Today the Huskers went into basically the first real day of scheming for the Washington Huskies, an opponent the Huskers will face for the second time this year. For Head Coach Bo Pelini, that's going to be something new. "I've never done it before, so I will tell you (what it's like) after the game," he said with a laugh. "It's kind of like being in the NFL again."
Nebraska romped the Huskies to the tune of a 56-21 beating, Nebraska boasting three players with over a hundred yards rushing. And Washington's Jake Locker, a quarterback who came into the season with some Heisman hype, went 4-of-20 passing for one touchdown, two interceptions and approximately 70 yards.
Pelini doesn't put any stock into what happened then, because he sees a different Washington film now as opposed to the one they faced a couple of months ago. "They have gotten better. That's a credit to their coaching staff and their team. They are a much better football that we played whenever that was," he said. "Hopefully, we are too."
There has been much made about Nebraska potentially being disappointed with this bowl, as it looked like they were all set to go to the Insight Bowl in Tempe, Arizona, the higher tier bowl when compared to the Holiday. That assumption was proven wrong with the Insight opted to take Missouri instead, a team Nebraska beat earlier in the season.
But nothing could be farther from the truth in regard to his team being prepared as well as excited for a game, no matter what anyone else believes. "I don't care what people say. People are going to say whatever they want to say. I could care less what people outside of this building say," Pelini exclaimed. "It's an opportunity to win our 11th game, and that's what we are looking to do."
On the injury front Pelini said that it's looking good for senior wide receiver Niles Paul to be back for the bowl, following missing the last couple weeks of the season with a broken foot. It's not definite he'll be back, but both Pelini and fellow receiver Brandon Kinnie thought positively about his return. Another player trying to make it back to the field is senior Mike Smith, who has been out with a broken leg. Pelini said that he wasn't sure how likely it would be that Smith might make it back, but he knows he's trying to do so.
The Huskers will have a couple more practices this week as the players will also have finals exams, making this for a very hectic week for them all.
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