THIS WEEK'S GAME: Troy at Nebraska, Sept. 23
- OK, the Trojans of Troy aren't the same as the perennial powerhouse Trojans of USC the Huskers faced Sept. 16. Still, the Troy program has matured quickly since it suffered three straight defeats to Nebraska by a collective margin of 103-30 from 2001-03. After playing Florida State to a 24-17 decision and then playing Georgia Tech even before allowing three fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 35-20 setback, Troy is improved despite a 1-2 mark. Two dangerous wide receivers, Gary Banks and Toris Rutledge, will test the NU secondary.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
RB Cody Glenn
- How he will be deployed has become an issue after Glenn did not carry the ball at USC. Entering that game, he was the Huskers' second-leading rusher with 135 yards on 24 carries.
P Dan Titchener
- Proved he's capable of pulling off a fake after throwing for a first down on 4th-and-2 from his own 36 in the loss at Southern Cal. Titchener hit WR Todd Peterson in stride for a 28-yard gain, the Huskers' longest play from scrimmage in the first half.
LB Stewart Bradley
- Led the Huskers with 10 stops and also forced a fumble. Joined DE Barry Turner in a tackle for loss, one of just three recorded by the NU defense in the loss at USC.
RB Marlon Lucky injured his elbow in the third quarter against USC trying to retrieve a botched handoff. He did not return. His injury, coupled with no carries by Cody Glenn, left Kenny Wilson as the Huskers' dominant rusher.
C Kurt Mann remains doubtful for the Troy game with what NU coach Bill Callahan described as a virus. Mann had started 24 straight games before missing the last two.
FB Dane Todd became the 11th Nebraska player to be named to the Good Works Team, which is sponsored by the American Football Coaches Association and recognizes community service