Saturday, September 17, 2011
Halftime: Nebraska 20, Washington 17
By Brian Bennett
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Quick halftime analysis from Memorial Stadium, where No. 11 Nebraska leads Washington 20-17.
Turning point: It's been a back-and-forth, nearly-even 30 minutes of football in Huskies-Huskers III. Nebraska has the lead at halftime because Taylor Martinez engineered a solid drive after the Huskers took over on their own 41 with 1:49 left. The Huskers were aided by a Washington punt interference penalty. That set up a 34-yard field goal on the half's final play to give us this small separation at intermission.
Stat of the half: After allowing 444 yards to Fresno State last week, Nebraska has surrendered 204 to Washington in the first half. Will the real Blackshirts please stand up?
Best player in the half: Washington quarterback Keith Price has had a nice half, but Nebraska's offense stops and starts with Martinez once again. He has accounted for 197 of the Huskers' 237 yards and has thrown two touchdowns. More importantly, unlike last week, he has not turned the ball over.
Best call: Nebraska's very first offensive play. Knowing that Washington was keenly aware of the option play, offensive coordinator Tim Beck had Martinez fake the option, step back and throw -- where he found a wide open Kenny Bell down the seam for a 50-yard gain. The Huskers scored on their next play, though their offense hasn't been consistent throughout the half.