The Nebraska Cornhuskers started the game fast offensively, as Taylor Martinez, Kenny Bell, and Ameer Abdullah ran over, around, and through a Bruins defense who looked like they were stuck in second gear.
The Cornhuskers defense, led by coordinator John Papuchis, was, well, absolutely pathetic tonight. The UCLA Bruins racked up 653 yards against the defense, rushing for 344 and passing for another 309. Nebraska played pretty pathetic on both side of the ball, and special teams.
Offensively, the Huskers racked up nearly 300 yards of offense in the first half. Taylor Martinez had over 100 yards rushing and passing. Martinez found Kenny Bell and Jamal Turner in stride as the Huskers found room.
The Bruins’ best players, Brett Hundley, Jonathan Franklin, and Joseph Fauria all hurt the Huskers. Franklin ran over, around, and through the “blackshirts”, as this performance and team so far this season is far from worthy of those coveted jerseys.
I don’t have a number available, but I’m going to bet the Huskers had upwards of 20 missed tackles on Franklin.
Brett Maher struggled early on this game, shanking two punts and missing an easy field goal, but got it together when the Huskers needed him most. However, the onside kick at the end of the game was also pretty bad.
The Cornhuskers secondary was beaten again and again by Hundley, as he completed 22 passes to 8 different players. Fauria was the recipient on two of those touchdown passes, as he beat the defense on a wheel route, then had a box out of safety Daimion Stafford, a complete mismatch.
Coaching was also pretty poor in this game. The Huskers offensive game plan didn’t change one bit in the second half, and it seemed like Tim Beck never made adjustments until it was too late. Defensively, John Papuchis called a decent game, but the players did not make plays.
Ultimately, it comes down the head coaches job to get his team ready to play. We saw the Huskers come out, but we didn’t see them finish. It hasn’t been uncommon since Pelini took over, as Nebraska has lost winnable games.
Irregardless, it was a pathetic game by the Huskers today.