09.14.2009 / It is Time to Take on the Hokies. Posting By Greg Sharpe, Voice of the Huskers

We have reached the week that Husker fans have waited for all summer, the trip to Virginia Tech. After two convincing home wins, the 18th ranked Cornhuskers will get their chance to match up with another top 20 team in Virginia Tech, this Saturday.

"After two convincing home wins, the 18th ranked Cornhuskers will get their chance to match up with another top 20 team in Virginia Tech, this Saturday."

I can’t wait. This will be a good measuring stick for Nebraska. Last season the Hokies came to Lincoln and won 35-30 and oh how sweet it would be to pay back Virginia Tech on Saturday. This VA Tech team has a strong defense and a solid running game. They are also very sound in the kicking game, but last year it was Nebraska with Nate Swift returning a punt for a touchdown that helped the Huskers fight back in the game.

Here are a couple of things to keep an eye on this week.

  1. Can Nebraska slow down VA Tech’s running game? In the first two games the opponents have both rushed for over 100 yards. In order to win on the road NU will need to keep that number to around 100.
  2. How will Zac Lee handle a raucous crowd? Everything is different on the road. Including having fans make noise when you’re trying to call out formations and checks. We will learn a lot about Lee this Saturday. 
  3. Match the Hokies special teams. NU doesn’t have to win this but play it to a draw. Don’t allow a blocked kick or a big return.

This will be the first team that can match Nebraska’s athletic ability. Playing on the road will also present challenges. What you’d really like is for NU to give themselves a chance going to the fourth quarter. If that happens the upset would be there for the taking.    GO BIG RED!!!!

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