A 73-7 win over the Idaho State Bengals sets up NU for its Big Ten opener against Wisconsin under the lights in Memorial Stadium next Saturday.With no possibility of impressing national observers on this day, Nebraska went out and did what it needed to do – start fast, bury the opponent in the first quarter, ease Rex Burkhead back into action and get a lot of snaps for second- and third-team players.
Here's my 1-2-3 observations for this week:
1. Backup quarterback Ron Kellogg got quality time running the offense, which (aside from avoiding major injuries) was as important as anything the Huskers could have accomplished.
Kellogg completed three of five passes. Although he threw an interception in the second quarter, it was mainly due to a mistake his receiver made in the pass route. It's obvious that Bo Pelini wants to redshirt Tommy Armstrong, which I think is a smart move, and Kellogg needs to be ready to play in a game situation.
2. Nebraska's kicking game is starting to come around. Ameer Abdullah's spectacular 82-yard punt return for a touchdown was the highlight, but kick coverage was improved and kicker Brett Maher is getting steadier.
3. It was the first time since 2009 that Nebraska scored on offense, defense and special teams in the same game. That reflected a well-balanced effort against a badly outmanned Idaho State team.
The Huskers had 385 yards rushing, 184 yards passing and gave up 210 yards to the Bengals.
It was an old-time blowout by Nebraska. Husker coaches had to scramble to keep track of all the players (88 in all) who saw action.
Tad Stryker is the former sports editor of the North Platte Bulletin and provides analysis after each Husker football game for Bulletin readers. Stryker also writes for HuskerMax. (http://www.huskermax.com).