Nebraska claims Big 12 title 24-14 over PSU

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  1. Mogriffjr

    Mogriffjr Walk On

    Feb 10, 2009
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    NEBRASKA (AP)- One word...REVENGE. That was written across the blackboard in the Nebraska locker room. It was plastered all over campus in hopes to get the Nebraska team fired up for their BIG12 title game against Penn State. Coach even went as far as to have his RB's wear Green and Redd on the back of their jerseys. Said FR-RB Aaron Green, "I didn't have to change my uniform but it was evident that the defense was fired up by how well we did in practice throughout the week."

    Last time these two teams met, PSU ran for over 200 yards. Even more embarrassing to Coach Moreecemos is he felt he unprepared his team both offensively and defensive. "On offense we played to their strength...they pinned their ears back and played straight up...and on defense, we simply were manhandled on our line," said moreecemos.

    This time, the Cornhuskers went into the game wanting to run the ball more. They rushed for 30 times. "We aimed for 25 times as our target and we succeeded that mark," continued moreecemos. They also wanted PSU's QB Matt McGloin to throw around 20 passes. "With how aggressive we are on defense and how few times they passed on the year, that if we get them in the air, we will cause turnovers." McGloin dropped back around 30 times and the Nebraska defense sacked him 3 times, caused him to run 3 more times and picked him off two times.

    Taylor Martinez controlled the offense this time much better. While he was picked off two times in the game, coach admits those turnovers were pretty solid throws, and that their defense was just making spectacular plays throughout the game. He threw for 171 yards and 2TD's. More importantly, he rushed for 53 yards, including a 32 yard scamper where he escaped the rush, juked a defender and nearly hit paydirt before being tackled out of bounds. Nebraska ended up scoring a TD after that play.

    Martinez combined with Burkhead rushed for 143 yards. With the combined efforts on offense and defense, revenge was served and along with it came a Big 12 title, winning the conference in their first year.
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  2. Hellisan

    Hellisan Schemin 'em up

    Feb 10, 2009
    Nice writeup Mo. Disappointing loss, this season has had a lot of twists and turns. It will be difficult to beat a good team twice in the same year to not only win the conf. but get into that BCS bowl game.

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