Nebraska will look to move onto 1-0, as will Wyoming. Wyoming though will have the task of dealing with one of the toughest crowds in the nation.
Wyoming, last week, took down Northern Illinois by a score of 40-34. And NU beat Fresno State by an easy margin, 43-10. Each team had different wins, one being close in three overtimes, the other being via blowout.
Wyoming had 488 yards on offense last week, 245 through the air, 243 on the ground.
The Cowboys field general will be sophomore Josh Allen. Allen stands at 6-5, 222 pounds and had a nice game last week agains Northern Illinois. Allen went 19-29 for 245 yards and two touchdowns. This was Allen’s first start and it was at home so this week he will have a much larger task while visiting Lincoln.
Allen’s primary target will be senior Tanner Gentry. Gentry last week had eight catches for 104 yards and one score. Gentry is also used in the run game. Jake Maulhardt also had a nice game with 5 catches for 106 yards.
On the ground, Brian Hill lead the way. Hill had 125 yards on 33 carries and two scores. Allen also ran the ball well for the Cowboys with 70 yards on 10 carries and a score.
On the defensive side if the ball Wyoming gave up 462 yards and 34 points. 133 yards on the ground and 329 through the air. Wyoming has improved their run defense, but last week running the ball was Nebraska’s strength.
Lucas Wacha was one of the leaders on the defense for the Cowboys. The middle linebacker had eight total tackles. Logan Wilson was also a key contributor at his outside linebacker position with nine tackles.
In the secondary Andrew Wingard was all over the field as he accumulated 12 tackles. The secondary overall struggled against the pass games and the Husker receiving core should be able to jump all over that.
People were expecting to see an aerial attack on Saturday, got the exact opposite. With a highly touted wide receiving core, it was the running backs who shined. Devine Ozigbo, may have solidified himself as the number one back as he carried the ball 17 times for 103 yards and two scores.
Terrell Newby, who started, had 11 carries for 56 yards. The true freshmen, Tre Bryant, carried the ball five times for 36 yards and a score. It looks as Coach Riley is going to do this by committee, or he is testing out the backs to see who the main one will be for games to come.
Tommy Armstrong played a really nice game. Although the offense was very vanilla he managed the game well. Armstrong went 5-10 with 108 yards and a score. Armstrong also used his legs to his advantage, carrying the ball 11 times for 42 yards and one score.
We will see if Armstrong will get the throw the ball more this week. It may have been a game in which the run was working so they stuck with it, or a case of not showing all their cards this early in the season.
The receiving core played well in a game where they didn’t have very many touches. Alonzo Moore had there catches for 92 yards and a touchdown. He was the go to guy. Jordan Westerkamp had just one catch for 6 yards, so his streak of consecutive catches stands at 27 games now.
Everyone had the privilege to see this core do the dirty work at a high level, by blocking and allowing the offense to run the ball 51 times for 292 yards. Look for the receiving core to have a big game. Brandon Reilly will also be back this week and ad another deep threat.
The offensive line had a marvelous game as a whole. Anytime you provide your offense with 292 yards on the ground you deserve props.
The Blackshirts did a lot of nice things against Fresno. The run defense was stout, but the pass defense continues to need work. The defense ran a lot of nickel, and it was effective.
The defensive line showed off its talent and played very well. Ross Dzuris had four tackles and two sacks.
For the linebackers, it was interesting to see the rotations amongst players in the nickel formation. Dedrick young had six tackles and continued to show off his consistency.
The secondary played great, in run support, but really needs to work in pass coverage. Kieron Williams had 10 tackles and a pick. With Nate Gerry being back, we will wait and see if he is still a starting safety. True freshmen Lamar Jackson had a nice game. Jackson was targeted just for the fact he is a true freshmen. Jackson did a good job of not letting anything behind him, but he will need to work on breaking to the ball and making plays.
NU’s expectations are very high this season, as many saw in the press conference of Coach Riley. Near perfect games are what are needed for this season and that’s what the Huskers will strive to play this week. Look for the Huskers to win big on Saturday by a score of 45-14.