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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Huskers: Win ‘awesome’

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2008 KU-Nebraska football

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Spodcasters Postgame: Nebraska

The guys (Tom Keegan, Jesse Newell) tie up loose ends following the Jayhawks' 45-35 loss to Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. The two discuss KU's disappointing play Saturday on the offensive and defensive lines and also wonder what changes are next with the Jayhawks' secondary. The two also discuss whether fans ...

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— Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz bruised his heel on one play and twisted his knee on the other, but his coach, Bo Pelini, said he didn't even consider removing him from the game.

"If I wanted to fight him on the sidelines," Pelini said. "He would have fought me before he would have let me take him out."

Pause.

"I would have won," added Pelini, the fiery first-year coach.

Would Ganz really have fought him to stay in the game?

"Absolutely," Ganz said.

Would Pelini have taken him?

"I don't think so," Ganz said. "I'd have about 113 other guys on my side."

All sorts of happy talk was flying back and forth between Cornhuskers players and coaches after a 45-35 victory against Kansas in Nebraska's Memorial Stadium, but there were some regrets stated about the first number in the final score not being bigger.

As usual, Nebraska lost the turnover battle, this time by a 3-1 margin.

"We left a lot of points out there in the first half," Pelini said. "I thought we were in control of that first half, and the turnovers really hurt us. I was disappointed to end the half 14-14. We've got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot."

Echoed Ganz: "We didn't play as well as we could. We still had a couple turnovers, and we probably left 14 or 17 points on the field. We have a really good offense, it's just the only thing stopping us right now is ourselves."

The turnovers didn't stop a festive postgame mood for the Huskers, who had little trouble moving the ball against KU's defense.

"It was awesome," Ganz said. "It just feels so good to come back and redeem ourselves from what happened last year."

What happened last year was Kansas pinned a 76-39 humiliation on Nebraska in Lawrence, defeating the Cornhuskers for the second time in a three-year span. All week, Nebraska players downplayed the revenge factor, but it clearly played in the team's motivation.

"We went down there and got beat pretty soundly last year and lost some respect for the program," defensive end Zach Potter said. "We wanted to come out today and regain some of that respect that Kansas may have lost for us as a program. You know, we're still Nebraska and they're still Kansas."

Comments

FlaHawk 13 years, 2 months ago

NU will not lose any more respect to a KU team that is getting to be a downhill snow ball.Amazing what one season can mean as Huskers are ready to reoll over KU again and again.

HuskRed 13 years, 2 months ago

We're building with a new coaching staff. Looks like they are doing a pretty good job for a first year program. We'll take the wins and learn from the losses. I see a fire in our team that we didn't have the past few years under Callahan. We are going in the right direction. Which direction are you going in?

troutsee 13 years, 2 months ago

I tell you what NU fans....you flat out out-played and deserved to win the game. But, I still hate your friggin guts. I'd rather beat NU than any other team....why? Because you have dominated us over the years....constantly running up scores and your fans parading through our stadium like you owned it. Yes....you were a dominant program and we were doormats but you still were obnoxious in our stadium and loved to rub it in. You better savor this one because next year you have to play in Lawrence and we are going to kick your butts back to Lincoln.

JBurtin 13 years, 2 months ago

The fact remains that this year's Husker team didn't accomplish anything more than beating a KU team with multiple freshmen playing on the offensive and defensive lines, and in the defensive secondary.If many of our fans wrote you off to "be retired to the dustbin", I would say that you are awfully quick to write us off as a one year wonder.We lost a slew of All-Americans and NFL caliber players in one year, and had to replace them with younger players. Hardly a good reason for me to go jumping off the bandwagon just yet.Some year's you're up, some years you're down.If this qualifies as an up year for Nebraska these days, then I'd hate to see what qualifies as a down year.

Robert Brock 13 years, 2 months ago

Bo and the Huskers will roll into Lawrence next season and by then KU may have some linemen who can play. The Hawks may not put up seventy points but sixty will do.

Paul_in_WI 13 years, 2 months ago

After reading the absolutely nasty post-game comments last year from Jayhawk fans, I marveled at how a small taste of success could unleash such pent up hatred towards Nebraska in post after post. It was obvious to many KU fans that Nebraska was going to be retired to the dust bin of history as their team proudly marched forward, vying for Big 12 Championship year after year.Oh what difference a year makes as this year's humble pie is served up cold. Let that be a lesson to your fans. Success can be fleeting, so it is best to act dignified when you do have it. If you don't want to believe a "good for nuthin" Cornhusker fan telling you this , then look to how Sooner fans handle their perennial success. Be like them and grow up. :)

jayhawkrodog 13 years, 2 months ago

Last week you were destroyed by OU on national TV. This week you played an okay team and won. Congrats., Hey Nebraska fans- face it. Your dynasty is over and has been over for 10 years. You can still win 6-8 a year and go to a bowl but don't even think about anything bigger because you can't even win the big 12 north. Congrats on being an average team- much like KU. See you in Lawrence next year.

Dyrk Dugan 13 years, 2 months ago

To Paul in Wi: no one believed that NU was going to the dustbin and KU would be playing for the Big 12 title year after year. if a few people posted exactly that, then they were crazy. Real KU fans, which i believe I am, knew that wasn't true...and never would. Kansas hasn't even won a division title yet, let alone the entire Big 12. what the game yesterday proved to most KU fans, is that sustained success in big time football is tough to do...and this program is still being built.Here are some stats for you and other 'Husker fans: 10 years before your 2001, national title game appearance, your record was 111-13; since it's 50-37. it's a new era Husker fan....and your days of rolling over KU season after season are gone. Can't wait till next year.

Brad Farha 13 years, 2 months ago

Congrats to the Husker players and fans. I would have liked a different outcome to Saturday's game, but I've got to give credit to Nebraska's O-Line and D-Line. I think that was the difference in the game. We'll be gunning for you next year in Lawrence.

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