Nebraska has won 20 straight games under the lights in Memorial Stadium dating back to 2008. Extending that streak won’t be easy as the Huskers host a ninth ranked Wisconsin team that is 4-0. Nebraska coach Mike Riley says the offense needs a balanced attack and must avoid third and long situations against a Wisconsin defense that registered eight sacks in a win over Northwestern.
“The formula for us has to be running the ball and protection”, said Riley. “We can’t let them get off the ground and get in a sack frenzy.”
The Husker defense has made rapid improvement the past few weeks but must contain a Wisconsin offense that combines a powerful ground game with big plays in the passing game.
“You have got to have great eyes defensively and be very sound down the field”, added Riley. “That’s the beauty of what they do. It is the run and the hard play action down the field.”
The Huskers will be getting several injured plays back. Safety Joshua Kalu and linebacker Marcus Newby are set to return and senior corner Chris Jones will play his first game of the season. Jones has been out since undergoing knee surgery in July.
Kickoff in Memorial Stadium is 7:00 p.m. The game will be carried by the Big Ten Network.