Fordham vs. Nebraska, 9.4

Nebraska's Markese Stepp runs the ball up the field as Fordham's Elisha Armstrong (96) attempts to stop him on Sept. 4 at Memorial Stadium. Content Exchange

Parker Gabriel discusses the four most interesting things he heard from a Nebraska football media session Thursday at Memorial Stadium.

Have you heard? Nebraska plays Oklahoma this week.

The Huskers are overwhelming underdogs to the No. 3 Sooners. Can NU pull off the big upset? Who needs to step up to make that a possibility?

The Journal Star staffers call their shots.

First Husker to score a touchdown?

Chris Basnett (Husker writer): Gabe Ervin scores on a short run two minutes into the second quarter.

Parker Gabriel (Husker beat writer): Adrian Martinez at 6:30 of first quarter.

Clark Grell (Sports editor): Like it did last year at Ohio State, NU scripts together a nice opening drive that is capped by an Adrian Martinez TD scamper.

Nate Head (Assistant/online sports editor): Markese Stepp. NU puts together a sharp drive early in the first quarter.

Steven M. Sipple (columnist): Markese Stepp bulls in from close range with 5:05 left in the first quarter.

Who will lead the Huskers in carries?

Basnett: Ervin builds on the momentum of his strong second half against Buffalo.

Gabriel: Martinez.

Grell: Martinez. Largely because NU will need to abandon the run in the second half and the quarterback will have a bunch of scrambles.

Head: Stepp.

Sipple: Stepp with 17 carries. Nebraska turns to a veteran on a big stage.

Husker defender who will have the busiest day?

Basnett: Safety Deontai Williams will get all the work he wants, both in coverage and in stopping the run.

Gabriel: Marquel Dismuke.

Grell: Two. Cam Taylor-Britt and Quinton Newsome. Both will be challenged all afternoon by OU's speedy receivers and Spencer Rattler.

Head: Newsome. OU might try to attack him instead of Cam Taylor-Britt.

Sipple: Williams will get another pick and have nine stops.

Parker Gabriel delivers the latest Two-Minute Drill from Memorial Stadium on Thursday.

Number of times we'll hear the band play "Boomer Sooner"?

Basnett: 63 times. It will feel like 6,300.

Gabriel: Five after touchdowns, countless overall.

Grell: 30 … by opening kickoff.

Head: 80 times. Will Sipple be keeping count?

Sipple: It'll seem like 1,000.


Basnett: Oklahoma 41-20.

Gabriel: Oklahoma 40-23.

Grell: Oklahoma 49-23.

Head: Oklahoma 42-28.

Sipple: Oklahoma 37-17.


Spencer Rattler total TDs: 4

Basnett: Push.

Gabriel: Under.

Grell: Over.

Head: Push.

Sipple: Under.

Adrian Martinez passing yards: 245

Basnett: Over.

Gabriel: Over.

Grell: Over.

Head: Over.

Sipple: Under.

Combined first-quarter points: 17½

Basnett: Under.

Gabriel: Over

Grell: Over.

Head: Over.

Sipple: Just under.

Yards allowed by NU defense: 425.

Basnett: Over.

Gabriel: Over.

Grell: Over.

Head: Over.

Sipple: Over.

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