Markese Stepp rushed for 101 yards.

Nebraska 52
Fordham 7

Sep. 4, 2021 - 11 a.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE | BTN
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Fordham 0 7 0 0 7
Nebraska 7 17 14 14 52
First quarter
NEB: Martinez 4 run (Culp kick) 3:59
Second quarter
FOR: Kokosioulis 31 pass from DeMorat (Leinenweber kick) 14:14
NEB: Culp 39 field goal, 11:36
NEB: Martinez 4 run (Culp kick) 3:56
NEB: Morrison 1 run (Culp kick) 0:29
Third quarter
NEB: Brewington 3 pass from Martinez (Culp kick) 8:24
NEB: Toure 8 run (Culp kick) 3:58
Fourth quarter
NEB: Morrison 6 run (Culp kick) 14:26
NEB: Scott 6 run (Culp kick) 1:43

                          FOR       NEB
First Downs .............. 12        31
  Rushing ................. 5        17
  Passing ................. 7        14
  Penalty ................. 0         0
Rushes-Net Yards ..... 28-129    65-329
Net Yards Passing........ 163       304
  Comp-Att-Int .......18-30-3   21-30-0
Total Offense ........ 58-292    95-633
Fumble-Lost ............. 0-0       4-2
Penalized-Yards ........ 2-15      2-10
Punts-Average ........ 6-36.2    2-40.0
Punt Returns-Yards ...... 0-0       3-1
Kickoff Returns-Yards ... 0-0      2-35
Interceptions-Yards ..... 0-0      3-11
Fumble Returns-Yards .... 2-4       0-0
Possession Time ....... 24:00     36:00
Third-Down Conv. ....... 2/13      9/19
Fourth-Down Conv. ....... 1/4       3/4
Red Zone Scores ......... 0/0       7/8
Sacks By-Yards .......... 1-2       1-4

RUSHING
FOR:Wilson 13-75; Davis 6-37; Kokosioulis 2-8; DeMorat 4-5; Feria 2-5; TEAM 1-minus-1.

NEB: Stepp 18-101; Smothers 4-36; Toure 3-35; Martinez 8-33; Morrison 9-31; Scott 6-30; Yant 5-25; Johnson 5-19; Ervin 6-17; Jewett 1-2.

PASSING
FOR: DeMorat 18-30-3 163. 

NEB: Martinez 17-23-0 254;
     Smothers 4-7-0 50.

RECEIVING
FOR: Carter5-69; El-Zayat 4-37; Kokosioulis 3-30; Wilson 2-7; Cody 1-11; Wright 1-6; Davis 1-5; Diodato 1-minus-2. 

NEB: Toure 8-133; Allen 4-61; Manning 3-54; Brewington 2-8; Betts 1-30; Brown 1-11; Falck 1-8; Morrison 1-minus-1. 

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Austin Allen gains 26 yards in the third quarter.

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Huskers roll after Rams put up early fight

The Huskers struggled early but assumed control in the second quarter and rolled to a comfortable win over Fordham.

Adrian Martinez passed for 254 yards and Markese Stepp rushed for 101 as the Huskers topped 300 yards in both rushing and passing for just the third time in program history.

Martinez helped the Huskers build a 38-7 lead midway through the third quarter, before Logan Smothers took the field at quarterback.

Overall, Nebraska rushed the ball 64 times and the Husker rushing total likely would have been far greater if not for a historic defensive performance by Fordham’s Ryan Greenhagen. The senior middle linebacker became the first opposing defender in the history of Nebraska football to record 30 tackles against the Huskers. Greenhagen’s tackle total tied the Memorial Stadium record set by Husker Clete Pillen against Oklahoma State in 1976.

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Stryker

Reps, reps, reps. It was a valuable day for the first-team offensive line, which had its good and bad moments.

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Vogel

Maybe this game going like it should represents the right tool at the right time.

Hail Varsity
Callahan

I know this staff went with Gabe Ervin as the starter at running back the first two games, but USC transfer Markese Stepp sure looked like the guy today.

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Wirt

The level of competition must be taken into consideration, but Nebraska managed an impressive 5.1 yards per carry.

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Washut

Whenever Martinez and the Huskers needed to make a play, Toure was the No. 1 target.

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Shatel

It’s one game. One win. Are there five more out there?

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Sipple

You can question the opponent’s level of play, but it’s hard to question NU’s commitment to the run in this game.

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