With Fresno State sporting a 13-game home winning streak, currently the second-longest in the nation behind Northern Illinois’ 27-game streak, this might be the most anticipated home game since 2008 when the 10th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers rolled into Bulldog Stadium to face No. 21 Fresno State in its home opener. That was the last time the Bulldogs sold out a home opener.
It will be a full house tonight at 9:30 Central when both teams kick off.
Over this 13-game home winning streak, the `Dogs have played great in all phases and outscored opponents by an average margin of 23 points while racking up 561.7 total yards per game.
The keys to the game for Fresno State are playing fast and taking care of the ball on offense, creating turnovers and tackling on defense and in special teams finding a way to make a play whether it be on a return, in coverage or in the kicking game.
The first and only time the Bulldogs played the Huskers back in 2011, it was a play in special teams that launched Nebraska to the victory. Fresno State had just pulled within two points on fourth-quarter touchdown catch by Harper, but Ameer Abdullah returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and the then 10th-ranked Huskers went on to win 42-29.
The Huskers head to Fresno with a 2-0 record after escaping with a 31-24 victory over McNeese State last Saturday in Lincoln. Senior I-back Ameer Abdullah supplied the winning margin on a highlight-reel 58-yard catch and run for a touchdown with 20 seconds remaining. The win marked Nebraska’s 10th straight victory in games decided by seven or fewer points dating back to September of 2012.
Nebraska has started 2-0 for the sixth time in Bo Pelini’s seven seasons as head coach, and will be looking for its first 3-0 start to a season since 2011. Nebraska will also be looking for a win in its road opener for the second straight year.