Not only was Colorado dominant, but critical turnovers by the offense once again proved detrimental in keeping possession away from the high-tempo Colorado squad. As long as Nebraska keeps losing the turnover game, they’ll struggle to earn their first win of the season.
Below are the highest and lowest grades on offense and defense in the Cornhuskers loss to Colorado. Nebraska now prepares to play Northern Illinois at Memorial Stadium this Saturday at 6:00 p.m. The game can be seen on FS1.
Transfer receiver, Billy Kemp led all pass-catchers for Nebraska in their loss on Saturday. Used in the slot rather than out wide, Kemp saw seven targets on the afternoon, with Fidone second best at four targets. Everyone else had two targets.
As long as Jeff Sims continues to turn the ball over, Nebraska will lose. In week 1 it was interceptions, and in Week 2 we saw him fumble the snap twice and fumble the handoff once. These are fundamental aspects of the offense and need to be addressed immediately.
Nash Hutmacher was one of the Husker’s more effective pass rushers as he got to the quarterback five times but failed to touch him, only flushed him away and forced an early throw. However, Hutmacher needs to be more forceful as a tackler because he missed more than he brought down, as his only tackle was an assisted one and missed two.
After being ejected in the loss to Minnesota, Ty Robinson did himself no favors by being a net negative in the run game. Yes, Robinson got two tackles and hurried the quarterback, but the Colorado ground game just went right through Robinson’s area.
Jeff Sims (NEB) – 9 for 15, 106 yds, 1 int
Shedeur Sanders (COL) – 31 for 43, 393 yds, 2 td
Gabe Ervin Jr. (NEB) – 16 carries, 77 yds,
Dylan Edwards (COL) – 9 carries, 55 yds
Billy Kemp (NEB) – 5 rec, 57 yds
Xavier Weaver (COL) – 10 rec, 170 yds, 1 td
Isaac Gifford (NEB) – 8 tackles
Malcolm Hartzog (NEB) – 6 tackles
Omarion Cooper (COL) – 6 tackles
Cam’Ron Salmon-Craig (NEB) – 3 tackles, 1 int