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On Saturday's episode, Adam Carriker gives his quick thoughts on the Huskers losing a fourth-quarter lead in a loss to Purdue.
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After last week's loss, some people hit me up and they were surprised I wasn't more mad after the game. It's to the point where I'm just going to speak matter of factly right now. Last week, I spoke matter of factly, this week I'm going to speak matter of factly and next week, well it's a bye, but two weeks from now if we win, I'll speak matter of factly and if we lose I'll speak matter of factly.
It's to the point where I am in a saving-mode like a computer. I'm just waiting for something to happen on a positive note, and as far as being upset about negative things happening, it's almost like you get hit in the shoulder over and over and over and after a while it just goes numb. All right. So, am I fired up? Yes, but I'm going to choose to speak matter of factly.
So, the gut reaction to Nebraska versus Purdue, two things: Number one, they wanted it more. They're not more talented than us, they don't have more skill than us, they're not faster than us. If we lined up our two teams in a race, they wouldn't beat us in a track meet, they probably wouldn't beat us in the weight room based on things I've heard. They just wanted it more. Plain and simple.
Now, there were certain guys who want it, Wan'Dale Robinson wants it, JD Spielman wants it, Adrian Martinez at times looks like he wants it. He looks like he's coming back a little bit. He also looks like a guy who's excited about being excited at times, and I know he can be that guy that was out there last year like a gunslinging true freshman without a care in the world. He can be that guy again, he's just got to find it.
The other thing that stood out was at the very end of the game we got out-coached. Third and goal, Purdue, all right, knowing they're in field goal range, knowing they've got a timeout, they call timeout, they draw up a play and they score a touchdown on us based on what they saw on our defense.
Our last chance to go down and score and/or tie, or whatever we gotta do to keep the game going and try to win and put the game away. Fourth down, we don't call timeout, we don't have our most talented guy on the field. Instead, we hurried to the ball, rushed and called a play that doesn't work and leave with 30-plus seconds on the clock and a timeout in our pocket.
Now, I understand trying to save the timeout, I understand trying to get the first down and save as much time as possible. It doesn't matter if you don't get the first down.
There was some things that were good. Obviously, I talked about some of the guys, that you can see their individual effort. But, here are some of the things that stood out to me defensively, and I did take notes — normally, I don't for gut reactions — but here it is: Number one, we didn't take advantage of good field position in the first half. Three different times we had the ball inside Purdue's 50-yard line and we didn't come away with a touchdown.
Once we got a field goal, once we punted, once we threw an interception. Am I the only guy, number two, who sees a whole lot of bubble screens. And I know, our o-line isn't that great right now, we're getting pushed off the ball and allowing us to run up the middle. In fact, Purdue was penetrating very good with their defensive line, which speaks to our o-line, but a whole lot of bubble screens. Too many for my blood, and I watched him at Oregon, I watched him at UCF, I know what he likes to call. Just a few too many, I know he's trying to utilize the ability that he has, which is speed guys like Wan'Dale Robinson and JD Spielman on the edge.
All right. Defense, it's lack of effort as an overall whole. A lack of mentality as an overall whole. Not great tackling. I mean, Purdue averages 68 rushing yards per game. They had way more than double that today. All right. Defensively, guys should not be eight yards down field, pushed back off the ball. All right.
To me, this was Purdue, you know? This was a game we had to win. It almost felt like a must-win, and two years from now, we'll look back and say, oh that was in a vacuum, but being a prisoner of the moment, it sure feels like we needed to win this because we really need to go to a bowl game, and in order to do that, we really needed to beat Purdue because we got Wisconsin and Iowa, and we do have Maryland coming up.
All right, so, for me, it's tough. The thing about it, is two years in a row, we've lost to Purdue. Three out of four years we've lost to Purdue. Two years ago, and we had a comeback win and beat Purdue on the road by one point. People laughed, oh, we beat Purdue, yipee.
Now, look where we're at, okay.
We're gonna get back, we're gonna get there. I don't doubt that, I don't doubt the man in charge, but being a prisoner of the moment, it's numbing. Numbing, and that's why I speak a matter of fact. Tune in to Carriker Live tomorrow night at 8 p.m. central time, I'll digest this even more, and I'll have even more thoughts on this game.
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