Nebraska 42
Fresno St. 29

Sep. 10, 2011 - 6 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE | BTN
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Fresno St. 14 3 3 9 29
Nebraska 7 7 7 21 42

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1st quarter
FS: Devon Wylie 67 punt return (Kevin Goessling kick) 7:45 
NU: Taylor Martinez 1 run (Brett Maher kick) 5:54
FS: Derek Carr 3 run (Goessling kick) 0:28
2nd quarter
NU: Rex Burkhead 1 run (Maher kick) 4:52 
FS: Goessling 22 field goal, 0:25
3rd quarter
FS: Goessling 36 field goal, 10:17
NU: Quincy Enunwa 16 pass from Martinez (Maher kick) 8:20 
4th quarter
NU: Burkhead 6 run (Maher kick) 12:59
FS: Josh Harper 26 pass from Carr (pass failed) 12:06
NU: Ameer Abdullah, 100 kickoff return (Maher kick) 11:50
FS: Goessling 37 field goal, 5:24
NU: Martinez 46 run (Maher kick) 2:02 

                             FS        NU
First downs ................ 24        16
  By rushing ............... 13         7
  By passing ............... 11         7
  By penalty ................ 0         2
Rushes-Yards (net) ..... 40-190    35-219
Passing yards (net) ....... 254       219
  Att-Comp-Int. ....... 41-20-0   21-10-2
Total offense .......... 81-444    56-438
Fumble returns-Yards ...... 0-0       0-0
Punt returns-Yards ...... 5-110      1-17
Kickoff returns-Yards ... 6-149     5-211
Int. returns-Yards ....... 2-13       0-0
Punts-Avgerage ......... 7-36.1    5-50.8
Fumbles-Lost .............. 2-1       3-0
Penalties-Yards .......... 5-50      3-25
Possession Time ......... 37:12     22:48
Third-down conv. ...... 9 of 20   4 of 12
Fourth-down conv. ...... 1 of 1    1 of 2
Sacks by-Yards ............ 1-4       0-0

RUSHING
FS: R.Rouse 36-169; D.Carr 3-16; D.Wylie 1-5

NU: T.Martinez 15-166; R.Burkhead 15-55; A.Abdullah 2-3; TEAM 3-minus 5

PASSING
FS: D.Carr 20-41-0-254
NU: T.Martinez 10-21-2-219

RECEIVING
FS: R.Evans 6-63; D.Wylie 4-50; R.Rouse 3-28; J.Harper 2-33; I.Burse 2-5; A.Johnson 1-55; J.Saunders 1-17; A.Raphael 1-3

NU: J.Turner 3-63; K.Reed 2-61; K.Bell 1-42; B.Cotton 1-20; Q.Enunwa 1-16; T.Marlowe 1-13; R.Burkhead 1-4

Attendance: 85,101

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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.

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2011 schedule
04/16 Red 32, White 29
09/03 Chattanooga W 40-7
09/10 Fresno St. W 42-29
09/17 Washington W 51-38
09/24 @ Wyoming W 38-14
10/01 @ Wisconsin L 17-48
10/08 Ohio St. W 34-27
10/22 @ Minnesota W 41-14
10/29 Michigan St. W 24-3
11/05 Northwestern L 25-28
11/12 @ Penn St. W 17-14
11/19 @ Michigan L 17-45
11/25 Iowa W 20-7
01/02 @ South Carolina L 13-30
Abdullah makes a cut during his 100-yard kickoff return.

Commentary

Colonel Mustard

We have had trouble stopping the run in last few years, but these guys were blowing us off the ball.

Stryker

On a positive note, youth stepped forward and took some responsibility.

HuskerMax
Shatel

The Huskers are 2-0. But who are they? Where are they going?

Omaha World-Herald
Sipple

Nebraska's offense was too often feast or famine. It's a style that can wear out NU's defense.

Lincoln Journal Star
Feit

This team is capable of facing adversity … yet still finds a way to win.

HuskerMax
Severe

The fourth or fifth best team in the WAC at times dominated both sides of the line play.

1620 The Zone
Chatelain

The Huskers got beat at the line of scrimmage. On both sides of the ball.

Omaha World-Herald
Husker Mike

It's not a win that gives you a lot of confidence that this team is ready to compete in the Big Ten.

Zatechka

The lack of an identity on offense affects more than just, well, the offense.

Packer

The rushing game was stuffed when someone other than Martinez had the ball.

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