Nebraska intern Brenden Stai had some interesting takes Friday at the Big Red Breakfast while previewing Saturday’s game with Michigan State.
The Spartans come into the 2:30 p.m. game ranked 14th and 16th nationally, lead the Legends Division with an unbeaten Big Ten record and currently are allowing fewer rushing yards and total yards than any team in the country.
But Nebraska (7-2, 4-1) still can control its own destiny by beating the Spartans (8-1, 5-0).
From Stai, the former NU and NFL offensive lineman who was an All-American on the Huskers’ 1994 national championship team:
>> On Michigan State: They’re coming into our place and they’ve got everything to lose. There’s more pressure on them right now than there is on us.”
>> Stai said there’s plenty of on-field chatter with the Spartans: “Lot of talking. Lot of talking. Once you get up on Michigan State, they stop the chirping.”
>> On Michigan State allowing just 43.4 rushing yards and 210.2 total yards per game, as well as 11.6 points: “It’s incredible the numbers that they’re putting up.”
>> Stai said the injuries to NU quarterback Taylor Martinez and several offensive linemen create some parallels to the 1994 team that dealt with Tommie Frazier and Brook Berringer being injured. “Guys stepped up where they needed to step up. It was very similar to what’s happening to us now.”
We’ll post a full report from the Big Red Breakfast later.
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Video: Nebraska coach Bo Pelini discusses the Michigan State game Thursday: