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On Saturday's episode, Adam Carriker gives his quick takes on Nebraska's loss to Wisconsin.
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Here's a transcript of today's show:
Welcome to the Carriker Chronicles, the people's show, where we check the pulse of Husker nation. Brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital. Here's my gut reaction to Nebraska versus Wisconsin: Now, we've had our second bye week in the past four weeks, and the Huskers, they actually played pretty well versus the Badgers. We were just not able to stop the run. I mean, Jonathan Taylor, the Wisconsin running back, rushed for over 200 yards for the third straight year versus Nebraska. I mean, think about that. The third straight year he's rushed for over 200 yards versus Nebraska.
We just aren't able to stop the run. In the fourth quarter, once we pulled back and made the game interesting, Wisconsin got the ball and the first thing they did was run, run, run, run... I think we were within 13 points, and they just ran it, ran it, ran it, and the one time they did throw it, it was incomplete. They kicked a field goal to go up by 16 points at that point.
The Huskers, it was good to see more effort, more energy, more enthusiasm today. What you would typically expect to see, but we haven't seen. Okay, we just weren't able to stop the run. Adrian Martinez, this was the best game he's played all year. This was the best he looked all year. He was much more decisive, he looked the most similar he has to a season ago. He ran better, he still doesn't have that same explosive burst to me in my opinion, but he played a lot better, he was a lot more mentally decisive in what he wanted to do.
Really, a couple of big plays, the kickoff return, the tipped pass gave Wisconsin a short field. Really, those two plays, really kind of tilted it. I mean, statistically, if you look at the stats, and I'll break those down more tomorrow night on Carriker Live, 8 p.m. central time, on my Facebook page, when I take a deeper dive into this Nebraska versus Wisconsin football game.
But, the stats are really pretty balanced and pretty even. Wisconsin dominated the time of possession. Other than that, it was pretty balanced across the board, and we even had the edge overall in rushing yards. We averaged almost 8 yards per carry. There were some things we did well. We just have a ways to go.
I know Scott Frost got the extension before the game today. I don't know a whole lot about extensions, I'm not sure -- he's got a seven-year deal -- so, I'm kind of confused how that works or why that works, or what that's for. He's got a seven-year deal, but I don't know. That's not the main point of this.
My gut reaction is we played better, we have a ways to go. All right. Until next time, go Big Red and always remember to throw the Bones!
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