Nebraska: Taking care of business

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  1. ZepHead

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    Daily Nebraskan: NU Game Summaries

    2010 Season

    Moved! I will post all my updates on my blog instead of this thread. It's much easier to manage and view. I'll have the address in my sig for easy access.

    Blog: http://tf-nebraska.blogspot.com
     
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    Week 1: Recruiting

    Bo and the Cornhuskers got off to a good start on recruiting, picking up a commitment from 4* DT Leon McQueen (6-2/267) of Arizona. "Things can only get better for Big Red, provided we win our games". Yes, coach. We get it!
     
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    Week 2

    Arkansas State at #16 Nebraska

    Final Score: Nebraska 41 - 0 Arkansas State.

    "Took Care of Business" said Pelini, and he left the press conference without taking questions. He's very happy with his running backs! EDIT: And his defense too!
     
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    Week 3: #13 Nebraska at #9 Virginia Tech

    Nebraska 27 - 10 Virginia Tech

    ESPN College Gameday was in Blacksburg today to broadcast the prime-time top 25 contest between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Virginia Tech Hokies.

    Led by their star quarterback Tyrod Taylor and running back Evans, the Hokies kept hearing all week about how the polite boys from the midwest would lay low and let VT walk all over them. Yes sir, even Corso predicted a Hokie victory during his mascot head gear donning routine.

    Alas, no one but Bo saw the upset coming! It is one thing to suggest that VT is a better team, but to write an opponent off before taking the field on saturday is a tad premature, isn't it? Didn't we witness Appalachian State? Stanford? This is a #9 vs #13 game for crying out loud!

    All the game tape Coach Beamer saw of Nebraska's first two weeks didn't help his cause. Nebraska came out blazing in the shotgun, catching the vaunted Hokie defense off guard. Meanwhile, the cornhusker defense followed a bend but don't break philosophy, giving Tyrod time to throw but preventing big plays in a hostile enviroment.

    The Hokies were clearly under-prepared for this contest. While they kept it close heading into the half at 17-10 trailing only by 7 points, critical turnovers (coughing up the ball), failure to convert key third and fourth downs, and a couple of missed field goals led to the overhyped VT offense being completely shutout in the second half.

    The offense added ten more points in a balanced effort, and Helu again ran for over one hundred yards although he had to earn every inch against the stout Hokie defense.

    Bo Pelini may have had some tense moments in the game, but he is on cloud nine heading back home to Lincoln. Next up: Lowly (sshh! don't tell Bo I said that!) Rajin' Cajuns from Louisiana
     
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    Recruiting News:

    Considering Bo Pelini's defensive background, it is not surprising that the Cornhuskers are attracting defensive talent to Lincoln.

    Coach Pelini received a commitment today from the #1 Strong Safety in the nation (#8 on the Russell Top 100), who felt that the possibility of gaining valuable playing time his freshman year at Nebraska would help him become better prepared for the bright lights and on field challenges of the NFL. He also believes the staff will do a great job of coaching him in not only playing the deep parts of the field but also showcase his hard hitting talents in run support.
     
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    Who else was he considering?
     
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    he didn't have any scholarship offers other than Nebraska when he committed. But he had SEC powerhouses - Florida, LSU among others in his top 5
     
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    Recruiting update

    Heading into Week 6, the Cornhuskers beat out Oklahoma, among other powerhouses, to land the #11 ranked running back for their 2010 recruiting class. This is the third commitment for the Cornhuskers, and they are looking to wrap up their tiny class of 10 pretty soon if they keep continuing their success on the field. At 6'0 213 lbs, the freshman will bring a nice combination of size and speed, along with a nasty stiff arm and a killer spin move. His injury ratings are a concern, but he will have time to get stronger before seeing significant playing time.
     
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    Week 6, 7 Update

    Nebraska survives; Is bowl eligible!

    Week 6: @Missouri
    The Cornhuskers had to fight for the win at Missouri in Week 6. Although they never trailed and were firmly in control going into the half, Mizzou launched a spectacular comeback in the third quarter. Pelini's conservative offense didn't help as the Tigers quickly closed the deficit to a field goal. Nebraska's offense began executing once again in the fourth, however, staving off an upset.

    Week 7: vs Texas Tech
    Exhausted after the trip to Columbia, the Cornhuskers were wary of Leach and his band of pirates who, despite their 1-5 record, were deceptively good. Pelini wasn't too happy about facing the air-raid just a week after his defense got shredded through the air by Missouri.

    The Cornhuskers were clearly not prepared for Tech in the first half. Lee threw a pick, Helu couldn't find daylight and the Tech passing attack seemed unstoppable. Despite a horrible effort, however, the Cornhuskers only trailed by 3 at halftime. Pelini summoned his defense in the locker room and simply said "When we hit the field, I want Tech to see the same defense the Hokies saw in Blacksburg". Shut out in the second half, Tech surrendered 31-17 but not before taking a cheap shot at Roy Helu, the best player on the offense. He is out for a week.

    Recruiting update: The Cornhuskers land a 4* WR commitment. The class is now four people strong, 2 on both sides of the ball. More commitments are expected in Week 8. Stay tuned!
     
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    Week 8: Pesky Li'l Cyclones hit town

    Iowa State 24 - 30 Nebraska

    No, the Cornhuskers did not survive a scare. Going into the fourth quarter NU was sitting on a comfortable 21-3 lead. Iowa State's offense clearly stalled on the ground and through the air (120 yards total offense). So Coach Pelini calls 99% run plays in the second half and Iowa State naturally forces a few punts by stacking the box. After a field goal to open the fourth and make the score 24-3, the Cornhusker defense calls it a day. Coach Pelini switches on the super sim, and lo! Austen Arnaud becomes John Elway, throwing three TD passes to make it look close! Damn you, comeback AI! Play fair! LOL!

    Nebraska is undefeated, in the top ten of the polls and Pelini is having sleepless nights. He wants to keep his team focused on the trip to Baylor before the big boys from Norman come calling in two weeks. It has been a great start to the season for Bo and his boys but the remaining games will decide if Big Red has truly arrived on the national scene.

    Nebraska Recruiting

    Total Scholarships: 12 + offseason losses
    Commitments: 9
    Remaining Scholarships: 3

    Commitments

    Tommy Henderson SS 6'0 192 ***** (#1 SS / #8 overall)
    Tim Freund FS 6'0 161 **** (#3 FS / #83 overall)
    Leon McQueen DT 6'2 267 **** ( #8 DT / #141 overall)
    Melvin Smith HB 6'0 213 **** (#11 HB / #154 overall)
    Lawrence Medlock WR 6'1 207 **** (#14 WR / #206 overall)
    Patrick Peterson MLB 6'3 232 **** (#26 MLB / #252 overall)
    Marcus Miller MLB 5'10 214 ***** (#4 MLB / #23 overall)
    Nick Snyder WR 5'11 192 **** (#6 WR / #86 overall)
    4* strong safety -- will update info later
     
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    Week 9: #5 Nebraska 48 - 7 Baylor

    Roy Helu, who had suffered minor injures against Texas Tech and Iowa State, came back strong to rush for 170 yards and 2 TD's as the Cornhuskers shut down Robert Griffin on the ground to walk away from Waco, TX with a comfortable win.

    Sitting pretty at 8-0, the Cornhuskers eagerly await the Sooners next week. Bo realizes that the Sooners are clearly the superior team on paper, and will step onto the field looking to win big in Lincoln. Big Red needs to step it up in practice this week and have a perfect game in order to pull off the upset.

    Recruiting:
    4* MLB Peterson committed to the cornhuskers this week. However, it was a bittersweet news because the highly rated Center we were after committed to the buckeyes. It came as a surprise to Pelini because the Bucks already had a 5* C commitment and the Huskers were #1 on his list. Oh well, you win some you lose some.
     
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    Double recruiting blow for the cornhuskers!

    Texas snatches away their QB soft commit Shannon Murphy, while LSU manages to convince TE Cook to play in Baton Rouge. Pelini knew it was going to be hard recruiting against powerhouses but this is clearly a disappointment for Cornhusker fans.

    The #17 SS West committed to the Cornhuskers, and if things go well, we expect to sign the 5* #4 MLB and 4* #6 WR pretty soon. Overall it is a decent class for Pelini in his second year, and they look to improve upon this class next year when there will be a much higher attrition to the draft and graduation.
     
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    Week 10: OU 31 - 28 Nebraska

    In what can best be described as a loss beyond Coach Pelini's control, the Sooners edged the Cornhuskers in Lincoln today to deal them their first loss of the season. At 8-1, it is still a very good start to the season and Coach Pelini is looking forward to the remaining Big 12 North match-ups that will decide if Big Red is destined for bigger things in the post season and coming years.

    Next up: a trip to Manhattan, KS to take on the suprisingly good #11 ranked Kansas Jayhawks.
     
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    Week 10: OU 38 - 31 Nebraska

    In what can best be described as a loss to a more talented and disciplined team, the Sooners convincingly beat the Cornhuskers in Lincoln today, dealing them their first loss of the season and putting OU back in the national championship picture. Good game, JCA!

    The game started off slowly for Nebraska, who found themselves trailing 17-0 midway through the 2nd quarter. Nebraska began to fight back, bringing the deficit down to a touchdown while keeping the vaunted Sooner offense scoreless in the third quarter. But it was not meant to be Nebraska's day as turnovers at critical points in the game - including one interception in the red zone and two interceptions returned for TD's (one in the first quarter and the other on a drive that was meant to tie the ball game) ensured that the Sooners would hold onto a comfortable lead.

    The loss was hard on the team, but the locker room fell silent when Coach Pelini informed the team that RB Quentin Castille suffered a strained back after only one carry in the game and will be out four weeks. While this was the only prolonged injury, starting RB Helu, WR Brooks, and QB Lee also suffered minor injuries at critical points in the game that really affected the offense.

    At 8-1, it is still a very good start to the season and Coach Pelini is looking forward to the remaining Big 12 North match-ups that will decide if Big Red is destined for bigger things in the post season.


    Next up: a trip to Manhattan, KS to take on the suprisingly good #11 ranked Kansas Jayhawks.
     
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    Great game man, the CPU had it in for you. It seemed like one of your guys was hurt on every play. You did a great job coming back, I got lucky with those picks and Gresham saved me. At least you only have to face him for one year. Hopefully we'll get a rematch in the Big XII title game. Good luck til then.
     
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    Good game guys. Kansas is in Lawrence tho not Manhattan (KSU). You just fired those Jayhawk boys up my friend.
     
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    Week 11 (GOW): Nebraska at Kansas

    Week 11: Nebraska 45 - 15 Kansas

    Oh well, it's nothing new. I always mix those two places up LOL! Anyway, despite the faux pas by Coach Pelini firing them up, the Jayhawks just weren't prepared for the determined Cornhuskers this week.

    On a dry, cold evening in LAWRENCE, Big Red stomped all over Heisman Hopeful Todd Reesing and his Jayhawks, clinching a much needed 45-15 victory to stay in the hunt for the Big 12 North title.

    After a forgettable outing against the Sooners where the whole team seemed to have caught the injury bug and the offense was made one dimensional due to an early deficit, this time the Cornhuskers were healthy and ready to pound the football, avoid turnovers and control the clock.

    Nebraska jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first half and never looked back. The Cornhusker defense played the pass, respecting the undersized QB Reesing's capabilities and it paid off big time. He was held to just over 200 yards passing with 0 TD's and 1INT. While KU's running back was able to utilize the soft zone defense to run for over 100 yards - including a 54 yard run to put the Jayhawks on the board - it wasn't enough to light up the scoreboard.

    Nebraska's offense scored 4 rushing and 2 passing TD's in a strong showing that has Pelini relieved in the fact that we didn't turn it over. QB Lee scored a rushing TD, the fullback and the 3rd string RB Okafur also punched one each and Helu had another 100 yard outing and 1 TD.

    Recruiting news: The Cornhuskers received two commitments this week, making the class 9 members strong. With only 3 more scholarships available, the Cornhuskers will be picky and recruit smart. This is a defense oriented class, but expect some commitments on the other side of the ball in the coming weeks.

    That's it from Lincoln, NE but stay tuned because we play KU's rivals the KSU Wildcats and their legendary coach Bill Snyder next week.
     
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    Week 12: #6 Nebraska 31 - 24 KSU

    Coach Bill Snyder had a superb gameplan: knock out starting QB Lee, and we can keep this close. Just kidding, but yes Nebraska lost their starting QB for three weeks (bowl season)

    After jumping out to a 14-0 lead, the CPU began working its charm, knocking Lee out with a strained shoulder for 3 weeks and picking off backup QB Washington twice (once on a WR screen pass..I've never been intercepted on a WR screen before..lol!) to not only cut the deficit, but take a lead of 21-17 in the third quarter. Nebraska, clearly frustrated and adamant about their offensive firepower, faked a punt at their own 45 yard line and didn't convert. Another fourth down attempt in KSU territory also failed, costing them 3 valuable points.

    After a couple of three and outs for both teams, The Cornhuskers drove down the field again to take the lead 24-21 in the fourth quarter. But KSU answered right back and threatened to score a touchdown but a surprising call - a run play on third and long led to them being stopped short of the first. KSU settled for a field goal, tying the score with 2:00 left in the ball game.

    Nebraska runs back the ensuing kickoff near their 20 yard line, and backup QB Washington makes key third down plays to take NU into KSU territory. With nearly a minute left and confidence in his kicker, Pelini played it safe by running the ball down KSU's throats and kept getting first downs while draining out the clock. A strong run by the fullback on a third and short put Nebraska close to the endzone with 0:12 left in the ball game. Pelini calls for a QB sneak and Washington delivers to seal the victory.

    Nebraska is 10-1 (6-1 Big 12), and is one win away from capturing the Big 12 North. AD Tom Osbourne has hinted at a big raise for Pelini if he delivers from here on out.

    Up next: At trip to Boulder, CO to face Coach Cadepetty and his Colorado Buffaloes. The altitude and passionate fans make playing at Colorado very tough and NU will have to bring their A game if they hope to come out on top.

    PS: Coach Pelini will summon his offensive staff tonight to discuss potential offensive playbook changes to better suit backup QB Washington's athletic abilities. Look for a press conference on this soon (Will post in the scouting reports section if I change anything..most likely move back to NU's playbook)
     
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    Week 13: Nebraska 29 - 0 Colorado

    2009 BIG XII North Division Champions!

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    Nebraska shuts out Colorado in their own backyard to take home the 2009 Big 12 North Title!

    Back-up QB Washington didn't have to do anything but manage the game - a.k.a handing the ball off to R. Helu and company.

    QB Washington: 17-22 120 yds TD, INT
    RB Helu: 32 car 144 yards 4.5ypc 1 TD
    DE Turner: 5 tkl 4 tfl 2 sacks
    CB West, Hagg, Amukamara and SS Asante all had INT's


    The defense played lights out, picking off Colorado 4 times, scoring a defensive TD and safety and limiting them to 141 yards of total offense (only 34 on the ground)

    Coverage Sack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPo-IblCU7k

    Safety: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix21UQp3BF8

    Roy Helu, the heart and soul of the offense has now rushed for over 1500 yards this season. The good news is that he hinted at coming back for his senior year in the post game press conference - although you never know with 21 year old kids :)

    Story of Helu's season - Bulk of carries; fatigued and subbed out at goal line: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEgaulUAv88


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    Bo Pelini is one happy man. "Job's not done yet!" he cautioned, however. "We will be monitoring the developments in the Big 12 South race closely. It's a toss up right now but we want to be prepared no matter who our opponent is. But tonight Nebraska fans can take pride in the fact that our boys sacrificed a lot to get to this point, and we will do our best to represent the university and state of Nebraska in the Championship Game"
     
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    2009 Football Season: It's a wrap!

    12-2 record. Big XII Championship. BCS Fiesta Bowl bid

    Sure, we lost to WVU in the Fiesta Bowl but we made it there in the first place!

    Coach Pelini wouldn't say it, but legendary coach and Athletic Director Tom Osbourne has been finding it hard to hide his excitement for the Cornhuskers' future. Speaking at a fund-raising event in Omaha, he had this to say: "slowly but surely we are laying a good foundation for the football program, and it is my hope and dream that Nebraska continues to improve on and off the field in the future. Our goal is to become a force to reckon with not only in the Big XII conference, but on the national level"

    In other news, the Cornhuskers should be wrapping up a small but talented recruiting class early this off season. The class is 10 members strong, and in the absence of underclassmen turnover to the pro draft, we should be done with two more commitments.

    Everyone at Nebraska wishes their fellow Big XII teams and all user coaches good luck in their bowl games. So long, and we'll see you next fall!
     
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    Off-season and Pre-season

    Off-season:

    Losses:
    RB Roy Helu has decided to play on sundays despite his Coach Pelini's customary efforts to make him come back for his senior year. Running backs have short careers, so we wish him the best in the draft and in his pro career.

    This guy will be missed sorely because he was shifty and elusive. Hopefully UGA RB Samuel decides to stick with his decision to come here - he's in the same mold but a little bigger and stronger.

    Fr (RS) Free Safety PJ Smith will be transferring to Arkansas. He realizes that there is a very slim possibility of him seeing the playing field in Lincoln, and we respect his intentions of getting valuable playing time and wish him the best

    Recruiting

    Column 1
    Name Pos Hgt / Wgt Caliber
    T. Henderson SS 6'0 / 192 lb :5stars:
    M. Miller MLB 5'10 / 214 lb :5stars:
    L. McQueen DT 6'2 / 267 lb :4stars:
    M. Smith HB 6'0 / 213 lb :4stars:
    J. Richardson QB 6'3 / 188 lb :4stars:
    T. Freund FS 6'0 / 161 lb :4stars:
    L. Medlock WR 6'1 / 207 lb :4stars:
    N. Snyder WR 5'11 / 192 lb :4stars:
    A. West SS 6'2 / 177 lb :4stars:
    P. Peterson MLB 6'3 / 232 lb :4stars:
    C. Jackson C 6'1 / 292 lb :3stars:
     
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    MOVED. I figured using a blog to post my updates is much easier to manage and for you guys to read. Here is the address: http://tf-nebraska.blogspot.com

    I will have the address in my sig also for easy access. Thanks and good luck in 2010!
     

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