Don’t try to figure out what Nebraska would have done had it taken on this identity all season. Where was it all season? It will drive you crazy.
If Nebraska is going to continue in this manner — Nebraska rushed for 139 yards in the third quarter alone — it's going to require a daily commitment. I'm talking spring, summer, winter, fall. It's a mindset that has to permeate the being of everyone involved.
Saturday, the stands belonged to Nebraska. Although there was an announced crowd of only 33,527, making the giant home of next month's Super Bowl look mostly empty, the place roared with cheers for the Cornhuskers, almost as if it were a Nebraska home game, even though Los Angeles is about 1,300 miles closer to Santa Clara than Lincoln is.
On the day after Christmas 2015, Mike Riley gave the people what they want. He and offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf called a masterful game all around and it happened to include 60 rushing attempts for 330 yards.
Riley smiled as he sat on the back of a golf cart with his grandson, headed to the postgame news conference. It was not an easy year. But here was a late Christmas gift. For Riley. For everyone.
A simple game plan was formed: Nebraska was going to run the ball right at the Bruins and dare them to prove it wrong.
After losing four games this season in the final 10 seconds of regulation or overtime, the Huskers were happy to be able to get that late stop to seal a victory.
-- Associated Press