Seven interceptions in the last two games have plagued the Nebraska offense in the last two games but so has a lack of execution on third down. The Huskers rank 112 out of 129 teams in the FBS and are converting on just 32 percent of third down opportunities. It is an area of emphasis this week as they get ready to host Rutgers in their Big Ten opener.
“We had two third and twos early in the game and did not get them last week”, said Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf. “Those are more than manageable and those are critical.”
Quarterback Tanner Lee says more consistency from the offense will help on third down
“Completing balls and picking up yards and moving the chains”, said Lee. “If you stay out of third and long and keep it under third and five your percentages will be much higher. We have got to do better on first and second down and that will help our third down percentage.”
Langsdorf says giving Lee more time to throw will help on third down and cut the number of turnovers. It is an area that involves more than just the offensive line.
“That has got to improve by everybody”, added Langsdorf. “By how we scheme it and help it. How we have a tight end chipping or a back helping or sliding to a problem. All of those things have got to continue to improve.”