Big 12 Matchup: Nebraska Tunes Up For Texas, Pounds Kansas St in Manhattan

Mark ScheerhoornContributor IOctober 7, 2010

Taylor Martinez scores against Kansas St
Taylor Martinez scores against Kansas St

In a game billed as a "farewell to Nebraska" as they play the 'Huskers for the last time before their departure to The Big Ten next year, Kansas St and coach Bill Snyder ran into a Nebraska juggernaut losing 48 - 13.  Unable to score a touchdown until the 4th qtr, the Wildcats were totally dominated on both sides of the ball.  Redshirt freshman QB Taylor Martinez ran for a record 260 yds, eclipsing the record set by Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch in 2001.  In addition to to Martinez' stellar performance,            Roy Helu jr. also added a touchdown and Nebraska's Blackshirts, led by junior college transfer Lavante Davis, made the Wildcats work for every play from beginning to end.

Nebraska now is entering the meat of their Big 12 schedule, their next three games are Texas in Lincoln, #22 Oklahoma St in Stillwater and #24 Missouri in Lincoln.  Barring any more performances by Martinez like the one he turned in against South Dakota St, the 'Huskers should be able to run the gauntlet.  I say "should", not "will".  Anything can happen in college football and Big 12 road games are never a given.  I will go out on a limb and say talent-wise, Nebraska has the most in the Big 12.  Hopefully they'll be able to leverage that into a Big 12 title as a going away present as they depart for the Big Ten next year.


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