Martinez said he didn’t think he had Falck open.
“Looking down the seam, I’m going to have to look back on film and see if what I was seeing was correct, because I checked it down. I didn’t think I had anything,” Martinez said.
Either way, Nebraska got nothing from its possession.
“We wanted to be aggressive in overtime and I think we had the right play called on first down,” Frost said. “We didn’t execute it. Second down, it was unfortunate, but I think if that ball is a little higher, I think (Manning) catches it and gets the first down. He has to go down and catch it and it’s third-and-4. A play we’ve rehearsed a dozen times for third-and-4. I don’t know, I kind of thought he’d have the inside slant to throw, but any time you run a slant you’ve got to cross the DB’s face. We had that play prepped just for that situation, and again we didn’t execute at the right time.
“But it shouldn’t have come down to that.”
Indeed, before the defense controlled the second half, Nebraska committed seven penalties for 50 yards in the opening 30 minutes. Before Cerni’s poor punt in the fourth quarter, sophomore walk-on William Przystup mishit punts that traveled just 29 and 7 yards, too.
Before a nine-play, 75-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter, the Huskers crossed midfield twice and came away with just three points to show for it. That, in part, came because of four false-start penalties on the offensive line.
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