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The No. 22 Cornhuskers try to open with consecutive wins for the fifth straight year Saturday when they face
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That wasn't the side of the ball in which
"Overall, man to man, I thought we played soft at times," Pelini said. "We've got to get that fixed."
"The want-to is there," he said, "but the how-to wasn't taken care of."
Nose tackle Ndamukong Suh was left to defend his unit after his coach's harsh words.
"I definitely take it personally, but I know exactly what he means, so I don't take it too hard," Suh said. "We weren't as physical as he hoped. Basically, we want to start a new line of scrimmage. There is the main line of scrimmage where the ball is set, but we want to move their linemen into the backfield and start a new line of scrimmage. I don't think we did."
"I think it was real obvious defensively that we controlled the game with our front seven,"
Senior tailback Reggie Arnold rushed for 126 yards and four touchdowns, and quarterback Corey Leonard became the
The strong performance has certainly gotten
"They're a pretty talented football team, very well coached," Pelini said. "They are very sound on what they do on both sides of the football. It's well thought out and they have good athletes. It's a challenge."
The Cornhuskers also got an impressive debut last weekend from Zac Lee, who passed for 213 yards and two touchdowns. Lee took his most meaningful snaps since 2006 in junior college.
"There was a little bit of anxiety, but that faded pretty quickly," Lee said. "Once you throw a couple passes, it's back to playing football."
The Red Wolves will be looking to replace two key seniors in offensive lineman Dominic Padrta and free safety Evan Van Dolah, who were each lost to season-ending injuries in the opener.
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Posted: 9/8/09 11:11PM ET