Share “Nebraska’s offense struggling”

By Jake Trotter Modified: November 4, 2009 at 6:43 am •  Published: November 4, 2009
NORMAN — Of five teams in college football allowing fewer than 11.5 points a game, four already have eight wins.

The team that doesn’t?

Oklahoma’s opponent Saturday, the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

The Blackshirts are back in Lincoln with a championship-caliber defense. But an anemic offense has left Nebraska reeling at 5-3. Despite possessing the Big 12’s best statistical defense, the Huskers have lost two of their last three, including their last two games at home.

At times, OU has had its own issues putting up points. But Nebraska’s offensive struggles have reached another level.

In four conference games, the Huskers are averaging just 295 yards and 16 points, both ranking 11th in the league.

"We haven’t put it all together,” Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said Tuesday. "We have been mixing and matching a decent amount trying to find the right combinations where we’re limited in some areas as far as having other options. We just have to execute more consistently. That will be even more magnified against a group like (Oklahoma).”

Part of the problem has been turnovers. The Huskers committed eight of them during an embarrassing 9-7 loss at home to Iowa State. Nebraska is now last in the Big 12 in turnover margin.

Another problem has been erratic quarterback play.

Pelini tried to ignite his offense by making a change at quarterback last week, inserting freshman Cody Green in for Zac Lee, who was picked off three times by Iowa State. But with Green, the Husker offense still sputtered, managing only 273 yards and one touchdown at Baylor.


OU at Nebraska
→When: 7 p.m. Saturday

→Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb.

→TV: ABC (Cox 8)

→Radio: KRXO-FM 107.7

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