Nebraska will bring its physical style to Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday. The Huskers lead the Big 12 in rushing with 302.17 rushing yards per game.
"As a middle linebacker, you love when somebody comes in and tries to run every play," senior Orie Lemon said. "I love hitting, and that brings motivation for me."
Running backs Roy Helu Jr. and Rex Burkhead combine to average 142.33 yards per game, and both players average at least 6.4 yards per carry.
"We have to know our assignments and get the job done," Lemon said of stopping the Huskers rushing attack. "We know Coach Young is going to put us in the right situations."
Despite two talented tailbacks, quarterback Taylor Martinez is the Huskers most explosive threat, averaging 9.36 yards per carry and 126.33 yards per game.
"We know Martinez is a fast guy," Lemon said. "So we'll have to wrap him up and everybody run to the ball."
OSU's defense has been superb on opening drives this season. The Cowboys haven't allowed a scoring drive on an opponent's first possession of the first or second half this season.
OSU has forced four three-and-outs, one fumble and one interception in six game-opening drives this season. The Pokes have forced four punts, one interception and one fumble on six second-half opening possessions.