2009 Nebraska Game Analysis: Hokies Overcome Tough Day

Share on your favorite social network:
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail to someoneGoogle+share on TumblrShare on Reddit

As usual, much of this article is going to focus on detailing specific plays
– what went right, what went wrong. Yes, the offense was MIA for most of the
game. Yes, the defense has some holes to plug. But the one point worth noting
right at the top is that Tyrod Taylor is a winner. He had an off day for much of
the game, but at the end he dug deep to find that extra something that most
players simply do not have. Will the memorable finish springboard him to that
next level as a college QB? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain – in
those final two minutes, he carried the burden of a frustrating and very
disappointing loss on his shoulders and somehow found a way to make two huge
plays with Nebraska’s monster DT breathing down his neck. And the winner pulled
out an impossible win.

Overall Assessment

Where to start? That last sequence is going to get plenty of attention in
this analysis, as will the relatively unusual defensive game plan used by
Nebraska – with great success for most of the game only to have it fail them at
the end. Let’s save those for a bit.

I
want to start with the trenches. I said it before the game and nothing that
happened on Saturday changed my mind – the combination of Nebraska’s offensive
and defensive lines were better than Alabama’s and will likely be the best
combination of lines Tech will see all season. They were big, powerful,
physical, tough and athletic. Historically, the offensive and defensive lines
were the foundation of those great Nebraska teams of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and
they are well on their way to getting back to that. Those offensive and
defensive lines won most of the trench battles against the Hokies. It’s a rarity
for a team to out-tough the Hokies, but Nebraska got the slight edge there on
Saturday.

There is a strong temptation to explore

...