Minutes after his team's 63-38 loss to Ohio State on Oct. 6, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini sat in front of reporters and made a bold declaration for the rest of the 2012 season.
“We need to win out,” he said. He repeated the mantra. Or else NU's goals of winning the Big Ten championship and playing in the Rose Bowl, he intimated, might be out of reach.
How did the 4-2 Huskers, in early October, get to Pelini putting the season on the line? In its two-page midseason review, The World-Herald finds plenty of answers.
A fast-paced, fun, explosive — but mistake-prone — offense.
A defense that alternates between salty and faulty.
A special teams unit that features a kicker finding his groove, a dangerous returner and coverage units that run hot and cold.
A star I-back — Rex Burkhead — battling through injury.
Young talents like Ameer Abdullah and Kenny Bell emerging in Burkhead's absence to keep the offense flowing.
A defensive end — Eric Martin — finding his pass rushing mojo as a senior.
A back seven looking to hone their tackling and coverage acumen.
The World-Herald review covers it all. Who are the midseason MVPs?
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