Posted by: Matt Lothrop
Nebraska's passing game is a two–way street. Not only do the receivers have to catch the ball, Taylor Martinez has to get it there. The third year quarterback did his job throwing for a career-high 354 yards.
The receivers did their part as well.
"You saw a lot of guys make catches," Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. "I don't know the number. I thought it was pretty good. Across the board we had a lot of guys play. I don't know if there was anybody in there that didn't catch a football."
Ten different receivers caught 26 passes to average 10 yards per completion.
Tim Marlowe was the lone regular not to snag a pass. The senior left early with a broken clavicle and is expected to miss several weeks.
Quincy Enunwa led the receivers with six catches for 70 yards.
"Seriously right, what's wrong with Quincy Enunwa," sophomore receiver Kenny Bell said. "He's buff for no reason, isn't he. I'd hate to have to tackle that guy. He had a couple of great catches. I think Quincy had the most catches of the corps today (Saturday). That one over route that he caught where like the entire defense was tackling him and he's walking with them. That was unbelievable."
Defensively the Huskers held the Golden Eagles' offense to just 13 points.
The Blackshirts didn't shine like the offense, but Coach Pelini did like how they reacted and adjusted.
The defense says they were well prepared, but still didn't know what to expect from a new coaching staff.
"We ran a lot of different stuff and we had some missed assignments here and there, but I think we got a lot of good stuff on film to learn from," senior defensive end Cameron Meredith said. "I think that was part of JP's (John Papuchis) deal. I think he wanted to throw a lot at them. I think he wanted to see how we would do with all those calls and different looks. I think we handled it well."
In fact players watched three sets of film to get even the slightest glimpse of what to expect. Missed tackles will be an area to correct this week, but the Huskers say the trial by fire should help them in the coming weeks.
"We threw a lot of stuff and I thought that was a good thing, especially with the new faces out there on defense," senior linebacker Will Compton said. "They got to go in wit ha lot of different calls thrown at them, and I thought they handled it well. I know their jitters will be out of their stomach moving forward going into next week, but we'll look at the film and just make corrections from there."
Nebraska Special Teams
Following the game Coach Pelini said special teams was his biggest concern in game one.
Preseason All-American kicker Brett Maher missed a pair of field goals, one from 44 yards, and one from 41.
Maher's lone punt went 21 yards. The former walk-on also had a kick off go out of bounds.
Maher wasn't alone in the special teams blunders, as the kicking team allowed a 100-yard return for a touchdown.
"We didn't execute very well," Coach Pelini said. "There's a lot of things we need to sure of in the special teams area. I do know this, everything is very fixable. It was obvious from our stand point."