August 28, 2001
Frogs surprise experts, impress Nebraska coach
By Brandon Ortiz
Throughout the off-season, head coach Gary Patterson called
Saturdays game against Nebraska a measuring stick.
lose, the game represented a chance for the Horned Frogs to
evaluate how far the program has come against one of the best
schools in the country. The Frogs lost, 21-7, but put up a
better showing than many experts anticipated.
TO THE SKIFF
Nebraska linebacker Mark Vedral chases down sophomore
tailback Ricky Madison. Madison was limited to 33 yards
rushing on 18 carries, an average of 1.8 yards an attempt.
The Frogs overall had 56 yards rushing.
1/2 quarters Saturday, the Frogs were only six points behind
the fourth-ranked team in the country and a program that has
posted 32 consecutive nine-win or more seasons. This is despite
Horned Frogs starting quarterback, junior Casey Printers,
was hobbling with a strained quadriceps, sophomore defensive
end Bo Schobel tore his right anterior cruciate ligament and
senior tight end Matt Schobels hamstring was bothering
thought our kids fought hard, Patterson said. I
thought with a younger football team, we came in and after
the initial shock of being in front of 78,000 and playing
a team like Nebraska, I thought they settled down, especially
on defense we played hard. I think even offensively, we will
keep growing and the offensive line will give ourselves a
defense definitely gave the team a chance to win Saturday.
The defense had whipped around the offense in preseason scrimmages,
but odds makers did not anticipate the Frogs having the same
kind of results against the mighty Huskers, who averaged 41.5
points a game and 459.9 yards total offense last year. The
Frogs defense dominated the second quarter, holding
the Huskers to negative 20 yards rushing and 310 total yards
for the game.
head coach Frank Solich was impressed with the Frogs
play on defense.
are a very physical football team, Solich said. They
were a very good defensive team last season, statistically
they were the best. We had too many plays that went for minus
were expected to lose by 28 points. Even though the game was
closer than expected, senior linebacker Chad Bayer took no
pride in the loss.
really cant feel good after losing a game, Bayer
said. I think the defense played OK, but not to the
best of our ability. We have some things to work on. Nebraska
found a lot of our weak spots.
Frogs also managed to find Nebraskas weak spots, giving
Solich many fits.
didnt pick things up well inside, but we did get back
to where the option played a very big part in the second half,
Solich said. Our power game struggled.
said the Frogs experience playing the option helped.
we got our option responsibilities down, we felt like that
one of the things people are scared to do against the option
is they are scared to blitz it, Patterson said. Because
we play against it in practice, we understand a little bit
more about it.
were able to take some chances and got fortunate on some plays
and (Nebraska) lost yardage.
may not have pulled off the upset, but they performed better
than anyone expected except themselves.
knew that the game is played on the field, Printers
said. The field is a 100 yards long, just like our field
is a 100 yards long. Thats how we approached it. We
didnt look at them as these gods that couldnt