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    Ben Bruns: How to stop the Huskers

    Great stuff as always by Ben Bruns this week. Go inside the X's and O's to see exactly what ISU will have to do to slow down that potent Husker rushing attack.

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    Re: Ben Bruns: How to stop the Huskers

    I have been to other web sites such as this and they have nothing compared to what C. M. Williams and Co. bring to us each and every day!

    Have become a huge fan of Mr. Bruns' insight. Often wondered why he is not in the coaching ranks.

    Keep up the GREAT work gentlemen!


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    Re: Ben Bruns: How to stop the Huskers

    I look forward to Bruns' weekly post. As a football coach it is great to see the X and O side of things and how he breaks it down.


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    Re: Ben Bruns: How to stop the Huskers

    Have become a huge fan of Mr. Bruns' insight. Often wondered why he is not in the coaching ranks.
    Then who would give us sideline reports. Come on man. Samantha Steele for full time sideliner reporter at Iowa State and Ben Bruns for O-Line coach. Make it happen.


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    Re: Ben Bruns: How to stop the Huskers

    So it sounds like neb will try to mentally overload the defense with a changing variety of plays. That could be daunting for our defense. Last year the turnovers stopped the neb offense, this year our offense MUST step up and score. This will be a dog fight if our offense can move the ball on neb, I guess we'll see. Thank Ben, I feel a little more uneasy about this game...


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    Re: Ben Bruns: How to stop the Huskers

    I wonder how much of a factor special teams will play in this game? Any chance Lenz can return another in this game? How about another surprise on-side kick? Punting has been spectacular, although coverage on punts could be better.

    Turnovers will be huge. We absolutely cannot lose the turnover battle and expect to win. Even being plus 1 or 2, it may still be a challenge.


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    Re: Ben Bruns: How to stop the Huskers

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    I wonder how much of a factor special teams will play in this game? Any chance Lenz can return another in this game? How about another surprise on-side kick? Punting has been spectacular, although coverage on punts could be better.

    Turnovers will be huge. We absolutely cannot lose the turnover battle and expect to win. Even being plus 1 or 2, it may still be a challenge.
    Nebraska puts the ball on the ground - A LOT. We need to capitalize on those fumbles and be somewhere around +3 in TO margin I would guess.

    Bruns talked about this in his breakdown, but Martinez runs the read option much faster than most QBs. He doesn't "ride" the RB nearly as long as other read option QBs, which means he is getting upfield and hitting the open lane much faster. Maybe the coaches will pick up on something that he does to tip off the defense as to when he's giving or keeping the ball and exploit that. Otherwise I think NU's speed in the option game will tear us up all day.



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    Re: Ben Bruns: How to stop the Huskers

    So, Taylor Martinez is the son of former Iowa State safety Casey Martinez (who played before I was a committed ISU fan; I don't recall him).

    Taylor's bio at the NU.com site says he visited only Nebraska. Ben reported that Chizik did not offer him . . . anyone know if that was because, a) we had no chance to land Taylor, b) Chizik and staff were not interested (Martinez is said to be an average passer, maybe not an ideal fit for a spread offense?), c) something else?

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    Re: Ben Bruns: How to stop the Huskers

    I believe it was B) not interested.



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    Re: Ben Bruns: How to stop the Huskers

    Taylor's bio at the NU.com site says he visited only Nebraska. Ben reported that Chizik did not offer him . . . anyone know if that was because, a) we had no chance to land Taylor, b) Chizik and staff were not interested (Martinez is said to be an average passer, maybe not an ideal fit for a spread offense?), c) something else?
    Martinez was to fast for our offense. Much like the guy that hit a the ball to high for it to be a home run in the movie major league.


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    Re: Ben Bruns: How to stop the Huskers

    I honestly think that we will have a better shot at beating Mizzou than beating NU. And Ben illustrated that reasoning far better than I could have. I really fear what they bring to the table with their running game. Even if we can hold them in check for a while, I just see us wearing out by the later stages of the game and giving up some points.

    And as for the ISU offense, we have struggled against big, physical defenses for years, and that is exactly what we will see on Saturday. I think our best shot to contain Martinez, Helu and Co. is to keep them off the field, but I don't see our offense making a lot of long, clock killing drives against Nebraska.

    I see our only chance of winning this much the same as last year: we will need to get a pile of turnovers or some huge special teams plays to pull it off. I just don't see us getting that two years in a row.



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    Re: Ben Bruns: How to stop the Huskers

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisMWilliams View Post
    Great stuff as always by Ben Bruns this week. Go inside the X's and O's to see exactly what ISU will have to do to slow down that potent Husker rushing attack.

    Iowa State Football with Ben Bruns: How to stop the Huskers | Cyclone Fanatic

    Did I miss where he explains how to stop the Huskers?



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    Re: Ben Bruns: How to stop the Huskers

    I may get grilled for this but I'm a FAN so I can say whatever I want but....if Nebby get's let's just say a comfortable lead I say we pack it in and try and save any wrinkle for Colorado. Frankly, our entire season hinges on the Colorado game next week imo. Come out guns blazing but if for some chance Nebby is really on their game Saturday I hope we just ignore the scoreboard and prepare for Colorado. HUGE game next week as well.



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    Re: Ben Bruns: How to stop the Huskers

    nevermind, someone else stated what i was thinking.



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    Re: Ben Bruns: How to stop the Huskers

    Ben has some great insight there. In the coverage that I have seen from NU offense, their big runs seem to come when the defense over pursues, and they run the 'read' plays very well and know what to look for to capitalize on it.

    I think our db's have played alot better as of late, so I'd like to see us play alittle contain defense on the d-line, to try and get them into 3rd & 4or5 yds to go. The more plays they run, the more chances they have of putting the ball on the ground. 3 plays for 80yds reduces our chances. Don't get me wrong, I love the intensity of late, but sometimes trying too hard, can cause bigger gaps to run through. One of the counter trap plays that Ben drew went for a long Helu td.

    I'd love to see JL48 have another great game. I think the improved Defense of late, is a great testimony to JL's play. Increased pressure on QB, motivated other D-linemen, sometimes creates double teams on him freeing up middle linemen, dbacks dont have to cover wr's as long, hurries qb into mistakes, hustles every play, able to run down play from backside.



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