Taylor Martinez said Monday that Northwestern did its homework last week, and it might have resulted in the Wildcats’ defense having a feel for what the Nebraska offense was going to do Saturday.
The NU quarterback said “they were looking at our sidelines to see what plays we were running” and “they maybe kind of caught on to what we were doing.”
“It was a lot of film study, I’d say,” Martinez said. “It’s Northwestern … smart school.”
Martinez got some laughs with that last comment, but said the Huskers might have to work on mixing up their signals going forward to combat it happening again.
In its no-huddle offense, Nebraska comes to the line of scrimmage, assesses the defense, then usually steps back and looks to a handful of people on the sideline signaling in the call. Only certain ones are “live” – relaying the play coming from offensive coordinator Tim Beck in the press box – while the others are decoys.
Martinez said he never noticed another opponent this season trying to figure it out.
“During the game, I kind of caught on that every time we would look over there, (they) were looking at me for the play or at the sidelines for the play,” Martinez said. “So during the game we kind of mixed up each signal.”