Huskers Score But Defense Struggles
Nebraska took the field as a heavy favorite against South Dakota State and the final margin (59-20) was sufficient to cover a large point spread. But the game certainly wasn't an easy one for the defense. The Jackrabbits scored 17 points in the opening quarter and rolled up nearly 300 yards in the first half. Things improved for the defense but the effort was still less than dominant.
The quarterback play by Tommy Armstrong and Ron Kellogg was a bright spot, but against a lower division team, it shouldn't persuade anyone that this tandem is infallible. They combined to throw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns on just 24 throws. They didn't turn the ball over either. Their production was very necessary, particularly early in the game.
Zach Zenner of SDSU rushed for over 200 yards and 2 touchdowns. If not for a pair of interceptions, Jackrabbit quarterback Austin Sumner would have had an efficient day completing nearly two thirds of his passes.
There's a lot to work on and the conference season on the horizon. Hopefully, the Huskers will find away to play better defensively.