Washington Game Review by Calvin Jones
Nebraska 51 Washington 38
I wanted to get to the Washington game this week fast. After last week’s performance against Fresno St, I had more questions than answers. The Huskers answered a lot of those questions. It started with the opening kickoff. A 48yd kick-off return by RB Ameer Abdullah. Who, by the way I have been rooting for to get some snaps on the offense the last couple of weeks. He along with our other two talented freshmen RB Aaron Green, Breyland Heard had their coming out party.
On offense they started right away. First play we ran on offense was a play action option pass that resulted in a 50 yd reception by Kenny Bell. The 2nd play was a FB Flat and Tyler Legate (former walk-on) makes the catch and we score our first TD of the game in 34 seconds. It was short lived because the Blackshirts allowed Washington to score on their first possession of the game. Washington QB’s Keith Price connected with WR Jermaine Kearse on a 38 yd pass in which CB Andrew Green bit on the out move of an out and up pattern. CB Andrew Green ended up having a long day on defense. Washington on offense used a lot of motion/movement to get into their formations which caused problems for are young defensive secondary all day.
On Washington’s 3rd possession of the game LB Lavonte David made an interception with 5:16 minutes left in the first quarter, but the offense couldn’t turn it into points. The score was Neb 10, Wash 7 at that point. Washington came out their next possession and scored. We had a blown coverage by CB Andrew Green in the secondary which Price and Kearse took advantage of again.
In the 2nd quarter RB Ameer Abdullah did his thing again when it comes to returning kick offs. He returned it all the way down to Washington’s 34 yd line. And then another name we’ve been hearing, Aaron Green, about got his first touchdown as a Husker. Green ran a wheel route and with his speed Washington LB couldn’t keep up with him and even though Green almost stepped out of bounds he stayed in to get 1 of 2 TD’s he had on the day.
Coming out of halftime we put a nine play drive together in which Burkehead score from 1yd out with 10:18 left in the 3rd quarter. Then the momentum quickly changed when Bret Maher kicked off and Washington return men Sankey and Smith couldn’t handle the kick off and Matthew May recovered the ball on Washington’s 1yd line. The next play Burkehead ran it in from 1yd out for his second TD on the day making it Nebraska 34 Washington 17. We had scored 14 points in 9 seconds and was in control of the game. On Washington’s next series the Blackshirts Cameron Meredith came up big on 4th and 2 stopping Washington from getting the 1st down.
In the 4th quarter we were able to get some of the young guys some game experience which will be needed going forward. Even though we gave up some points on defense in the 4th quarter we will make the necessary adjustments and we will be better prepared going forward.