The Nebraska Cornhuskers had their big ten opener this weekend (9/21) at home, against Illinois Fighting Illini in Memorial Stadium in Champagne, Illinois. Both teams came into this game with a record of 2-1, and both were determined to leave with a dub. Nebraska had too many mistakes this weekend that hurt them badly, such as four turnovers which gave Illinois opportunities change the tides and put 21 points on the scoreboard. Also, Huskers had 11 penalties which cost them 119 yards.
Fortunately, freshman Wan’Dale Robinson stepped up from the sidelines and scored three touchdowns, one rushing and two receiving to keep Nebraska in the game. As Scott Frost, Nebraska’s head coach, stated, “We knew it was only a matter of time before Wan’Dale became a real weapon for us.” With the mistakes, Nebraska had they still managed to capitalize on a win over Illinois. The final score being 42-38, leaving Nebraska with a record of 3-1, Illinois, on the other hand, left Memorial Stadium with hard-fought loss, leaving with 2-2.
The Huskers will be back in action on Saturday, September 28th in a home game against Ohio State. The Buckeyes are a 17 point favorite to win, but the Huskers will not go down without a fight. According to a September 25 Associated Press release, “Ohio State Buckeyes are coming to Cornhusker’s turf this weekend with an impressive record of 4-0 flattening their opponents with ease. Ohio State will have their first real test against Nebraska, as the Buckeyes head coach, Ryan Day, says ‘They’re going to be all jacked up, (ESPN’s) Gameday is going to be there. We have to handle that. It’s our first big challenge as a team.’” It certainly will be a challenge, but if the Huskers can keep the penalties and turnovers to a minimum, they have a chance at keeping it respectable. In any case, it is sure to be the game of the week! Go Big Red!