September 23, 2007

Nebraska defense looking for answers

Last Tuesday, Nebraska cornerback Zack Bowman voluntarily stripped himself of his Blackshirt. The senior co-captain said his play in the Huskers' 49-31 loss to Southern California was unworthy of the black practice jersey that's traditionally awarded to members of Nebraska's first-team defense.

Following the Huskers' 41-40 victory over Ball State on Saturday, it wouldn't be surprising to see some of Bowman's teammates on the first team defensive unit give up their Blackshirts as well.

A week after being manhandled on national television by No. 1 USC, the Blackshirts gave up 610 yards of offense to Ball State, a team from the Mid-American Conference that ranked in the middle of the pack in most NCAA offensive categories heading into Saturday's game at Memorial Stadium.

Against the Huskers, the Cardinals and their mobile quarterback, Nate Davis, moved the ball at will against the Blackshirts. Davis completed 26-of-43 passes for 422 yards and three touchdowns. Ball State also rushed for 188 yards.

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