Nebraska Beats Idaho 38-17 But No One Ends Up Happy

Nebraska picked up it's 500th home record  ran it's record to 2-0 with an easy, but sloppy victory over the Idaho Vandals. The Vandals were never a threat to win with Nebraska's offense moving at will and the defense gobbling up Idaho's offense at every opportunity. 

Taylor Martinez once again put up gaudy offensive numbers, rushing 14 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns while completing 12-of-17 passes for 106 yards with one interception. Roy Helu had a 100-yard game, carrying the ball nine times for 107 yards and one touchdown.  Rex Burkhead added another 77 yards on nine carries, with Austin Jones picking up 18 yards on three carries. 

Nebraska's defense showed signs of living up to Bo Pelini's claim that they'll be better than last year. They picked off Idaho's Nathan Enderle (16-of-31 for 141 yards, one TD) five times, including two that were returned for touchdowns. Idaho quarterbacks were under pressure all afternoon as Nebraska totaled seven sacks. 

The Huskers weren't without their problems, however. While they had six takeaways, they also had eight fumbles (four by Martinez, two by Niles Paul, and one each by Dontraveous Robinson and Cody Green), three of which were lost. Penalties continue to be a problem as Nebraska picked up 10 for 123 yards. While the fumbles can be somewhat attributed to Martinez' youth, the penalties are a lack of discipline. 

Martinez showed that he's a redshirt freshman quarterback. His interception came on a play when he was wrapped up by a defender and tried to throw a pass which was picked by Idaho safety Shiloh Keo. Martinez was blindsided on a blitz and dropped the ball deep in Idaho territory - a more experienced quarterback would have seen the blitz coming and gotten rid of the ball or changed the play to avoid it. 

Nebraska lead only 3-0 after the first quarter. The Huskers went on to score 28 in the second, but only added seven points in the second half, which was a half that's sure to cause a lot of angst amongst the Husker faithful. 

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