Huskers hope to bounce back from a loss to Oregon against Northern Illinois.

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LINCONN, Neb.-- The Husker defense has allowed 500 yards to the opposition in each of its first two games of 2017. Actually, Arkansas State gained 497, but you get the idea.

The Huskers fell behind Oregon 42-14 at the half in Eugene last Saturday only to close the gap to 42-35 in the fourth quarter. A 21-0 second half rally fell just short by a score of tying the game.

Oregon intercepted four of Tanner Lee's passes Saturday as the junior transfer from Tulane made his second start for Nebraska.

Husker coach Mike Riley said he would think his team could not wait to practice this week to prepare for the next game with Northern Illinois. Obviously, there are a lot of mistakes to correct and now it the time to correct them.

The game against Northern Illinois is set for 11:00 a.m. and will be televised by BTN, The following week's game also at Memorial Stadium will be at 2:30 as Big Ten play begins against Rutgers.

Then the Huskers are off to Illinois for the Friday night game September 29th before hosting Wisconsin and Ohio State on back to back Saturdays October 7th and 14th.

Husker defenders promise that the 21-0 second half shutout of Oregon Saturday is more like their 42-14 deficit at the half in which the Ducks had scored six touchdowns.

The Huskers will be without their excellent safety Joshua Kalu out with a hamstring injury for the contest with Northern Illinois.

Running back Tre Bryant should be available despite injuring his knee agaisnt Oregon.

Week to week we'll see if the Huskers are able to improve after a 1-1 start to the 2017 football season.