The fumbles are beyond a problem now. They're getting ridiculous and inexcusable, the reason for this grade. Nebraska entered the game with a nation-leading 31 fumbles, and put the ball on the ground two more times Saturday. Nebraska had some decent runs, but it didn't produce the big plays you might expect against the nation's No. 108 rushing defense.


Taylor Martinez is feast or famine when throwing the football. He's either right on or horribly, horribly off. His interception was Nebraska's first in Big 12 play this season (and Martinez, who could be described as dangerous throwing the football, should've had a couple more). This was another redemption day for Niles Paul, who had four first-half catches and showed determination in fighting for a first down after one reception in the flat.


It took a run out of the wildcat formation from receiver Bradley McDougald in the third quarter for Kansas to produce its first significant rushing play of the game. It covered 18 yards. KU's next-longest run covered 8 yards. Nebraska was as dominant in stopping the run as it has been at any point this season.


Nebraska blitzed the stuffing out of Quinn Mecham early and often, and finished with six sacks. Mecham, like most quarterbacks this year, found nothing open against Nebraska's secondary. Alfonzo Dennard, in his first action since that first-quarter concussion against Missouri, made a marvelous play on a deep ball for a third-quarter interception.


The 45-yard kickoff return to start the game by Kansas wasn't a good start. The Jayhawks later had another return for 32 yards. Paul's redemption game carried over to kickoff returns, where he had two returns for 63 yards. Another strong day for Alex Henery.


It was pretty obvious from the beginning that Martinez wasn't full-strength, and you can't blame Shawn Watson for being a bit conservative, given Nebraska's health problems at the quarterback position. Given the way the defense was playing Saturday night, conservative wasn't a bad option. But why throw the football with 10 seconds left? And why the timeout to follow, only to take a knee?


Fumbles and penalties thwarted the offense, which seemed to be in game-safe mode the entire night. Nebraska seems to be good for one chop block each game, doesn't it? Martinez didn't look gimpy, but understandably didn't have the same explosiveness we've come to admire. But Martinez at 75 percent is still Nebraska's best option at quarterback.


If you're a Turner Gill/Nebraska fan, this is about as good as you could've expected. Nebraska won, and Gill's Kansas team put up a fight and performed admirably in the head coach's return to Memorial Stadium. (Still weird seeing Gill in blue). Nebraska is one victory from clinching a second straight Big 12 North title, but any more offensive execution (or lack thereof) like Saturday could spell trouble in Aggieland.