NCAA Game Summary - Washington at Nebraska|
(Saturday, September 17th)
Final Score: (11) Nebraska 51, Washington 38
Lincoln, NE (Sports Network) - Rex Burkhead carried the ball 22 times for 120
yards and two scores, as the 11th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers ran all over the
Washington Huskies, 51-38, in front of an NCAA-record 314th consecutive
Taylor Martinez completed 10-of-21 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns for
the Cornhuskers (3-0), who have scored 133 points over their first three games
of the season. Martinez also carried the ball 17 times for 83 yards and a
The Cornhuskers ended with 309 rushing yards, compared to 146 for Washington.
Nebraska has scored at least 40 points in each of its first three games. The
last time Nebraska had at least 40 points in the first three games was the
1995 season when the Cornhuskers topped 40 points against Oklahoma State (64),
Michigan State (50) and Arizona State (77) in the first three games.
"It was a good win. A good win for our football team, and I'm excited about
being 3-0," Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini said. "I just told this team, the
beautiful part about it is there's a lot more out there for us. We can get a
lot better in every phase."
Keith Price connected on 21-of-37 passes for 274 yards, four touchdowns and
two interceptions for the Huskies (2-1), who saw a six-game winning streak
come to an end.
Chris Polk carried the ball 22 times for 130 yards and one score. James
Johnson caught six passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Jermaine Kearse
hauled in five passes for 69 yards and two scores.
Burkhead scored two touchdowns in the first five minutes of the third quarter
to help Nebraska pull away. The Cornhuskers' first drive of the second half
lasted nine plays and covered 56 yards. Burkhead capped the march with a
one-yard TD plunge.
Bishop Sankey fumbled the ensuing kickoff at the one-yard line. Burkhead
rumbled into the end zone once again to make it a 34-17 game with 10:09 left.
Brett Maher made a 29-yard field goal less than three minutes later to give
Nebraska a 20-point cushion.
Washington's last chance to stay in the game came on the next drive. The
Huskies moved the ball down to the Nebraska 12-yard line. On 4th-and-2, Price
was sacked by Cameron Meredith.
Aaron Green's six-yard TD run early in the fourth made it a 44-17 game.
The margin was suddenly down to 13, 44-31, after Polk and Johnson scored.
Washington was penalized for interference on an on-side kick. Nebraska took
over in Washington territory and Martinez scampered into the end zone from six
yards out for a 51-31 lead with 4:42 to play.
Johnson's 52-yard TD catch with 4 1/2 minutes left accounted for the final
A tightly played first half saw each team score on its opening possession. It
took Nebraska just two plays to score a touchdown. After Kenny Bell caught a
50-yard pass, Tyler Legate hauled in a three-yard TD pass.
The Huskies found the end zone in six plays, with Kearse capping the drive
with a 38-yard touchdown catch.
Maher's 44-yard field goal with 7:39 to go in the first quarter gave the
Cornhuskers a 10-7 lead.
Washington was forced to punt the ball away at the end of the first period,
but Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah fumbled the football. Kearse capitalized for the
Huskies with a six-yard TD catch to make it 14-10 early in the second.
Green caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Martinez on Nebraska's ensuing
possession to make it a 17-14 contest.
Erik Folk's 40-yard field goal tied the game with 9:24 left. Maher put the
Cornhuskers ahead by three, 20-17, at the half with a 35-yarder.
"It's a three-point game at half on the road," Washington head coach Steve
Sarkisian said. "This is where we want to be. You can't ask for much more than
being on the road in a nice college football road environment, so let's go
play and finish. We just didn't perform in the third quarter."
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Washington, 5-4-1. Last year, Nebraska
beat Washington, 56-21, in Seattle during the regular season before the
Huskies avenged that loss with a 19-7 victory in the Holiday Bowl...The
Cornhuskers had 464 yards of total offense, compared to 420 for Washington.
09/17 20:40:00 ET