The Huskers are 7th in the Coaches Poll, but got one first place vote and NU is the top Big 12 team in the AP ranked 6th in the nation. True freshmen Taylor Martinez felt he and the team answered the bell in terms of whether or not he could handle the pressure of playing on the road.
One guy who made Taylor look good was Brandon Kinnie. Tackling was a big question mark for Washington coming into this game and Kinnie made them miss bad, 105 yards on five of the teams seven catches. Kinnie says the team has a lot of confidence in Taylor at quarterback.
No doubt the Huskers can run and they like to run, 54 carries for 383 net yards. As I watched the Huskers 56-21 win, at first I was concerned at how well Washington was running the ball, but then I realized just how good of a job NU did with shutting down quarterback Jake Locker who was just 4 of 20 passing for 71 yards. He got picked off twice and had the one touchdown for 45 yards. Nonetheless a solid win, on the road, hostile environment…Huskers 3-0.