Nebraska 45, Bethune-Cookman 9
What Happened: It was a nice scrimmage for the Huskers, with JD Spielman taking a punt for a touchdown and Adrian Martinez and Stanley Morgan hooking up for two scores on the way to a 28-3 first quarter.
The O eased back on the throttle in the second half, and the D didn’t give up a touchdown – allowing just a first quarter field goal – until the final play.
What Mattered: Martinez completed 15-of-22 passes for 213 yards and two scores, with a pick, and he wasn’t needed much for the ground game. He only ran twice, Devine Ozigbo ran for 110 yards and a score on just 11 carries, and the offense did what it needed to do in the first half to put it away.
– It would’ve been nice if Noah Vedral was a wee bit sharper when he had his chance, completing just 2-of-9 passes for 29 yards with a pick, but he ran for a touchdown. It’s fine – that’s what games like this are for. It was a game to tune up.
Thoughts: And now it’s on to Ohio State on the road. It’s going to take something amazing to go bowling with Michigan State and a trip to Iowa to finish things up, but this will be the measuring stick moment to see just how far the program has to go, if at all. The Buckeyes will have had two weeks to kick back and groove on that loss to Purdue. They’ll be very, very fired up.
– The penalties slowed down. There were still five, and the two turnovers weren’t okay, but at least it wasn’t a game full of dumb mistakes. The offense showed off balance, and Martinez got more reps in. The more, the better, especially for the passing game. The less running he has to do, the better.