In a game that featured three Nebraska Cornhuskers at quarterback, four Husker running backs, and just about every defender on the roster, Nebraska walked away with a dominating 56-13 win.
Taylor Martinez shined for the Huskers, going 15-23 for 170 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receivers Quincy Enunwa, Kenny Bell, and Sam Burtch were the recipients of the Martinez scores. Ameer Abdullah was also key in Nebraska’s win. The junior running back rushed 17 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
The Huskers defense came through in a big way for Nebraska, especially the secondary. Both Ciante Evans and Stanley Jean Baptiste returned interceptions touchdowns. Evans added a second pick and Corey Cooper recorded his first interception as a Husker.
The defensive line was vastly improved from last weeks performance. Defensive End Randy Gregory pressured Southern Miss quarterback Aaron Bridgford all night, and Vincent Valentine, Thad Randle, and Jason Ankrah were also effective.
The linebackers showed a ton of promise tonight. Freshman Josh Banderas might have won the starting Mike Linebacker position over sophomore David Santos. Banderas was impressive the entire time he was in the game, both in pass coverage as well as stopping the run. Zaire Anderson was also a star. He pressured Burtch as well, knocking the quarterback to the ground on several occations.
Nebraska now awaits the UCLA Bruins who come to Lincoln for an eleven o’clock kickoff next Saturday.