Much like his fellow underclassman stud, Denard Robinson, Nebraska's Taylor Martinez has been brilliant this year — when healthy. And now Martinez isn't healthy again.
Martinez, long recovering from a right ankle sprain, had his right ankle stepped on by one of his offensive lineman while stepping up in the pocket, and hobbled to the sideline after the play. He hasn't re-entered the game, and was seen on the sideline with a bare right foot, waiting to head to the tunnel for further examination. He is unlikely to return.
Since then, Nebraska has gone from stepping on its quarterback's ankle to shooting itself in the foot. After Ben Cotton recovered a fumble on a mishandled snap by Martinez' replacement, Cody Green, he was flagged for both unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct, putting the Huskers in a third and 44 hole.
Stunningly, Nebraska didn't convert. And after the Aggies couldn't do anything on the next series, the first quarter ended with the Huskers up 3-0.