Nebraska rolls again; USC next
Lincoln, NE (Sports Network) - Zac Taylor was 19-of-23 passing for 202 yards with four touchdowns, as the 21st-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers demolished I-AA Nicholls State, 56-7, at Memorial Stadium.
Nebraska (2-0) was in total control of the contest, outgaining the Colonels 498-187 and holding a 30-7 advantage in first downs. Marlon Lucky ran for 103 yards on 18 carries in the victory.
The Cornhuskers, after two home victories to start the season, will get a test next week when they visit third-ranked Southern California.
Broderick Cole scored the lone touchdown for Nicholls State (1-1), which beat Southern Arkansas to open the season last week. The Colonels attempted just three passes Saturday and had zero yards.
Nebraska wasted no time taking advantage of a fumble by Nicholls State quarterback Vincent Montgomery on the Colonels' opening drive of the game, as running back Cody Glenn capped an 11-play, 53-yard scoring drive with a one- yard touchdown run to get the Cornhuskers on the board first.
After a three and out by the Nicholls State offense, the Cornhuskers added another touchdown when Taylor hit fullback Dane Todd in the end zone for a one-yard score with 28 seconds remaining in the opening quarter to finish off an 11-play, 51-yard drive.
Nicholls State's offense continued to struggle on its third offensive possession as Nebraska held the Colonels to another three and out.
The Cornhuskers needed only 1:20 to put another touchdown on the board when Taylor threw his second scoring pass of the first half, connecting with tight end Matt Herian on a 19-yard strike.
Lucky closed out the scoring in the first half when he ran it in for a one- yard touchdown to put the Cornhuskers ahead 28-0.
The Cornhuskers picked up right where they left off in the first half when Taylor hit wide receiver Frantz Hardy for a 14-yard touchdown pass, putting the finishing touches on a nine-play, 77-yard scoring drive.
On the Huskers' next possession, Taylor continued his dominance over the Colonels' defense when he hit wide receiver Maurice Purify for a 42-yard score.
Nicholls State finally got on the board early in the fourth quarter when Grant Thorne had a 49-yard run and Cole capped the two-play, 50-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run to make it 42-7.
Nebraska answered with a score of its own on the next possession when Kenny Wilson ran one in from 14 yards out. Glenn closed the scoring for the Huskers when he finished off a five-play, 49-yard drive with seven-yard touchdown run to account for the final margin.
Nebraska posted a 49-10 win over Louisiana Tech to open the season and the 105 points are the most in the first two games for the Cornhuskers since the 1995 national championship season registered 114...Taylor completed 12 straight passes during the contest.
09/09 17:16:47 ET