Old Man Riles gets em going with an old fashioned "Hip Hip Hooray" chant!

Old Man Riles gets em going with an old fashioned "Hip Hip Hooray" chant!

Nebraska defeats South Alabama 48-9

 

Disclaimer: I was asked why I didn’t do a game recap for week 1. It’s because I could not re-watch that game. Just couldn’t do it. Still don’t even want to see that damn replay. Ugggggghhh! Moving on.

The first feel good game of the year is in the books. I know a lot of you hate these games, and some fans won’t be happy no matter what the outcome of a game against South Alabama is. 

You might have heard me use the observation before: Playing South Alabama, is kinda like in the 6th grade when my basketball team wanted to scrimmage our 6th grade girls team. Coach Miller would tell us we don’t want any part in that, because if we beat them, who cares, we should have. If we lose, we’ll never live it down.

I’m talking to you Michigan, we still haven’t forgotten Appalachian State. Thank God Nebraska didn’t have an Appalachian State moment on Saturday! Instead, the defense looked good, and the offense shined. Tommy Armstrong looked poised in the pocket and didn’t really make any glaring mistakes. So far so good as far as new QB Coach Langsdorf goes.

Speaking of Tommy:

  • Armstrong threw for 270 yards while going 21-30. That’s a 70% completion clip. He also had zero turnovers which is what I like the most here. He reached the 5,000 yard mark in total offense for his career and now sits at 5,163. He’s only the 9th Husker ever to reach 5K, and only the 3rd to do it before his senior year, joining Eric Crouch and Taylor Martinez. Good company there Tommy.
  • Terrell Newby showed us why the coaching staff has placed him as the #1 running back. He put up 198 yards rushing with 3 touchdowns total (one through the air). He caught a nice little dump pass touchdown (with one hand cause why not?) from Tommy that had me jumping out of my seat and reaching for the celebratory shots. That was the highlight of the day.
  • In the first quarter… THE BLACKSHIRTS LOOK LIKE THE BEST RUSH DEFENSE IN THE COUNTRY!. They only allowed 2 rushing yards in the first quarter so far after 2 games. Let me repeat.. 2 rushing yards. Again, 2! Miami will have more players arrested this week than Nebraska gives up rushing yards in the first quarter of their first two games. Easy math right there.
  • Through 2 games Nebraska is #1 in the country with 51 plays where they’ve gotten 10+ yards. Not bad considering the first game doesn’t count/never happened (I’m still in a sad state of denial).

 

The Good: Mr. Riley got his first “W” in the greatest stadium in the country. We drank to many more wins in your honor Saturday night Mr. Riley.

The Bad: I’m not the only one that was a bit nervous about the play of our DB’s. Specifically Daniel Davie. I expect Miami to go after him next week. Hopefully he can play better; otherwise, it could be a long day.

This game was great, but most of us were already looking forward to next week. Miami is officially in the cross-hairs. I can’t wait to see how Riley’s team does in his first major road game. 

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