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pr_capone
10-04-2008, 01:13 AM
Pelini: Nebraska's goal is shutout versus Missouri

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- To say the least, Bo Pelini has set an ambitious goal for his Nebraska defense against Chase Daniel and the high-scoring Missouri Tigers.

"I've never gone into a game making concessions. I won't start this week," Pelini said Tuesday. "We're going to play the best we possibly can and try to shut them out."

That might sound like crazy talk from the first-year head coach. The fourth-ranked Tigers (4-0) come to town Saturday averaging 54 points and 596 yards a game and a Heisman Trophy contender in Daniel. During one stretch this season, the Tigers scored on 15 straight possessions.

"Phew," cornerback Prince Amukamara said, shaking his head, when told those statistics.

But players are on board with the Pelini party line.

"We're not in it to hold them under 30 points. That's our goal, to stop them," free safety Matt O'Hanlon said. "If we do what we're supposed to do and do it right, it's definitely possible."

Nebraska's defense hasn't exactly been a brick wall this season. In Virginia Tech's win in Lincoln last week, a Hokie offense that ranked 112th nationally put up 35 points and 377 yards.

Defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh saw enough positives to build on against the Tigers.

"This team is definitely capable of shutting them down and putting them in tough situations, which we did in brief instances when we were executing on the same page against Virginia Tech," Suh said.

Missouri decimated Nebraska's defense last year in Columbia. The Tigers rolled up 606 yards in a 41-6 win. Daniel completed 33-of-47 passes for 401 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 72 yards and two TDs on 11 carries.

Former defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove employed a 3-3-5 alignment, with three pass rushers and the other eight defenders dropping back into coverage.

Daniel said after the game that he was surprised the Huskers played only one style of defense the whole game.

"That's like high school stuff," he said then.

O'Hanlon said Daniel's 2007 comment still resonates.

"It gives us that extra motivation," he said. "Last year, we came in with one look and maybe we didn't make as many adjustments as we should have, but this year in coach Pelini's new defense, we'll be making adjustments constantly."

Pelini said the key to controlling the Tigers is pressuring, if not sacking, Daniel. The Huskers also must be ready to make tackles in the open field because of the way Missouri's offense spreads people out. And they can't afford to lose track of running back Derrick Washington, receivers Jeremy Maclin, Jared Perry and Tommy Saunders and tight end Chase Coffman, among others.

Any breakdown, Pelini said, could lead to a quick strike by Missouri. Fourteen of the Tigers' touchdown drives have lasted less than 2 minutes.

In 40 series led by Daniel, the Tigers are yet to go three plays and out. Nebraska's defense, on the other hand, has forced just nine three-and-outs in 53 series.

"He does a nice job," Pelini said of Daniel. "I don't know if he's as good as I've seen. There are a lot of good guys out there. He makes good plays. He runs their offense well. He's well-coached and he makes great decisions."

Nebraska will be best served if it can establish ball control and keep Daniel off the field.

"It's very important when you play a team like Missouri. You want to limit their shots," Pelini said.

Missouri's offense has proved it doesn't need much time to be productive. The Tigers are 115th nationally in time of possession (26:08 average), but they're second in scoring.

Still, Suh said he and his defensive teammates will need help from the Huskers' offense.

"It's always been said that the best defense is to have your offense on the field," Suh said. "That would be great, for them to run the ball down their throats and eat up the clock. The less time I'm on the field, the better."
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KCFalcon59
10-04-2008, 06:59 AM
Ha ha ha Nebraska 21 - Mizzou 77

KChiefs1
10-04-2008, 07:12 AM
NU won't even be able to shut them out in the first quarter.

mikeyis4dcats.
10-04-2008, 07:16 AM
further proof Pelini is a moron.

Dartgod
10-04-2008, 07:24 AM
This statement cracked me up.
"This team is definitely capable of shutting them down and putting them in tough situations, which we did in brief instances when we were executing on the same page against Virginia Tech," Suh said.

Fairplay
10-04-2008, 07:29 AM
Quote form article:
"I've never gone into a game making concessions. I won't start this week," Pelini said Tuesday. "We're going to play the best we possibly can and try to shut them out."

That might sound like crazy talk from the first-year head coach.


LOL, yes, that indeed is crazy talk. :bong:

notorious
10-04-2008, 07:32 AM
"Pelini said the key to controlling the Tigers is pressuring, if not sacking, Daniel. The Huskers also must be ready to make tackles in the open field because of the way Missouri's offense spreads people out. And they can't afford to lose track of running back Derrick Washington, receivers Jeremy Maclin, Jared Perry and Tommy Saunders and tight end Chase Coffman, among others."


Coach Speak.

To stop Missouri, see video of OU. Nebraska can try to emulate what OU's defense did against Mizzou last year except they fall short in a couple of important places : Talent and Coaching.

InChiefsHell
10-04-2008, 07:39 AM
If this is what you call bulletin board material...well...whatever. I don't see any smack talk. A coach saying that their goal on defense is to "try to shut them out"...that's what ANY defense should try to do.

It'd be different if they said Chase Daniels is over rated, and their offense isn't really that good, and that they expect them to come in to Lincoln and pee their pants, THAT would be bulletin board material.

...I still think Nebraska can win this game. Conference play is different. Will they win, I don't know. But they certainly can.

KChiefs1
10-04-2008, 07:42 AM
To stop Missouri, see video of OU.


You need to able to pressure Daniel with your 4 down lineman & have fast LB's who can cover Coffman & DWash underneath while having CB's who are able to keep up with Maclin, Perry & Saunders.

Side Note: Danario Alexander didn't play in last years Big 12 Championship Game & Tony Temple didn't play in the game in Norman...not that it would have mattered.

I still haven't figured out how OU lost to WVU in the Fiesta Bowl last year...didn't look like the same team vs Mizzou.

triple
10-04-2008, 07:45 AM
You need to able to pressure Daniel with your 4 down lineman & have fast LB's who can cover Coffman & DWash underneath while having CB's who are able to keep you with Maclin & Perry. You also need to be "up" for the game...OU had all of that going for them in both games last year.

I still haven't figured out how OU lost to WVU in the Fiesta Bowl last year.

OU had so much power on the defensive line that they got pressure on every down almost just from their down linemen like you say. I doubt Nebraska has the talent to just plow over them, as well as to cover all the threats at once.

Daniel is such an efficient passer that he will find people unless you are capable of taking everything away at once.

notorious
10-04-2008, 09:05 AM
I still haven't figured out how OU lost to WVU in the Fiesta Bowl last year...didn't look like the same team vs Mizzou.

WVU runs an offense that is very similar to the offense KSU ran for years under Snyder. That offense gave OU fits even when KSU was definately outmatched. Spread the offense out, let the ball runner pick his hole, and take advantage of overpursuing OU LB's. Both WVU and KSU avoided the OU strength, the D-Line, unless they ran an underneath screen or delayed draw.

Mizzou will have problems with OU until they can take advantage of that soft underneath of OU. Until then Ou will T-Off on Mizzou with an aggresive pass rush and have the secondary jumping the throwing lanes.

My insights are just BS coming from a non-coach, college football loving fan, so take it for what it's worth. :)

Bowser
10-04-2008, 02:07 PM
Pelini acts like a kid who has a 14th level Ranger, proclaiming to his friends that the prom queen WILL kiss him before the school year is out.

If this is what you call bulletin board material...well...whatever. I don't see any smack talk. A coach saying that their goal on defense is to "try to shut them out"...that's what ANY defense should try to do.

It'd be different if they said Chase Daniels is over rated, and their offense isn't really that good, and that they expect them to come in to Lincoln and pee their pants, THAT would be bulletin board material.

...I still think Nebraska can win this game. Conference play is different. Will they win, I don't know. But they certainly can.

Nebraska is most likely two seasons away from anything significant in the Big XII. They'll get there, just not this year.

JASONSAUTO
10-04-2008, 02:10 PM
wonder who pelini would say is better than chase?

Guru
10-04-2008, 02:35 PM
That is some funny shit there.

Sam Hall
10-04-2008, 04:43 PM
If this is what you call bulletin board material...well...whatever. I don't see any smack talk. A coach saying that their goal on defense is to "try to shut them out"...that's what ANY defense should try to do.

It'd be different if they said Chase Daniels is over rated, and their offense isn't really that good, and that they expect them to come in to Lincoln and pee their pants, THAT would be bulletin board material.

Exactly. I'd be worried if Bo didn't show confidence in the team.

Bowser
10-04-2008, 04:47 PM
At least he didn't sound like the new Raiders coach and say "I don't care if we beat them 1-0...."

KcMizzou
10-04-2008, 04:51 PM
Yeah... I don't see what the big deal is. They're going to try to shut Mizzou out... so what? That's the defense's job. It wasn't like he made a prediction.

kstater
10-04-2008, 07:16 PM
oops