Taylor Martinez runs for a touchdown against UCLA in 2012. (Photo credit: HailVarsity.com)
Leading up to this weekend’s anticipated match-up between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and UCLA Bruins, the number 653 will be thrown around quite a bit. By now, everyone, not just Huskers fans, knows what that number stands for. In last season’s 36-30 shootout in Pasadena, the Bruins ran all over the Huskers, amassing a total of 344 yards rushing and adding another 309 through the air, including a stellar 217-yard performance by Jonathan Franklin.
Again, the defensive woes Nebraska had last season are very well documented, so I won’t delve too much into their tendency to give up way too many yards.
Of course, that’s what most people are talking about, given that Nebraska replaced seven regular starters on defense this off season and have played a total of nine freshmen in the first two weeks of this season.
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