Nebraska 28
Buffalo 3

Sep. 11, 2021 - 2:40 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE | BTN
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Buffalo 0 0 3 0 3
Nebraska 0 14 0 14 28
Second quarter
NU: Ervin 2 run (Culp kick) 6:56
NU: Toure 68 pass from Martinez (Culp kick) 0:34
Third quarter
UB: McNulty 45 field goal, 9:17 
Fourth quarter
NU: Ervin 1 run (Culp kick) 14:47
NU: Toure 68 pass from Martinez (Culp kick) 5:53

                            UB       NU
FIRST DOWNS ............... 19       19
  Rushing .................. 6        9
  Passing ................. 11        7
  Penalty .................. 2        3
Net Yards Rushing ..... 33-135   41-220
Net Yards Passing ........ 224      296
  Comp-Att-Int ....... 27-50-1  14-20-0
Total offense ......... 83-359   61-516
Fumbles-Lost ............. 0-0      1-1
Penalties-Yards ........ 10-88     9-71
Punts-Avg ............. 6-47.8   5-36.0
Punt Returns-Yds ......... 0-0     1--3
Kickoff Returns-Yds ..... 2-39      0-0
Int. Returns-Yds ......... 0-0     1-22
Possession Time ........ 32:00    28:00
3rd Down Conv. ......... 11/22     8/15
4th Down Conv. ........... 0/2      0/0
Red-Zone Scores-Chances .. 1-2      2-4

RUSHING
UB: Marks 21-85; McDuffie 2-46; Cook 2-2; Vantrease 1-0. 

NU: Martinez 9-112; Ervin 10-56; Morrison 8-24; Stepp 9-17; Johnson 4-9; Smothers 1-2.

PASSING
UB: Vantrease 27-50-1 224.

NU: Martinez 13-19-0 242;
    Smothers 1-1-0 54.

RECEIVING
UB: Williams 8-93; Johnson 3-35; Ruiz 4-33; Stephens 2-26; Cook 3-15; McDuffie 1-8; Gassett 1-7; Marks 3-5; Laborn 2-2.

NU: Toure 2-136; Hickman 3-90; Betts 2-21; Belt 1-16; Brewington 1-12; Allen 1-8; Boerkircher 1-7; Ervin 2-6; Morrison 1-0.

Attendance: 85,663

Newsome and Tannor
Quinton Newsome and Caleb Tannor bring down Buffalo’s Dylan McDuffie during the second quarter | Kenny Larabee, KLIN

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Big plays, solid defense put Huskers on top

Sustained touchdown drives were not to be had by either team, but Nebraska cashed in on big plays on both sides of the ball to put away Buffalo on a sizzling day in Lincoln.

Samori Toure had a pair of 68-yard TD receptions from Adrian Martinez, who rushed for 100-plus yards, including a 71-yarder that set up the Huskers’ first score.

Luke Reimer’s interception return to the Buffalo 2 early in the fourth quarter set up another of Nebraska’s touchdowns.

The three points yielded by the Husker defense was the lowest point total allowed by the Blackshirts since the 2011 game against Michigan State.

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First of two Samori Toure TDs.

Commentary

Stryker

This game was notable in that Scott Frost and his team seemed content to win it the ‘Big Ten way.’

HuskerMax
Callahan

This was a step in the right direction for the Huskers, but there is still so much more out there.

HuskerOnline
Vogel

Nebraska put together ... a better win than all but the most extreme optimist could’ve projected.

Hail Varsity
Washut

At some point, the risk outweighs the reward, and Nebraska is well past that with Taylor-Britt at punt returner.

HuskerOnline
Wirt

Because of Nebraska’s dominance in stopping the run ... Buffalo had to morph its identity

Daily Nebraskan
Shatel

I thought the Huskers had a chance to lose this one, so I won't downplay the win.

Omaha World-Herald
Sipple

Give Nebraska’s defense credit. A lot of it.

Lincoln Journal Star
Chatelain

His performances the past two weeks are precisely what Husker fans envisioned when Martinez took the reins back in 2018.

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