Insult to injury: Nebraska's bad day vs. Ohio State made worse by targeting penalties
As if taking on Wisconsin isn’t itself enough of a task, Nebraska will be without the services of two of its starting defensive backs when they take on the Badgers next week.
The second half of the Huskers game against Ohio State on Saturday saw junior corner Cam Taylor-Britt and senior safety Deontai Williams sent to the sidelines after separate helmet-to-helmet contact penalties.
The Williams penalty garnered plenty of speculation, and even FOX officiating analyst Mike Pereira chimed in.
“I like the rule, but to me, that’s more shoulder to shoulder…to me, that’s just not targeting,” said Pereira of the call on Williams. Colleges are working to protect players as much as possible, while keeping the spirit, and physical nature of the game in tact, but it is not without controversy.
Sophomore corner Quinton Newsome took over for Taylor-Britt, while redshirt freshman Myles Farmer came in to replace Williams – both will likely be called on next week to keep the Badgers offense in check, as Taylor-Britt and Williams won’t be eligible to play in the first have against Wisconsin.
The Huskers 52-17 loss to the Buckeyes did see Adrian Martinez move the Nebraska offense pretty well, and did have the Ohio State defense guessing quite a bit. But with another daunting test facing them against the Badgers next week, they will need to reduce the unforced errors to keep the margin small as much as possible.