Survival in the South

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:28 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Oct 23, 2010 11:25 PM CDT

<BR/>College Football&#160; Survivor.&#160;&#160; Who needs reality TV?&#160; We&rsquo;ve got the Big 12 South</P>All week long we heard Taylor Martinez&rsquo; critics say he couldn&rsquo;t throw the ball out of his own shadow.&#160;&#160; He was pulled from the Texas loss.&#160; All OSU has to do is stop the run and they can winwe heard.&#160; Martinez&rsquo; throwing motion will never be confused with that of John Elway, but on Saturday he quieted the critics and looked more like Vince Young than a freshman flash in the pan.</P>Niles Paul dropped 4 passes in the Huskers&rsquo; loss at Texas.&#160; Several could&rsquo;ve gone for touchdowns.&#160; That would have changed the entire game in Austin.&#160; On Saturday Paul returned a kick for touchdown and caught 9 passes for 131 yards.</P>OSU&rsquo;s offense is predicated on putting constant pressure on the defense and forcing the opposing offense to keep scoring in order to keep up.&#160; All afternoon on Saturday you had the exact opposite feeling with OSU&rsquo;s offense having to keep up Nebraska&rsquo;s Martinez-led suddenly juggernaut show.&#160; And the Cowboy offense failed.&#160; It&rsquo;s hard to say that when Kendall Hunter had over 200 yards and Brandon Weeden to Justin Blackmon produced 157 yards and 2 scores, but the offense bears much of the blame for OSU&rsquo;s loss and they took responsibility after the game.</P>The Cowboys couldn&rsquo;t get key third-down conversions in the second half and that allowed Nebraska&rsquo;s offense to get back out onto the field and put pressure on a reeling Cowboys defense.&#160; OSU was just 3 of 13 on 3rd down conversions and 2 of 7 in the second half when they needed them most.</P>Don&rsquo;t get me wrong 6-0 was unexpected, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean that 6-1 doesn&rsquo;t hurt.&#160; </P>Who can figure out the Big 12 South? &#160;Your leader after Saturday.The Baylor Bears.&#160;&#160; Just another week in the hottest reality show to hit television.&#160; </P>