No. 13 Nebraska ends its run in the Big 12 Conference with a disappointing 20-23 loss at the hands of rival no. 9 Oklahoma. This game was defined by the sloppy play of the offense and its lack of ability to hold on to the ball. Taylor Martinez did not look as confident as he did earlier in the year. Martinez only completed half of his passes and added in an interception. He was more focused on his primary receivers rather than his second choice. This caused him to stay in the pocket longer than usual, which only created more sack opportunities for the defense. That is too much pressure to put on the line. The bigger problem was fumbles, which has plagued them all season long. Three were lost, but more were put on the ground. Sooners’ linebacker Travis Lewis was my player of the game. He was everywhere on the field Saturday night.
The defense was impressive considering some of the holes they were put in. However, if you look at the box score, quarterback Laundry Jones quietly had a big game. I think he has been somewhat overlooked in the Big 12. There was much hype going into the season, but somehow it disappeared. The defense was on its game in the first quarter and a half. Jones and the Sooners found confidence after those turnovers that gave Oklahoma great field position or stole points from Nebraska. Oklahoma only converted on one third down, which is a bit misleading. It was hard for the Sooners to get anything going if they were backed up.
Nebraska was about to go for a fourth-down fake, when Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops called a timeout seconds before the snap. I think Stoops outcoached Bo Pelini. Nebraska tried a lot of trickery in the play calls, and it ended up biting them in the back. Stoops got his team out a 17-0 hole, and his coaching was defiantly a factor in the comeback. As for Nebraska, I see them ending up in either the Alamo Bowl or the Insight Bowl. The Cornhuskers will take a big drop as Texas A&M and Oklahoma State will eagerly move up the ranks for bowl selection.
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Written by Darshan Patel