The Cornhuskers are officially into the Big 12 Championship game next week in Dallas. They did so by tearing apart Colorado 45-17. The regular star Taylor Martinez was held out of this game due to a bad right ankle and left foot. Another star that emerged in his place was Rex Burkhead. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for another one. Burkhead never had any big game-changer runs. He was consistently running hard getting four, five, or six yards at a time. The most impressive thing is how Bo Pelini used Burkhead in the passing game. It seemed to work to perfection partly because of the better protection from the line on Friday. The offensive line was playing much bigger to Colorado than I have seen them before. It showed up with only allowing a single sack and paving the way for 265 rushing yards. Also, Cody Green played his role perfectly (10-13 for two touchdowns) as a game manager.
The defense not only stopped Colorado, but also did not let any momentum for the Buffalos carry over from their previous wins. The Blackshirts intercepted Buffalos quarterback Cody Hawkins twice early in the third quarter to seal the deal. The best part about that was it was deep in Colorado territory. Both of those were turned into easy touchdowns. I believe this series of plays virtually ended the game. This defense will show up week in and week out. I have confidence in their abilities whomever they play next week.
Here is how it shakes down in the Big 12 South on Saturday. If Oklahoma State wins in Stillwater, it will play Nebraska next week. Remember, Texas A&M already took care of Texas on Thanksgiving Day. If Oklahoma wins, the November 28 BCS Standings will determine the representative. If Oklahoma wins, I do not believe Texas A&M will be able to catch them in the BCS, and Oklahoma State would fall behind them. There is also a possibility if two teams are separated by one spot, the lower ranked team can clinch the South if it won the head-to-head tiebreaker against the other. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? I see Nebraska taking on Oklahoma State next week in Dallas with the winner advancing to the Fiesta Bowl.
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Written by Darshan Patel