- At least for one night, the Husker receivers put the dropsies behind them, catching nearly everything within reach while the game was still in doubt. Even Frantz Hardy had a nice catch while on the receiving end of a ferocious hit. One definite positive to take from Saturday night.
- Callahan is now having Sam Keller run to the sidelines for each playcall, much like he had Joe Dailey do in 2004. Looks like this is on Callahan and the verbiage of his playcalling, not the quarterbacks.
- Speaking of playcalls, my wife reported that during the ABC broadcast, cameras caught Sam Keller's father criticizing Callahan "for not getting the play called" after a timeout.
- A lot of people are wondering where Quentin Castille was on Saturday night. Let's remember that under Callahan, freshmen I-backs are only in the game for plays they have mastered, which usually means they only enter the game for plays in which they are going to run the ball. Since Nebraska pretty much had to abandon the run, the opportunity for Castille to get into the game was abandoned as well. Not necessarily Castille's fault; most great running back prospects come to college for their running ability, not their blocking ability. But Castille's block on a second quarter kickoff sure gives you hope in the future that he'll pick it up well:
If that makes those people feel better, well, that's fine for them. Personally, I'm bothered by the size of some of the holes Saturday night...and that's even before you consider the lack of tackling we saw. It reminds me of another CozBohl defensive gem when Brad Smith made the Blackshirts disappear.
Darren over at BigRedNetwork decries the rush to fire Kevin Cosgrove after just three games into the season, though I'm not sure I see it quite that way. I personally think fans are just setting the expectation that unless the defense significantly improves by the end of the season, changes need to be made in the offseason. Changing coordinators in the middle of the season is a desperation move at best.
Over at Huskerpedia, the internet rumor mill has more gossip that questions Husker strength coach Dave Kennedy's training regimen, pointing out that USC now employs former Husker strength coach Bryan Bailey. And it's hard to argue with the results from Saturday night.
All in all, Tom Dienhart of The Sporting News probably summed it up best: "Welcome to Nebraska's Nightmare"