Nebraska has allowed just 28 points through three games this season, an average of just 9.3 points per contest, good for seventh in the nation.
The Nebraska defense has surrendered only three touchdowns this season. The Cornhuskers did not allow a touchdown until the second quarter of the second game, as Nebraska held their opponets out of the end zone for the first five quarters of the year.
Nebraska's run defense presents a significant task for the Cajun offense this week. The Huskers held the Virginia Tech Hokies to just 86 yards rushing, after Virgina Tech entered the game 13th nationally in rushing at 254.0 yards per game.
All-American Ndamukong Suh controls the line for the Cornhuskers defense. The 6-3,300-pounder is a major disruptive force and will present the Cajuns constant problems up front. The Defensive ends get up the field quickly and will present a problem for the Cajuns screen game.
Cajun Offensive Game Plan
The Cajun's offense must use the whole field, throwing quick passes on the outs, slants and screens. Masson must do a better job on the zone read and keep the ball to hold the Husker front seven honest. The offensive line must give QB Chris Masson enough time to get the ball to TE's Ladarius Green and Luke Aubrey, working the soft spots against the Husker LB's and Safeties. The Cajuns must continue to work Undrea Sails and the running game at times; the Cajun offense cannot allow the Nebraska Def-line to just focus on getting after the quarteback on every down.
The Cornhuskers will look to establish the run against the smaller Cajun defense. When you have a back like #10 Roy Helu Jr, you have to run the ball. The 6-2,215 Helu is big and quick, hits the whole hard. There not is any proven depth behind him with true Fr. Rex Burkhead, who is not nearly as talented as Helu.
QB Zac Lee is solid and executes the Nebraska passing game well, though he is not the most accurate passer. Lee has a group of big receivers to throw to, and they will try to take advantage against the smaller Cajun cornerbacks as LSU did last week. The Cajuns game plan will be similar to LSU, not give them anything deep. This group is not as fast as LSU's receiving core.
Cajun Defensive Game Plan
The Cajuns will move their font seven around, trying to avoid taking the on Cornhusker offense in the base defense. Helu will get his yards, but the Cajuns must come up and keep him from pounding the secondary all day long. The Cajuns will be without two starting safeties this week in Chris Richard and Maurice Rolle. It also looks like back-ups Lance Kelley and Garren Blunt will not play as well, leaving the defensive staff without many options. Look for the staff to change up the defensive looks in the secondary, play Devin-Lewis and Grant Fleming two deep coverages. Look for the Cajuns to go with nickel packages as well, with three cornerbacks playing, along with Phillip Nevels.
The Bottom Line
The Cajuns must create the turnovers that didn't fall against LSU. The defense must get enough big plays to slow the Cornhusker offense down and turn the ball over to the Cajun offense.
The Cajun offense's assignment is to drive the ball down the field with the short passing game and ocassional runs. The last two games have been brutal on the Cajun defense as for as time of possession. The Cajuns will be in big trouble if Nebraska keeps the ball and runs down hill all night long.
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