The second-ranked Huskers wasted little time jumping on Arizona State and rolled to a 77-28 victory in Lincoln.
Nebraska scored on its first play from scrimmage as senior I-back Clinton Childs romped 65 yards over left tackle to put Nebraska ahead 7-0. By the end of the first quarter, Nebraska had picked up 304 yards of total offense and held a 35-7 lead. By halftime the scoreboard read 63-21, and Nebraska had piled up 508 yards of total offense.
The 63 points were the most ever scored by Nebraska in a half and the 508 yards were also a Husker school record.
By the conclusion of the game, Nebraska had roiled up 686 yards, while eight players scored touchdowns.
The offensive fireworks were led by quarterback Tommie Frazier, who completed seven of 10 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 45 yards and two scores. The 191 yards represented the third-best passing day of Frazier’s career, while the 292 yards passing by Nebraska was the sixth-best team total in school history.
On the ground, Husker I-backs Childs and Ahman Green each passed the 100-yard mark. Childs posted 143 yards and two touchdowns, and Green added 111 yards and two scores.
Clester Johnson had a big day receiving with four catches for 129 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Nebraska allowed a season-high 461 yards, but many of those came after the Huskers had substituted freely. Mike Minter led the defense with eight tackles, while Scott Saltsman and Ryan Terwilliger each added seven. Terrell Farley returned his second interception of the season for a touchdown.
The victory was Nebraska’s 10th straight in a home opener and its 24th consecutive victory overall at home.
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