Why not more throws downfield?

2013-09-02T19:10:00Z Why not more throws downfield?By BRIAN ROSENTHAL / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

You probably noticed: Seldom did Nebraska throw the football deep downfield against Wyoming.

The majority of quarterback Taylor Martinez’s attempts were short screens. He had a couple of fade passes into the end zone from short yardage. His longest completion – 26 yards to tight end Jake Long – came off a ball tipped by Quincy Enunwa. (Long should’ve had another long reception over the middle, but dropped the ball).

Nebraska wide receivers coach Rich Fisher said Wyoming, along with playing a new defensive front, which was expected, was also playing coverages it hadn’t previously shown on film.

“You want to make sure, before you start chucking it up there, that everyone’s on the same page,” Fisher said.

Hence, offensive coordinator Tim Beck didn’t take many risks, and stuck with safe, short passes. At halftime, the staff adjusted and took advantage of what Wyoming was allowing in the running game.

Nebraska rushed for 230 yards in the second half.

“We’re going to take what the defense gives us,” Fisher said. “If they give us an opportunity to run the ball, that’s what we’re going to do.”

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