Saturday, November 24, 2012
What's in Your Wallet?
--Braylon Heard made a cameo appearance, got the Huskers right down the field, got pulled as usual. Drive stalled. Nice personnel management.
--The Cornhusker defense was getting gashed on inside runs early, as its pedestrian base defense showed little fire early. Had the Iowa offense shown any desire to score by taking advantage of Porky Meredith and Sean Fisher being on the field, it could have spelled doom for NU.
--Predictably, Ameer Abdullah fumbled another punt return. He should have been relieved of those duties eight weeks ago but was back deep again yesterday with 25 mile-per-hour winds swirling through Kinnick Stadium.
--Predictably, given those 25-mph winds, Tim Beck felt it the right time to dust off the lateral passing game.
--Predictably, T Vagic had two fumbles in the second quarter. Both were of the "I'm-not-paying-attention-because-I'm-stupid variety."
--Predictably, Nebraska's turnover margin by halftime was -2 and should have been -3 if not for a dropped interception after Taylorina forced a ball into triple coverage.
--One play after the should-be interception, T Vag got happy feet in the pocket and got sacked. The Big-Game Blues were definitely setting in for NU.
--Predictably, and luckily for Nebraska, Kirk Ferentz pulled a page from the Pinelli Journal of Clock Management and fucked up Iowa's shot at scoring late in the half and to go up by two possessions.
--Unpredictably, Rex Burkhead came in to start the second half at I-Back.
--Predictably, he was a stabilizing force and pretty much won the game for his team by being the first one to show some balls on the road.
--Mark Pelini came in for the injured Justin Jackson at center and promptly whiffed on two assignments.
--Beck showed no verticality the entire game, choosing the "we hope to win by running sideways" offense instead. Vertical doesn't necessarily mean going deep 15 times. It means moving forward.
--Ron Brown's running back rotations are shit, with players being pulled mid-drive every game just as they're getting rhythms going.
--Glad to see the Diamond Formation used Friday, especially since it averages 15 yards per play. As stated multiple times here at PYB, it should be used a minimum of 15 times per game....unless, of course, one thinks it a bad idea to have Heard, Abdullah and Burkhead on the field at the same time.
--The NU defense failed to make a crucial stop on Iowa to end the third quarter, which would have forced the Hawks to punt into the wind. We're pretty certain the thought never occurred to anyone on the Husker sideline.
--Nebraska set a Pinelli-Era record, by waiting until 12:28 in the fourth quarter to burn a defensive timeout.
--With Burkhead, pushing piles of 10 players forward for four to eight yards on numerous plays, Tim Beck thought it a good idea to go to the air on two separate, and equally crucial, third-down-and-short situations. Please quit trying to show us how smart you are. We know you're a fucking genius because you're from Youngstown. Just give the fucking ball to Rex Burkhead, and keep your brain and Taylorina out of the equation when the game's on the line.
--Diamond Formation sighting in Q4. 15 yards gained.
Will Private Pinelli finally become a Corporal on Saturday? That's uncertain. But with the cheaters (Ohio State) and molesters (Penn State) out of the picture this year, what is certain is that he'll never have a better chance to earn that promotion.