Published Saturday, September 1, 2012 AT 7:36 PM / Updated at 8:59 PM
Nebraska-Southern Miss: Game replay
Dirk Chatelain Omaha World-Herald

>> Bad call I: Not sure why college football officials are so reluctant to flag defenses for pass interference. The Huskers’ passing numbers could’ve been even better had the zebras flagged Southern Mississippi on a Taylor Martinez pass to Kyler Reed near the end zone in the second quarter.

>> Bad call II: The coaching decision to split snaps among not two, but three Southern Miss quarterbacks was ill-advised. It disrupted any rhythm the Golden Eagles developed. Anthony Alford played the best — and should’ve played the whole second half.

>> What was that? Martinez sparkled in the passing game, but he got away with a big mistake midway through the first quarter. On second-and-3, Martinez audibled to a quick throw to Kenny Bell. But the play developed slowly, and Martinez threw the ball right into the arms of a Southern Miss cornerback. Good thing he dropped it. Deron Wilson likely would’ve scored.

>> Noticed: A slow day for Sean Fisher. The senior strongside linebacker won’t see much action when opponents spread the field with receivers. The Southern Miss strategy prompted Nebraska to use nickel back Ciante Evans.

>> Rave review: Nebraska’s offensive line was the talk of fall camp. Did it have enough talent and depth to support all of those skill players? At least in game one, the answer was a resounding yes. Kudos, especially, to Brent Qvale, who made his first start at the all-important left tackle spot.

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  1. Daniel Jackman says:

    Professional reporters doesn’t criticize officiating. While these officials try to do their best, they are simply part of the game. They don’t cost either team a game. Any call they make is one of many decisions by many people over the course of the game. Their one call right or wrong, did effect the outcome of the game one way or the other. And, I would suggest, unless you have officiated for years and at this level (or even any level of organized sports competition), I suggest you keep these journalistic criticisms to yourself and not lower the standard of your article, your paper and your news organization. Respectfully,

    1. John Doe says:

      You should work on your English before you criticize a journalist. Unless you’ve written an article at this level (or any level), I suggest you keep the criticisms to yourself and not lower the standard of your comment.

    2. Chuck Norris Husker says:

      This is a BLOG. This is not a news report.

      It befuddles me that these blog newcomers have to be constantly reminded of this.