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September 18, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Nebraska game thread

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HOLT TAKES THE BLAME — UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt wasn’t shying away from taking the blame after this one. Here’s what he said:
“I’m disappointed I didn’t get the guys ready too play, especially our inside guys. I thought our D-line got shoved around a little bit more than I thought they would, and so we’ve got to go back to the drawing board and get back and get ready for the Pac-10 conference. I’m disappointed in myself in not getting the kids more physically and mentally ready to go so ill take the hit on this one.”
OVERALL THEME IN POST-GAME — Well, if you were looking for panic, there wasn’t much of that afterward. The Huskies who showed up to talk pretty much all professed what is the new party line, that this was just non-conference and the goals of doing well in the Pac-10 this year are still there.
Maybe the most interesting thing was Sarkisian saying that the team may have to assess some of its practice habits to make sure there is enough live tackling going on.
A FEW POST-GAME NOTES — It was clarified in the post-game that Cort Dennison suffered a concussion on Wednesday. When he woke up vomiting on Thursday they initially thought he just didn’t feel well, but then learned later that it was a concussion. He didn’t pass tests so he was ruled out.
No significant new injuries otherwise.
Sarkisian said he didn’t view the game as a step back but that he was disappointed that UW didn’t play the way he said he knows it can play.
Said Nebraska’s secondary better than any UW will face the rest of the year.


NEBRASKA TIES HUSKY STADIUM RECORD — The 56 points ties what Cal had in a 56-17 win here in 2005 in the second game of the Willingham era.
Now time for me to head to the field so may not be anymore on here until after the game, but I imagine you guys will have plenty to discuss amongst yourselves.
UW PUNTS — Huskies get one first down then punt. So with 13:09 left we’ve officially hit garbage time as fans are streaming for the exits. Nebraska has the ball at its own 20.
THIRD QUARTER OVER — Nebraska leads 49-21 as the third quarter ends in front of 72,876. Nebraska has 438 yards to 238 for UW, and 313 rushing. UW needs to finish strong to avoid embarassment.
UW STOPPED AGAIN — Almost felt like a white flag there as UW punted on fourth and three at its own 49 with just over five minutes to play in the third. Locker 4-18 and two interceptions.
UH OH — UW got the ball back, but Locker locked onto Aguilar on a third down pass and Alfonzo Dennard stepped in front of it and picked it off and returned it 31 yards for a TD. Nebraska leads 49-21 with 8:21 to play. If I’m not mistaken, the record for points by an opponent here is 56 against Cal in 2005.
UW THREE AND OUT — UW didn’t move and now the game gets into dangerous territory as the Cornhuskers have a chance at the kind of drive that could put this game away.
UW BREAKS NEBRASKA STREAK — Nebraska had held 15 of its last 16 opponents to 20 points or fewer. UW now has 21.
HUSKIES GET IT RIGHT BACK — Well, right back where we were to start the half after two big plays to start the half. Locker rolled right and with the secondary biting on the run, found Kearse over the top for a 45-yard TD. That makes it 35-21 with 13:59 to play and puts UW right back in it.
THAT WAS FAST — Didn’t even have time to get settled back in my seat then Martinez was racing down the sidelines for an 80-yard TD. Looked like Nate Williams bit on the fake at the line and there was no one left on the corner once Martinez got past.
A FEW HALFTIME THOUGHTS:
— It’ll be easy to put the passing struggles all on Locker, but the reality is that UW’s WRs can’t get open against Nebraska’s tight coverage. Those guys so far are as good as advertised.
— UW’s KO coverage team remains simply poor. Nebraska has 75 yards on two returns.
— UW has 103 yards on 24 carries, but had only 23 on nine in the second quarter as the Cornhuskers appeared to establish dominance up front.
— The crowd noise really doesn’t seem to be impacting Martinez, who is 5-8 for 125 yards passing and the best QB on the field.
— Rasp has five punts for an average of 49.8.
— Nate Williams and Mason Foster lead UW in tackles with eight apiece.
HALF ENDS 28-14 — Nebraska in control as the half ends and will get the ball first to start to second half after deferring.
Sarkisian said in his radio comments that the whole key will be getting the passing game going. UW has a stunning 20 yards passing. Locker is 2-10 for 20 yards with the one interception.
GREAT PUNT BY RASP — One thing that hasn’t hurt UW today is Rasp, who just uncorked a 59-yarder to pin Nebraska back. Looked like Nebraska wanted to try to drive and score, but his punt means they won’t be able to do that now.
MARTINEZ SCORES FROM A YARD OUT — Stunningly easy drive for Nebraska there to go 48 yards and retake all the momentum, Martinez scoring from a yard out to put the Cornhuskers up 28-14 with 1:19 left.
That was 48 yards, 8 plays, in 3:38.
UW called a time out to try to save time to mount a final drive here in the half.
Nebraska has a 247-115 edge in yards, the fumble the only thing keeping UW in it right now.
NEBRASKA DOMINATING UP FRONT — Cornhuskers moving easily down field, stealing back all of UW’s momentum.
NO, MARTINEZ IS BACK — That was just the one series a half Green was supposed to play, apparently. Martinez back out there and more poor KO coverage has Nebraska already in scoring position with the ball at the UW 30.
OR IS MARTINEZ HURT? — Could be that Martinez is hurt w\hich would be a big break for the Huskies. We haven’t heard anything yet up here if he is.
JUST A HUGE BREAK THERE FOR UW — Nebraska really seemed on the verge of taking control. But in what will be a much-questioned decision, Nebraska went with its backup QB with the ball at its own 12 and it backfired as he fumbled, and UW recovered. Crichton got credit for the fumble, which came as Green tried to fight for yards after contact. Polk scored from two yards out. So UW down just 21-14 with 5:06 to play in half.
HUSKIES TAKE ADVANTAGE — Wow, big turn there as Nebraska’s backup QB fumbles and UW recovers at the 6 and scores two plays later on a Polk run. So 21-14 at 5:06.
UW ONE FIRST DOWN, THEN PUNT — Nebraska has the ball at its own 12 with 5:59 to play. Big drive here.
UW passing game not sharp. Nebraska’s corners are dominating.
MARTINEZ’S STATS — He’s 5-8 for 125 yards passing, 24 yards on 10 carries rushing.
NEBRASKA EXTENDS LEAD TO 21-7 — A tidy 8-play 56-yard drive has Nebraska back ahead 21-7 with 8:43 to play in second quarter. Martinez does indeed seem pretty unflappable, hitting a big third-and-16 pass to key the drive. Nebraska has 194 yards to 93 for UW.
THIRD AND LONG KILLING UW — Nebraska has converted on third and 14 and third and 16, the latter putting Nebraska at the UW 30 with 9:48 to play in the second. Nebraska has 125 passing yards.
UW THREE AND OUT — Nebraska defense has settled down after UW’s long drive, and forces another three-and-out, Locker sacked on third down. Nebraska has the ball at its own 44 with 12:23 to play.
NEBRASKA STOPPED — Punt into end zone so UW starts at its own 20 with 13:31 to play in second quarter.
FIRST QUARTER OVER — Nebraska picked up a third-and-14 and ends the quarter with a second-and-7 at its own 44. Score is 14-7 and UW has at least settled things down a bit after the shaky start.
Nebraska has 140 yards to 100 for UW.
Gilliland with a nice play on Taylor Martinez on the play of the quarter to prevent a longer run.
Sean Parker also got in briefly as UW using some of its younger players today.
UW THREE AND OUT — Nebraska blitzed on third and nine to rush a Locker pass and the Huskies are now punting. Nebraska will start at its own 27.
HUSKIES GET THE STOP — Two Nebraska penalties kill the drive and Cornhuskers now to punt. Ducre in for Richardson to start that drive.
GOOD JOB BY OL ON THAT DRIVE — The new-look OL definitely opening some holes for the Huskies on that last drive.
UW ANSWERS RIGHT BACK — Great 80-yard drive by Huskies to get right back in it capped by a 7-yd run by Locker on third-and-five. 11 plays, 80 yards, 5:34. One interesting alignment there where Izbicki was a tackle and they overloaded the left side to run that way and get a first down.
UW also really working the middle, spreading out the field and trying to find holes up the middle.
WOW, NEBRASKA JUST DOMINATING — Three plays and another TD for Nebraska as Quinton Richardson couldn’t make the play on what turned into a 55-yard pass completion from Martinez to Brandon Kinnnie. Martinez scored on the next play. 14-0 Nebraska with 10:45 to play. Nebraska has 111 yards to UW’s 19.
UW THREE-AND-OUT — Nebraska has ball at its own 37 with 11:45 to play.
NEB SCORES — Martinez hits McNeill on a crossing route and he’s into the end zone for a shockingly fast TD. So Nebraska leads 7-0 with 12:49 to play. That was 48 yards in two plays.
LOCKER PICKED OFF — After a first down, Locker tried to hit Aguilar deep and it was picked off by Hagg. Neb with ball at 48.
MARLION BARNETT SPLIT WIDE ON FIRST PLAY — Something of a surprise. Rest of lineup the same with Kohler at LG.
66 DEGREES AT KICKOFF — And nice and clear.
NEB WINS TOSS, DEFERS — UW to test Nebraska D right out of the gate.
GAMEDAY CAPTAINS FOR UW — In addition to the regulars, Josh Shirley is the scout team captain and Greg Walker for special teams.
SLOW INTERNET AGAIN — Once again, I don’t promise that the net will work real fast up here.I will do what I can to update the game quickly but some of this is out of my control as we’re having some issues.
PRE-GAME NOTES — To the right you see the Sea of Read in the closed end zone about 45 minutes prior to kickoff. Sorry, but there really are probably 20-25,000 Nebraska fans here. It’s an awful lot.
As for personnel news, Cort Dennison is out with an illness so Garret Gilliland scheduled to get the start at MLB.
And the OL is as advertised during the week with Erik Kohler at LG.
Other than that, the starting lineups look the same.

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