Boxscore
Nebraska 17, South Dakota St 3
Saturday, September 25, 2010 7:00 PM
Location - Memorial Stadium
Attendance - 85573

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
South Dakota St 0 0 3 0 3
Nebraska 0 14 0 3 17

Recap

This just in:  Taylor Martinez is human.  Nebraska's redshirt freshman quarterback proved as much in a 17-3 win over South Dakota State on Saturday night.  Martinez committed three  turnovers and struggled to complete passes against a scrappy Jackrabbit squad from the Football Championship Subdivision.

It was obvious from the beginning that Nebraska was going to have their hands full.  South Dakota State forced a Martinez fumble on the Huskers’ first offensive play, and held Nebraska to a scoreless tie through the first quarter. 

But running back Rex Burkhead opened the scoring on a three-yard touchdown run early in the second, and Huskers ran out to a 14-0 lead by halftime.

The Jackrabbits used senior running back Kyle Minnett to great effectiveness.  Minett hurt Nebraska in a variety of ways, ending the game with 112 yards on 28 carries.
 
Martinez suffered through his worst performance of the season, throwing two interceptions and failing to sustain drives against a Jackrabbits defense that was keying on him all night.  South Dakota State forced him to throw the ball, and the results weren’t pretty.  He was replaced late in the game with sophomore Cody Green.

Martinez’ fourth quarter interception provided the Jackrabbits with their last chance to make things interesting.  But Husker corner back Alfonzo Dennard picked off a pass on the Nebraska goal line three plays later, sealing the game for Nebraska.  . 

The game provided the 7th-ranked Huskers with a laundry list of issues to work on going into their Big 12 schedule.  They open the conference play on October 7th, in a Thursday night matchup against Kansas State.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
2nd Quarter - 14:31
Nebraska   TD  Nebraska 7 - South Dakota St 0
2nd Quarter - 10:46
Nebraska   TD  Nebraska 14 - South Dakota St 0
3rd Quarter - 5:11
South Dakota St   FG  Nebraska 14 - South Dakota St 3
4th Quarter - 14:57
Nebraska   FG  Nebraska 17 - South Dakota St 3
TEAMS

Team Records

  South Dakota St Nebraska
W/L 0 - 1 - 0 4 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  South Dakota St Nebraska
Score 3 17
First Downs 10 15
3rd Down Efficiency 5-for-17
29%
4-for-13
31%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-3
0%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 236 345
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 37-141 48-205
Average/Rush 3.8 4.3
Passing
Comp-Att 12-28 6-16
Passing Yards 95 140
Average/Pass Play 3.4 8.8
Penalties-Yards 7-73 6-47
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-1
Interceptions Thrown 2 2
Time of Possession 29:49 30:11

PLAYER STATS

South Dakota St (0 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
No Passing
Nebraska (4 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Martinez 6/14 140 1 2
C. Green 0/2 0 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
No Rushing
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
T. Martinez 13 75 5.8 0
R. Burkhead 14 66 4.7 1
R. Helu 19 59 3.1 0
C. Green 2 5 2.5 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
No receiving
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
M. McNeill 1 64 64.0 0
B. Kinnie 3 34 11.3 0
K. Reed 1 33 33.0 1
R. Burkhead 1 9 9.0 0
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