First of all, I’m not someone who knows every little thing the football players are doing while they’re on the field. That said, I’m sitting next to someone swearing at the tv because he can see the blitzing and screen passes before the announcers can, so I’m going to try this recap thing.
While we might have blown out Nevada last week, this week’s team isn’t looking as good. And we truly do look like two separate teams. Which one will show up against USC next week? Hopefully the one that blew out Nevada, because the team I’m watching right now, the one that’s struggling to beat Wake Forest when we’ve got more of their stadium filled with friendlies than they do (we’ve got 2/3 of the seats, according to some reports!) and we played so well last week? They are giving me a coronary.
Keller needs to reign in his nerves. That’s first and foremost. He throws amazing, when he can actually hit someone. Those touchdown throws to the stands? Those need to stop. I do like that he’s better at finding the open receiver if his first choice is tied up.
Our defense seems to be moving through molasses, too. All that speed we had in week one seems to be gone, and hopefully they can find it on their way back home for next week’s game.
We haven’t played good on the road since Callahan took over the team four years ago, and while most of us were hoping they’d curb that with the switch in quarterback, the Huskers have proved the only thing they do right on the road is bring their fans along for the horrible ride.
By mid-fourth quarter, we looked like we could maybe pull a win out of our butts. Then Keller handed the ball to Wake Forest like he was trying to make friends with them. He’s going to have to learn to shake those nerves and PLAY SOME FOOTBALL. Thank the gods for our defense, who can take every turnover Keller hands them and turn it into something not too terrible for us. Time and time again, our defense fixes all the fuck-ups Sam Keller creates. These boys deserve a parade.
In the end, we managed to pull off a win, but not thanks to our quarterback. It’s thanks to the luck of a few plays, coupled with the defense pulling off a few decent moments in clutch situations. Take a knee Husker fans … we won by 3.
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