Posted by Chip Patterson
Texas has fallen out of polls and off of many lists for Big 12 contenders, but as history has shown us, the Longhorns will always have a chance against Nebraska. The cross-divisional rivalry held the final chapter on Saturday, and Texas gets the last laugh. Again.
Around Lincoln, this was expected to be a revenge game. Getting Texas back for a Big 12 Championship the Huskers believe was taken from them. Students wore shirts that read "REDemption" and had an image of ":01" to represent the one second placed back on the clock for Texas to kick the game winning field goal. But the fifth-ranked Nebraska offense had not seen a defense of Texas' caliber yet this season.
After carving up defenses for an average of 337 rushing yards per game, Nebraska was held to just 125 yards rushing by the swarming Texas defense. Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez has impressed everyone with his ability to burn defenses on the ground, but the true freshman looked overwhelmed and out of place against the Longhorns. After two and a half quarters that only produced 63 yards through the air and a season-low 21 yards on the ground, Martinez was sent to the pine in favor of backup Zac Lee. Lee helped orchestrate a touchdown drive in the fourth quarter to pull Nebraska within a touchdown, but Garrett Gilbert and the Longhorns were able to hold on for the win.
One thing we did learn is that Nebraska is not as good as we believed. The big numbers and highlights were so impressive, we mistakenly ignored the identity of their opponents. One game does not mean that Nebraska's Big 12 title hopes are trashed, but it did reveal weaknesses that need to fixed before they are exploited again.