Grading Nebraska’s loss at Ohio State, why the future is bright in Lincoln

The Huskers put up a fight Saturday (November 3) in Columbus, but fell short in the end.


Offense - B-

Martinez was good, but not great. A few miscues cost the Huskers points, but remember folks, he is a freshman. He is going to be a beast in two years! The first drive was great, but Martinez did make freshman mistakes - especially the pass he tossed backward in the red zone that cost the Huskers points.


Defense - C-

Against the pass, the young Huskers were better than average, but the run defense was the Achilles heal. JoJo Domann caused a fumble that helped Nebraska stay in this game, but giving up huge chunks of yards on the ground proved to be fatal.


Special Teams - D-

From Caleb Lightbourn whiffing on his first kickoff try, to having Keandre Jones waltz into the backfield like he knew the play count to block a punt, the special teams was a disaster Saturday afternoon.


Overall - B-

Nebraska fans who were thinking that another blowout in Columbus was on the horizon take heart - this team is good. The progress is coming and Coach Frost will have an even better team to work with next fall. The hurtful thing about the Ohio State game? The Huskers had it, and the miscues let it go.


The future starts with Martinez

The kid is special. No one wants to wait until next year, but what the future sophomore will bring to this team will be a definite x-factor for the Huskers. Not many quarterbacks can run and pass, but Martinez has the ability to out-play defenses with his legs, as well as his strong arm. With young talent surrounding Martinez, like JD Spielman, Mike Williams, and Maurice Washington, the Huskers should be a force in the Big Ten.

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