By Chris Palmquist
LINCOLN, Neb.--The much-maligned Nebraska defense improved drastically from the week-one nail-biter against Wyoming to Saturday's easy win against Southern Miss.
There were no last minute dramatics as the Blackshirts returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the first quarter against the Golden Eagles en route to a 56-13 victory.
While the defense has struggled at times in the past several games, growing pains are often expected when two true freshmen have stepped in as starters at linebacker.
Nathan Gerry and Josh Banderas both start in the Nebraska front seven, and say that they are trying to get used to the speed of college football--off the field.
The Blackshirts will have to be at their best Saturday when Nebraska hosts UCLA. The Bruins beat the Huskers last season in California and boast the seventh-ranked rushing offense and fifth-ranked scoring offense in the country.