Huskers Bounce Back Against Arkansas State
The action on the field didn't get near the attention as what took place off the field. Bo Pelini left the game in an ambulance and while indications are that he will be back to work, little has been said about why he needed medical care.
The Huskers got off to a quick start (even if their running game didn't) to lead 14-0 after one quarter and 28-3 at the half behind two touchdown catches by Kenny Bell and two Ameer Abdullah runs. The defense gave up some yards to the Red Wolves in the first half but kep Arkansas State from getting points.
ASU made it a bit more interesting in the third quarter by recovering a Taylor Martinez fumble for a touchdown and adding a field goal to make it 28-13 going into the fourth period.
The running game and defense took over for Nebraska as the lead stretched to 42-13 behind an Imani Cross touchdown and a Taylor Martinez score. Abdullah finished with 179 yards rushing on the day and Cross, Martinez, and Braylon Heard all topped the half century mark. Martinez completed 13 of 14 passes for 179 yards and the two scores. His two fumbles and two sacks the only real blemishes on his day. The defense kept the Red Wolves out of the end zone and under 300 yards. A welcome change from a week ago.
Maybe this game doesn't cure everything from a week ago, but it wasn't a bad way to respond. Hopefully, Pelini is "fine" (in more than just words) and he and the team heal up well.