Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Big Red update: Week 8
By ESPN.com staff
Sorry this is coming a little late, but it's time for our weekly peek at future Big Ten member Nebraska. Big Red is feeling a little blue right now.
Record: 5-1 (1-1 Big 12)
National rank: No. 16 in BCS standings, No. 14 in AP poll, No. 13 in coaches' poll
Last result: Lost 20-13 to Texas at home
News to know: Last Saturday's matchup lost it edge with Texas' early-season struggles, and apparently Nebraska lost its edge, too. After annihilating Kansas State, Nebraska stumbled against the hated Longhorns, who jumped out to a 20-3 lead and handed Husker Nation another dose of disappointment. Redshirt freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez saw his stock drop as he completed only 4 of 12 passes and racked up only 21 rush yards on 13 carries against Will Muschamp's defense. Then again, T-Magic got no help from receiver Niles Paul, who was heckled after dropping two touchdown passes, or Rex Burkhead, who also dropped a TD. "They had more pressure on them today than us, and that's unusual," Texas coach Mack Brown said after the game. "I thought their fans hung in there with them. But I could feel some of their fans, when we got up 10-0 thinking, 'You've got to be kidding, not again.'" Ouch. Texas might get the last laugh in this tense rivalry. Nebraska looked rattled and came down to earth a little bit, although the Huskers still seem like a good bet to reach the Big 12 championship game. They face another big test this week against undefeated Oklahoma State.
Up next: Saturday at No. 14 Oklahoma State