Nebraska 49, Southern Mississippi 20

Date - Saturday, September 1, 2012 3:30 PM
Location - Memorial Stadium
Attendance - 85425

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Southern Mississippi 7 10 0 3 20
Nebraska 14 14 14 7 49

Recap


Nebraska 49, Southern Mississippi 20: Taylor Martinez threw for a career-high 354 yards and matched another personal best with five passing touchdowns as the Cornhuskers rolled past the visiting Golden Eagles.

Martinez completed 26 of his 34 passes, providing some light on a day that saw Nebraska (1-0) lose running back Rex Burkhead and receiver Tim Marlowe to injury.

Ameer Abdullah added a receiving score and picked up the slack for the running game in Burkhead's absence, rushing for 81 yards to key a ground attack that finished with 263 yards.

Quincy Enunwa led all receivers with six receptions for 70 yards as Nebraska won its 27th consecutive season opener - the longest streak in the nation.

The Huskers jumped out to a 14-0 advantage midway through the first quarter, but saw Southern Mississippi (0-1) tie it early in the second on a receiving touchdown by Dominique Sullivan.

Nebraska took the lead for good on the next drive as Martinez threw his second touchdown pass to Jake Long. Although the Golden Eagles added a field goal, the Huskers rolled off 21 unanswered points to put the game away at 42-17.

Anthony Alford rushed for a game-high 84 yards for Southern Mississippi, which finished with 185 yards on the ground.
 
GAME NOTEBOOK: Burkhead (MCL sprain) and Marlowe (separated left shoulder) each left the game early in the first half and did not return. ... This game was the first of three for the Huskers that will come against new coaches. ... Nebraska leads the all-time series 3-1.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 13:42
Nebraska   TD  Nebraska 7 - Southern Mississippi 0
1st Quarter - 7:07
Nebraska   TD  Nebraska 14 - Southern Mississippi 0
1st Quarter - 6:54
Southern Mississippi   TD  Nebraska 14 - Southern Mississippi 7
2nd Quarter - 13:09
Southern Mississippi   TD  Nebraska 14 - Southern Mississippi 14
2nd Quarter - 9:16
Nebraska   TD  Nebraska 21 - Southern Mississippi 14
2nd Quarter - 1:32
Southern Mississippi   FG  Nebraska 21 - Southern Mississippi 17
2nd Quarter - 1:03
Nebraska   TD  Nebraska 28 - Southern Mississippi 17
3rd Quarter - 7:36
Nebraska   TD  Nebraska 35 - Southern Mississippi 17
3rd Quarter - 2:44
Nebraska   TD  Nebraska 42 - Southern Mississippi 17
4th Quarter - 13:03
Southern Mississippi   FG  Nebraska 42 - Southern Mississippi 20
4th Quarter - 7:47
Nebraska   TD  Nebraska 49 - Southern Mississippi 20
TEAMS

Team Records

  Southern Mississippi Nebraska
W/L 0 - 1 - 0 1 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Southern Mississippi Nebraska
Score 20 49
First Downs 20 33
3rd Down Efficiency 7-for-14
50%
12-for-15
80%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 260 632
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 47-185 45-278
Average/Rush 3.9 6.2
Passing
Comp-Att 7-19 26-34
Passing Yards 75 354
Average/Pass Play 3.4 10.1
Penalties-Yards 4-35 2-30
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Time of Possession 28:22 31:38

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Campbell 6/11 69 1 0
A. Alford 1/5 6 0 0
R. Lloyd 0/3 0 0 0
Nebraska (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Martinez 26/34 354 5 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
A. Alford 15 84 5.6 0
D. Johnson 8 50 6.2 0
J. Hester 8 28 3.5 0
J. Richard 4 14 3.5 0
R. Lloyd 4 5 1.2 0
J. Sims 1 2 2.0 0
T. Bracken 2 2 1.0 0
C. Campbell 5 0 0.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
A. Abdullah 15 81 5.4 0
R. Burkhead 3 68 22.7 1
I. Cross 11 62 5.6 0
B. Heard 3 34 11.3 1
M. Marrow 4 15 3.8 0
T. Martinez 6 10 1.7 0
K. Bell 1 7 7.0 0
C. Zimmerer 1 4 4.0 0
J. Turner 1 -3 -3.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
T. Lampley 2 27 13.5 0
D. Sullivan 1 24 24.0 1
J. Hester 2 14 7.0 0
D. Johnson 2 10 5.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
Q. Enunwa 6 70 11.7 0
K. Reed 5 57 11.4 1
J. Turner 2 46 23.0 0
J. Long 3 41 13.7 1
A. Abdullah 4 39 9.8 1
S. Osborne 2 36 18.0 1
K. Bell 1 26 26.0 1
T. Evans 1 26 26.0 0
T. Wullenwaber 1 8 8.0 0
B. Cotton 1 5 5.0 0