Saturday, November 03, 2012

Thoughts halftime, Nebraska, MSU

- One factor noticeable in this game is that Nebraska has much more speed on offense than MSU has on offense. The Spartans' Le'Veon Bell does most everything well, and is defnitely a premier college running, but his lack of breakaway speed sticks out. Even MSU wide receiverTony Lippett's long TD reception in the quarter wasn't because of separation from defenders. He won a jump ball with three Nebraska players on the score. On the other hand, when Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez broke loose in the open field, he was gone.
- It's amazing how much more effective Martinez is running Nebraska's offense than Michigan's Denard Robinson. Last season, though, MSU's defense did a do a good job against Martinez, holding him to 23 yards rushing and 80 passing, despite a 24-3 Nebraska victory. Today has presented a much different story. Martinez had runs of 71 and 59 yards during the first half. That's ridiculous.
- Giving up big plays like it has, MSU is fortunate this game is tied.


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