Blackshirts Make big Plays in First Half Against Idaho
By Todd Neeley
Early on in the first half Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez missed Mike McNeil on what would have been a touchdown pass, and then fumbled later in the quarter with NU driving.
Then the big-play machine kicked into high gear, propelling Nebraska to a 31-3 halftime lead.
Martinez turned in a 67-yard touchdown run, the longest of any freshman QB in Nebraska history, and I-back Roy Helu Jr. woke up from his early season slumber on a 58-yard touchdown run of his own. I-back Rex Burkhead was potent in the first half, with 49 yards rushing on just three carries.
At half Martinez led NU with 109 yards rushing on just six carries, and Helu had 81 yards on the ground on just five carries.
That defensive struggle of sorts last week against Western Kentucky is but a distant memory.
Nebraska had three interceptions in the first half alone, including two for touchdowns on back-to-back Idaho possessions. DeJon Gomes raced 40 yards on a pick and Rickey Thenarse 47 yards.
Again, this is Idaho we’re talking about, not Washington. But any issues Nebraska had on defense last week appear to have evaporated — at least for one half.