2011 College Football Week 1 Scores: Nebraska Beating Up on Chattanooga
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are beating up on the Chattanooga Mocs to the tune of 33-7.
That isn’t shocking. What is shocking is Taylor Martinez’s 16 attempts through the air. Martinez is 9-16 for 110 yards. He also has 16 carries for 83 yards and two touchdowns.
Nebraska also has dynamic playmaker Rex Burkhead toting the rock in the backfield. Burkhead has 74 yards and one touchdown thus far. He is the second part to a very productive two-headed monster carrying the ball out of the Nebraska backfield.
272 total yards on offense for Nebraska suggests total dominance over the Mocs’ defense. This bodes well for Bo Pelini’s squad as they enter their first season in Big Ten country. Alfonzo Dennard, Lavonte David, and Jared Crick give Pelini three excellent options on defense. They make plays at all three levels of the field.
The Cornhuskers have allowed over 100 yards passing to Mocs’ quarterback B.J. Coleman. He also has one touchdown and one interception.
Sadly for Coleman, Martinez does not appear to be slowing down. The score has suddenly become 40-3 after Martinez broke a 45 yard touchdown run. Martinez’s electric ability on the ground makes Nebraska very tough to stop. He is a home run threat. You hold your breath when he touches the ball.
He has completed passes to seven different receivers, including four to Quincy Enunwa. The versatility of the Nebraska offense makes playing defense against them a very daunting task. Last season fans became accustomed to Martinez tucking the ball and taking off. An added vertical passing element would make things even more interesting in Lincoln.
Next week the Cornhuskers face Fresno State, which should prove to be a tougher test. They will need the preparation this season because of the quality of talent in the Big Ten this season.
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