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Nebraska vs Fresno State Football Recap

Nebraska 42, Fresno State 29

 

Here’s the thing to remember about September in the world of college football: It can, does, and will produce a lot of misleading results, the kinds of scores that will not mean much in November or early December when teams have long since worked out the kinks and settled into a groove.

With this in mind, the question everyone in the state of Nebraska is asking right now is as follows: Will Saturday night’s performance against Fresno State become a genuine aberration, or will aspects of this tension-filled tilt linger with the Children of the Corn throughout a frustrating season?



Let’s be clear – this is not likely to be the Nebraska team that will exist for the next three months. However, if it is, there’s reason for concern in Big Red Country. The version of Nebraska that held off a Western Athletic Conference foe is a team that will get plowed by upper-tier opponents in the Big Ten Conference.

The Cornhuskers used a fourth-quarter surge to win a wildly entertaining Saturday night battle in Lincoln against the Fresno State Bulldogs. Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez was inconsistent, but still racked up 385 yards of total offense.   He ran 15 times for 166 yards and a touchdown, and completed 10 of 21 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown.   He was intercepted twice. Martinez exhibited the Jekyll-and-Hyde traits that were in evidence for much of his 2010 season, which means that Nebraska is still a mystery more than anything else at this point in time.

Quarterback Derek Carr completed 20 of 41 passes for 254 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs.   Robbie Rouse carried 36 times for 169 yards to give ballast to Fresno’s offense.

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Fresno State had a chance to tie the game with 12:06 left, after a 26-yard pass from Carr to Josh Harper made it 28-26, but the Bulldogs’ two-point conversion attempt failed.    Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah returned the subsequent kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to put the Huskers up by nine points. After a Kevin Goessling field goal pulled the Bulldogs back to within a score, Martinez busted loose for a 46-yard TD run to put the game away.

Abdullah had a Nebraska record 211 yards on five kick returns. Rex Burkhead carried 15 times for 55 yards and a touchdown for the Huskers.

For Fresno State, Rouse’s running allowed the Bulldogs to enjoy a 37:12-22:48 edge in time of possession. The Bulldogs opened the scoring with 7:45 left in the first quarter when Devon Wylie returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown. Fresno State led 17-14 at halftime.

Jamal Turner had 63 yards receiving for Nebraska and Kyler Reed added 61.

 

By: Matt Zemek
DFN Sports Senior Staff Writer

 

 

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