It has been a rough start for Bob Diaco’s new 3-4 defense at Nebraska. After giving up 78 points and more than one thousand yards in the first two games the Huskers face another up-tempo, spread the field offense when they host Northern Illinois.
“This is 53 and a third, the race for space and find the guy with the ball”, said Diaco. “There is very little difference.”
The Huskies will be without starting quarterback Ryan Graham. He suffered an elbow injury in a season opening loss to Boston College and missed last week’s victory over Eastern Illinois. Daniel Santacaterina passed for 252 yards and three touchdowns in the win over the Panthers.
Although Northern Illinois has started two different quarterbacks in its first two contests, Diaco said the Huskies’ offense philosophy has been consistent in the early going.
“They are actually very similar guys,” Diaco said. “They are similar physically. The offense does not seem to change at all based on one or the other.”
Despite the eye popping numbers in the first two games Diaco says the defense is making progress.
“And it doesn’t look like it should look and the points don’t look like they should look but we are getting better.”