Published Friday, November 9, 2012 AT 9:46 AM / Updated at 2:50 PM
Nittany Lions good at taking lead, then grinding away
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis knows one thing the Huskers might not want to do Saturday against Penn State: Get behind.

And the Nittany Lions have been pretty good at jumping ahead of their opponents this season.

“They’re going to try to shorten the football game,” Papuchis said at the Big Red Breakfast. “There’s no question about it. They want it to be where they have the time of possession probably from 35 to 40 minutes, and we can’t allow that to happen.”

Penn State has outscored teams 76-3 in the first quarter this season. Papuchis said the Lions’ mentality is to “get out to a lead, then grind the clock for the rest of the way and get out of there with a win.”

Nebraska, meanwhile, has gone the comeback route in three of its four Big Ten wins. But the Huskers also are outscoring opponents 104-49 in the first quarter.

“If we can get out front,” Papuchis said, “I feel great about the way things are.”

Here’s our complete story from Papuchis’ appearance at the Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel and Convention Center.

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