The Nebraska coaches knew Taylor Martinez had it in him. Martinez led the offense that finished with 632 total yards in the 49-20 win over the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss. Offensive coordinator Tim Beck says the hard work he’s put in paid off. Martinez threw for 354 yards and 5 touchdowns, a new career high. His passing completion rating was 76 percent… a good start to his promise of a 70-percent completion rating.
We’ll find out more today about the extent of the injury to Rex Burkhead. He left the game with a sprained M-C-L.
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When Burkhead went down, the running game didn’t miss a beat. Sophomore I-back Ameer Abdullah had a team-best 81 yards on 15 carries, and added NU’s final touchdown with a leaping 11-yard catch from Martinez. Abdullah had four catches for 39 yards, and adding 41 yards on three punt returns to finish with 161 all-purpose yards. Also, freshman Imani Cross (11-62), Braylon Heard (3-34-1 TD) and Mike Marrow (4-15).