Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf admitted Wednesday night that the Huskers' 43-10 win over Fresno State was "kind of a funny game." NU ran the ball so well that it didn't need to throw it too much and the passing game "just didn't look very good" as the Huskers ran the ball on nearly 80 percent of its snaps.
When asked what percentage Langsdorf would prefer, he said 60 percent.
"The balance is key and we've said that since day one, that balance is a good thing," Langsdorf said. "In that game, where we scored 43 and had as much success running, I think that was a little bit of anomaly. And it wasn't bad. I don't want to sound negative about running the ball well. I think the focus for us was needing to throw the ball a little better. I don't think anybody should feel — or does feel — 'oh, we were really bad in the game.' We were really good running the ball and stuck with it. That's the game we played and that's the one we were in."
"We feel like, to win the conference, we're going to have to be a better passing team and have that balance. Still have that success running the ball, but be able to do both."
Langsdorf said he and coach Mike Riley play to the strengths of the players and "not try to be something that we might not be."
"We don't want to be a real heavy passing team with our personnel, with our quarterback, with our receivers," Langsdorf said. "We've got a good stable of receivers but we've got some strengths running the ball. And in this conference, with the weather, I think you have to be able to do that. So we've adapted a little bit just by living in the Midwest, a little bit of the type of quarterbacks and the system we came in after. So we're going to always cater to the strengths of players."
Nebraska's passing game was "misfiring in terms of being on the same page" in terms of "accuracy of throws and spacing of the routes." No one player was to blame. But the volume of runs, Langsdorf said, "might be a little unrealistic against some of the defenses we might play."
More quick hits:
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>> Nebraska has to get De'Mornay Pierson-El "going," in the offense but, because the wide receiver group is deep, it's not easy to get him reps over and over.