Last week in the Huskers loss to Va Tech, they didn’t have many opportunities to run the ball, needing to battle back from a 28-10 deficit, but running backs coach Tim Beck hopes they have that chance this weekend, as the Huskers try to control the clock more against Missouri and while some fans are a little down on Marlon Lucky, Beck says all three backs will share time.
Through the first four games of the season. Lucky has had 42 carries for a 4.4 yards per carry average. Helu, 27 carries and a 6.1 average. Castille, 25 carries, his average down to 3.8. I think it will be important to not only get Lucky his carries, but a good mixture of Helu. If possible a nice 60-40 mix. Throw in a little Joe Ganz play action. I know the Huskers want to run, but Missouri is strong on the defensive line and at linebacker, they are pretty tough at stopping the run. Outside of their safety William Moore, I think you can attack this Missouri secondary. Maybe that’s where the play fakes come in.
So far, not many teams have been able to keep up with Mizzou’s offense and I agree with the philosophy you keep their offense off the field, they can’t score, but ball control will work only if NU has a lead because the problem is Missouri scores so fast. What happens is you fall a couple of scores behind them, your clock control ends up hurting you because you need to get points on the board to get back in the game. If the Huskers can pressure Daniel, force some mistakes, then control the clock maybe they pull off the upset. Not sure how this game will turn out, but the Huskers will play better than 41-6.