Game 3: UW at Nebraska game notes
Sep 17, 2011, 5:02 PM | Updated: 6:25 pm
By Mark Knight
Special to 710Sports.com
Nebraska game notes
– Nate Fellner and Taz Stevenson were out and did not suit up for the Huskies.
– Nebraska came out and scored on two plays.
– Passing coverage looked shaky the entire game for UW.
– Run defense also didn’t look impressive as Nebraska rushed for 308 yards.
– Chris Polk continues to impress only a few weeks removed from knee surgery. 130 yards and a touchdown. He created many huge runs out of nothing.
– Austin Sefarian-Jenkins and Kasen Williamsare proving to be go-to-guys for the Huskies as true freshmen.
– Keith Price hooked up with Jermaine Kearse for a 38-yard touchdown to answer right back.
– UW was able to stop Nebraska’s second drive – 3-and-out.
– UW then quickly went 3-and-out on their second drive.
– Taylor Martinez’s first designed run went for 28 yards.
– Brett Maher with a 45-yard field goal and he remains perfect on the season.
– Keith Price threw two interceptions. One was on a poorly thrown ball to Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, and the other was in desperation near the end of the game.
– Taylor Martinez looked like he was the fastest player on the field. His speed was impressive.
– Cort Dennison is putting together an impressive season. He continues to rack up the tackles.
– UW looked better on stopping 3rd down conversions than against Hawaii. Nebraska was only able to go 3-for-13. However, Nebraska did a lot more on 1st and 2nd down than the other two teams UW has faced this season.
– Desmond Trufant is making a case for special teams player of the year, after he recovered a muffed punt towards the beginning of the game.
– Keith Price to Jermaine Kearse is becoming a deadly combination when it comes to getting touchdowns.
– Justin Glenn saves a touchdown from Ameer Abdulah after Abdulah ran a 65-yard kick return back.
– Erik Folk stays perfect on the year with a 41-yard field goal.
– Nebraska was trying all sorts of different blitz packages to get to Keith Price.
– A wrong call negated another muffed punt by Nebraska. Cort Dennison was called for kick-catch interference.
– Upon further review, Dennison did not touch him, but the returner was tripped up by his own man.
– Brett Maher ended the half with a 35-yard field goal. 20-17 NEB.
– Chris Polk and Jesse Callier have struggled with cramping towards the end of the second half. Callier did not return and it proved to hurt the Huskies in the special teams game. True Freshman Bishop Sankey muffed a kick return.
– Another kick-catch interference was called on Washington, this time it was Desmond Trufant. The call was questionable as Trufant arrived shortly after the returner caught the ball. No fair-catch was called.
– Nebraska had tons of momentum in their favor and was able to capitalize on this, going up by 20 quick.
– Rex Burkhead was impressive for Nebraska running for 120 yards and two touchdowns.
– UW decided to go for it on 4th down, to get back in the game, at the Nebraska 12-yard line and failed.
– Keith Price came up limping in the 3rd quarter and never seemed to recover. He limped the rest of the game but continued to play.
– Lots of UW players were shaken up, came up limping, or other various minor injuries.
– UW fought hard to get back into the game and there were some opportunities to cut the lead, but they were in too deep of a hole.
– Chris Polk and James Johnson had touchdowns late in the game as UW was aggressively trying to claw back into the game.
– UW attempted a trick onside kick but once again were called for kick-catch interference when Jermaine Kearse made a play for the ball.
– UW attempted another onside kick. This one was not disguised and Nebraska was able to come up with the ball.
– The Huskies were able to stop a 4th down conversion to keep the game alive. They used all three timeouts to continue to go for the win.
– Price threw a desperation deep ball that was intercepted by Nebraska to secure the Cornhuskers victory.
– One impressive standout in the game was James Johnson with six catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
– Keith Price seems to not favor one receiver but finds whoever is open and able to make a play.