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Second Half Adjustments by Colorado Doom a Potential Memorable Day for Nebraska Football Fans, Players and Coaches

and The Morning After

NCAA Football: Nebraska at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

They tried to keep Nebraska fans out of Folsom Field. The Colorado Athletic Department did all they could to keep the red out but they failed. It was setting up to be quite the scene. The play-by-play and color analyst mentioned that if you took out the student section it appeared that 70% of the crowd was wearing red.

Kudos to Nebraska fans as they made a statement. Nobody can take over venues like Husker football fans.

Yet, in the end none of that matters.

Nebraska was leading 17-0 at the end of the first half. The offense looked great. Adrian Martinez looked like a completely different player compared to the week before. The defense was dominant as Colorado had trouble finding any room to work.

Then the Colorado coaching staff made some adjustments on defense and we all know what happened. Adrian Martinez and the offense looked anemic and almost disinterested. Colorado took advantage of mental mistakes by the Nebraska defense with some huge gashing plays.

Next thing you know it is a three point game and Nebraska has zero momentum.

Then Maurice Washington catches a swing pass on the next play and takes it 75 yards to the house. It felt like that was exactly what Nebraska needed in order to get out of Colorado with a win. As we know, they didn’t.

The game goes into overtime and Scott Frost calls for a 48 yard field goal attempt by a punter. Game over.

It appears from my untrained eye that it will be the play of Adrian Martinez which will determine how Nebraska does this season. This offense depends so much on rhythm and pace that when they are interrupted by a bad snap or pressure on the quarterback then things appear to fall apart.

There were multiple plays where Martinez appeared to get rid of the ball too quickly when he actually had a clean pocket. Ghost pass rushers I guess. There could be a trust issue between Martinez and the offensive line at this point in the season. The trust issue is not as a result of any animosity between them, but merely that Martinez has been getting hit enough (either through his fault or the offensive line) and it is messing up the timing of the offense and more importantly — Martinez’s confidence.

The red invasion of Boulder was for naught. It will be forgotten. In the end it was irrelevant.

However, if the offense can get things figured out and make a run at the division when conference play comes around then all will be forgotten.

Perhaps even a heart-breaking loss to Colorado.

The Morning After

They Said It: Nebraska Players Discuss Loss to Colorado | Hail Varsity
Nebraska players met with the media Saturday evening following the Huskers' 34-31 overtime loss to Colorado. This one will take awhile to get over as Nebraska let a 17-point halftime lead slip away.

Play of the Game: Colorado's Third-Down Sack in Overtime | Hail Varsity
This week’s Play of the Game is Colorado’s sack of Adrian Martinez on third down in overtime.

Barry ticked at opportunity Huskers let slip
If there was a face to be put with the sickness being felt for those who care about Husker football on Saturday, see Mohamed Barry. His voice was pained and hoarse. He was sick with his own performance. Mostly, he was sick of what was given away.

Notable Quotes from Nebraska's loss to Colorado
Nebraska players and coaches met with the media following a disappointing overtime loss to Colorado on Saturday afternoon.

Up-and-down day for Martinez
Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez wasn’t looking to make excuses, but explanations were hard to come by after Nebraska’s 34-31 loss to Colorado on Saturday.

Nebraska vs. Colorado - Game Recap - September 7, 2019 - ESPN
Mel Tucker's halftime message was simple: We've taken their best shot. Now, let's go give them ours.

Colorado hadn't touched Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez, whose jersey was clean and whose passing was perfect, and the Buffaloes had managed just 84 yards of offense and none on the ground.

Colorado comes back against Nebraska, wins overtime thriller - The Ralphie Report
In one of the wildest games we will ever see, the Colorado Buffaloes pulled off a stunning comeback to beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Nothing makes sense, but we can try to make sense of it.

Nebraska stunned by Colorado to cool Cornhuskers hype train |
For the majority of the Nebraska-Colorado rivalry, the Cornhuskers have done what they wanted when they wanted, whether it was in the old Big Eight or the Big 12.

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