1st Quarter Recap: Nebraska 35, Idaho State 0

With 35 points in the first quarter, No. 22 Nebraska now holds a 35-0 lead over Idaho State. The Cornhuskers got on the scoreboard first, rattling off a two-play, 68-yard drive that ended in a score when Rex Burkhead turned a handoff into a 61-yard touchdown. Nebraska expanded its lead to 14-0 thanks to a six-play, 44-yard drive that ended when Ameer Abdullah ran eight yards to paydirt.

The Cornhuskers made their lead 21-0 when Taylor Martinez threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Quincy Enunwa on the last play of a one-play, 35-yard drive. A fumble recovery by Nebraska set the Cornhuskers up to start the drive.

Nebraska added to its advantage when Kenny Bell pounded in a 68-yard touchdown run, putting a bow on a one-play, 68-yard drive to give the Cornhuskers the lead, 28-0.

Nebraska made the score 35-0 when Ciante Evans intercepted a Kevin Yost pass and returned it for a touchdown.

The Cornhuskers have the ball at the Bengals’ 37-yard line to begin the second quarter.


Here’s Tom Dienhart’s Idaho State-Nebraska preview:

Why you should watch: This is Nebraska’s last chance to work out kinks before Big Ten action. FCS Idaho State doesn’t figure to pose much of an issue. Last week against Arkansas State, Nebraska ran 59 times and passed 14. I would expect a similar ratio this Saturday. But the attack can’t turn over the ball four times like it did last week.

Keep an eye on: RB Rex Burkhead. He has missed the last two games after suffering a knee injury in the opener. Burkhead is expected to play so he can get back in the groove with Big Ten action set to start September 29. Just having his presence will be a boost.

Key matchup: Nebraska secondary vs. Idaho State pass game. The Bengals run a spread scheme that will throw, throw and throw some more. Expect the Husker defense to employ a similar scheme as it did vs. Arkansas State, when it played a three-man front. Eric Martin is coming off a big game and could have another playing a hybrid linebacker/end spot developed to combat offenses like this.

Key number: 81.9, percentage of passes Taylor Martinez is completing at home. The junior has hit 39-of-48 passes for 534 yards and seven touchdowns in Memorial Stadium.

Key note: How bad is FCS Idaho State? It is 5-40 over the past four seasons. Nebraska should be able to name its score.

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Mike on 9/22/2012 @ 4:00pm EDT Said:

Huskers website said it was going to be covered on BTN…comeon guys! What gives? BTN never carries the Huskers live. Welcome to the big cold shoulder..er I mean Big 10.

    BTN.com staff on 9/22/2012 @ 4:03pm EDT Said:

    Mike, it is on BTN. Have you checked to see if your TV provider offers the overflow channels? We offer them to all TV providers. Use this page to see if games are offered from your TV provider: http://btn.com/about/btn-gamefinder/

Marilyn Hansen on 9/22/2012 @ 4:19pm EDT Said:

Thank you! Found it! Marilyn Hansen

    BTN.com staff on 9/22/2012 @ 4:24pm EDT Said:

    Thank you back.

Deb Pemberton on 9/22/2012 @ 4:22pm EDT Said:

I live in Illinois and usually watch my homestate Nebraska on the BTN, but it’s not being televised here today, is there a way I can watch it on the internet?

    BTN.com staff on 9/22/2012 @ 4:27pm EDT Said:

    Deb, are you sure? Did you check the overflow channels? If your TV provider offers BTN2Go, you can watch it live there. Go to BTN2Go.com for more info. It’s online and it’s an app.

Russ on 9/22/2012 @ 4:22pm EDT Said:

The game finder says that i should get the Nebraska game and i don’t. Why do I even pay for the BTN. What a let down.

    BTN.com staff on 9/22/2012 @ 4:27pm EDT Said:

    Russ, I need more info to help. TV provider and zip code please.

Russ on 9/22/2012 @ 4:29pm EDT Said:

Cox 90731

    BTN.com staff on 9/22/2012 @ 4:30pm EDT Said:

    And town, please.

Russ on 9/22/2012 @ 4:34pm EDT Said:

San Pedro CA

    BTN.com staff on 9/22/2012 @ 4:40pm EDT Said:

    Russ, we’re working with Cox right now to fix that. Cox does offer BTN2Go. I know it’s not what you want to hear but you can watch the game at BTN2GO.com. Just select Cox as your provider when you get there and sign in.

Mike on 9/22/2012 @ 4:44pm EDT Said:

@ BTN.com staff::

I checked the gamefinder. No dice. You guys still have Avenue listed as the cable provider. I emailed BTN about this last year. We are under New Wave now. Additionally they just went through a channel lineup change a couple of days ago. I reprogrammed my TV and scanned all of the channels…can’t find the game still!

    BTN.com staff on 9/22/2012 @ 4:48pm EDT Said:

    We apologize for any inconvenience. Please, to get a direct response from our Customer Service team, send a message through our Contact Us page. They’re better equipped to address your issue faster.

Ben on 9/22/2012 @ 4:57pm EDT Said:

What are the chances that Dish will get BTN back on their progamming??

    BTN.com staff on 9/22/2012 @ 5:12pm EDT Said:

    Ben, BTN is on DISH. BTN and DISH have reached an agreement that returns BTN to the DISH channel lineup. We’re pleased that both sides could eventually come together, and we thank fans for their patience.