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Topic: Nebraska (1-0, 3-1) vs Illinois (0-1, 2-2) Post Game

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Re: Nebraska (2-1) vs Illinois (2-1) Game Week
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2019, 09:47:55 AM »


Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-1) at Illinois Fighting Illini (2-1)
8:00 - Champaign, IL - BTN
Nebraska had the type of bounceback performance they needed last week, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.  But this game is absolutely no fun.  Illinois isn't good, but they have more talent than a team that just lost to Eastern Michigan, it's on the road, under the lights.  Granted, Nebraska fans always travel well, and Illinois is giving out free tickets.  Just how pro-Illini the crowd is is TBD.  Illinois' defense has been slightly better so far this year, but I'd expect a heavy bend but don't break appraoch against a Cornhusker team that has struggled big time in the kicking game to start the year.  The Huskers have used three kickers, and they've combined to miss 4 of 6 field goals, with a long of 36, and only one attempt longer than that.  They have a missed PAT for good measure.  There's been no word that Barret Pickering is healthy yet, but the addition of walk-on Matt Waldoch from the school's CLUB soccer team this week is probably a bad sign.  I'm most interested in seeing what's real in the matchup between Illinois' run offense vs. Nebraska's run defense.  A year ago the Illini were #6 in the nation a 6.1 ypc, this year so far they are #9 JUST IN THE CONFERENCE, at 4.2 ypc, against terrible competition.  I'd only expect that to go down.  Conversely, Nebraska's run defense was horrible last year, #109 in the nation allowing 5.1 ypc, but so far this year, just 2.2 ypc, 8th best nationally.  So what is for real?  Nebraska's run defense probably isn't what it's been so far, but it's clearly improved, but Illinois' inability to run the ball is legitimately concerning.  Against a UConn team that had probably the worst defense ever last year, Illinois mustered just 3.7 ypc, and picked up 50 yards on one play from the backup RB, so just 2.4 ypc otherwise.  Granted they were playing that game without Reggie Corbin.  He returned against Eastern Michigan and reeled off 144 yards on 18 carries (8.0 ypc).  The issue is that nobody else is stepping up, and Brandon Peters is not a running threat at the quarterback spot, as A.J. Bush Jr. was last year.  Last year the Illini had three running backs who each had 60+ carries, and each averaged 5.5 ypc+, plus a quarterback who ran for 733 yards in just 8 complete games.  This year, Corbin is back, but Dre Brown, Ra'Von Bonner and Mike Epstein have failed to fill out that stable, and Peters doesn't require a spy.  The Husker pass defense is still suspect, allowing the most yards per game, 2nd most per attempt, but have compensated with 5 interceptions, 2 more than any other Big Ten team.  Brandon Peters' pass efficiency has been solid.  SMall sample size, but he's 6th in the Big Ten, ahead of guys like Shea Patterson, Nate Stanley, Brian Lewerke and Josh Jackson.  I think he helps them stay in the game, but Nebraska pulls out a win in a sneaky tough environment.
NEBRASKA 31, ILLINOIS 26


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Re: Nebraska (2-1) vs Illinois (2-1) Game Week
« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2019, 09:55:25 AM »
nice work

I hope it's not this close

don't need this to come down to a FG
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Re: Nebraska (2-1) vs Illinois (2-1) Game Week
« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2019, 08:36:14 AM »

  • [color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87)]The Huskers are going up against the nation’s leader in sacks, Illinois’ Oluwole Betiku.[/color]


Good Story
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Re: Nebraska (2-1) vs Illinois (2-1) Game Week
« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2019, 08:52:00 AM »
Marquee matchup
NU's run defense against Illinois junior Reggie Corbin

Nebraska hasn’t allowed more than 89 rushing yards overall in any of its first three games, while Corbin rushed 18 times for 144 last week against Eastern Michigan and enters play averaging 7.5 per carry for the year. Corbin was off to a great start against the Huskers last year — 59 rushing yards and 34 receiving in less than two quarters — before he was injured. Can Nebraska do a better job of containing the standout this time around?
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Re: Nebraska (2-1) vs Illinois (2-1) Game Week
« Reply #18 on: September 21, 2019, 09:16:03 AM »
Program win No. 900 and the first road victory in almost two years are in the Huskers’ sights as they square off Saturday night against Illinois.
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Re: Nebraska (2-1) vs Illinois (2-1) Game Week
« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2019, 12:13:44 AM »
SAFETY
Marquel Dismuke, Nebraska
Nebraska got another victory on the heels of strong coverage, limiting Illinois to just a 49.5 passer rating as a team. Dismuke played an integral part in the win as he didn’t allow a single reception on four targets as the primary defender and came away with three pass breakups. He made seven solo tackles, five defensive stops and didn’t miss a single tackle.


Second-Team CB: Lamar Jackson, Nebraska

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Re: Nebraska (2-1) vs Illinois (2-1) Game Week
« Reply #20 on: September 23, 2019, 10:52:49 AM »
Nebraska's Wan'Dale Robinson was honored as the Big Ten's Freshman of the Week Monday, as he accounted for 186 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in Nebraska's 42-38 win over Illinois.

Robinson hauled in eight catches for 79 yards and two scores while also rushing 19 times for 89 yards and a touchdown. The Frankfort, Ky., native set season bests in rushing and receiving yards and scored the first three touchdowns of his career.

Robinson caught touchdown passes of 27 and three yards, as Nebraska rallied from four 14-point deficits, while he scored the game-winning touchdown on a one-yard run with 8:00 remaining.

Monday's award marks the fifth time a Husker has won the weekly freshman award under Scott Frost,
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Re: Nebraska (1-0, 3-1) vs Illinois (0-1, 2-2) Post Game
« Reply #22 on: September 23, 2019, 11:43:51 AM »
Lovie actually came out and said that his defense was playing better. He is delusional, at best.
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Re: Nebraska (1-0, 3-1) vs Illinois (0-1, 2-2) Post Game
« Reply #23 on: September 23, 2019, 12:05:05 PM »
Their DL isn't awful, and was clearly gassed in 2nd half (98 plays will do that to you).  I haven't watched them play prior to Saturday, so I can't attest to any improvement.   I will say, they are a physical defense, which I guess I wouldn't expect when you allow 700 yards.

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Re: Nebraska (1-0, 3-1) vs Illinois (0-1, 2-2) Post Game
« Reply #24 on: September 23, 2019, 12:10:55 PM »
a couple years ago they were a VERY young team, that's not true any longer

I think Martinez and Frost's offense can be pretty good when they get momentum, but way too many chunk plays for Lovie's defense

just not impressed with his post game presser

Frost's post game remarks I liked much more
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Re: Nebraska (1-0, 3-1) vs Illinois (0-1, 2-2) Post Game
« Reply #25 on: September 23, 2019, 03:17:07 PM »
Illinois wanted to make the game physical and I think bought into the idea that they could be the more physical team.   UNL just had too much speed at the skill players position and held up mentally despite all the self inflicted wounds.  

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Re: Nebraska (1-0, 3-1) vs Illinois (0-1, 2-2) Post Game
« Reply #26 on: September 23, 2019, 03:25:50 PM »
Ent,

I looked for your tailgate before the Northern Illinois game.  Did you move?  Are you cutting back on the trips or just done?
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Re: Nebraska (1-0, 3-1) vs Illinois (0-1, 2-2) Post Game
« Reply #27 on: September 23, 2019, 03:30:30 PM »
I haven't been in Lincoln for 3 years now...  I'd say I'm pretty much done.  Still a fan.  It's in my blood.  That said, it will never be the same for me.  


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