Rex Burkhead rushed for 120 yards on 22 carries.

Nebraska 51
Washington 38

Sep. 17, 2011 - 2:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE | ABC
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Washington 7 10 0 21 38
Nebraska 10 10 17 14 51

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1st quarter
NU: Legate 3 pass from Martinez (Maher kick) 14:26
UW: Kearse 38 pass from Price (Erik Folk kick) 11:54
NU: Maher 44 field goal, 7:39
2nd quarter
UW: Kearse 6 pass from Price (Folk kick) 13:40
NU: Green 25 pass from Martinez (Maher kick) 12:17
UW: Folk 40 field goal, 09:24
NU: Maher 35 field goal, 0:00
3rd quarter
NU: Burkhead 1 run (Maher kick) 10:18
NU: Burkhead 1 run (Maher kick) 10:09
NU: Maher 29 field goal, 7:20
4th quarter
NU: Green 6 run (Maher kick) 12:18
UW: Polk 2 run (Folk kick) 10:15
UW: Johnson 10 pass from Price (Folk kick) 7:21
NU: Martinez 6 run (Maher kick) 4:42
UW: Johnson 52 pass from Price (Folk kick) 4:27

                              UW       NU
FIRST DOWNS ................. 20       22
  By Rushing ................. 8       16
  By Passing ................ 10        6
  By Penalty ................. 2        0
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) ...... 31-146   55-309
PASSING YDS (NET) .......... 274      155
  Att-Comp-Int ......... 37-21-2  21-10-0
TOTAL OFFENSE ........... 68-420   76-464
Fumble Returns-Yards ....... 0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards ........ 3-34     3-27
Kickoff Returns-Yards .... 7-187    5-154
Int. Returns-Yards ......... 0-0      2-0
Punts (Number-Avg) ...... 5-40.6   4-40.8
Fumbles-Lost ............... 2-1      2-1
Penalties-Yards ........... 9-90     7-60
Possession Time .......... 29:31    30:29
Third-Down Conv. .......... 7/14     3/12
Fourth-Down Conv. .......... 0/1      0/1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances .... 3-4      7-7
Sacks by-Yards ............. 2-9      2-3 
 
RUSHING
UW: C.Polk 22-130; K.Price 6-10; J.Collier 3-6

NU: R.Burkhead 22-120; T.Martinez 17-83; T.Legate 2-37; A.Green 5-36; B.Heard 5-34; A.Abdullah 1-4; TEAM 3-(minus 5)

PASSING
UW: K.Price 21-37-2 274
NU: T.Martinez 10-21-0 155
 
RECEIVING
UW: J.Johnson 6-108; J.Kearse 5-69; D.Aguilar 5-42, K.Williams 2-24; C.Polk 2-16; A.Seferian-Jenkins 1-15

NU: K.Bell 2-59; J.Turner 2-34; Q.Enunwa 2-7; A.Green 1-25; K.Reed 1-19; B.Cotton 1-8; T.Legate 1-3

Attendance: 85,110

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Big second half powers victory over Huskies

Nebraska’s offense produced its best performance of the season and the Husker special teams made big plays again to power NU to a 51-38 win over Washington.

The Huskers rolled up 31 second-half points on their way to victory.

Rex Burkhead notched the fifth 100-yard rushing game of his career, leading a rushing attack that amassed a season-high 309 yards on the ground. The Huskers finished with 464 yards of total offense.

Arguably the biggest play of the game came on Mathew May’s recovery of a muffed kickoff early in third quarter. Washington’s Bishop Sankey dropped the ball in the end zone and kicked it forward, and May made a diving recovery at the UW 1.

One play later, Burkhead plunged over the top for his second one-yard TD run in a nine-second span, giving the Huskers a 17-point lead.

Nebraska improved to 3-0 and became the first Husker team since 1995 to score 40 or more points in each of its first three games.

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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
Ameer Abdullah returned three kickoffs for 129 yards.

Commentary

Stryker

While it will never be mistaken for the 1994 and 1995 versions of the Pipeline, the young Husker o-line is starting to grow up.

HuskerMax
Shatel

A different Husker team showed up for the second half. Or maybe this was a reunion from the 1980s.

Omaha World-Herald
Sipple

Chalk up some of the late letdown to human nature, some of it to conservative strategy.

Lincoln Journal Star
Hamar

Burkhead may not be the guy who will break the 70-yard run for you, but he does so many things on the football field that some fans apparently don’t appreciate.

Grand Island Independent
Kelley

The Huskies defense wasn't ready to compete against a team as good as Nebraska.

Seattle Times
Bishop

Sure there were big plays. But there were also drives.

Feit

We're starting to get a better idea of who this team is, and what they can be.

HuskerMax
Chatelain

Nebraska's offensive line hit the Husky front four like a flood.

Omaha World-Herald
Zatechka

The identity crisis, for one game, seems to have passed.

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