Boxscore
Nebraska 24, Michigan State 3
Saturday, October 29, 2011 12:00 PM
Location - Memorial Stadium
Attendance - 85641

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Michigan State 0 3 0 0 3
Nebraska 10 0 14 0 24

Recap


Rex Burkhead scored three touchdowns and No. 13 Nebraska’s defense stifled No. 10 Michigan State in a 24-3 victory on Saturday in Lincoln, Neb.

The win moved the Huskers (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten) into a tie with the Spartans (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) atop the Big Ten Legends Division. Michigan also won Saturday and Iowa was scheduled to play later at Minnesota, so there could be a four-way tie for first place by the end of the day.

Burkhead was Nebraska’s workhorse all afternoon, rushing a career-high 34 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a 27-yard score from Taylor Martinez late in the third quarter that gave the Huskers a 21-point lead to essentially seal the victory.

Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins, whose Hail Mary pass to beat Wisconsin made him the hero of last weekend, struggled to get anything going against Nebraska’s pass defense. By halftime, Cousins completed only 4 of 15 passes for 27 yards and one interception. He repeatedly tried to take shots deep down the field, but the Huskers always had at least two defenders blanketing the intended receiver.

The senior quarterback finished with only 86 yards, his worst outing since his freshman season in 2008.

Spartans wideout B.J. Cunningham entered the game averaging 6.8 receptions, but he was held without a catch for the first time all season.

Nebraska produced little through the air as well, but it didn’t matter. Burkhead scored on a pair of 1-yard touchdown plunges to build the lead, and then he wore down Michigan State’s front seven in the second half.

The Huskers improved to 6-0 all-time against the Spartans.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 9:12
Nebraska   TD  Nebraska 7 - Michigan State 0
1st Quarter - 1:21
Nebraska   FG  Nebraska 10 - Michigan State 0
2nd Quarter - 1:38
Michigan State   FG  Nebraska 10 - Michigan State 3
3rd Quarter - 9:32
Nebraska   TD  Nebraska 17 - Michigan State 3
3rd Quarter - 0:20
Nebraska   TD  Nebraska 24 - Michigan State 3
TEAMS

Team Records

  Michigan State Nebraska
W/L 6 - 2 - 0 7 - 1 - 0
Conference 3 - 1 - 0 3 - 1 - 0

Team Stats

  Michigan State Nebraska
Score 3 24
First Downs 12 18
3rd Down Efficiency 3-for-14
21%
7-for-15
47%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-3
33%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 187 270
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 30-101 58-190
Average/Rush 3.4 3.3
Passing
Comp-Att 11-27 7-13
Passing Yards 86 80
Average/Pass Play 2.8 5.7
Penalties-Yards 9-90 9-58
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-0
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Time of Possession 28:35 31:25

PLAYER STATS

Michigan State (6 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Cousins 11/27 86 0 1
Nebraska (7 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Martinez 7/13 80 1 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
L. Bell 12 58 4.8 0
E. Baker 10 38 3.8 0
K. Martin 2 5 2.5 0
K. Cousins 6 0 0.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
R. Burkhead 35 130 3.7 2
T. Marlowe 1 39 39.0 0
T. Martinez 12 23 1.9 0
A. Green 4 8 2.0 0
K. Bell 1 4 4.0 0
T. Legate 1 0 0.0 0
B. Heard 1 -7 -7.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
K. Martin 5 58 11.6 0
B. Linthicum 2 16 8.0 0
L. Bell 3 12 4.0 0
T. Anderson 1 0 0.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
R. Burkhead 1 27 27.0 1
B. Kinnie 2 23 11.5 0
K. Bell 1 19 19.0 0
T. Marlowe 1 6 6.0 0
B. Cotton 2 5 2.5 0
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