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10.18.2010 / Huskers bring in Zac Lee to help find a spark, but not soon enough. Blog posting by Mike Babcock, Huskers Illustrated Magazine.

Probably all you really need to know about the Nebraska-Texas game is this: With 6:14 remaining in the third quarter, Zac Lee, who had not taken a snap since late in the fourth quarter of the season-opener against Western Kentucky, replaced Taylor Martinez, and Martinez was not injured.

"I told our football team we still have everything out in front of us we want to do, said Pelini."

“(We) wanted to find a spark, wanted to settle Taylor down,” Cornhusker coach Bo Pelini said afterward. “It wasn’t Taylor, trust me. It wasn’t just Taylor . . .”

In other words, the sub-par performance of the redshirted freshman quarterback was not the cause but rather simply a symptom of Nebraska’s 20-13 loss to the Longhorns.

“Like I said, we weren’t pointing the finger at Taylor when we made the change,” said Pelini. Everyone, coaches as well as players, shared blame for the Cornhuskers’ first loss. And it wasn’t as surprising to Pelini as it was to those in a Memorial Stadium crowd of 85,648.

“I saw signs of this all year. We’re not the finished product; I’ve said it all along,” Pelini said. “People around here want to make us out to be the ’85 (Chicago) Bears. We’re not there yet. We’re getting there. We’ve got to improve in a lot of areas . . . that’s what we’ve got to do. “We did not play up to our capability in any way today.”

As a result, the Cornhuskers, who had been No. 4 and No. 5 in the major polls, dropped to No. 13 and No. 14 and out of the BCS national championship conversation, for the time being anyway.

“I told our football team we still have everything out in front of us we want to do,” said Pelini. “Our first goal is to win the Big 12. It’s still out there for us to do. But we’re not going to do that unless we look in the mirror like men and take responsibility for what happened out on that field today and get better because of it. We’ll let the fans, everybody else, feel sorry for themselves and feel sorry for what happened. But you’ve got to take an experience like this and make you stronger. “I know our team has a lot of character. I think they’ll respond.” As for Martinez, who struggled running and was victimized by some drops in the passing game, he’s “our starting quarterback right now,” said Pelini. “Nothing’s really changed.

“There isn’t a guy out there who played as good as he can play. There wasn’t a coach out there who did his job, me included. You move forward. You look at it in black and white.”

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