It was the biggest concern of mine entering the meat of the Big 12 schedule. How would Taylor Martinez perform in situations when the team needed him to come from behind? Those concerns were real as the Texas Longhorns shut down the NU running game enroute to a 20-13 win over the fifth ranked Huskers.
Nebraska was held to just 202 yards of total offense and Martinez struggled all day not making the right zone reads that Bo Pelini inserted his third string quarterback Zac Lee who didn’t perform much better. Let’s face it, Texas’ defense had two weeks to prepare and they came out focused and stay disciplined all game.
NU ran for just 125 yards rushing, which was 212 yards below its season average of 337 yards per game, which ranked second nationally. The Longhorns contained quarterback Taylor Martinez, to 21 rushing yards on 13 carries. Martinez was just 4-of-12 passes for 63 yards.
In some respects this game reminded me of last year’s Iowa State game. NU fumbled the ball five times and Roy Helu’s first quarter fumble led to a UT touchdown giving them a 10-0 lead in the first seven minutes.
After a NU field goal, Texas came back with a seven-play, 78-yard drive capped by Garrett Gilbert’s one-yard touchdown run with 8:44 left in the half to make it 17-3.
Texas made it 20-3 and Martinez had two unsuccessful drives in the second half before Pelini went to Lee. He drove the Huskers down on a 16-play, 83-yard drive, but the Huskers settled for a 28-yard field goal by Alex Henery to make the score 20-6 heading into the fourth quarter.
One last glimpse of hope came late when Texas tried to pin NU deep in their end with less than four minutes to play, but Eric Hagg returned a punt 95 yards for a touchdown. However, Texas recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.