The 6th ranked Huskers handled Kansas State 48-13 win, blowing the game open at the start of the third quarter. Already up 17-3, NU scored 21 points on three drives that took a total of six plays. What I’ve noticed and I’m throwing out the South Dakota State game, but in this game and at Washington, the offensive line is just blowing defenders off the ball and it’s just creating huge gaps the size of Kansas wheat fields for Martinez and the running backs.
On the Huskers first series of the 2nd on 3rd and ten, Martinez took off for an 80 yard touchdown. On the very next possession, Roy Helu rattled off a 68 yard touchdown run and after a K-State field goal made the score 31-6, Martinez found Kyler Reed for a 79 yard touchdown with the safeties frozen waiting for Martinez to run. Martinez was just 5 of 7 for 128 yards.
Now remember, Kansas State came into this game 4-0 and they were second in the Big 12 in rushing and were ranked 22nd in the nation, led by Daniel Thomas, who was averaging 157 yards per game and finished with just 63 yards on 22 carries.
This was a game that not just the offense needed, but the whole squad needed to come back. The Huskers now 5-0, 1-0 in Big 12 play as they get ready for the Texas Longhorns next Saturday in Lincoln.