Nebraska Defense Doubles Effort Versus Southern Miss
Nebraska fans wanted improvement from the Husker defense. And they got it. NU gave up fewer than half as many yards (279), points (13), and first downs (16) as they did in the opener and nabbed twice as many interceptions (4).
Two of the interceptions were of the pick six variety, which helped Nebraska race out to a 21-3 lead by the end of the first quarter. NU stretched the lead to 35 at the half behind an Ameer Abdullah run and a Taylor Martinez's second touchdown pass of the day. That tandem added another rushing and passing score (respectively) in the third quarter. An Imani Cross score made 56-13, which was the final margin.
The Husker offense continued to be effective, rolling up 477 yards and just one late turnover by true freshman Terrell Newby. But it was the defenses impact and consistency which made this game so one-sided.
It gives NU some hope going into a big game against the rested and dangerous UCLA Bruins. The Bruins will be much better than the Golden Eagles. Now it appears they may have to be a lot better in order to escape Lincoln with a victory.