Taking a knee
I don’t agree with kneeling during the national anthem, but I respect the right of Michael Rose-Ivey, Mohamed Barry and DaiShon Neal to make a statement. My hope for all athletes, and people in general, doing this is that they respect the flag and anthem and understand that the flag and anthem represent their freedom to do that. That’s a tricky thing, and why I think there has to be a better way to make that statement.
Field goal defense
Bruce Read takes a lot of guff, but how about his field goal defense? Nebraska opponents are 2 for 6 on field goals this year, plus a missed extra point that hit the upright on Saturday night. Northwestern’s fake field-goal attempt was snuffed out by Husker defenders, as if they knew it was coming. Way to go, Bruce.
Field a mess
I know Northwestern University can grow grass, because luscious green lawns are everywhere you look on this beautiful campus. There is not one at Ryan Field, however. There was no danger of the grass being too high — the field was a mess.
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Nebraska running back Terrell Newby and teammates celebrate a touchdown in the second quarter.
Nebraska's Sam Hahn helps hold the flag before the game because it was starting to fall to the ground.
Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson runs through the Nebraska defense as Marcus Newby, No. 3, and Ross Dzuris fail to bring him down.
Nebraska's running back Devine Ozigbo (22), fumbles the ball in the end zone which was recovered by Northwestern for a touchback with 3:24 left in the second quarter during the game against Northwestern on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. MEGAN FARMER/THE WORLD-HERALD
Nebraska coach Mike Riley reacts to Northwestern recovering the ball in the end zone for a touchback.
Northwestern kicker Matt Micucci is tackled on a fake kick in the second quarter.
Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson celebrates his long touchdown run.
Nebraska's Terrell Newby fumbles the ball as he tries to stretch across the goal line. The ball went out the back of the end zone for a touchback.
Gov. Pete Ricketts shows up for the game.
Five Northwestern defenders try to tackle Nebraska's Devine Ozigbo.
Tommy Armstrong looks for an open receiver.
Northwestern's Justin Jackson breaks into the Nebraska secondary.
Nebraska coach Mike Riley greets fans before the game.
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald speaks with players.
Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong breaks off a run in the first quarter.
Clayton Thorson runs the ball past the Nebraska defense to score a touchdown.
Nebraska's Terrell Newby sprints toward the end zone on a long run during the Huskers' opening drive.
Nebraska's Joshua Kalu celebrates his interception that sealed the win near the end of the fourth quarter.
Nebraska's Nate Gerry and Mick Stoltenberg combine to sack Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson late in the fourth quarter.
Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. makes a throw on the move in the fourth quarter.
Nebraska offensive lineman Tanner Farmer is helped off the field. He didn't return to the game.
Nebraska's Joshua Kalu grabs an interception that sealed the win near the end of the fourth quarter.
Nebraska's Nick Gates celebrates with Husker fans following the win over Northwestern.
Nebraska's Mike Riley celebrates with Mick Stoltenberg following the Huskers' win over Northwestern.
Nebraska's Cethan Carter celebrates scoring a touchdown in the third quarter. The touchdown reception was his first of the season.
Nebraska's Brandon Reilly gains extra yards after a reception in the third quarter.
Nebraska's Cethan Carter hauls in a touchdown as Northwestern's Jared McGee defends in the third quarter.
Nebraska running back Devine Ozigbo carries the ball in the first quarter.
Nebraska wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp scores a touchdown in the third quarter.
Nebraska kicker Drew Brown holds the flag during the national anthem before the game against Northwestern.
Nebraska wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp (1), celebrates with offensive lineman Corey Whitaker (58), left, after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter during the game on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. MEGAN FARMER/THE WORLD-HERALD