Huskers breeze past Mocs to open season
Quarterback Taylor Martinez rushed for 135 yards and three touchdowns and Brett Maher enjoyed a perfect debut as Nebraska’s starting kicker in the Huskers’ 40-7 win over Tennessee at Chattanooga. It was Nebraska’s first game as a member of the Big Ten Conference
Martinez produced the sixth 100-yard rushing game of his career and sprinted for touchdown runs of 47, 43 and seven yards in Nebraska’s new-look offense. He completed 11 of 22 passes for 116 yards.
While Martinez and Maher combined to put up 34 of Nebraska’s 40 points, Cameron Meredith, Jared Crick and Lavonte David led the Blackshirts.
Meredith, a defensive end, uncorked a pair of sacks for 22 yards in losses and intercepted a pass that was deflected at the line of scrimmage by defensive tackle Crick. The interception set up Rex Burkhead’s third-quarter touchdown run to put the Huskers ahead 33-7.
Early in the fourth quarter, Meredith scooped up a field goal attempt that was blocked at the line by Josh Williams.
Crick finished with five tackles, including two for loss. David, a preseason All-America linebacker, had a team-leading nine tackles.