Published Sunday, September 1, 2013 AT 12:01 AM / Updated at 12:59 AM
Tom’s Takes: Nebraska 37, Wyoming 34
Tom Shatel Omaha World-Herald

Lot to like: Nebraska running game. Imani Cross was in beast mode. Terrell Newby showed toughness and explosiveness. The offensive line looked strong in the power game. Also: Corner Stanley Jean-Baptiste had a strong game, including a first-quarter pick.

Not so much: Lack of sharpness and urgency in the offensive execution and play-calling. If this is a special group, Tim Beck didn’t seem eager to show it. Holding back for UCLA? No. I know Beck trusts his group. Hope he shows it from here on out. Also: the roughing the passer penalty on defensive end Randy Gregory. Roughing the passer on a sack? Bogus call.

Harry Grimminger Award: Grimminger was an All-America guard who was named the player of the game against UCLA in 1984 for his blocking. I’d like to recognize someone who isn’t always in the highlights. In this case, I gotta go with punter Sam Foltz, who averaged 45.6 yards on five punts, including 56 yards on his first punt. Has anyone ever had a 56-yard punt on his first try in the season opener?

Bottom line: Nebraska won. Tim Beck probably won’t be that conservative again. The defense will improve, but will have growing pains. Southern Miss lost to Texas State. We won’t know much about NU until UCLA comes to town. But we expect a lot sharper game against the Eagles next week.

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