The streak dies at four

It's probably one of the most dubious streaks which Nebraska has held this year and one they are happy to see go by the wayside. But after the 76-39 loss, it probably doesn't make them feel any better.

For the first time in almost five weeks, Nebraska doesn't have the distinction of facing a team, who had an offensive player produce results which were enough to garner than Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week.

 

This week's award went to Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel, who threw for 421 yards and five touchdowns, on 26-44 passing in the Tigers' 55-10 drubbing of the Colorado Buffaloes.

 

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing had a quality day himself, though, completing 30-of-41 passes for 354 yards and a Kansas Jayhawk-record six touchdowns.

 

This marks the first week a Nebraska opponent hasn't received that award, dating back to the Missouri game, where it was Daniel again garnering the honor. This is the list of the four weekly award winners prior to this week.

 

Chase Daniel, Jr, QB, Missouri (Southlake, Texas)
Chase Daniel accounted for a career-best 473 yards of offense and four touchdowns in Missouri's 41-6 win over 25th-ranked Nebraska. Daniel threw for a career-high 401 yards on 33 of 47 passing and two TDs, while running for a game-high 72 yards and two scores.

 

Dantrell Savage, Sr, RB, Oklahoma State (Columbus, Ga.)

Dantrell Savage registered his fourth 100-yard rushing game with a career-high 212 yards in Oklahoma State's 45-14 win at Nebraska, snapping the Cowboys 20-game losing streak in Lincoln. Savage averaged 8.5 yards on 25 carries, and also had a 30-yard touchdown scamper.

 

Stephen McGee, Jr, QB, Texas A&M (Burnet, Texas)

Stephen McGee set a Texas A&M record for quarterbacks with 35 carries against Nebraska in the Aggies' 36-14 win. McGee rushed for a career-high 167 yards in the contest, as A&M ran for 359 yards against the Cornhuskers.

 

Jamaal Charles, Jr, RB, Texas (Port Arthur, Texas)
Jamaal Charles ran for a career-best 290 yards and three touchdowns in the Texas, 28-25 win over Nebraska. Charles totaled 216 yards in the fourth quarter, a UT record and six yards shy of the NCAA single-quarter mark, and three scores in the Longhorns' come-from-behind victory. His 290 rushing yards rank fourth on the UT charts and were the most ever against the Cornhuskers, surpassing Billy Sims' (Oklahoma) 247 yards in 1979. Charles scored on scampers of 86, 40 and 25 yards.

 

Nebraska isn't out of the woods in facing potential threats to win that award in the next two games as they face two teams which both have at least one player who, based on Nebraska's recent defensive woes, could put up numbers good enough to win the weekly honor:

 

Sophomore quarterback Josh Freeman lead the Kansas State offense, ranking in the top three of Big 12 quarterbacks, throwing for just over  280 yards per game. One of his primary weapons on offense is senior wide receiver Jorday Nelson. Nelson, once a quarterback for the Wildcats, ranks seconds in the conference in receptions per game (9.89) and second in receiving yards per game (133.6), behind only Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree. Nelson ranks second in all-purpose yards (162.1) as well, behind Missouri's big-play specialist, Jeremy Maclin.

 

One of Colorado's primary weapons on offense is senior tailback Hugh Charles. Charles ranks fifth in the conference in total yards (737), but his 5.6 yards per carry is good enough for top three amongst backs with 130 or more carries. It should be noted that Texas running back Jamaal Charles had fairly similar numbers to Charles before he faced the Huskers. The week prior to facing the Huskers, Charles averaged 5.1 yards per carry through eight games, compared to Charles' 5.6 through nine. Following the Nebraska game, Charles' averages ballooned, his 5.1 yards per carry average exploding to 7.8.  Before the contest versus the Huskers, Charles was averaging just over 90 yards per game. Following it, it went to over a hundred per.

 

So, as much as we might not want to admit it, facing Nebraska's defense has become a breakout opportunity for offenses and unfortunately for Nebraska, one where too many records have been tied or set against the fading "blackshirt" defense.

 

One can only hope that this broken streak doesn't just mean it's a chance for another streak of frustration to start


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