Saturday, September 18, 2010
Blowouts breaking out all afternoon
By David Ubben
So much for drama in Seattle and Fort Worth.
Consider the Huskers (and Taylor Martinez) verified, especially their offense.
Baylor's defense? Better hold off on that.
Martinez broke off another long touchdown run, an 80-yarder, on the first play of the second half and it's been all Huskers since. They added a pick-six --their third in two weeks -- off Jake Locker and lead 49-21 late in the third quarter.
Baylor, meanwhile, has been dominated by TCU on both sides of the ball, but quarterback Andy Dalton has just one incompletion and the Horned Frogs' top two running backs are averaging nearly 10 yards a carry.
Robert Griffin has completed just 7-of-13 passes for 50 yards and has run for 10 yards on six carries. The Horned Frogs 35-3 lead in the second quarter shouldn't be too surprising.
Receiver Kendall Wright struggled in the first game but topped 100 yards receiving against Buffalo, including a 61-yard score. TCU's defense has held Baylor's top receiver without a catch.
Both games wouldn't have been shocking upsets, but we've clearly seen a pair of top-10 teams play like top-10 teams, the Huskers on the road and the Horned Frogs at home.