Penn State challenged both Nebraska’s toughness and its preparation last week, according to Tim Beck, and the Huskers’ offensive coordinator called the Nittany Lions “probably as well-rounded of a football team as we’ve played.”
“It was a grueling game,” Beck said Friday at the Big Red Breakfast. “It was a physical, physical, physical ballgame.”
What made it tougher for the NU offense during the 32-23 victory was that Beck said the Penn State defense showed some things different than what the Huskers had seen in film study.
“A lot of people say, ‘Coach, how come you guys start so slow? What happened?’ ” Beck said. “Part of it is we spend all this time, all these hours, to come up with this great game plan, and we go out on the field and they’re completely different.”
For example, Beck said on one play that the Nittany Lions blitzed their strongside linebacker, strong safety and a cornerback from the same side all at once.
“And I’m thinking: Who does that? I’ve never seen that,” Beck said.
Beck also told the crowd at the Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel and Convention Center that Nebraska (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) better be focused Saturday on Minnesota, and not on the potential trip to the Big Ten championship game on Dec. 1.
“They’re 6-4, bowl eligible, they’re 25th in the country in total defense,” Beck said. “They’re a good football team. They play hard. They’re going to get after us. There’s no question about it. It’s been a good week of practice, but you’ve got to play.”