Power Football

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"We did some good things. We knocked some people down."

- Tom Osborne

(at the completion of the 1998 Orange Bowl, his final game as NU coach)

Though this was an apt-- and very Osborne-esque-- description of the win over the Volunteers, it may be better suited to be etched in stone on a corner of Memorial Stadium as a simple description of the last thirty years of Cornhusker football.

For, though Nebraska obviously does much more than just power football (that's a big reason this web site exists after all), it is the power game that is most closely associated with the Big Red. And it is the power game that is often the best indicator of how great a Husker offense can be. Because, if they can run right at a defense and get yards, there will be no stopping them when they unleash the rest of the offensive package.

Nebraska''s power game is a combination of the simple and the intricate. The blocking has been simplified in the past twenty years with the advent of zone blocking rules, that enable several backfield plays to be run with the same blocking scheme. The intricate comes when one looks at all that goes into these seemingly simplest plays in the Husker arsenal. These are plays distinguished by straight-ahead blocking, without use of long pulls by the linemen. These are the plays that Big Red fans like to point to as good old-fashioned Nebraska football. The Power series has changed though in the last twenty years.

The blocking has been simplified through the use of two blocking schemes-- inside zone and outside zone-- for a variety of different plays. This allows the Huskers to run several different backfield actions with fewer complications in the line blocking assignments.