Losing the lid
As if the new helmet rule isn’t annoying enough, it just makes it worse when the referee has to stop and make an announcement each time. Both teams seemed well-versed in the process; as soon as a player’s helmet popped off, he hurried off the field without having to be told. The only time the action stopped was when the ref had to tell us what we already knew.
Catching some chemistry
Liked what I saw from Nebraska’s receivers, and that was in the interview room. One by one, they congratulated each other on the day. Kenny Bell couldn’t stop gushing about senior Steven Osborne’s two catches, including a touchdown. Bell said the receivers have a very friendly yet intense competition. There’s a lot of good chemistry there. If they continue to catch the ball like Saturday, the running game will roll and this will be the best offense in the Big Ten. It might already be.
Only two penalties and no turnovers (though Southern Miss dropped what looked like an easy pick-six). That’s not easy to do in an opener.
Giving up a 100-yard kick return and Brett Maher missing two field goals of 44 and 41 yards. NU’s kickers have spoiled us. But kickers get in slumps, too. Let’s hope that isn’t the case here. Meanwhile, NU’s kick coverage is such that Maher should just boot it through the end zone.