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Blackshirts struggle against ASU spread offense

Nebraska linebacker Chris Weber teams up with Aaron Williams to make a tackle during the Huskers 43-36 win over Arkansas State. (September 2, 2017) (KHGI) 

Arkansas State giving Nebraska all they could handle in the season opener. The Huskers held off the Red Wolves on the final play of the game securing a too close for comfort 43–36 win.

The debut of Bob Diaco's 3–4 defense, didn't go exactly as planned. ASU's no huddle attack kept the Blackshirts on their heels the entire game. Arkansas State posting 497 total yards of offense off 89 plays, to go along with 27 points and 32 first downs.

"We ran into a buzz saw tonight," Nebraska Head Coach Mike Riley stated. "I think the first thing we have to shore up is big plays. And that's the thing we talked about all along. If they catch that 10 yard hinge route and take it for 60, that play made all the difference in the game."

"We just all have to get better," said sophomore cornerback Lamar Jackson. "It's not one spot or area that needs improvement. We have to keep with it. Keep growing. Use this experience in this game as a learning game moving forward.

Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco did not meet after the game with the media.

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