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Husker defense stays strong
By BOB SCHALLER
For the Star-Herald
COLUMBIA, Mo. For the fourth time this year, the Blackshirts closed the door on
rushing, allowing 70 or fewer yards.
Missouri had just 67 yards rushing Saturday in a 36-3 loss.
Factor in that Missouri only had 205 yards of total offense compared to
Nebraskas 532 and throw in this tidbit: The Huskers allowed Missouri only
As the game went on, our defense got better and better, said Nebraska coach
Indeed, the Tigers only points came on a first-quarter field goal. From there, it
was lights out.
Our guys responded very well, said defensive coordinator Craig Bohl.
NU responded to the tune of harassing quarterback Kirk Farmer all over the field. Except
for an early bootleg and a few first-half passes, Farmer was either on his heals or
on his back for a 12-yard sack.
By the middle of the second quarter, we had the game under control, Bohl said.
More impressive was that the Huskers shut down Missouri in the second half when the Tigers
were throwing the ball trying to play catch-up. That can often lend itself to misleading
passing numbers. But not on this Saturday.
We were pleased with how we finished the game off, Bohl said. We were
playing as well at the end of the game as we were at the beginning.
The Huskers were shredded by Missouri last year for almost 500 yards. Tape of that game
gave Bohl nightmares.
We made sure as a coaching staff that our guys were on edge, Bohl said.
It was motivation.
The Blackshirts knew that last years Missouri game was not among their finest
We didnt want anything like that to happen again, said cornerback Keyuo
The Huskers executed a sound game plan that featured three cornerbacks on the field most
of the time. Craver worked with DeJuan Groce, and cornerbacks Pat Ricketts, Erwin Swiney
and Lornell McPherson saw a lot of action.
Craver and Groce especially are playing outstanding, Bohl said.
Were getting good defense from the corners.
Whatever it was, it worked. The Huskers were caught off guard early, but quickly adjusted.
We werent expecting Farmer to start, or play that much, Bohl said.
They did a lot of things we hadnt seen, like the naked bootleg, to get us off
balance. But we recovered.