The Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated The Wyoming Cowboys 34-31 in front of over ninety one thousand fans at Memorial Stadium. The victory was marred by penalties and missed assignments.
The Huskers found themselves down by a touchdown when Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith led the Cowboys on a six play, sixty four yard drive that ended with Smith hitting Jalen Claiborne on a six yard touchdown pass. The Huskers responded with a ten play fifty five yard drive that led to a Pat Smith twenty four yard field goal.
After a five play thirty five yard drive stalled for Wyoming, Nebraska capitalized with a six play fifty eight yard effort that ended with Taylor Martinez hitting Jamal Turner for a seventeen yard score. The teams traded scores in the second quarter and The Huskers went into the locker room with a 17-14 lead.
The first half was plagued with Husker penalties and mistakes. Defenders missed open field tackles, the Wyoming offense gashed them for 300 yards, and Nebraska seemed lost at times. The Husker offense also struggled to establish a running game and seemed to get bullied up front.
The second half started out much stronger for Nebraska with the Huskers scoring on their first drives in the second half, taking a 31-14 lead. Wyoming responded with a touchdown and trailed Nebraska by ten. Nebraska found a way to score another touchdown in the fourth quarter, but missed the P.A.T. leaving the door open for Wyoming to respond.
Wyoming scored mid way through the fourth quarter and failed to convert a two point conversion, leaving The Huskers a ten point advantage. The Huskers put together a decent drive full of carries for their running backs, but turned the ball over for the second time with just over two minutes remaining, allowing Wyoming to try to get a few quick scores. The turnover proved costly as Brett Smith hit Robert Herren for a touchdown pass pulling the Cowboys within three points.
After a failed onside kick Nebraska held on to preserve the 37-34 victory.
Nebraska will face Southern Mississippi next Saturday for a five o’clock kickoff.