Coming into the game ranked #8, the Nebraska Cornhuskers gave no reason to doubt that ranking. Cornhusker fans are rightfully savoring a substantial victory.
As a Washington Husky fan, I look for a sunny lining to a drubbing. First of all, the weather was much nicer than expected. Rainy Friday and Rainy Saturday night gave pause for delightful football weather. Secondly, the game may provide a lesson to the young Husky team.
A final score of Nebraska 56, Washington 21 aptly demonstrates the superiority of play for Nebraska. The Huskies can take comfort in scoring three touchdowns against a team that may well be playing in a bowl game on or after January 1, 2011.
Film reviews will show numerous cases where the Husky defense was near or got their hands on the Nebraska ball-carrier, only to have him slip away. This should give incentive for the Husky defenders to take their coaches’ training to heart. A touch or a push is not enough. Solid tackling is needed.
A Heisman candidate quarterback can endure two losses only with difficulty. A key interception for touchdown in the second half sealed his fate. No Heisman for Jake Locker. Yet I believe the game illustrates Mr. Locker’s wisdom in playing his final college year. A quarterback who gives up two interceptions in a college game would certainly give up more snatches to NFL defenders. Jake needs the experience to build upon his unquestioned talent. If he wants to play in the NFL, and not just be drafted, the remaining games of the season are vital basic training.
Scoring 21 points against Nebraska takes something. The Huskies can still salvage a winning season and be plausible candidates for a non-BCS bowl.
The Huskies have a bye next week. This gives two weeks to prepare for the USC Trojans.
Nebraska gave the Huskies a lesson, will the student learn it?
I attended the game.