One of the concerns I had this season was how Taylor Martinez would respond in either a close game in the second half or a game when the team had to battle from behind, and it was obvious that Martinez was not making the right zone reads being held to 21 rushing yards on 13 carries and he was just 4-of-12 passing for 63 yards.
Pelini replaced Martinez with senior Zac Lee, whether that was lack of confidence in Martinez or just trying to shake things up, we won’t know for sure, although Pelini did say Martinez is still the starter.
Texas held NU to just 125 yards rushing, 212 yards below its season average of 337 yards per game, which ranked second nationally. At the same time, I’m not placing all the blame on the shoulders of Martinez. Nebraska receivers and backs dropped a few passes on the day, including a couple that could have been gone for touchdowns, plus NU fumbled five times and the one that they lost, Roy Helu’s fumble in the first quarter, led to UT’s first touchdown. NU has coughed the ball up 23 times, but they’ve only lost eight of those, so taking care of the football is something NU has to try to work on. Pelini says the Huskers have to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and get back to work
The workload doesn’t get any easier especially these next two weeks. The first BCS Standings were released yesterday and the Huskers come into the initial rankings 16th. Oklahoma is number one. From the Big 12 Missouri is at 11, and Oklahoma State at 14. Those two teams are next on the Huskers schedule and with the Big 12 championship still in sight, these next two weeks will tell a lot about the season.