Did Pelini make the right call in pulling Martinez?
If you were Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini on Saturday afternoon, would you have pulled quarterback Taylor Martinez after watching him struggle to find running room against Will Muschamp’s defense?
Pelini admitted during the Big 12 coaches’ teleconference with reporters Monday that he was second-guessing his decision to pull the dual-threat signal caller during the third quarter of the Cornhuskers’ 20-13 loss to Texas.
ICONNebraska QB Taylor Martinez was bottled up by the Texas defense all day long.
Martinez, who had averaged 147 yards rushing and almost 11 yards per carry entering the contest, was held to a season-low 21 yards on 13 carries, with his longest run going for 14 yards. He also completed only 4 of 12 passes for 63 yards.
Pelini questioned whether it was the right call because Nebraska’s problems went beyond the play under center. Not only did three Cornhusker wide receivers drop touchdown passes, but the offensive line was outplayed by the Texas defensive front.
Pelini, who discussed the quarterback situation with offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, ultimately made the call to go with veteran Zac Lee because he was looking for a spark. Pelini said Monday that “you live and learn as a head coach.”
Lee rushed 10 times for 25 yards and hit 4 of 9 passes for 14 yards in relief.
“T-Magic” will start this week at Oklahoma State.
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