Mike Riley knows how tough it is to win in Autzen Stadium. In his 14 years as the head coach at Oregon State Riley posted one win in seven trips to Eugene. For the Huskers to get it done the recipe is simple. The offense must be balanced and handle the crowd noise and the defense must slow down a run game that was part of a 703 yard explosion in a 77-21 win over Southern Utah.
“We have to stop the run or control it as best we can and we really have to manage well explosive plays”, said Riley. “That’s the game right there.”
The Huskers defense gave up nearly 500 yards in last week’s 43-36 win over Arkansas State and must now defend an Oregon offense that will try to spread the field to create gaps.
“It is a triple option attack so to speak”, said Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco. “You have dive, alley and force being attacked on every down. They will do some things to stretch you vertically off of play action pass which creates another challenge.”
It will be a homecoming of sorts for Riley and several assistants who were with him at Oregon State.
“I embrace things like this as pretty unique personal opportunities that are just that. They are personal”, added Riley. “This is not about me going back to Oregon this is about the Nebraska team playing the Ducks.”
Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. The game will be carried by FOX.