Saturday, October 23, 2010
Fireworks start early in Stillwater
By David Ubben
Nebraska's big-play offense is back, but from unfamiliar sources this time around.
Taylor Martinez hit Brandon Kinnie over the middle, Kinnie broke a tackle and scored a 45-yard touchdown that's helped put Nebraska up 7-3 early. It also helped Nebraska fans forget Kinnie's drop late against Texas on a similar play that would have resulted in a touchdown. After Saturday's catch, he's finally got his first career score.
It wouldn't have been possible without punter Alex Henery's 27-yard scamper to keep the drive alive on a 4th-and-8 fake punt that might have been a run/kick option. Henery rolled to his right to set up a rugby punt, but no Oklahoma State defenders filled the space in front of him. It cost them possession and, later, seven points.
Martinez has yet to run, but nearly threw an interception after tossing an underhanded pass while stumbling near the line of scrimmage.
These are two of the best offenses in the Big 12, with the Cowboys' balance giving them a slight advantage. The Huskers' have the advantage between the two defenses, and it's going to have to play a great game to give Nebraska a rebound victory after last week's loss to Texas.
Oklahoma State reached the red zone on the drive after Nebraska's quick score, but had to settle for a field goal from Dan Bailey, who remained a perfect 14-of-14 this season.
Not perfect? Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, who is 0-of-4 through the air so far against the best pass defense in the nation. Kendall Hunter nearly broke a run for a score, and he's already got 51 yards on four carries. If Oklahoma State wins this game, it's going to be on the back of his performance.