After Nebraska's 26-21 win over Clemson, let's take a look at how my pregame predictions played out.
Passing game is 14th-best in the nation
236 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air, along with an interception
Second-best pass defense in the pass-heavy Big 12
Clemson had 206 yards and 2 TD through the air, but threw 2 interceptions
Hold opponents to 35.3 percent on third-downs
Clemson was 3-for-16 (19 percent)
Best time of possession average in Big 12—34 minutes per game
Held the ball for 34:11
Big 12-worst -10 turnover margin
Lost the turnover battle 2-3
59.92 penalty yards per game
81 penalty yards
28 fumbles on the year, 15 of which were lost
3 fumbles, two of which were lost
Use the great WR corps they have to keep Clemson's pass defense off-balance
6 receivers had at least 2 catches
Secure the football
Eh, three turnovers.
Limit defensive penalties to put Clemson in third-down situations
Gave Clemson 2 free first-downs on third-down penalties
Passing defense ranked 10th in the country
Held Nebraska 50 yards below season passing average
Allowed only 16.6 points per game this season
Allowed 26 points
Most passing yards of any ACC team
Threw for 206 yards
Exceptional kick-off coverage—net of 45.1 yards
Net of 46.3 yards against the Huskers
13 fumbles lost and 14 interceptions thrown
Lost no fumbles but threw two interceptions
Worst third-down conversion percentage in the ACC with only 31.1 percent
3-for-16 (19 percent)
No pressure on the QB—ACC-worst 14 sacks
Look for WR Aaron Kelly as a deep threat
Kelly caught 6 balls for 74 yards and a TD
Take care of the football
Turned it over twice
Get pressure on Joe Ganz so he can't pick apart the secondary
Actually got some good shots at Ganz but no sacks
Matchup to Watch
Nebraska wide receivers vs. Clemson's secondary
Nebraska's passing game looked pretty good against a great secondary
Nebraska TE, Mike McNeill
With Clemson's secondary preoccupied by the Cornhusker's wideouts, look for McNeill to take advantage and have a great day against the Tiger linebacker—especially in the red zone.
McNeill caught three balls for 27 yards, but was targeted and missed on a third-down in the redzone.
Nebraska 28, Clemson 27
I expect this to be a close game, with Nebraska's strength through the air on both sides of the ball helping them squeak it out.
This was a great game, with Nebraska pulling it out behind 4 FG, 26-21.