Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz quoted an old television commercial this week when he said “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Well, Ganz made a good first impression against Western Michigan winning 47-24.
Ganz was 20 of 36 for 345 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. The win is Nebraska’s 23rd in a row for season opener’s the longest streak in the nation. Ganz was virtually unstoppable in the first half, and his two fourth quarter interceptions didn’t come back to hurt Nebraska and WMU was unable to do anything.
The Huskers struck quickly in the first quarter with two touchdowns. The first coming from Marlon Lucky on a 14 yard touchdown run on a four play drive covering 61 yards. Then, Ganz hit Mike McNeill for three yards on another 62 yard drive covering 8 plays. After NU had to settle for an Alex Henry field goal, Western Michigan put together a nice 10 play 80 yard drive to cut the Husker lead to 17-7.
Ganz didn’t waste much time, he came right back with a 61 yard touchdown pass to Nate Swift. After the teams traded field goals, Ganz hooked up again with Swift on a two yard touchdown pass to round out the scoring in the first half. Ganz 16 of 23 for 230 yards and three touchdowns. After Alex Henry hit his third of four field goals, WMU, put together another 80 yard touchdown drive, but Ganz answered with a 19 yard touchdown pass to Lucky, his second of the game.
The Broncos were able to put together three scoring of 80 yards or more, which is something Pelini will have to address this upcoming week, but one bright spot was Cody Glenn, making the move from offense to defense, led the Huskers with 12 tackles.