Published Thursday, September 12, 2013 AT 11:01 PM / Updated at 12:33 AM
How Nebraska has fared against top quarterbacks
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

How Bo Pelini’s defense stacked up against some of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, plus 2014 and 2015 draft prospects such as UCLA’s Brett Hundley, Ohio State’s Braxton Miller and Wyoming’s Brett Smith. The data is sorted by yards per combined rushing and passing attempts. It shows how efficient a given quarterback was against NU in the opportunities he ran or passed the ball. Georgia’s Aaron Murray, who led the Bulldogs to a 45-31 win over the Huskers in the Capital One Bowl, tops the list.

One key takeaway: Aside from Miller, the quarterbacks who have been most efficient against Nebraska tend to do so with their arms instead of their legs. Robert Griffin III, who faced NU as a freshman, missed the 2009 game with an ACL injury. But the bottom five performances came from pro-style passers who struggled to figure out the Huskers’ defensive scheme.

Player School Year Rush A-Y YPC C-A-Y YPPA TA-TY YPTA
Aaron Murray Georgia 2012 4-3 0.8 18-33-427 12.9 37-430 11.6
Sam Bradford Oklahoma 2008 2-14 7 19-27-311 11.5 29-325 11.2
Russell Wilson Wisconsin 2011 6-32 5.3 14-20-255 12.8 26-287 11
Graham Harrell Texas Tech 2008 1-1 1 20-25-284 11.4 26-285 11
Chase Daniel Missouri 2008 1-0 0 18-23-253 11 24-253 10.5
Braxton Miller Ohio State 2011, ’12 26-277 10.7 12-22-222 10.1 48-499 10.4
Brett Hundley UCLA 2012 12-53 4.4 21-33-305 9.2 45-358 8
Brandon Weeden Oklahoma State 2010 1-(-10) -10 18-35-283 8.1 36-273 7.6
Brett Smith Wyoming 2011, ’13 12-94 7.8 46-76-549 7.2 88-643 7.3
Robert Griffin III Baylor 2008 16-121 7.6 9-20-134 6.7 36-255 7.1
Keith Price Washington 2011 6-10 1.7 21-37-274 7.4 43-284 6.6
Tyrod Taylor Virginia Tech 2008, ’09 24-65 2.7 21-42-363 8.6 66-428 6.5
Derek Carr Fresno State 2011 3-16 5.3 20-41-254 6.2 44-270 6.1
Denard Robinson Michigan 2011, ’12 33-129 3.9 17-29-235 8.1 62-364 5.9
Matt McGloin Penn State 2011, ’12 8-(-2) -0.3 34-71-433 6.1 79-431 5.5
Landry Jones Oklahoma 2009, ’10 9-(-20) -2.2 49-99-587 5.9 108-567 5.2
Jake Locker Washington 2010 (2) 24-142 5.9 9-36-127 3.5 60-269 4.5
Ryan Tannehill Texas A&M 2010 10-(-8) -0.8 19-29-172 5.9 39-164 4.2
Josh Freeman Kansas State 2008 6-(-27) -4.5 7-18-114 6.3 24-87 3.6
Blaine Gabbert Missouri 2009, ’10 31-76 2.5 35-85-333 3.9 116-409 3.5
Colt McCoy Texas 2009 17-(-20) -1.2 20-36-184 5.1 53-164 3.1
Kirk Cousins Michigan State 2011 6-0 0 11-27-86 3.1 33-86 2.6
Nick Foles Arizona 2009 3-(-19) -6.3 6-20-28 1.4 23-9 0.4

A-Y: attempts-yards
YPC: yards per carry
C-A-Y: completions-attempts-yards
YPPA: yards per pass attempt
TA-TY: total attempts-total yards
YPTA: yards per total attempts

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