Nebraska came up with a gutty win over an Oregon team that kept shooting itself in the foot. What are the 5 Things That Matter in the Husker win?
Nebraska 35, Oregon 32: 5 Things That Matter
The Nebraska offense was balanced and effective as it kept the pressure on all game long – finishing with 228 yards on the ground and 200 yards passing – with Tommy Armstrong showing off his leadership and experience throwing for those 200 with three scores and leading the team running for 96 yards and a dagger of a game-winning 34-yard touchdown. He fought through cramps and he had to keep up battling to stay on the field – and he kept on making plays.
Dakota Prukop did what he could
The Oregon quarterback might have only hit 14-of-23 passes for 146 yards, and the team broke a long string of games without a touchdown pass, but he ran for 97 yards and did a decent job of battling even though the Nebraska secondary had a nice day. Oregon showed off a little explosion, and the offense was able to move the ball, but it kept screw itself over because it didn’t …
Kick the dumb football
Fine, Oregon. You want to go for two early on when you have the momentum, okay. Oregon converted a two-point conversion after going up 6-0 in the first quarter, but then it kept doing it and missed. The Ducks failed on three other two-point tries, so instead of driving for a possible game-winning field goal in the final moments – or being tied – it was going for the tie. That the drive got stuffed didn’t matter – it was still wrong.
Nebraska did what Nebraska had to do
It might not always be the prettiest brand of football, and it might not always explode, but the Huskers kept the chains moving including a few fourth down conversions, and it only turned the ball over once. More than anything else, it kept its defense rested thanks to Oregon’s speed offense getting off the field in a hurry, and with the Husker O keeping drives alive. Run well, own the clock, don’t screw up, count on the veterans – Nebraska can keep winning by doing that.
What Does This All REALLY Mean?
Just how good can the Huskers be? They might not have enough offensive pop to beat Wisconsin on the road, but at the very least they’re better than Northwestern next week and with Illinois, Indiana and Purdue up next. Now the expectations are back – nothing less than 7-0 going into Camp Randall will be okay.
Oregon’s defense is going to be a problem all season long, and now it has to deal with Colorado and Washington State before the offense has to face the Washington defense. It was right there in the game late with the ball and a chance to at least tie it up – there’s no need to panic quite yet. If the Ducks lose to Colorado, though, then it’s time to freak out.