September 4, 2007

Road test awaits Huskers in Winston-Salem

Despite Wake Forest's 10-point loss to Wake Forest in its season opener last weekend, Nebraska players and coaches fully expect the Demon Deacons to present a difficult challenge when the two teams square off Saturday in a nationally televised game on ESPN.

The trip to Winston-Salem, N.C., will provide the No. 17-ranked Cornhuskers with their first road test of the season against the defending champions of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Demon Deacons posted an 11-3 record in 2006 and concluded their season with an appearance in the Orange Bowl.

"By gosh, if you had the opportunity to sit down and watch them play a year ago, and of course in the opener at Chestnut Hill, you'll see a football team that's outstanding," Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan said. "I know they dropped that opener, which was a tough loss for them on the road, but they're a very capable, very dangerous, very productive football team."

Heading to Wake Forest, Nebraska is riding the momentum of a 52-10 season-opening victory over Nevada. The Huskers chalked up 625 yards of total offense against the Wolf Pack while dominating the line scrimmage on both sides of the ball. The Huskers expect a stiffer test from Wake Forest.

"Comparing one game to another is kind of hard to do," NU quarterback Sam Keller said.

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