Startling Husker defensive numbers

2013-09-24T14:48:00Z 2013-09-24T15:25:33Z Startling Husker defensive numbersBy BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON JournalStar.com
September 24, 2013 2:48 pm  • 

Bo Pelini used the word "startling" on Tuesday to describe the number of missed assignments from his defense this weekend.

Those mess ups are, in turn, leading to some startling numbers.

Nebraska is currently 72nd nationally in scoring defense (27 points per game), 83rd in rushing defense (179.5 yards per game) and 106th in total defense (463.8 YPG).

I brought up that latter number in our Monday notebook, rounding it up to 464.

That's a little too close to the kitchen of the infamous 2007 Husker defense, which gave up 476.8 yards per game.

If there is a bright spot, this Nebraska defense has already created 10 turnovers. The 2007 defense had just 11 takeaways the entire season.

But perhaps most disquieting is the number 79. According to a stat from Bruce Feldman, that's how many plays Nebraska's defense has given up of 10 yards or more in four games. Only New Mexico State, which is 0-4, has given up more such plays.

That's not exactly the company the Huskers can afford to keep as this season moves along.

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