Five Things We Learned From The UCLA Game:
1) The Offense Is Not As Good As We Thought: They looked good in the first half then disappeared altogether. None of the position groups look much better than they did in 2012, well, maybe the offensive line (slightly). Tim Beck is obviously not doing a good job in preparing the offense and things need to change now, not later.
2) The Huskers Still Can’t Tackle: The Nebraska Cornhuskers are still missing tackles. If someone is in the open field you might as well put six on the board. The technique is bad, the angles are bad, and this team cannot wrap up to save their lives. The Huskers looked like a Division III school trying to stop an NFL team on Saturday.
3) Taylor Martinez Is Not The Same Player: There were several times during Saturdays game when Taylor Martinez looked lost, like a deer in headlights. Martinez used to take off with the football and make things happen when the defense was getting to him in the backfield. Now he just spins and runs backwards, just to be sacked several yards behind the line. Without his feet, he is only a half threat quarterback. Taylor needs to find his mojo.
4) The Team Lacks A Killer Instinct: If a team is up 21-3 before halftime you would think that they would lay the hammer down. Instead the Huskers got complacent at the half and allowed UCLA to steamroll them. Nebraska has no killer instinct, even when there is blood in the water.
5) Bo Pelini Continues To Be Out Coached: Bo Pelini and his staff failed to make adjustments at the half and it showed. This staff was outclassed by Jim More Jr. and company. The failure to adjust is nothing new but a destructive pattern that has become an obvious habit.