All of that left redshirt freshman Rahmir Johnson pretty much by his lonesome in the backfield for Nebraska for two-plus quarters against Iowa. He ran hard and made a couple of plays along the way, finishing with 23 rushing yards on four carries — highlighted by a 12-yard touchdown run — and a catch for 5.
Sophomore receiver Wan’Dale Robinson also had six carries, but his performance in the passing game (nine catches for 75) is all the more reason to find a way to try to keep him from having to line up in the backfield extensively.
* If you were frustrated by NU’s punting on Friday, you’re not alone. Frost mentioned special teams and punting after the game extensively.
Consider this: Sophomore William Przystup’s final three punts sailed out of bounds and netted the Huskers 35, 32 and 37 yards, and those were the three best outcomes of the day for Nebraska.
Przystup’s first punt, a 39-yarder, stayed in the middle of the field and Charlie Jones returned it 8 yards. The second traveled 42 yards to the left hash mark, again not close enough to the sideline, and Jones broke contain and ripped off a 31-yard return.
* Two quick player notes to close it out.
Senior safety Marquel Dismuke played one of his best games as a Husker. He was credited with seven tackles (two for loss). He didn’t get credit in the stat book for maybe his best play. On a critical third-and-3 run late from Tyler Goodson, Dismuke triggered and closed ground quickly, stoning Goodson in his tracks before senior inside linebacker Will Honas cleaned it up. That forced Iowa to attempt a 51-yard field goal. Keith Duncan missed and Nebraska had a chance. It was a big-boy run fill and Dismuke made the play.