Look out, Nebraska fans, the Texas Longhorns are looking to spoil your BCS dreams in Lincoln today. The Longhorns are currently leading the Cornhuskers, 17-3 at the first half.
Texas quarterback, Garrett Gilbert hasn’t been getting it done as much through the air, save a big third down conversion at the 10:09 mark in the second quarter—see play below,
…but the sophomore has made his ground presence felt—scoring both touchdowns for the Longhorns with his legs.
For their part, Nebraska’s offense has stalled under the guidance of Nebraska quarterback, Taylor Martinez. The freshman QB has been harassed and pressured by the Longhorn defensive front—so far he’s 4/10 for 63-yards and has managed just 26 yards on the ground (13 of which came on their first drive of the game.
Sam Acho, the Texas defensive end, has been channeling his best Ndamokung Suh (the former Nebraska defensive tackle) impersonation all day (Suh made mince meat of Texas quarterback, Colt McCoy in last year’s Big 12 Championship Game). He’s been in the backfield a ton today as the Nebraska offensive line has had no answer for him to this point.
By contrast, Gilbert has been well-protected and Nebraska has put, virtually, no pressure on him this afternoon.
It’s still early, but the way things look in the first half, that early season slate of cupcakes for the Nebraska Cornhuskers has done little to prepare them for this physical game against Texas.