Huskers went into Madison on Saturday to face a giant, experienced and Nationally Ranked Wisconsin Badger Football Team. 41 - 24 isn't the outcome we hoped for but it's a better 41 - 24 than it looks.
Wisconsin had the advantage in both size and experience. Their offensive line look like some kind of Bear and Human crossbreeding program with an average size of 6' 6" and over 315 lbs. (I'm rounding) In the words of the President they are "huge" and athletic.
It was inevitable that a line that big was going to wear down the Husker defense and a marathon first half set up a big second half running game for the Badgers. They pounded away on the ground, just like Nebraska used to do.
As for the Huskers I saw fight for all 4 quarters. 10 Penalties kept Nebraska playing catch up once again but this week there was a fight that I haven't seen this season and especially last season.
Ten penalties is too much and it seemed those 10 penalties came at the wrong time killing drives and taking the offense off the field but look at this; Adrian martinez threw for 384 yards, 2 TD's and NO INTERCEPTIONS. Granted Wisconsin dropped 2 or 3 that should have been picks but I think 2 of those were tips so whatever. Regardless QB play for Nebraska was and 8 out of 10 on the Chris Baker scale and the Nebraska receiving corps played a solid game.
Playing from behind means throwing the ball so you didn't get much from the run game but Devine Ozigbo and Maurice Washington both averaged over 5 yards a carry.
The defense was worn down but never out f the game. They gave up some big runs in the second half but they also made some big plays so I thought they rebounded well and stood up to that giant Wisconsin offense.
I saw more fight. I saw better recovery from mistakes and as a whole I saw a team start turning things around for the good and I'll take that. I didn't see anyone quit. The quitters did that earlier in the week.