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Huskers’ QB Says Big Ten Defenses Better Than SEC’s

gfx - they said itApparently Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez doesn’t let the scoreboard interfere with his desire to chirp and chatter.  The Cornhuskers may have lost Tuesday’s Capital One Bowl to Georgia 45-31, but that didn’t keep Martinez from saying this:

 

“I think the Big Ten, talent-wise, is a lot better, and the defenses in the Big Ten are better than SEC defenses.  This was supposed to be one of the top defenses in the SEC, and we pretty much did anything we wanted against them.”

 

Now, Nebraska did pile up 443 yards against the Bulldogs and they averaged a whopping 5.6 yards per play in doing so.  But a little context may be in order.

The Huskers had the Big Ten’s best offense in 2012.  And that 5.6 yards-per-play average against Georgia was their fourth-lowest total all season.  Only Iowa (3.9), Michigan (5.0), and Minnesota (5.5) fared better against Martinez and crew.  Of course, all three of those teams lost to Nebraska, while Georgia beat them by two touchdowns.

In addition, Bo Pelini’s team took a 31-23 lead over Georgia with 9:42 to play in the third quarter.  And then they never scored again.  So in terms of “doing anything they wanted,” that apparently only applied to the first 35 minutes of action.

Also, if Nebraska scored 31 on a poor defense from the SEC and Georgia hung 45 on the Cornhusker D, what does that say about NU’s defense?  That SEC offenses are spectacular?  Or that Nebraska’s defense isn’t as good as the others in the Big Ten that Martinez thinks so highly of?

At MrSEC.com, we’re never big on players running their mouths — regardless of team or conference — but we’re especially bothered when guys who just got whipped talk smack.  If a team loses by two touchdowns and can’t score for half the game, it’s probably best if that team’s players don’t brag about how easy the competition was.

 


13 comments
Eufala Downer
Eufala Downer

If I was as ugly as Pellini and had a nose that big I wouldn't be bragging about anything.  Just sayin'

ruizhe
ruizhe

After seeing UF repeatedly getting punched in the mouth by Louisville, I wouldn't be so quick to chirp about the SEC's defenses either, however.  'Bama's & LSU's are good, no doubt (and SC has Clowney, though, de-cleating hit aside, he mostly just helped Lewan's draft stock), but the rest of the SEC?  I wouldn't say they're better than the B10 defenses.  MSU had one of the most dominating defenses I've seen in college football (though they were done in by an atrocious offense; with an average offense that would get the defense off the field every so often, MSU would have gone to a BCS bowl; a good offense would have had Sparty challenging for the national title). 

Mith242
Mith242

Yeah and there's a big difference in having a week or in this case a month to prepare for the game.  Nebraska pulled out quite a few new offensive plays for that game. 

HoustonVol
HoustonVol

To point a point to the whole cry baby talk. Tennessee play Georgia closer than Neb did. So Neb is only as good as the 8-10th (depending on how orange your glasses are) best team in the SEC? That is something to call home about.

badbadhoggie
badbadhoggie

Why is it that when other conferneces lose games, they always say we've played better teams?  Martinez must be in "Awe" of the whisky offense then!

MoKelly1
MoKelly1 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Nice article with facts to put his comments in perspective. Bottomline, just look at the Big 10's bowl record this year and last year. Not excactly something that suggests the league is anything but in the bottom tier.

XEN610
XEN610

I was so happy to see Georgia win.  nebraska fans were talking about how if they are not playing for the NC next year, Polini is out.

 

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Apparently “anything they wanted” includes getting knocked on his rear all game long. Let’s also remember that one TD was a quick pick-six. I’m glad Shawn Williams lit up Martinez like he owed him money.

NealHobson
NealHobson like.author.displayName 1 Like

By the way, Georgia's defense was not "supposed to be one of the best defenses in the SEC" as Martinez stated. Fact: Georgia was 6th in the SEC in scroing and total defense, and 12th in rushing defense, and only 9th in sacks. Georgia is certainly one of the best teams in the nation, but not on "D".

knoxdawgtn
knoxdawgtn

Guess he has the right to say whatever he wants to. Bottom line is he got beat, had opportunities to score points and didn't. Should have added at least another 7 to that 45 total as Mr. King dropped a sure TD pass towards the end. Martinez and company may have moved the ball during the first 35 minutes of the game but the the last 25 they never really even threatened. Who was it that threw the pass that got intercepted by Swain? Believe it was Martinez. Guess its just sour grapes on his part.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

@knoxdawgtn Now Birkhead had a tremendous game rushing the ball. If he wants to talk smack, he’s earned it. Martinez on the other hand threw two INTs and choked big time when it mattered. I heard someone mention on the radio this morning that the demeanor of the Nebraska team closely mirrors that of Bo Pelini; namely that no matter what, they’re going to act like nobody and nothing impresses them.

buddha22
buddha22

@GeoffDawg They have a very high opinion of themselves. Generally Nebraskans are nice people until you get them talking football...then they are like jaysquacks. they act like they invented the sport. Their fans had a self-hyped opinion that they are the best fans in college football. That ended (if it ever really existed) in the 90s...along with their team. Look, you get spankws by a score of 70-35 by the 3rd team in the rust division, well, your 10 wins look really suspect, confirmed by the schedule.

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