November 24, 2006

Your complete breakdown of the Colorado game

Memorial Stadium celebrated their first Big 12 North Championship since 1999 and the Nebraska football team walked of the field to the song "Kansas City hear I come."

Nebraska's (9-3, 6-2) 37-14 win over Colorado (2-10, 2-8) on Friday capped off a perfect 3-0 month of November for the Huskers and NU will travel to Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium next Saturday to take on either Oklahoma or Texas in the Big 12 Championship game.

"This was a great team win for our football team today," NU head coach Bill Callahan said. "I was really proud of the way we came off the bye and executed in so many areas. There were contributions across the board that we are extremely proud of, especially our special teams and the way they stepped up; our defense and Adam Carriker and the way he played; our offense and the way we executed at times. Overall, it was just an excellent team win for us. We're excited about going to Arrowhead (Stadium) and being part of the championship game. We are excited to represent the North and do our best.

"I was really proud of the way we came back in the second half. We talked about our second-half execution and performance at great lengths in this bye, and I was very pleased the way we came out in the second half and gained some momentum and captured the lead and took over at the end."

Friday's game was dead locked at 14-14 and it one point it appeared Colorado was taking the momentum when they got the ball back with a chance to take the lead in the third quarter.

It was series of trick plays Callahan called on Friday that opened up the game for the Huskers and paved the way for NU's victory.

"It's exciting," offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said of the execution of the trick plays. "It's fun for your kids and the kids know you're trying to do everything to win the game and they gain confidence from it and they have fun doing it.

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