September 29, 2007

The final grades on Saturday's win over Iowa State

The final grades are in on Nebraska's 35-17 win over Iowa State on Saturday. The Husker offense put the defense in an early hole, but the Blackshirts had a bounce back day, despite the fact the stat sheet may not say so.

Here is the complete grade out from Saturday's victory. The Huskers are now 4-1 heading into next weekend's showdown at Missouri.

Quarterback: B

Senior Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller had two plays he'd like to have back on Saturday, but other than that, it was another solid performance. Keller finished 18-of-28 for 219 yards and two touchdowns. Keller's most impressive moment on Saturday came during the two-minute hurry-up offense where he led the Huskers down the field on a 10 play 82 yard scoring drive in 1:35.

Running back: C+

Nebraska's running backs had two costly fumbles in the first half that put the offense in an early hole. Junior Marlon Lucky led the Huskers with 107 yards rushing on 16 carries, including a 41 yard touchdown run that broke the game open in the second half. Junior Cody Glenn finished with 27 yards on eight carries, but if you take away his 10 yard run, he only had 17 yards on seven carries. Really, the unsung hero for the backs on Saturday was fullback Thomas Lawson, who had two catches for two touchdowns. Lawson made up for the dropped touchdown pass he had against Nevada.

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