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Evaluating Nebraska's QBs

9/4/2010

Taylor Martinez's first run of the game -- a 46-yard touchdown -- was his longest.

But his legs got more work -- running for 126 yards on seven carries -- as he helped Nebraska cruise to an easy 49-10 win over Western Kentucky.

As expected, all three quarterbacks played. And, as expected, all three had success against the Hilltoppers, who have now lost 21 consecutive game. Despite the success of the other quarterbacks, it would be a surprise if Martinez is not the starter for next week's game against Idaho.

Here's how the three compared in Game 1:

Taylor Martinez

  • Passing: 9-15, 136 yards

  • Rushing: 7 carries, 126 yards, 3 TD

Cody Green

  • Passing: 5-6, 66 yards, TD

  • Rushing: 3 carries, 16 yards

Zac Lee

  • Passing: 3-4, 47 yards

  • Rushing: 3 carries, 20 yards

We learned a little bit today -- but not much beyond "Taylor Martinez is really, really fast," which we already kind of knew from the spring game. Martinez is probably the starter by default unless he struggles, but we won't know for sure who's driving the bus for the Huskers until their first big test: Sept. 18, when they travel to Seattle to face Washington.