Huskers' defense not winning up front

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska trails Washington 14-10, and there's major reason for concern for the home team.

A week after the Cornhuskers' defense got pushed around by Fresno State, another West Coast team is doing it again early on. Washington marched 80 yards for a touchdown on its first drive, and the Huskies have been ripping off big chunks in the running game.

Lavonte David bailed out the Nebraska defense with an excellent diving interception deep in Nebraska territory, but the unsettling fact remains that the Huskers are not winning at the point of attack. When they have gotten penetration on passing downs, quarterback Keith Price has been able to sidestep the pressure.

The Huskies were hurting themselves, with a fumbled shotgun snap, the interception and a costly holding penalty. But Nebraska gave them a gift when Ameer Abdullah, whom I praised in an earlier post, fumbled a punt to set up a Huskies touchdown. Meanwhile, Price has done a great job buying extra time with his feet, something that Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson no doubt will try to do against the Huskers in two weeks.