Saturday night's victory extended Nebraska’s streak of season-opening victories to 28 straight games, dating back to a 1985 loss to Florida State. Nebraska had won each of the 27 games by at least nine points. Under Coach Bo Pelini, Nebraska is 6-0 in season openers.
Nebraska improved to 7-0 all-time against Wyoming with tonight’s victory, including a 6-0 mark in Lincoln. The teams will meet again in Lincoln in 2016. Nebraska also improved to 33-2 all-time against current members of the Mountain West Conference.
Nebraska’s win tonight marked its ninth straight home victory and its 13th straight home win against a non-conference opponent. NU also won for the 12th consecutive time in a home night game at Memorial Stadium.
Tonight’s crowd of 91,185 established a Memorial Stadium record, surpassing the previous record of 86,304 for a Sept. 26, 2009, matchup with Louisiana-Lafayette. The previous record crowd came on sellout No. 300 at Memorial Stadium. Tonight’s game marked the 326th consecutive sellout in Lincoln.
Head Coach Bo Pelini improved his Nebraska career record to 50-20 with tonight’s victory. Pelini is the fifth coach in Nebraska history to reach 50 career victories with the Huskers, joining Dana X. Bible, Bob Devaney, Tom Osborne and Frank Solich.
First-time starters in tonight’s game for Nebraska included offensive guard Jake Cotton on offense, defensive end Avery Moss, defensive tackle Vincent Valentine and defensive back Mo Seisay on defense. On special teams punter Sam Foltz and place-kicker Pat Smith.
True freshmen making the Husker debuts included linebackers Nathan Gerry and Josh Banderas, I-back Terrell Newby, long snapper Gabe Miller, tight end Cethan Carter, defensive tackles Kevin Maurice and Maliek Collins. Other newcomers making their Nebraska debuts included sophomore defensive end Randy Gregory, and senior transfer place-kicker Pat Smith.
Senior quarterback Taylor Martinez became the first Nebraska quarterback to start four consecutive season openers and made his 40th career start at quarterback. Martinez completed 17-of-22 passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns. The three touchdown passes marked the fourth time in Martinez’s career he has throw for three or more touchdowns.
Martinez’s three touchdown passes increased his school-record TD pass total to 49. Combined with his 31 career rushing touchdowns, Martinez has accounted for 80 career touchdowns, passing Tommie Frazier for second among NU quarterbacks, trailing only Eric Crouch’s 90 career touchdowns.
Martinez also rushed 16 times for 80 yards, pushing his career rushing total to 2,938 yards. He is 62 yards from becoming the eighth player and second quarterback in NU history with 3,000 career rushing yards.
Martinez improved to 4-0 in season openers and in his four season openers he averaged 278.3 yards of total offense per game. Martinez produced eight passing touchdowns and six rushing touchdowns in the four games.
Junior I-back Ameer Abdullah had a career-long 62-yard run in the second quarter to set up a Nebraska touchdown. Abdullah’s previous career long rush was 45 yards against Arkansas State last season. Abdullah finished the night with 19 rushes for 114 yards, marking his seventh career 100-yard rushing game.
Sophomore I-back Imani Cross scored a one-yard second-quarter touchdown, and ran 31 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Cross’ two-TD effort was the third multi-TD game of his career. Cross finished the game with 13 carries for a career-high 105 yards, topping his 100-yard effort against Idaho State last season.
Nebraska rushed for 375 yards, marking the 13th time in 15 games since the start of last season Nebraska has rushed for at least 200 yards. Nebraska has topped 300 yards on the ground four times since the start of last season. Tonight’s 375 yards is the most by Nebraska in a season opener since rushing for 413 yards in the season opener against Nevada in 2007. Nebraska rushed for 144 yards in the third quarter of tonight’s game.
Junior receiver Kenny Bell caught seven passes for 57 yards, pushing his career receptions total to 89. Tonight’s game marked the fourth time in his career that Bell has had at least six receptions in a game. Tonight’s seven grabs were only topped by his nine-catch performance against Minnesota last season.
Senior receiver Quincy Enunwa caught touchdown passes of 3 and 7 yards in the second half. Enunwa entered tonight’s game with three career touchdowns, including one TD reception last season. Enunwa finished the game with three catches for 27 yards and moved into the top 20 on the NU career receptions list with 67 career catches.
Junior receiver Jamal Turner caught four passes for 43 yards, including a 17-yard first quarter touchdown reception. Turner’s touchdown catch was his fourth in the past seven games, after not having a touchdown catch in his first 20 career games.
Tight end Jake Long had a career-long 26-yard reception in the first quarter, bettering his previous long of 24 yards against Southern Miss in the 2012 season opener.
Cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptise had a first-quarter interception of a Brett Smith pass that led to a Nebraska touchdown and a 10-7 lead. The interception was the fourth of Jean-Baptiste’s career and ended a streak of 183 consecutive passes by Smith without an interception.
Senior cornerback Ciante Evans had a fourth-quarter interception, marking the second interception of his Nebraska career.
Linebacker David Santos had a career-high 12 tackles to lead the Nebraska defense in tackles. Topped his previous best of 10 against Michigan last season. Santos was the only Husker with more than five tackles on the night.