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Nebraska Cornhuskers 2011-2012 Schedule/Results
Week Opponent Result Off Player Def Player
1 W 34- 17 R. Burkhead - 25 Car, 229 Yds, 2TD J. Crick - 6 Tack, 3TFL, 3 Sacks
2010-2011 Recruiting Class
Position Name Rating Stars Notes
QB Josh Dudley 61 Redshirt
FB P.J. Daniels 62
WR Noah Castillo 61 Redshirt
LG Teddy Carpenter 77
RG Anthony Bryant 76
RG Victor Leslie 61 Redshirt
LE Marcus Bowman 77
RE James Howell 78
CB Carlos Carter 78
CB Tyler Thompson 76 Redshirt
FS Kaleb Gaither 77
SS Daniel Morgan 77 Redshirt
K Blake Key 62 Starter
P Tim Holmes 79 Starter
P David Wright 65
Season 2, Week 1 -
Nebraska 34, Louisiana Tech 17
Huskers overcome sloppy start, score 34 unanswered on Bulldogs
Brandon Kinnie makes a great diving grab in the endzone for a TD
Lincoln, NE -- Things weren't looking good for the Cornhuskers with 6:18 left in the second quarter. Cody Green had just thrown an interception that was returned 90 yards for a touchdown, and Nebraska was down 17-0. The Huskers weren't clicking at all. Green was inconsistent, with 2 picks within the first 10 minutes, both of which led to points for the Bulldogs: one returned for a TD, the other returned into FG range.
A. Cole intercepts a Cody Green pass
Burkhead was having a hard time breaking tackles and getting into open space, and the defense wasn't being agressive enough. That all changed rather quickly, as Nebraska flipped the switch and closed out the half with 17 points in 5 minutes to tie the game heading into the locker room. In the second half, Nebraska completely dominated Tech, holding them scoreless and running the ball all over the field.
To start the third, Nebraska had a long drive that was capped with a diving catch by B. Kinnie in the endzone for Green's first and only passing TD of the day (he ran for one earlier in the first half). After a quick 3-and-out, Nebraska got the ball back and on the first play of the drive Burkhead ran for a 73 yard touchdown, putting the Huskers up 31-17 and placing all the pressure on Louisiana Tech.
R. Burkhead breaks a tackle on his 73-yard TD run
The Bulldogs couldn't get in scoring range in the second half, thanks to a stout Cornhusker defense. QB C. Cameron of Louisiana Tech was sacked 6 times, 5 in the second half, and defensive star Jared Crick had 3 on his own. Offensively, Tech managed only 97 yards, with Cameron going 13-21 for 132 yards and an INT. The real shocker was the rush defense of Nebraska. They will easily be the #1 rush defense in the nation after their performance on Saturday, as the Louisiana Tech offense had -35 yards rushing. That's right, negative 35.
Their starting HB, T. Duplessis, led the team in rushing before he suffered what appears to be a season-ending injury to his shoulder with 6 rushes for 5 yards. The only real playmakers for Tech were on the defensive side, with A. Cole collecting 10 tackles to go with his 90-yard pick six. J. Dudley had 6 tackles with 2 fumble recoveries, one for a TD.
Cody Green threw for 201 yards, and ran for 78
For Nebraska, Green was 18-25 for 201 yards, with a TD and 2 INTs, and 10 rushes for 78 yards and a TD. Unfortunately, in the 4th quarter Green sprained his elbow and will be out for 3 weeks, including games against Minnesota and USC. The player of the game, though, was Ryan Burkhead. His slow start definitely turned around in the second half, and he finished the day with 25 carries for 229 yards and 2 TDs, along with 3 receptions for 7 yards.
As long as he keeps running like this, Nebraska should feel confident in their offense. Green is an impact player, but backup Martinez is capable, especially if Burkhead carries the load. We'll see how things shape up next week against the Golden Gophers, in what should be an exciting game where both teams feel like they can win.
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