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Nebraska Football

Nebraska's Defense Has Been on the Field a Lot, They Say No Problem

September 17, 2019

The first question for head coach Scott Frost Monday morning was whether his Huskers are too reliant on big plays on offense. After what we saw Saturday, it’s a topic certainly worthy of a little bit of a discussion. In a 44-8 win over Northern Illinois, 14 of Nebraska’s 65 plays gained 385 of the 525 total yards. The rest of the 51 bit off 2.7 a play. Nebraska was incredibly boom or bust.

Which has another effect, the offense was on the field even less than what has become normal. Most of the numbers from the NIU win were weird (five combined kicks blocked?) but the Huskies had a 16-minute advantage in time of possession and that feels significant.

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