Well, that Arkansas State game was one way to accelerate the season from 0 – Chaos and Despair in the span of 60 minutes that felt like four hours.
Oh wait, that game was four hours long.
After a slightly shaky start, the Huskers got on a roll and Mike Riley was pumped.
But near the end of the fourth quarter he was suddenly too old for this shit.
By now, Husker Nation should be used to season openers that are full of stomach churning drama but it never gets any easier seeing the season flash before our collective eyes before it even has a chance to get started.
As dramatic as Arkansas State’s final push was on the field, the real drama of the night happened in the press room when new defensive coordinator Bob Diaco declined to talk about his defense that gave up 497 yards, most of which came on 46 completed passes that felt like one paper cut after another.
Just so y'all know: Bob Diaco didn't talk tonight. He told reporters "excuse me" as he went to the elevator.
— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) September 3, 2017
No. 4: Bob Diaco skipping away from the media looks bad.. again, I don't what was said, but we, the media, need answer for that poor showing
— Ryan David Edwards 🦏 (@ByRyanEdwards) September 3, 2017
— World-Herald Big Red (@OWHbigred) September 3, 2017
Apparently, each member of the NU media is required by law to tell whether or not Bob Diaco speaks to them.
— Dave Feit (@FeitCanWrite) September 3, 2017
The butt hurt media got their wish and finally heard from Coach D. yesterday and boy did they ever. It’s safe to say he won’t be treating the World-Herald staff to lunch anytime soon.
So, to go back to the game, here are some random thoughts in a semi-particular order:
Hasta Luego YOLObomb: Laser Guided Bomb isn’t quite as catchy as YOLObomb but holy shit does Tanner Lee know how to throw a football. Along with a 44 yard precision strike to notch his first TD pass as a Husker, he showed deft touch on swing passes that often fell incomplete in previous seasons.
— Derek Peterson (@DrPeteyHV) September 3, 2017
Tre Bryant: In one night he eclipsed his 2016 rushing total with 192 yards on 31 carries and was the biggest surprise of the night in a night full of surprises on the offensive side of the ball.
The Jet Sweep: After two years fruitless of watching DPE get stuffed at the line of scrimmage, it finally worked. And it would have been a touchdown too if it weren’t for that meddling sideline.
— Big Red Fury (@BigRed_Fury) September 3, 2017
NUMBERS TO IMPRESS YOUR FRIENDS WITH
225: The Huskers’ rushing total.
238: The Huskers’ yardage through the air.
Can you say balanced offense?
MIKE RILEY’S BALLOON WATCH
No game recap that comes three days after the fact is complete without checking in on the state of Mike Riley.
This is Coach Riley when all is well with the Huskers.
And here’s the mood heading into Saturday’s showdown with Oregon.
Buckle up. It’s going to be a wild season.