Lincoln, Neb. --- The No. 19 Nebraska football team wrapped up a week of preparations for its game against No. 12 Penn State on Thursday, with a 90-minute workout inside the Hawks Championship Center. The Huskers, who travel to Penn State for the first time since 2002, practiced in helmets only as they focus in on their upcoming road trip.
Head Coach Bo Pelini addressed the media after Thursday's workout and said thought the Huskers we're focused and ready for the game on Saturday.
"We've had a good week of practice," Pelini said. "I thought today was as good of focus as we've had all year. I think we practiced well and we're ready to go out there and play football.
After last week's home loss to Northwestern, several players have noticed raised level of intensity during this week's practices. Pelini hopes that intensity carries over into the game that features two nationally ranked teams
"I would hope they are all intense," Pelini said. "Like I said, we had a pretty good week of practice. Now we have to carry it over to the game. We're playing a good football team; a very talented football team. We need to come out and we need to play well."
On the injury front, Pelini said that defensive lineman Chase Rome and offensive tackle Jamarcus Hardrick both practiced this week and should be available to play.
Saturday's match up with the Nittany Lions is set to kick off from State College at 11 a.m. CT. The game can be seen nationally on ESPN. Continue to check back to Huskers.com for continued coverage of the Nebraska football team.
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