One week ago some of us were questioning his decision making, his mental toughness, his ability to lead this Husker football team. Perhaps Taylor Martinez silenced some of those critics as he led the Huskers back from a 21 point deficit to beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 34-27.
Before Martinez could do his thing though, the Huskers needed to catch some breaks. Ohio State jumped out to a 27-6 lead behind freshman quarterback Braxton Miller, who sprained his right ankle in the third quarter and did not return. The Buckeyes’ offense disappeared with backup Joe Bauserman, more of a passing quarterback. Miller ran for 91 yards and went 5 of 8 passing for 95 yards before he got hurt. Bauserman completed only one of his 10 passes the rest of the way. It took Huskers linebacker Lavonte David stripping the ball from Miller in the middle of third quarter to start the rally.
Pelini, an Ohio State alum, called it a game changer. “That was a huge play in the football game. He’s been doing it since he got here. He’s a heck of a football player.”
From there the Huskers went to work with Martinez, Rex Burkhead and another former offensive player pitching in.
Martinez ran for an 18 yard touchdown, threw a 36-yard TD pass to Quincy Enunwa and tied it with a 30-yard catch-and-run to Burkhead, who made some nifty moves to score. That TD was set up after Stanley Jean-Baptiste intercepted Bauserman in his first game at cornerback after moving from receiver. One of the moves Bo and Carl made to improve their defensive secondardy.
Martinez ran for 102 yards and was 16 of 22 passing for 191 yards for Nebraska (5-1, 1-1). Burkhead ran 26 times for 119 yards. “That was crazy,” Burkhead said. “That was an unbelievable win all the way around and it feels good.”