(Saturday, September 6th)
Final Score: Nebraska 35, San Jose State 12
Lincoln, NE (Sports Network) - Three different players scored rushing touchdowns for Nebraska, as the Cornhuskers rolled past the San Jose State Spartans, 35-12, in non-league action at Memorial Stadium.
Roy Helu Jr. paced Nebraska (2-0) with 59 yards on nine carries, while Marlon Lucky chipped in with just 23 yards and one touchdown on seven totes. Joe Gantz completed 17-of-25 passes for 216 yards in the win for the Cornhuskers, but the signal caller also tossed an interception and was sacked three times.
Kyle Reed was the main offensive threat for SJSU (1-1), as the quarterback completed 18-of-26 passes for 161 yards, and also rushed for 32 yards, while scoring the team's lone touchdown.
The Spartans jumped out to a surprising lead early in the first quarter when Reed scored on a 12-yard run. However, the extra point was no good for San Jose State, leaving the Spartans with just a 6-0 lead.
The Cornhuskers wasted no time, however, as the team drove 86 yards on their next possession and used a three-yard touchdown run by Quentin Castille to take a 7-6 lead.
Nebraska's defense got involved in the scoring, as Ndamukong Suh returned an interception 49 yards, extending the Cornhuskers lead to 14-6.
The Spartans cut their deficit to 14-9 midway through the second frame when Jared Strubeck booted a 41-yard field goal.
After a scoreless third frame, the Spartans chipped at Nebraska's lead, using a 27-yard field goal by Strubeck early in the fourth quarter.
However, Niles Paul return the ensuing kick off 85 yards to push the Cornhuskers lead to 21-12.
A 14-yard touchdown run by Helu Jr. and a two-yard touchdown scamper by Lucky blew this contest wide open, as Nebraska went on to collect a convincing, 35-12 victory.
09/06 17:54:02 ET