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Pelini era begins with win over Broncos
With an efficient offense, an aggressive defense and an impressive kicking game at his disposal, Bo Pelini’s first game at Memorial Stadium as Nebraska’s head coach produced the same final result as his first game as NU’s leader in the 2003 Alamo Bowl – a solid victory.
Pelini, who led NU to a 17-3 win over Michigan State in the 2003 Alamo Bowl, improved to 2-0 all time as a head coach and 2-0 against teams from the state of Michigan as the 2008 Huskers cruised to a 47-24 win over Western Michigan.
Quarterback Joe Ganz led a high-octane Nebraska offense, producing his fourth consecutive 300-plus yard passing game in his fourth consecutive career start. He became the first NU quarterback to throw for 300 or more yards four times in his career.
Ganz completed 20 of 36 passes for 345 yards and four touchdowns. The senior guided the Huskers to scores on each of their final six drives of the first half after NU was forced to punt on its opening possession.