Nebraska-Oklahoma State: Disappointment in Husker Nation
If the disappointment from last week's 41-6 loss to Missouri hadn't left Husker Nation pushing the panic button, a 45-14 setback against the Oklahoma State Cowboys certainly did.
The defense was nonexistent, but that was expected (see: USC, Ball State, and Missouri).
What was more surprising was the continued lack of offensive production.
Before two fourth-quarter touchdowns against the Cowboys, Nebraska hadn't scored a TD in—drum roll, please—seven quarters.
That kind of output is usually reserved for Florida International or Duke, not Nebraska.
It's never a good sign when the student section is chanting "Fire Cosgrove" in the second quarter. As if that man isn't under enough pressure.
The story was a familiar one for Nebraska fans: players out of position, the offensive and defensive lines getting dominated, and key Huskers failing to make key plays.
But are the coaches really to blame?
After all, the players are the ones on the field. The coaches can only tell them what to do.
All week, the talk out of Lincoln was that the players vented their frustration, got refocused, and were ready to roll.
That soul-searching didn't bear out in the final result.
As it stands, there are too many problems on this team for any one person to fix, especially on defense. The Blackshirts have yet to earn the right to wear Blackshirts, giving up 17 or more points in all but one game this season.
In four of the past five contests, the Husker D has given up 40 or more points. In that span, NU has gone 2-3.
Most programs would be thrilled with a 4-3 mark at this point of the season—but don't forget that the Huskers could well be 2-5.
What happened to the Nebraska team that drilled Nevada 52-10 on September 1st? Where's the heart, the fire, the energy that team showed?
If Nebraska expects to win another game this year, they'll have to find it quick. Texas A&M is licking its chops at the prospect of pounding Jorvorskie Lane and letting Mike Goodson run circles around the Husker defense.
How does Nebraska recover?
The defense needs to play with reckless abandon. The offensive line can't afford to get pushed around. The receivers can't drop passes. The running backs have to break tackles.
On second though, scratch all that.
The Huskers just have to find their passion for football.
If they don't, the so-called "Greatest Fans in College Football" aren't going to live up to the title...because this continued mediocrity won't be tolerated.
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