Nebraska Must Repair Defense to Contend in Big Ten [PHOTOS]
PASADENA, CA (AP) - After UCLA embarrassed Nebraska on the national stage, the Cornhuskers can take comfort in knowing the Big Ten still looks winnable.
Of course, even that will be a long shot for Nebraska (1-1) if coach Bo Pelini and his staff can't figure out how to shore up a defense that allowed 653 yards in a 36-30 loss in Pasadena, Calif., on Saturday night.
In 124 seasons of Nebraska football, only the 1956 Oklahoma Sooners totaled more offense against the Huskers.
Nebraska (1-1), out of The Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in three years, starts over this Saturday at home against Arkansas State (1-1).
Pelini emphasized after the UCLA loss that his team's main goal - returning to the Rose Bowl as Big Ten champion - remains intact.
On the ESPN 99.1 Facebook page, Michael Hogg is a little more succinct in his appraisal:
"I think that Burkhead has to get back into the lineup and the Defense needs to be shored up cause the Run-D WAS PATHETIC! I could have got some 6th graders to play better D than that!"
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