the Huskers in receiving yards catching 4 passes for 84 yards including a long 58 yard grab. Isaiah is a fun player to watch and I look forward to seeing him next year. Ross Pilkington also turned in a solid performance catching 3 passes for 70 yards including a 40 yard grab. Ross will also provide some good play in the seasons to come for the Huskers.

The Husker offense played better than the score reflects rushing for 229 yards and throwing for 160 yards. They didn't turn the ball over all game and the offensive line didn't allow any sacks. This may have been over shadowed by the media hype surrounding the Husker's head coach opening and Bo Pelini's taking the helm until the position is filled. Pelini coached a good game. It was refreshing to see someone with that much fire leading the team and the team responded well. One game isn't enough to tell if he would make a good head coach, but for his first game he did well. Bo knows defense and I think he will make a good head coach someday, but it's perfectly clear that Pederson is looking for a bigger name. My only fear is that we don't let the next Bob Stoops walk out the door.

The Husker defense also played a great game holding Michigan State to a field goal. The Spartans were only able to muster 18 yards rushing and 156 yards passing for the game. That was a very dominating performance by the Blackshirts. Barrett Ruud led the team in tackles with 9. The Blackshirts racked up 5 sacks, Demorrio Williams and Trevor Johnson each had 2 and Ryon Bingham accounted for the last one. Pat Ricketts, Daniel Bullocks and Fabian Washington each made interceptions. Overall the Spartans offense was very ineffective thanks to the play of the Blackshirts.

The off season should prove to be very interesting with the head coach situation and watching how that will unfold. I'm also looking forward to Joe Daily taking the helm next year as the starting quarterback. Call me an optimist, but I'm looking forward to what the future will hold for the Huskers.
GO BIG RED!