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Not just the turnovers that frustrated Beck
COLUMBUS, OH – A week after playing one of the best games of his college career, if not the best, the old Taylor Martinez snuck back onto the field – in the process turning the ball over four times against Ohio State on Saturday night.
The junior quarterback only had one interception in his first five games this season, but had three INTs and a fumble against the Buckeyes – with his first interception being a pick-six.
But it wasn’t just the turnovers that frustrated Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck. For example, in the third quarter, Martinez rolled out on a bootleg. After quickly seeing nothing was there, he reversed field, in the process also dropping further into the backfield. The play resulted into in a 12-yard sack and momentum for Ohio State.
“He’s just trying to make some plays - the guy is competing. But he’s got quit doing that. He has to play in the confines of the system,” said Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck. “Do what it tells you. If it’s not there, throw it away. Then it’s 2nd and 10. You live to fight another day."
In the end, Martinez finished 15-of-25 for 214 yards - getting sacked four times. On the ground, he ran 18 times for 40 yards - finding the end zone twice on runs that could be described as tough yards.
“He did some good things," said Beck. "I don’t want to make it sound like the guy was awful. He ran hard and made some good throws during the course of the game. We have to protect better for him up front."
While the offense wasn’t responsible for the 63 total points Ohio State put on the scoreboard, the unit didn’t help the Huskers cause, with most of their turnovers setting up short-field situations for the Buckeyes.
“It’s been the story of this season. We have to fix it,” said Beck. “We have to do our part and score more than the opponent. We can’t get give them short-fields.”