The Nebraska Cornhuskers lead The Southern Miss Golden Eagles 14-3 after one quarter of play.
The Blackshirts started the scoring explosion early when Stanley Jean Baptiste returned an Aaron Bridgford pass 43 yards for a touchdown with 13:47 remaining in the first quarter. The defense held up on The Golden Eagles second possession and forced a punt.
Nebraska started their first offensive possession of the game inside their own ten yard line after Jamal Turner failed to let the punt go into the end zone for a touchback. The offense rushed the ball three straight times failing to get a first down and was forced to punt.
The Golden Eagles drove down the field and threatened to score, then gave up back to back penalties and were forced to kick a field goal making the score 7-3.
On Nebraska’s second possession they came out running on first down with no success, but followed it up with an empty set and hit Jake Long on a pass for around 20 yards. Then on third and seven Taylor Martinez found Quincey Enunwa on an 8 yrad pass. Running back Ameer Abdullah sprinted for a 10 yard dash and Nebraska was clicking. They capped off the drive with a 16 yard touchdown pass from Martinez to Enunwa.
Ciante Evans capped the first quarter with a pick six that gave Nebraska a 21-3 edge heading into the second quarter.