11.03.2011 / The Husker hope to pick up their 8th win against Northwestern this weekend. Posting by Greg Sharpe, The Voice of the Huskers.

What a Saturday for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. In their most complete game of the year Nebraska roughed up Michigan State 24 to 3. The win allows the Huskers to control their own destiny as far as winning the legends division.

"Look for Nebraska to control the ball and the clock in this one"

The Huskers dominating defensive performance also opened the closet for the black shirts to come out for the first time this season. On Monday 20 players were awarded the coveted black practice jerseys. +That group will be challenged this week by a talented Northwestern offense that averages 31 points per game. This will be the highest scoring group that Nebraska has faced since the Wisconsin game back on October the 1st.

The Wildcats are lead by quarterback Dan Persa. The preseason Heisman candidate has been recovering all season long from an Achilles injury from last year. Persa is completing a whopping 75% of his passes with nine touchdown passes.  14 different players have caught a pass this season for Northwestern including Kain Colter who also serves as Persa’s back up quarterback. Colter is also the teams leading rusher.
Offense has not been this team’s problem. It’s the other side of the ball that has prevented the Wildcats from having a better record. Northwestern is 11th in the Big 10 in total defense, surrendering over 430 yards per game and 31 points per contest.
Northwestern has had a really tough time stopping the run. Their opponents are averaging 193 yards per game on the ground. Meanwhile the Huskers are racking up a Big 10’s best 252 yards per game on the ground this season.

Look for Nebraska to control the ball and the clock in this one, and while Northwestern will score some points it won’t be enough to stop the Big Red from picking up their 8th win of the season. 

Go Big Red!!!

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