1. Why does Zac Taylor wait to throw the ball? He knows his offensive line can block, but what’s the wait for?
NU’s quarterback — the Big 12’s offensive player of the year, by the way — has made a lot of connections this season by waiting for plays to develop. Some of that involves timing, like hitting receivers on break-off routes. Or letting them get to their planned spots. Or using extra time to suck in pass rushers (like on Marlon Lucky’s 31-yard screen pass in the fourth quarter). Sometimes, you’re just buying it on the run while you try to pick up the open man.
In the words of Tom Petty, the waiting is the hardest part, but many times, if you’ve got a quarterback who can do it with poise, the reward often outweighs the inherent risk.
2. Was the Oklahoma defense that much faster than any other we’d seen? We weren’t able to finish drives against them.
There’s no better example of Oklahoma’s defensive speed than the interception Nic Harris made in the Oklahoma end zone while playing in a nickel set with 8:53 left in the game. NU receiver Nate Swift had what appeared to be a 5-yard cushion and had opened up his hands to receive what would have been a 20-yard touchdown. Instead, Harris, making a head first dive to his left, came up with a back-breaking theft.
3. Where and who will Nebraska play next?
We know the Huskers are headed to Dallas for the Jan. 1 Cotton Bowl. We think Arkansas will be the opponent, but official word comes tonight. SEC champion Florida could wind up moving up to No. 2 in the BCS standings and playing for the national championship. That would leave Arkansas and LSU contending for a BCS spot in the Sugar Bowl, and make Auburn a Cotton Bowl possibility.