No. 9 Nebraska will have to wait another week to clinch the Big 12 North losing 9-6 to Texas A&M. It ended its hopes (if it had any coming into this week) of a national championship. In that case, this loss really did not hurt the Cornhuskers chances of the Fiesta Bowl. They still control their own destiny. However, who saw this outcome coming at them? I surly did not. I thought this would be an offensive slugfest if anything. I was shocked to see this be a battle of field goals. No one on offense really had a great night. In a few cases when it looked like it was in a rhythm, the officials stopped them. It is true that Nebraska is good at committing penalties, but to have 16 of them and lose 145 yards in the process. In my eyes, the referee did not call a fair game for both teams. There were some blatant holding calls missed on the Aggies offensive lineman, which the Cornhuskers lineman got called for. There was also a pass interference call, which many Cornhuskers fans are angry about today.
Taylor Martinez was knocked out of the game for the final 20 minutes in the first half before he returned for the second half. He did not look like the same quarterback after that. He was off with his passes, and his legs were just not there. Martinez averaged less than a yard per carry. That can shows two things. He could not run to get the yardage or the offensive line was not much of a help. His inconsistency has virtually knocked him out of the Heisman race. Both Martinez and Cody Green each had one interception. The running backs had to deliver as they did in the past. Rex Burkhead and Roy Helu had average games all the way around. The breakaway ability, like Nebraska fans have seen this season, was absent last night.
As for the defense, more cannot be asked of them. It stopped the Aggies on all their third downs except one. Even if it did not record a turnover, a punt is almost as good. Ryan Tannehill was not as good as advertised. Before the week, I heard that he had taken over this team with high confidence and a success rate. He did not make any mistakes, but did not make many plays. As Bo Pelini said after the loss, this game is irrelevant (being the Cornhuskers win next week) in Nebraska’s quest for the Big 12 Championship Game. Next Friday, Nebraska will end its rivalry with Colorado.
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Written by Darshan Patel