LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska defense has been miserable in Camp Randall Stadium the past two times it has played there, giving up 59 points in 2014 and 48 points in 2011.
But this Nebraska defense is actually looking forward to playing on the road this weekend at Wisconsin.
Because for once, crowd noise won’t be an issue, even in Mad City.
“Away games are kind of fun because they can hear us sometimes,” defensive line coach John Parrella said.
While the opposing offense is on the field the crowd is usually quiet, meaning Parrella and the Nebraska coaching staff can yell out signals or changes during the game, something they can’t usually do at home.
“The nice thing for us is that we’re in their home stadium and it’s quiet so finally we can understand and hear each other and communicate rather than getting last-second hand signals,” senior safety Nate Gerry said.
Defensive coordinator Mark Banker said communication will be key this weekend, with the way Wisconsin shifts formations to get the defense on its heels.
In 2014, as a sophomore, Gerry said he wasn’t intimidated when he walked into Camp Randall for the first time, and he doesn’t expect the young guys on the defensive side of the ball to be rattled by the atmosphere, because he thinks they’ll be used to it.
“I mean, the best part about it is if there’s any atmosphere close to it it’s ours,” Gerry said.