Adversity arrives again for Taylor Martinez

October, 16, 2010
10/16/10
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Outside of a well-timed clunker against South Dakota State, Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez has made everything look pretty easy in the first five starts of his career, running his way into the Heisman discussion.

Texas has abruptly ended that.

The Longhorns are exercising whatever odd dominance they hold over Nebraska, which can't exorcise the demons of a 1-8 record against Texas as Big 12 members.

The past two times an unranked Texas team has played Nebraska, it's won, and the Longhorns look ready to do it again, leading 17-3 early in the third quarter.

Martinez is 4-of-10 for 63 yards and has run for just 23 yards on 12 carries.

Texas, which leads the Big 12 in total defense, is back to looking like what Brown advertised in the preseason, his best defense ever at Texas. Facing the stiffest challenge of its season, Will Muschamp's crew has responded.

Martinez must do the same if the Huskers are going to leave the Big 12 with a win against Texas.

Meanwhile, Texas' Garrett Gilbert has looked like the runner in this one. He's completed just 3-of-11 passes, but he's run 10 times for 68 yards and a pair of touchdowns, a line more like what most expected from Martinez.

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