Martinez on Georgia: "We Pretty Much Did Anything We Wanted Against Them"
The Huskers were able to put up 31 points off 443 yards, but failed to score more than seven points in the second half and were shut out in the fourth quarter.
"I think the Big Ten, talent-wise, is a lot better, and the defenses in the Big Ten are better than SEC defenses," he said. "This was supposed to be one of the top defenses in the SEC, and we pretty much did anything we wanted against them."
Yeah, well… yeah.
I’ll give Martinez some credit for his comment: Nebraska did basically do whatever it wanted to do with Georgia – in the first half. But after Ameer Abdullah’s momentum-draining fumble in the third quarter, the Huskers weren’t able to much of anything offensively.
As for Martinez using the Bulldogs’ defense as an example for all SEC defenses, he needs to study up a little more. Georgia ranked 6th in the SEC behind Vanderbilt in total defense and would have finished 4th if it were in the Big Ten (behind Nebraska, go figure).
Also, it’s not like Martinez had a field day out there to which he could back up this statement. He was 16-of-27 (59.3 percent) with a mere 204 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was also limited to 46 yards on the ground off 20 carries and was sacked four times.
You don’t hear Aaron Murray – who tore into Nebraska’s secondary with 427 yards and five touchdowns strikes – ripping Martinez or any part of the Huskers’ defense.
And he has the credibility to do so.
It’s nice that Martinez still respects the Big Ten more than he does the SEC – and in some regards, maybe he’s right – but I think there’s a fine line of trash talking after you just got your tail whipped on national television.
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