Taylor Martinez was not his best out there Saturday night, but he was healthy. Martinez returned to the field with his healthy ankle as he managed the No. 9 Cornhuskers to a 20-3 win over the Jayhawks. The freshman quarterback did not have to do anything spectacular as his running backs carried the load. Rex Burkhead and Roy Helu Jr. had a combined 162 yards for two touchdowns. It seems like Burkhead, Helu Jr. or both can change the game around, regardless of how well Martinez is doing. Fans can always count on the duo to show up week in and week out. They have a great line to run under. However, the offensive line did look a bit slow against the Jayhawks.
What more can be said about the Blackshirts? The defense racked up six sacks and an interception. A few of those sacks came on crucial third down plays where it forced Kansas to punt. The defense continues to impress (maybe not vs. Iowa St.). Teams have game plans instilled during the week, and those plans just go to die when Nebraska’s defense takes the field. It only allowed 87 yards all night long (15 passing). That was a terrible effort from Kansas. It sure did not look like the team that came back against Colorado. A Division II team might have been more productive.
A few things to clean up for next time. These have been plaguing the Cornhuskers all season long, and it does not seem that they will go away anytime soon. You have guessed it, fumbles and penalties. I really do not know more Bo Pelini can do. He had stressed it during practice, but when the team gets on the field, it is a different story. This is something this team will have to live with down the road and overcome. As for the BCS Standings, Nebraska should remain No. 9 or close to it. Next week, Nebraska battles the surprising Texas A&M Aggies.
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Written by Darshan Patel