Big plays propel Huskers past Bulldogs
Quarterback Taylor Martinez threw for 219 yards and rushed for 166 more, and freshman Ameer Abdullah set a school record with 211 kick return yards, including a 100-yard fourth-quarter explosion to lead Nebraska to a 42-29 win over Fresno State.
Nebraska used big plays all night long to improve to 2-0 on the season. Fresno State slipped to 0-2 despite leading 20-14 midway through the third quarter. The Bulldogs rolled up 444 yards in total offense against the Blackshirts thanks to 169 rushing yards from Robbie Rouse on 36 carries and 254 yards passing from Derek Carr.
The Huskers used four scoring drives of six or fewer plays to outlast the Bulldogs, while Fresno State’s balanced offensive attack allowed them to maintain possession for more than 37 minutes.
Martinez’s 46-yard touchdown run on 3rd-and-3 with 2:02 left clinched the victory. He finished with 385 yards of total offense, the second-best total of his career and the eighth-highest mark in Nebraska history.