No. 19 Nebraska went into a high emotional environment and got the victory against No.12 Penn State, 17-14. Before the game it was a scene that was unforgettable for the players, as both teams kneeled at the fifty-yard line for a prayer. Both offenses looked subpar or maybe the defenses just played that well. The Huskers took the lead early with a Brett Maher field goal with 10:55 remaining in the 2nd quarter.
The first half was a defensive battle as Nebraska took the lead going into halftime 10-0. Penn State looked different on offense as Matt McGloin attempted an absurd 34 passes. Silas Redd was out most of the game with an injury. The name of the game was defense and special teams as both teams combined for 15 punts. Brett Maher averaged 45 yards and Anthony Fera 42.3 yards.
Penn State made the game interesting as they came back with 14 unanswered points in the second half, but came up short in the 4th quarter on a 4th and 1 opportunity.
Overall, I was impressed with the ability of Devon Still the defensive tackle for Penn State. He is going to be a great pick up for any NFL team in this year’s upcoming draft. You could see the inexperience of the play-calling for Penn State on the final two drives as they constantly ran the ball even though they were running out of time.
Rex Burkhead took the charge in this game after last week’s stumble. He rushed for 126 yards on 27 carries constantly taking the punishment from the aggressive Penn State defensive line. Taylor Martinez tacked on 55 yards on 18 carries. Tim Beck’s offense showed some different formations as Burkhead would line up under center and take snaps and run the option.
Next week Nebraska will travel to Ann Arbor to take on a Michigan team that is sliding a bit, but remember that Nebraska has struggled versus mobile quarterbacks such as Derrick Carr, Keith Price, Russell Wilson, Braxton Miller, and last week versus Dan Persa. It will be interesting to see how a thin defensive line for Nebraska handles Denard Robinson and Co.