There were many things to like about the Nebraska football victory on Saturday night. Nevertheless, one thing in particular stood out. The play of the defense was stout, and was a notch in the belt for interim defensive coordinator Bill Busch.
For starters, the defense only gave up 290 total yards. That was a vast improvement compared to the first three weeks of the season.
Secondly, Nebraska football really buckled down in the second half. There was a point towards the end of the first half where things started to get a bit concerning. Indiana’s Jaylin Lucas was featured heavily towards the end of the first half, and he made several big plays. This included a 34-yard run, and the drive ended in a touchdown. The speedster was really slicing and dicing the Nebraska defense.
A tale of two halves or Nebraska football
However, the defense really tightened up in the second half and played strong. Luke Reimer’s interception was a big turning point in this game. Although the Nebraska offense gave the football right back following the interception, the defense held strong and was able to force a punt the ensuing drive. They made the Indiana defense punt their next four drives.
Although it may seem kind of silly to be happy about this, this was a sign of defensive progress. They didn’t try to make things too complicated with schemes. They lined up and ran to the football. it didn’t seem as though there were players out of place. The entire unit seemed comfortable with where they were. It seemed like everybody had a firm grasp on where they were supposed to be, and understood their assignment.
For that, I give Busch a ton of credit. His unit came to play. It would have been easy for this entire unit to kind of give up and not buy in. However, the defense really brought in on Saturday, and it showed. There was cohesiveness, and there was execution. Even when things looked like they were going wrong towards the end of the second quarter, they didn’t give up. They continued to play hard and focused the entire game. it was a step in the right direction, and was a welcome change from previous regimes.
I tip my cap to you, Bill Busch. You, as well as your players, rose to the challenge.