I think 2006 might've been one of Stoops and friends' best years coaching-wise. We were 3-2 after the Texas game and had lost Adrian Peterson for the year one game later. It was a team with less-than-normal talent, hampered by injuries. Somewhat like this year. Through the Texas game, we had more passing yards than rushing yards (not counting the MTSU game where we ran a lot once the game was in hand). In those 4 games we had 655 rushing yards, 882 passing yards. We had at least 80 more passing yards than rushing yards against UAB, Washington and Texas, with Oregon being the only game with more rushing yards. But beginning with Iowa State, something changed. Here are our rushing and passing yard totals for the rest of the regular season: 185/195 166/105 231/127 224/39 (only 12 pass attempts!) 139/309 (v. Texas Tech) 236/178 238/77 (only 11 pass attempts!) Nebraska committed to stopping the run in the Big XII title game...and succeeded, limiting us to 42 yards on 28 carries...but we had 265 yards on 35 pass attempts. Now the big difference between that year and this year is our schedule. Our 2006 schedule was pretty wimpy after that Texas game. Our opponents over that 8-game stretch were a combined 49-48 on the year. This year we still have #2 Texas, #15 OSU, #16 Kansas, #21 Nebraska, not to mention a road game in Lubbock where we've lost our last 2. So the results will surely be more difficult to replicate, but I really don't see a whole lot of other options. I hope I'm wrong, but at this point the only path to success I see calls for a strong commitment to the run game.