Defense shows scoring power vs. Spartans
The two-time defending national champion and top-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers looked every bit the part in a season-opening 55-14 win against Michigan State.
The Huskers got contributions from all areas, including the offense, defense and special teams. Nebraska led 27-0 at the half and 34-0 before the Spartans got on the board.
In the first half, NU scored on a rushing touchdown by quarterback Scott Frost, a 62-yard punt return by Mike Fullman and an 84-yard interception return by Mike Minter.
Nebraska All-America candidate Grant Wistrom added another defensive touchdown, scoring on a nine-yard interception return late in the third quarter.
Offensively, Nebraska gained 298 yards, including 184 on the ground, led by sophomore Ahman Green’s 71 yards and a touchdown.
But it was the Husker defense that did the most damage. The Blackshirts held MSU to 246 yards, intercepted Spartan quarterbacks three times and had seven sacks for 50 yards in losses.
It was Nebraska’s 11th straight victory in a season opener, its 26th straight win overall, 37th straight regular-season win and 31st in a row at home.