Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Big Red update: Week 9
By ESPN.com staff
Big Red bounced back nicely Saturday in Stillwater, and it's time for us to check in on the future Big Ten member.
Record: 6-1 (2-1 Big 12)
National rank: No. 14 in BCS standings, No. 14 in AP Poll, No. 12 in Coaches' Poll
Last result: Won a 51-41 shootout against then-No. 14 Oklahoma State.
News to know: Humbled the previous week against Texas, Nebraska freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez reinvented himself in Stillwater, passing for 323 yards and five touchdowns and adding 112 rush yards in the victory. Martinez will face some better defenses next fall, but he should scare defensive coordinators throughout the Big Ten with his big-play ability. He had only three passing touchdowns all season before Saturday but matched the total in the first half against Oklahoma State. Receiver Niles Paul rebounded nicely after a case of the dropsies against Texas, and wideout Brandon Kinnie had three touchdown catches. The Blackshirts didn't have their best day, allowing 41 points and 495 yards to the Cowboys, and missed tackles were a problem. But Nebraska got the win it needed after the Texas letdown, and the Huskers now can help their future Big Ten brother Michigan State with a win this week against unbeaten Missouri.
Up next: Saturday vs. No. 6 Missouri