Sunday, October 9, 2011

Taylor Martinez second half performance for Nebraska keeps Brion Carnes waiting

Nebraska's maligned quarterback Taylor Martinez shook off a bad first half to the lead Cornhuskers to come from behind 34-27 victory over Ohio State Saturday night.

It means the long awaited appearance of Manatee High product Brion Carnes might have to wait for awhile, which might not be all that bad.

Carnes is the only other Nebraska quarterback to throw a pass this season (1 for 1 for 19 yards) and many fans have been clamoring for him to get a chance, especially after the Huskers debacle at Wisconsin last week.

Martinez was roundly booed in Nebraska's resounding loss to Wisconsin last week when he threw three interceptions. The boos continued at halftime in the Ohio State game when he was ineffective and threw another pick and the Buckeyes took a 20-6 halftime lead.

Things changed in the second half. A strip by Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David led to a Martinez 18 yard touchdown run. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was knocked out of the game with a sprained ankle and the roof caved in the for Buckeyes offense.

Martinez ran for 102 yards and 16 for 22 passing for 191 yards. But you can't escape the question of whether he can do that against good team, which Ohio State is not.

The sophomore has obvious flaws. His throwing motion is awkward and he doesn't have a strong arm. In his defense, he knows the offense and can pick his spots at a runner.

The question remains is he the long term answer.

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