Well, that was certainly a much better way to start a season.
Between the combination of Mike Riley apparently spending his off-season reading each and every one of his emails with a subject header of “Run the damn ball” and Fresno State being Fresno State, the Huskers gave fans exactly what they wanted to see- a dominating victory by the Big Red.
With enough subtle miscues and missed opportunities to have things to complain about, of course.
The Huskers ran the ball 80% of the time and limited Tommy Armstrong to only 10 passing attempts in a throwback to the era of that other Tommie.
Is this a game plan the Huskers will stick with all year? Who knows? It was just great to see they were able to roll Fresno State without having to empty the playbook. The less details that can be revealed to Oregon the better.
Compared to last season, it was so refreshing to be able to kick back and enjoy the game without the possibility of a brutal, gut wrenching last second defeat entering the picture.
Our Californians for Nebraska watch site was packed from wall-to-wall and felt like the first day of school. Conversations from last season picked up right where they left off. There were handshakes, high fives, and new faces all around.
Hopefully the crowds will keep going because November’s showdown with Ohio State will be interesting to say the least. Our local spot is also an Ohio State bar.
Look for us on the next episode of the Big Red Cobcast.
— Big Red Fury (@BigRed_Fury) September 4, 2016
Or in jail…
Football games make me want to fight people
— Leslie Micek (@lesmicek) September 4, 2016
Funny how bogus targeting calls can do that.
Mike Riley’s Balloon Watch:
All is well in Lincoln for another week.
Our Score Prediction:
One of Hollywood Blvd’s many Spider-Men made the call.
— Big Red Fury (@BigRed_Fury) September 3, 2016
Spidey’s 42-21 final was averaged out from our predictions in our season preview. Not a bad way to start the season.
The last time Nebraska played Fresno State: We were there in Fresno and crashed the Abdullah family tailgate and wrote about it in one of this site’s first posts. You can take a stroll down Husker memory lane here.
NUMBERS TO IMPRESS YOUR FRIENDS WITH
2: Number of sacks by Dapper Ross Dzuris.
114: Tommy Armstrong and Ryker Fyfe’s combined passing total was Nebraska’s lowest in a season opener since Jamal Lord(!) threw for 78 yards in the 2003 opener against Oklahoma State. The Huskers won that game 17-7.
103: Devine Ozigbo ran for 103 yards on 17 carries. Last season, the Huskers didn’t have a hundred yard rusher until game seven when Terrell Newby put up 116 against Minnesota.
CORRECTION: Newby went HAM against South Alabama and broke off 198 yards in the second game of last season. Let this be a lesson, kids. Don’t comb trough game stats while you’re still drunk from the game.
8: Chris Jones, number 8 in your program and number 1 in your heart, continued his interception streak that started in the Foster Farms Bowl. Like his pick against UCLA, last night’s also came in the end zone.
51-13: The Huskers’ run to pass ratio. That outta shut up your cranky uncle for at least a day.
0: Number of turnovers committed by the Huskers.
27: The tribute to Sam Foltz was everything you hoped it would be and then some. Its poignancy was felt all the way out here in California. As the Huskers lined up in formation for their first punt, fans quickly noticed who was missing and the din of a packed bar instantly went silent.