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5 Hype’d up reactions – Rutgers

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Nebraska had to grab a win this week if they wanted to keep fans at bay and they did exactly that with a 27-14 win over Rutgers.

With the game already moving into the rear-view window here are a few quick thoughts from today’s win.

-Welcome back Devine Ozigbo

The Huskers running backs combined for 195-yards on 44 carries against Rutgers. While Mikale Wilbon got the start Devine Ozigbo led the way with 101-yards on 24 carries. Wilbon had himself a day as well with 14 carries for 78-yards which was 1.4 ypc better than Ozigbo.

-Blackshirts continue to improve

Last week the Blackshirts allowed 213-yards and forced a single turnover. This week Bob Diaco’s unit limited the Scarlet Knights to 7 points and 194-yards of total offense with two turnovers. Antonio Reed and Luke Gifford both pitched in for key interceptions with Giffords putting the game away late in the 4th quarter.

 -Tanner Lee continues to struggle

Lee was 13-26 on the day with 2 touchdowns along with 2 interceptions. Coach Riley’s pro-style offense is built upon great quarterback play and its safe to say that Tanner Lee still has work to do with his decision-making after throwing another pick 6 this weekend.

-Huskers bit by the injury bug

In college football, you expect there to be a certain amount of injuries but the Huskers are missing numerous key contributors right now.  By my count, the team is missing 7 starters and 9 guys who have all played major snaps this season.

-The Pipeline continues to leak but shows promise

While there are several injuries the offensive line continues to struggle with pressure, specifically off the right side of the line.  The big red are starting their third right tackle due to injury and got about as good of a performance out of Brenden Jaimes today that you could have asked for out of a true freshman.

Michael Decker performed well today even though he drew a penalty for moving the ball pre-snap. Physically he stood up well to the Rutgers defensive line and was consistently turning his guy out of the way to open up running plays.  The coaching staff is going to find it hard to hand the starting job back to Cole Conrad after Decker’s performance today when his leg heals up.

The line, in my eyes, grades out around a C+/B- today as it lost battles against a 4 man rush a few times, the left guard Foster was stood up by a linebacker he had 70+ lbs on during a pulling play, and really failed to move a struggling Rutgers line out of the way early in the second half.

Final Thoughts and Honorable Mentions

This was a win that both the players and fans needed today. The Huskers control their destiny the rest of the season and face a struggling Illinois team next weekend in Champagne with a chance to improve to 3-2.

Turnovers continue to haunt Tanner Lee right now but he’s also showed off precision accuracy with throw like this to De’Mornay Pierson-El

Speaking of De’Mornay Pierson-El, welcome back old friend:

Last, but certainly not least, welcome to the touchdown club Spielman. J.D. Spielman hauled in his first receiving touchdown of his Husker career on this beautiful 18-yard snag from Tanner Lee early in the game:

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