So much for Ohio State losing. So much for Taylor Martinez for Heisman. And so much for Nebraska in the top five. What happened? We it was obvious that Texas had a game plan all week long where it believed it would work. It did. Remember Texas was a top five preseason team and was no slouch at Memorial Stadium Saturday. This game saw Martinez getting benched for senior Zac Lee. That might have been a bigger surprise than the actual score. It is not like Martinez threw any interceptions, he just couldn’t get in to a consistent rhythm with his receivers ending the day with only four completions. Furthermore, the running game went mute, with Martinez averaging just less than two yards per carry.
This team was sloppy all the way around, like in the game versus South Dakota State. Eight passes dropped by the receivers, costly penalties, and five fumbles sealed any hope for a win. There were a few questionable calls in the second half of the game, but when a team doesn’t give it’s A effort on the field, it shouldn’t have the right to complain. Those eight passes really stalled drives and helped put Martinez on the bench. Two of those eight seemed to be sure touchdowns.
As for Texas, it played Texas football. Speed was on their side. It seemed that Nebraska was always ‘chasing’ out on the field. Both of these teams have the fire power to bring it every week, but it seems that always one team lets their fans down. Garrett Gilbert’s efficiency wasn’t spectacular, but this backs picked him up. The Longhorn offense rushed for a total of 209 yards. It was the defense receiving praises before. The pass defense coming in was much stronger. Texas made it hurt on the ground. Another job well done by Mack Brown and his coaching staff. Nebraska has to clean up the mistakes for the future. Next, it takes on Oklahoma State on the road.
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Written by Darshan Patel