1st Quarter Analysis: Up and down

Nebraska jumped on Washington early in the first quarter, but defensively had some troubles. Come inside as Big Red Report Publisher Josh Harvey breaks it down.


Captains:Mike Caputo, P.J. Smith, Kyler Reed, Lavonte David

*** Players making their first career starts in today's game included junior offensive guard Seung Hoon Choi, red-shirt freshman receiver Kenny Bell and red-shirt freshman cornerback Josh Mitchell and junior defensive back Justin Blatchford.

1st Quarter

What can you say about Nebraska's 1st drive? It was impressive. Earlier in the day I thought to myself, I bet they go deep right off the bat and try to exploit the horrible Washington secondary. I just didn't think it would be the first play. It made sense though. There wasn't much game planning around Kenny Bell I'm assuming. Getting his first start, they took advantage of it.

Andrew Greenhad an up and down quarter. People will remember the 1st drive touchdown he gave up, but he did have two nice deflections that resulted in forced punts. The route looked to be a stop & go, but we will have to go back and look at the tape. It doesn't really matter, the receiver was wide open.

Something I noticed right before Washington's first touchdown, a Nebraska timeout was called. It was Bo that addressed the team, standing in the middle of the huddle on the field. Carl Pelini was on the outside of the huddle - maybe this is normal? About halfway through the timeout, Carl Pelini goes back to the sidelines and Bo continues his speech…in the end, it didn't really matter – Bo's motivational defensive talk didn't work.

Taylor Martinez might have had the long throw down field to Bell for 50 yards, but otherwise the quarter was pretty abysmal for him when it comes to throwing the football. He went 2-for-6 – with two completely blown throws. The biggest near blunder was a deep throw down field to a double covered Tim Marlowe?

Taylor Martinez the runner, now that is a different story. The sophomore did a nice job on the zone read, picking up 28 yards on the Huskers' third possession – electing to go out of bounds instead of taking a big hit.

Lavonte David snagged his first interception
The quarter also featured a nice interception by Lavonte David. Washington quarterback Keith Price, who is still pretty inexperienced, tried to find talented freshman Austin Seferian-Jenkins on a drag route. Jenkins is fast, David is faster. I don't think Keith Price realized the talent different between the Hawaii defense and the Blackshirts. It was also David's first career D-1 interception.

On Nebraska's last drive of the quarter, Taylor Martinez had multiple runs, apparently Washington was tired of it. There was definitely late hits while he was on the ground and the Huskies were doing a lot of pushing and late flopping on Martinez. Nebraska tight end Ben Cotton didn't appreciate it apparently. The junior immediately came to the aid of his quarterback in Terrell Owens fashion. The tight end started pushing back and sent a message to the Huskies. You mess with T-Magic, you mess with all of us.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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