The Huskers scored 28 points on a combined 11 plays on their first two possessions of each half as the 8th ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers routed the Washington Huskies 56-21 in Seattle.
The Huskers scored two touchdowns on their first five plays. Two plays after an Alex Haag interception, Taylor Martinez found tight end Mike McNeil who stretched for the pylon and scored on a 24 yard touchdown play. After a UW punt, Martinez found Brandon Kinnie who spun away from a defender and was pulled down at the one with a 55 yard reception. Martinez scored on the next play on a keeper to make it 14-0 just 4:15 into the game.
Washington put together an 80 yard drive having success running the football to cut the lead to 14-7 in the first quarter. Roy Helu capped a successful drive on the ground early in the second quarter to take a 21-7 lead. Backup QB Cody Green came in with just under six minutes to go in the first half and fumbled his first play from scrimmage. That set up the Huskies with a short field and an easy touchdown to make the score 21-14. However, the offensive took over and a steady dose of Rex Burkhead and Roy Helu led to a late first half touchdown and NU went in the lockers up 28-14.
The game turned into a shootout in the third quarter. After Niles Paul returned the opening kick to the 20, Martinez busted off an 80 yard run. Washington came right back on their first drive and scored on a 45 yard pass play from Jake Locker to Jermaine Kearse. Four plays later, Helu busted a 65 yard run and the Huskers were up 42-21 with just one minute off the clock in the third.
NU’s defense really troubled Locker most of the day and Alfonso Denard picked off Locker and returned it 31 yards for another score. Nebraska capped the scoring with an 80 yard drive in the fourth quarter ending with a 19 yard touchdown run from Rex Burkhead.
I still saw a lot of penalties and at times Washington ran the ball well against the NU defense, but Locker struggled passing as he finished just 4 for 20 for 71 yards with one TD and two picks. The Huskers run game dominated. NU had 383 yards on 54 rushes for an average of 7.1 yards per carry. NU finished with 533 total yards.
Martinez (137), Helu (110), and Burkhead (104) yards all went over the century mark combining for six touchdowns.