Luke Gifford chases down David Israel for a 21-yard sack.

Nebraska 45
Bethune-Cookman 9

Oct. 27, 2018 • 11 a.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • BTN
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First quarter
NU: Ozigbo 14 run (Pickering kick) 12:37
NU: Spielman 77 punt return (Pickering kick) 10:47
BC: Hernandez 28 field goal, 8:28
NU: Morgan 3 pass from Martinez (Pickering kick) 6:08
NU: Morgan 27 pass from Martinez (Pickering kick) 2:55 
Second quarter
NU: Washington 8 run (Pickering kick) 5:02
NU: Pickering 29 field goal, 0:12
Fourth quarter
NU: Vedral 20 run (Pickering kick) 13:39
BC: Adams 5 run, 0:00

                             BCU      NEB
FIRST DOWNS.................. 16       23
  Rushing..................... 7       12
  Passing..................... 8       11
  Penalty..................... 1        0
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)....... 40-141   33-226
PASSING YDS (NET)........... 214      242
  Att-Comp-Int.......... 30-13-2  31-17-2
TOTAL OFFENSE ........... 70-355   64-468
Fumble Returns-Yards........ 0-0      1-5
Punt Returns-Yards.......... 0-0     1-77
Kickoff Returns-Yards...... 2-37      0-0
Int. Returns-Yards......... 2-23      2-0
Punts (Number-Avg)....... 7-37.1   3-57.3
Fumbles-Lost................ 1-1      2-0
Penalties-Yards............ 6-34     5-35
Possession Time........... 35:40    24:20
Third-Down Conv. ....... 7 of 16  5 of 10
Fourth-Down Conv. ....... 0 of 0   0 of 0
Red-Zone Scores-Chances..... 2-4      5-5
Sacks By: Number-Yards..... 4-29     4-42

RUSHING: Bethune-Cookman-Alfred Adams 4-41; Tupac Isme 5-33; Trevor Gear 4-22; Jimmie Robinson 3-20; I. Washington 6-18; L. Wilson 5-17; Jabari Dunham 2-0; David Israel 11-minus 10. Nebraska-Devine Ozigbo 11-110; Wyatt Mazour 5-55; M. Washington 6-48; Noah Vedral 7-13; Miles Jones 1-5; Mikale Wilbon 1-2; Adrian Martinez 2-minus 7.

PASSING: Bethune-Cookman-David Israel 12-27-2-196; Jabari Dunham 1-3-0-18. Nebraska-Adrian Martinez 15-22-1-213; Noah Vedral 2-9-1-29.

RECEIVING: Bethune-Cookman-Keavon Mitchell 6-48; S. Francois 3-105; Jimmie Robinson 1-26; Tyrese Spain 1-18; Jonathon Thomas 1-11; Malique Jackson 1-6. Nebraska-Stanley Morgan 7-82; JD Spielman 5-72; Jack Stoll 1-37; Miles Jones 1-21; Austin Allen 1-13; Bryan Reimers 1-9; K. Legrone 1-8.

Attendance: 88,735

JD Spielman
JD Spielman’s 77-yard punt return sets off a celebration. | More Larabee photos


Stats & recap
Complete Stats

Nebraska put the game away early and then substituted freely in the second half in a 45-9 win over Bethune-Cookman. The Wildcats were kept out of the end zone until the game’s final play.

Devine Ozigbo rushed for 110 yards on 11 carries, and Stanley Morgan had seven receptions for 82 yards and a pair of touchdowns. JD Spielman added five receptions and had a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Wyatt Mazour ran for 55 yards on five carries as the first-team offense sat out the second half. Noah Vedral saw his first game action as a Husker as he quarterbacked the offense during the final two quarters.

Starting QB Adrian Martinez completed 15 of 22 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns. That increased his season total to 1,656 passing yards, breaking the Nebraska freshman record of 1,632 yards set by Taylor Martinez in 2010.

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2018 schedule
04/21Reds 49, Whites 9
09/08ColoradoL 28-33
09/15TroyL 19-24
09/22@ MichiganL 10-56
09/29PurdueL 28-42
10/06@ WisconsinL 24-41
10/13@ NorthwesternL 31-34
10/20MinnesotaW 53-28
10/27Bethune-CookmanW 45-9
11/03@ Ohio St.L 31-36
11/10IllinoisW 54-35
11/17Michigan St.W 9-6
11/23@ IowaL 28-31
Pregame links & info
Senior walk-on Matt Jarzynka registers a sack that resonated with his teammates.Matt Jarzynka's QB sack



Seeing the defense keep things under control was encouraging, even against an FCS team, but the Blackshirts were not dominant. They bent plenty.


If anything, Saturday cemented just what Nebraska is two-thirds of the way through 2018: A high-powered offense with a defense that still mostly has to hang on.

Hail Varsity

Saturday was a throwback in a lot of ways. Games like Bethune-Cookman were like a lot of Big 8 Saturday's during the Tom Osborne era.


It'd been a while since Nebraska could have a day, with a commanding enough lead, where individual stories of backups could rise to the surface as headlines.


Despite the few moments of weakness, it was still a feel-good type of game for Nebraska.

Daily Nebraskan

Thank you, Akron, for booking it to the airport. If not, we might have had to play that game back on Sept. 1, and we would have missed out on an old story we used to know so very well.

Omaha World-Herald

After Saturday's easy-breezy stroll, Morgan and Spielman and the rest of the first-unit offense will be well-rested heading to the Horseshoe against a struggling defensive backfield.

Lincoln Journal Star

Nebraska blew out an overmatched opponent Saturday and a cynic might conclude the event was a joke, an exhibition, a money grab. But in the south tunnel, where a 5-foot-4 kicker walked taller than ever before, tradition still has its virtue.

Omaha World-Herald
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