3 takeaways from Nebraska's Week 4 win over Louisiana Tech
Nebraska entered Week 4 with some disappointing injury news delivered during the week. Despite that cloud over the program, Matt Rhule and the Huskers stepped onto the field and delivered against Louisiana Tech.
The final outcome was in doubt for a while with the two sides tied at 7-all entering halftime. However, it was all Huskers the rest of the way with Nebraska opening the second half with 21 unanswered points before a weather delay halted the game.
The two teams finally resumed play to finish the game, but the Huskers had already put things away by that point. Here are the key takeaways from the 28-14 win as the program prepares to resume B1G play:
Anthony Grant ready to shoulder RB1 workload
Anthony Grant showed out as Nebraska’s lead running back a season ago and posted 5 games of at least 100 yards rushing. Unfortunately, he was forced down the depth chart in training camp due to issues with fumbles.
Following the injuries to Ervin and Rahmir Johnson, Grant will be the lead back for Nebraska, and he delivered with his first 100-yard game of the season. It is his first since Nov. 5 last season against Minnesota.
Should Heinrich Haarberg be the starting QB?
Head coach Matt Rhule has continued to label Jeff Sims the starter if he’s healthy. Sims was not 100% with his ankle injury on Saturday, leading to Haarberg’s start against LT.
All Haarberg has done is make the most of his opportunities, finishing Saturday’s game with 157 yards rushing and a 72-yard touchdown against the Bulldogs. He also completed 8-of-17 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown to Thomas Fidone for a third straight game.
Sims could still prove to be the best option once fully healthy, but it’s hard to compare the two games from each QB with how well Haarberg has managed the offense.
Nebraska back to .500
The Huskers are .500 through 4 games in the season. That might not sound like much until you consider the recent history of Nebraska.
The last time Nebraska was at .500 on or after Sept. 25 was the 2019 season. That year, the Huskers started 3-1 before falling to 3-2 with a Sept. 28 loss to Ohio State. (The B1G did not play September football games in 2020.)
How long will the good vibes last? Probably not past next Saturday when the Huskers face Michigan in Lincoln. Still, Matt Rhule made sure not to lose the two games against inferior competition, something his immediate predecessor cannot lay claim to. It’s a start.