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                   === No. 25 Nebraska routs Idaho State ===
 
 Lincoln,  NE (Sports  Network) -  Taylor Martinez  threw a  pair of  touchdown
 passes  for  No. 25 Nebraska,  which scored 35 points  in the first quarter on
 Saturday in a 73-7 rout of the Idaho State Bengals.
 
 Playing  just half the game, Martinez passed for 165 yards on 9-of-13 attempts
 while  Rex  Burkhead collected  119  yards  rushing  and  two scores  on  just
 eight carries to give Nebraska (3-1) its second consecutive blowout win.
 
 "Rex  is a special player," Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said of his running back.
 "I think he felt really good. He felt comfortable."
 
 Kenny  Bell, Quincy  Enunwa and Steven Osborne all caught a touchdown pass for
 Nebraska,  while Ameer Abdullah, Braylon Heard and Imani Cross added scores on
 the ground.
 
 The  Bengals (1-2),  who only totaled 210 yards of offense to the Cornhuskers'
 569,  didn't score  until the fourth quarter,  when punter C. J. Reyes threw a
 28-yard touchdown pass to Luke Austin.
 
 Starting quarterback Kevin Yost threw two interceptions and completed just 16-
 of-34 passes for 123 yards in the loss.
 
 "We don't have a running game. We don't try to," Idaho State coach Mike Kramer
 admitted.  "We've got  to be able to  throw the ball, play pitch and catch. We
 weren't able to do that today or sustain drives."
 
 After  Brett  Maher missed a 51-yard  field goal try on the Cornhuskers' first
 drive,  Nebraska  scored touchdowns  on  each  of  their next  four  offensive
 possessions.
 
 Burkhead  made solid  contributions on  each of  Nebraska's first  two scores.
 After  taking a  hand off 61 yards  for a touchdown, Burkhead caught a 25-yard
 pass  on  the following possession to  put the Cornhuskers inside the Bengals'
 20-yard  line.  Four plays later, Abdullah  crossed the goal line on an 8-yard
 carry to make it 14-0.
 
 Nebraska  scored  on its first plays  from scrimmage on its next two offensive
 touches.
 
 Following  an Idaho State turnover on downs, Nebraska started the drive inside
 Bengals'  territory.  Martinez connected  with Enunwa  for a 35-yard touchdown
 strike  to push the advantage to 21. On the Cornhuskers' following possession,
 Martinez tossed a shovel pass to Bell, who ran it 68 yards to the end zone for
 a score.
 
 Already  down 28-0,  Idaho  State dug  themselves deeper  when  Yost threw  an
 interception  to Ciante Evans, who returned it 29 yards the other way, capping
 a five-touchdown first quarter for Nebraska.
 
 The  hosts added  10 more before halftime on Burkhead's 2-yard run and Maher's
 49-yard field goal.
 
 The  Bengals  punted away on their  first possession of the third and Abdullah
 took it back 81 yards to increase Nebraska's lead to 52.
 
 After the Cornhuskers blocked a punt on the Bengals' ensuing possession, back-
 up  quarterback Ron  Kellogg III connected with Osborne for a 5-yard score and
 Heard scampered 27 yards for a touchdown on Nebraska's following possession to
 make it 66-0.
 
 Following the Bengals' only scoring drive, Cross broke off a 20-yard touchdown
 run to account for the game's final margin.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Saturday's  contest  marked the first  matchup ever between Nebraska and Idaho
 State  ... The Huskers never punted in the game ... Osborne led the Huskers in
 receptions  with  three ... Sacramento State  will visit Idaho State next week
 and Nebraska will host the Wisconsin Badgers.
 
 09/22 20:21:38 ET

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