Former Huskers upset at play-calling during goal-to-go situation, Nebraska settles for FG
With 4:31 remaining in the first quarter, Nebraska led Purdue 7-0. The Huskers then intercepted Boilermakers quarterback Jack Plummer.
Nebraska was taking over possession on Purdue’s 2-yard-line. It seemed to be the perfect time to take an early 14-0 lead on the road. However, that’s not what happened.
Instead, Huskers QB Adrian Martinez threw an incomplete pass. He then got sacked for a five-yard loss. Then, Nebraska ran it for a six-yard gain on third-and-goal from the Purdue 7-yard-line.
Huh? That’s what you decided to do?
Former Husker players Jeremiah Sirles and Tommie Frazier were thinking the same thing:
I don’t question play calling often…but 1st and goal from the 2 and we don’t just run it up the gut 3 times in a row?? And only kick a FG?!?! Thts a joke
— Jeremiah Sirles (@Sirles71_HSKR) November 2, 2019
Don't know about that series of play calling
— Tommie Frazier (@TouchdownTommie) November 2, 2019
Play-calling is an art in and of itself. A lot of things go into calling one particular play in a given scenario. But, from the outside looking in, those play calls didn’t appear to be brilliant.
In the end, it led to a Nebraska field goal, making the game 10-0. That’s fine. But, it’s not 14-0.
And at halftime, it showed even more so, as Purdue owned a 14-10 lead going into the second half.