It’s always a great Saturday when Nebraska football is able to pull out a win. They did so against Fordham by a 52-7 margin. There were many good things that led to the Nebraska victory, one of them being the running game.
In what harkened back to football of long ago, Nebraska established tempo and tone via the run. They totaled 329 yards on the ground, and they received many contributions from various players. The biggest contributions came from transfer Markese Stepp. He carried the ball 18 times for 101 yards, averaging 5.6 yards per carry.
Logan Smothers ran the ball four times for 36 yards, while Sevion Morrison and Marvin Scott each had two touchdowns on the day. It was a complete effort from the entire running back room, something that was missed last week against Illinois.
To me, the running back contributions represented exactly what Nebraska wants from not just their running backs but the entire program. They want to play that tough brand of football. They were able to do it on Saturday. It was great to see them stick to it, and allow the running backs to get into a rhythm.
Several running backs shine brightly
In addition to that, the running backs ran downhill and hit the holes immediately. I was really impressed with the running efforts of Stepp and Morrison. They showed how valuable they are to the running back room. They have a unique combination of physicality and speed that should be able to help them succeed. They were able to take the ball into the end zone, and finished off important red zone drives.
I really hope that Nebraska football program sticks to the running game, because it can be fruitful. There is a lot of depth of their, and that certainly paid off against the Rams. The running game brought toughness to the offense, and that is something Nebraska football will definitely need moving forward.
I will be intrigued to see how big of a role the running game plays for the rest of the season. We saw just how valuable the running game can be. It allowed Adrian Martinez and the other quarterbacks to get into a rhythm. It also allowed the running game to really assert itself. Right from the outset, Nebraska football made it clear that they wanted to run the ball. They stuck to it, and the results were extremely fruitful.