I mentioned way back in the Wyoming write up that I had pretty substantial concerns about the interior OL. Unfortunately, with Nick Gates now working on one leg and David Knevel dealing with his own injuries, those concerns have now spread to the entire offensive line. Not exactly what you want in October staring down the barrel at two straight games against top 15 teams.
There was no escaping that it was a complete s*^&show against Purdue for much of the game. With 484 yards and 27 points, the overall numbers weren’t horrible. But it’s how Nebraska reached those totals that is increasingly becoming the problem. Nebraska’s inside zone series, the base of its entire run game, has started to go off the rails. A bunch of plays going for 2 yards or less before finally popping one for big yards. That makes the box score look good, but it also means a lot of punts until you bust one of those big runs. Such is life with the state of Nebraska’s offensive line right now.
Let’s take a look at how Nebraska squeezed as much as it could out of its offense on Saturday against Purdue.