Nebraska vs. Wyoming: 5 Keys To a Cornhusker Win on the Road
The Cornhuskers have shocked many with their explosive offense through three games. But, they have also stunned those same viewers with an inexplicably poor defense that has allowed 67 points over the past two weekends.
So what will Nebraska need to do against an undefeated Wyoming Cowboys squad in their first road test of the season?
Continue to Pound the Rock
I hate to use a term from the Callahan-era, but Nebraska and their No.11 rush offense needs to continue to rack up yards.
Rex Burkhead and Taylor Martinez have led the way thus far, piling on over 200 rushing yards combined against the Huskies.
It was nice to see a duo of freshman backs get working for the first time this season, as Aaron Green and Braylon Heard had some strong carries.
More importantly than the yards gained are the chunks of time taken off the clock when the run game gets going.
With Wyoming's No.54 rush defense, the Huskers should continue to tear off big gains at a time.
Shut Down Wyoming's Potent Offensive Attack
Sure, they haven't necessarily played a murderer's row through three games, but Wyoming has proven they can sling it around.
The total offense ranks No.16 in the country, remaining extremely balanced.
The Cowboys have thrown for 265 yards a game, while rushing for 226.
Pretty impressive and judging by Nebraska's struggles with Washington and Fresno State over the past two weekends, it could be another big day for Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith.
Keep Their Composure
War Memorial Stadium seats slightly over 30,000 fans, many of which will be decked in red.
While this doesn't post the most threatening of environments, it is still the Huskers' first road test of the season.
It also happens to be one of the biggest games played in Laramie in quite some time and should the Cowboys grab a few early scores, the place could be rocking.
It will be crucial for Nebraska to maintain their composure and steadily wear down the less talented Cowboys.
Create Some Kind of Passing Game
Nebraska has picked up right where they left off last season. Brutally awful throwing and catching the football.
The Huskers leading receiver, Quincy Enunwa, has just seven catches.
Their most talented wideout, Brandon Kinnie, has just two catches for seven yards. That's right, seven.
It is vital for the Huskers to get something going through the air and while it may not cost them this week, it will the following week against Wisconsin.
Keeping Wyoming's defense honest through a blend of run-pass variation will lead to an easy win.
It feels awkward calling-out the Pelini brothers, but Carl and Bo must make some better defensive adjustments.
Right when the Huskers looked to have figured it out, taking a 44-17 lead against Washington heading into the fourth quarter, the Blackshirts laid an egg surrendering 21 fourth quarter points.
Bo and Carl Pelini must make some better adjustments to limit these late scoring explosions.
The possible return of standout corner Alfonzo Dennard should help provide some needed strength to a struggling secondary.
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