Tag:Nebraska Football
Posted on: November 30, 2010 10:34 am
Edited on: November 30, 2010 10:38 am

Nebraska may use two QBs in Big 12 Championship

Posted by Chip Patterson

As Nebraska prepares for one last shot at a Big 12 title, head coach Bo Pelini is having to prepare for the Oklahoma Sooners with an uncertain quarterback situation.  Starting quarterback Taylor Martinez was forced to miss the regular season finale against Colorado with turf toe, and on Monday Pelini said that the freshman's status for the Big 12 Championship game is officially "day-to-day."  Nebraska would like nothing more than to say farewell to the Big 12 by getting redemption in Dallas after last year's heartbreaking last-second loss to Texas.  

Martinez was replaced on Saturday by sophomore quarterback Cody Green.  Green played well against the Buffs, completing 10 of 13 passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns.  While Green displayed a little fancy footwork, rushing seven times for 23 yards and punching in a score on the ground in the fourth quarter to ice the game for the Huskers, he does not provide nearly the threat that the speedy Martinez does in the open field.  However, Pelini did say on Monday that "it might be a combination of the two" quarterbacks against the Sooners.
Posted on: October 16, 2010 7:45 pm

Martinez pulled as Nebraska falls to Texas 20-13

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.

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Posted on: October 16, 2010 5:21 pm

Upset Alert: Longhorns leading Nebraska at half

Posted by Chip Patterson

Right when the nation was falling head over heels for T-Magic and the Nebraska defense, the Cornhuskers have found themselves struggling with a familiar foe on their Big 12 farewell tour.  A double digit favorite, Nebraska enters the break facing a two touchdown deficit to Texas.  Garrett Gilbert has been getting it done for the Longhorns with this feet, racking up 68 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in the first half.  

At times it seems like Gilbert has looked more like Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez than Martinez has.  Martinez has looked frustrated and overwhelmed in the face of the Texas defense.  Nebraska has yet to face a defense of Texas' caliber, and it is showing on the field.  Nebraska is not over their heads, the big play threat will keep this match up competitive for a while.  But the Cornhuskers need to find the end zone early so they can hang around long enough to have the big play matter.

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Posted on: September 23, 2010 2:45 pm

Pelini: No plans on limiting Martinez carries

Posted by Chip Patterson

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez has been nothing short of outstanding three games into the 2010 season.  The true freshman won the starting job over Cody Green and Zac Lee, and has been running wild ever since.  

Martinez has thrown the ball only 43 times all season, mostly because of all the damage he does on his feet.  He has rushed 40 times for 421 yards and eight touchdowns through the Huskers first three games.  That is twice as many touchdowns and almost twice the carries of Roy Helu, Jr., Nebraska's starting running back.  Many coaches tend to stay away from allowing their quarterback to run that often, but head coach Bo Pelini does not seem concerned.

“That's why you have three guys, and three guys you have confidence in,” Pelini said. “When you're going to run the quarterback some, he's going to take some hits. I know he's tough.”
Those three guys of course are Martinez, Green, and Lee, all who have significant game experience under their belt.  Pelini has even been using a system where Green takes over as quarterback for at least one series in the first half.  Green had a fumble lead to a touchdown during his second quarter series against Washington, but according to the staff the game plan has not changed for Saturday.  Expect to see Green on the field at some point in the first half.

If Martinez continues to run to the way he has been, the Huskers may put themselves in the unique position of having a chance to win the Big 12 Championship during their last season in the conference.  

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