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659 yards of Total Offense today - the most by the 'skers in our B1G conference play history. That doesn't just happen. It happens when:

 

-You don't commit a ton of offensive penalties

-Your play calling is excellent

-Your coach and offensive coordinator draw up a great game plan to exploit the other team's weaknesses

-Your offensive line plays well

-Your backs find their running lanes

-Your wide receivers/backs/tight ends bust their a**es to block (Morgan on Ozigbo's second touchdown, and anyone else yell out "Ohhhhhhh" when Washington cuts that guy down on Martinez's scramble????)

-Your quarterback throws for 86%

-Your quarterback makes great decisions

-Your quarterback runs for over 100 yards

-Your quarterback threatens the other defense to be able to chip them for a 30 yard run on any given play

 

See the main trends there? The combination of Frost's offensive mind & Adrian Martinez is so good. Yes, the line played well today and I want to highlight how critical that was, not just from a run blocking standpoint but also pass blocking. Ozigbo was a man possessed. The receivers caught the passes that came anywhere near their area. Morgan was a man among boys out there.

 

But Martinez is seriously unreal, and he was at the center of this whole win today. His lateral running blows my mind; he just casually side steps linebackers basically 100% of the time. He plants his feet to throw and his head never stops scanning the field. I can't believe how fortunate it was that we landed this kid. 

One of the biggest things I noticed with Milton at UCF was how Frost had him roll out to suck in the linebackers to open up the passing game. This play right here is seriously just too good:

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32 minutes ago, WyoHusker56 said:

Honestly if Martinez plays his senior year and plays well, the kid might have been a 5 star

 

He would have been a 5 star. We are very fortunate to have him. He is one of if not the best QB in his class.

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The Huskers seem to gain 650 a week.  Because of penalties they usually lose 120 of it

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7 hours ago, MichiganDad3 said:

Milton in year 2 was the tremendously better than Milton in year 1. How good will Martinez be next year?

I think we are already seeing tremendous accuracy. It will only get better.

I think we will see him get stronger and be able to run through even more arm tackles as well.

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57 minutes ago, ScottyIce said:

I think we are already seeing tremendous accuracy. It will only get better.

I think we will see him get stronger and be able to run through even more arm tackles as well.

I still think Martinez is still a bit hobbled by his knee injury.  I don't think he gets caught on his two long runs before his injury.  The injury isn't serious right now, but it's still keeping Martinez from getting to top speed.

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56 minutes ago, ScottyIce said:

I think we are already seeing tremendous accuracy. It will only get better.

I think we will see him get stronger and be able to run through even more arm tackles as well.

 

Yeah, there's that angle of his strength as a runner. And then there's the whole rolling him out thing, too. Comparing him and Milton, with Martinez being the better runner, those rollout RPOs are just going to be killer. When that instinct for when to throw it and when to run it on those plays dials in it's going to be mayhem.

 

Imagine how defenses are going to have to start scheming for us; how can you not dedicate a linebacker as a spy? Frost will exploit that so well.

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4 minutes ago, ColoradoHusk said:

I still think Martinez is still a bit hobbled by his knee injury.  I don't think he gets caught on his two long runs before his injury.  The injury isn't serious right now, but it's still keeping Martinez from getting to top speed.

 

I said the same thing yesterday. You'd have to think that's at least part of why he's still going with the hard brace. In the spring game he looked faster.

Here's to hoping it fully heals before season's end.

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12 minutes ago, ColoradoHusk said:

I still think Martinez is still a bit hobbled by his knee injury.  I don't think he gets caught on his two long runs before his injury.  The injury isn't serious right now, but it's still keeping Martinez from getting to top speed.

 

I thought the exact thing when watching my game recording last night.

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12 minutes ago, ColoradoHusk said:

I still think Martinez is still a bit hobbled by his knee injury.  I don't think he gets caught on his two long runs before his injury.  The injury isn't serious right now, but it's still keeping Martinez from getting to top speed.

 

Yep. Which is incredible, because the speed he has right now is plenty good enough.

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@Undone that pass play reminds me so much of the old option pass TO used to run and burn teams on.  Sure there is obviously differences, but moving the pocket like that gets safeties and LB out of their normal coverage areas and usually sucked up to stop the run.  Just watch how everyone looks like a QB run with zone blocking and then BAM!

 

Just like Osborne used to do it.

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1 minute ago, In the Deed the Glory said:

@Undone that pass play reminds me so much of the old option pass TO used to run and burn teams on.  Sure there is obviously differences, but moving the pocket like that gets safeties and LB out of their normal coverage areas and usually sucked up to stop the run.  Just watch how everyone looks like a QB run with zone blocking and then BAM!

 

Just like Osborne used to do it.

The play action pass off the option fake was my favorite play that TO used to run.   I loved the option, but when the QB would go down the line a few steps, and then drop back and hit a streaking TE or Split-End for a big play, I loved it!!!

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Just now, ColoradoHusk said:

The play action pass off the option fake was my favorite play that TO used to run.   I loved the option, but when the QB would go down the line a few steps, and then drop back and hit a streaking TE or Split-End for a big play, I loved it!!!

Yep, and I think we are going to feel the same about Frost's play calling.

 

Yesterday was nearly flawless.

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I said it a few weeks ago that I was seeing more and more of the Oregon/UCF offense and this game it really came out on full display.  Going to be great fun watching this offense tear teams a new one over the coming years.  

 

The defense is still a concern and we sorely need new recruits to fix the many issues with it.

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8 minutes ago, In the Deed the Glory said:

@Undone that pass play reminds me so much of the old option pass TO used to run and burn teams on.  Sure there is obviously differences, but moving the pocket like that gets safeties and LB out of their normal coverage areas and usually sucked up to stop the run.  Just watch how everyone looks like a QB run with zone blocking and then BAM!

 

Just like Osborne used to do it.

 

Exactly.

 

Throwing on the rollout isn't easy. As Martinez gets better and better at it we will be so deadly. And to cast back to the Osborne days, imagine getting tight ends involved in these concepts.

 

5 minutes ago, ColoradoHusk said:

The play action pass off the option fake was my favorite play that TO used to run.   I loved the option, but when the QB would go down the line a few steps, and then drop back and hit a streaking TE or Split-End for a big play, I loved it!!!


You beat me to the tight end comment.   :)

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43 minutes ago, Undone said:

 

I said the same thing yesterday. You'd have to think that's at least part of why he's still going with the hard brace. In the spring game he looked faster.

Here's to hoping it fully heals before season's end.

He looked faster in the spring because he was playing against our defense which is slow 

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1 minute ago, MyBloodIsRed16 said:

He looked faster in the spring because he was playing against our defense which is slow 

Martinez looked faster against Colorado, as well.  He took a run to the house against CU, but today he got caught/ran out of gas.

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Just now, MyBloodIsRed16 said:

He looked faster in the spring because he was playing against our defense which is slow 

This is 100% truth.

 

Our defense is not good, but man do we lack talent on that side of the ball.  Really, we are one player away from making this a pretty decent defense.

 

A dynamic pass rusher.  Frost and Chin find one of those, look the f#&% out people.  We'll be fighting for the West immediately.  It will make that much of a difference.

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5 minutes ago, r06ue1 said:

I said it a few weeks ago that I was seeing more and more of the Oregon/UCF offense and this game it really came out on full display.  Going to be great fun watching this offense tear teams a new one over the coming years.

 

Biggest positive difference I've noticed is that Scott came out against Wisconsin throwing the ball quickly to the edges in the first quarter and hasn't looked back from that game plan. That completely changes how a defense plays you. It opens up the running lanes after just a couple of those throws. We've scored a touchdown on our first drives in back-to-back games now and both of those opening drives looked effortless.

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1 minute ago, Undone said:

 

Biggest positive difference I've noticed is that Scott came out against Wisconsin throwing the ball quickly to the edges in the first quarter and hasn't looked back from that game plan. That completely changes how a defense plays you. It opens up the running lanes after just a couple of those throws. We've scored a touchdown on our first drives in back-to-back games now and both of those opening drives looked effortless.

This has a lot to do with how much he trusts his QB also.

 

The kid just makes plays, he is phenomenal.

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56 minutes ago, The Dude said:

Which one again proves my theory Frost is the best OC in college football.

As was Tom Osborne.

 

Once we get our defense figured out, it will be a beautiful sight to behold.

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The only thing I wish Martinez did better was drop to his safety read (the RB flaring out).

 

I don't think I've seen him hit a single RB as his last option/read yet.

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Yesterday Nebraska rushed for 383 yards, and Ozigbo had 12 carries for 152 Yards against Minnesota (#20 rush D). In 2017, Nebraska rushed for 69 yards, and Ozigbo had 10 carries for 37 yards (#74 rush D).

 

That's the difference in coaching, and scheme.

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6 minutes ago, Saunders said:

Yesterday Nebraska rushed for 383 yards, and Ozigbo had 12 carries for 152 Yards against Minnesota (#20 rush D). In 2017, Nebraska rushed for 69 yards, and Ozigbo had 10 carries for 37 yards (#74 rush D).

 

That's the difference in coaching, and scheme.

We've rushed for more than 250 in more games this season than all of Rileys tenure I'm pretty sure.

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5 hours ago, Undone said:

 

Biggest positive difference I've noticed is that Scott came out against Wisconsin throwing the ball quickly to the edges in the first quarter and hasn't looked back from that game plan. That completely changes how a defense plays you. It opens up the running lanes after just a couple of those throws. We've scored a touchdown on our first drives in back-to-back games now and both of those opening drives looked effortless.


I've loved it too - it's definitely been fun to watch. Is anyone else concerned, though, about a faster defense being able to jump one of those quick outs? There were a couple of those against Minnesota where it seemed the defender would have had a decent shot at an INT (& likely pick-6) if he would have anticipated the throw better.

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Didn’t know where else to put this but I was looking at NCAA’s stats to see how some of our guys compared to the rest of the nation.

 

AM

23rd in comp%

37th in passing ypg 

 

Spielman

24th in receiving ypg

12th in receptions per game

 

Morgan

48th in receiving ypg

 

Ozigbo

40th in rushing ypg

6th in ypc 

 

Bootle

5th in passes defended 

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On 10/21/2018 at 12:08 AM, MichiganDad3 said:

Milton in year 2 was the tremendously better than Milton in year 1. How good will Martinez be next year?

He is good, but he will only be as good as our offensive line will allow. They will get him killed if they don't keep executing. My suspicion is our line looked good because MN just isn't that good.

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2 minutes ago, billdozer15 said:

He is good, but he will only be as good as our offensive line will allow. They will get him killed if they don't keep executing. My suspicion is our line looked good because MN just isn't that good.

 

 

We will face 3 DL that are better, but when I think of that I remind myself that Minnesota destroyed us last season. 

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On 10/20/2018 at 11:23 PM, WyoHusker56 said:

Honestly if Martinez plays his senior year and plays well, the kid might have been a 5 star

 

One could say Maurice Washington may have been close as well if not for the services and many schools assuming he had grade issues so he wouldnt be eligible. I think he outclassed much of the under armour all american game. 

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8 minutes ago, billdozer15 said:

He is good, but he will only be as good as our offensive line will allow. They will get him killed if they don't keep executing. My suspicion is our line looked good because MN just isn't that good. 

 

Hard to say because matchups are so different, but Minnesota's D Line held Ohio State to 92 rushing yards. They're not great, but they're not terrible, & Fleck is a good coach, so I'd say this was a decently quality win for our O Line. 

 

We'll see if they can do it two games in a row against a weak BCU team, and again the week after against Ohio State. 

 

I think our line is getting better as the season goes on, which is much better than the regression we've seen in years past.

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12 minutes ago, knapplc said:

 

Hard to say because matchups are so different, but Minnesota's D Line held Ohio State to 92 rushing yards. They're not great, but they're not terrible, & Fleck is a good coach, so I'd say this was a decently quality win for our O Line. 

 

We'll see if they can do it two games in a row against a weak BCU team, and again the week after against Ohio State. 

 

I think our line is getting better as the season goes on, which is much better than the regression we've seen in years past.

Agreed. The Ohio State game scares me a lot now that they lost. It seems every time a Urban coached team loses they come out and go on a rampage the rest of the season. They will be throwing flea flickers up by 50 with 30 seconds to go in order to secure their playoff spot. I would have rather seen them play close game after close game sleep walking through till they get to us.

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1 hour ago, billdozer15 said:

Agreed. The Ohio State game scares me a lot now that they lost. It seems every time a Urban coached team loses they come out and go on a rampage the rest of the season. They will be throwing flea flickers up by 50 with 30 seconds to go in order to secure their playoff spot. I would have rather seen them play close game after close game sleep walking through till they get to us.

 

 

I pretty much always want Nebraska to play a team that’s undefeated. Purdue might actually be a pretty good team now that I look at them. They’ve won 4 in a row. They lost to some teams that aren’t great but by only 8 points total. They might be a good team going forward. 

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