Nebraska Cornhuskers Try to Shake off Another Late Loss, Host Wisconsin Saturday
When Nebraska hosts Wisconsin Saturday in Lincoln, the game won't be dubbed ' How the West Was Won', but it very well could be called 'How the West Was Lost'.
The team who comes up on the short end of the score will drop to 0-2 in the Big Ten Conference's West division, and essentially be eliminated from winning the West after two weeks of conference play.
I talked with the 'Voice of the Huskers' Greg Sharpe about how the Huskers and Badgers got here.
Nebraska (2-3) is trying to rebound from yet another late loss, 14-13 at Illinois, as the Big Red defense performed well, but got very little help from the Husker offense.
Quarterback Tommy Armstrong had his worst game of the season, completing just 10-of-31 passes for 105 yards and an interception. Two of those incompletions came late in the fourth quarter, when the Huskers were trying to run the clock down, nursing a 13-7 lead. That pair of time stoppages helped set up the Illini's game-winning touchdown drive.
That finish overshadowed a breakout performance from freshman running back Devine Ozigbo, who ran for a career-high 70 yards on just seven carries.
A trio of Blackshirt defenders stepped up in Champaign. Linebacker Chirs Weber had a career-high 17 tackles, linebacker Dedrick Young had 11 tackles, and tackle Maliek Collins turned in his best game with nine stops.
Nebraska held Illinois to 382 yards of total offense, but the Huskers mustered up only 292 yard themselves.
Wisconsin's offense was even more anemic in a 10-6 loss to Iowa. The Badgers turned the ball over four times and managed just two field goals and 86 yards rushing without injured running back Corey Clement.
Linebacker Joe Schobert had a big day with three sacks, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. In five games, Schobert has nine sacks.
Wisconsin (3-1) has won three of their last four meetings with Nebraska, with the victories coming by an average of 35 points.
The Huskers are off to their worst start since 1959 and have the nation's worst pass defense. It was the inability to stop the run against the Badgers last season that was the issue, as Melvin Gordon ran for 408 yards in a 59-24 Wisconsin win.
The health of the Big Red defense will be a key in this year's game. Tackles Kevin Williams, Kevin Maurice and end Freedom Adkinmoladun are out, along with linebackers Michael Rose-Ivey and Josh Banderas.
Kickoff is 2:30 PM in Lincoln. You can follow the Cornhuskers all season long on ESPN 99.1!
Here is my complete interview with Greg on the Illinois loss and the match-up with Wisconsin: