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No. 10 Nebraska breezes by Chattanooga

Lincoln, NE (Sports Network) - Taylor Martinez threw for 116 yards, but it was his 135 yards and three touchdowns on the ground that led No. 10 Nebraska to a 40-7 victory over Chattanooga in its first game as a member of the Big Ten Conference.

Martinez connected on 11-of-22 pass attempts and was removed from the game in the middle of the fourth quarter when the outcome was no longer in doubt.

Rex Burkhead carried the ball 11 times for 75 yards and a score, and Brett Maher connected on all four of his field goal attempts for the Cornhuskers (1-0), who extended the nation's longest season-opening win streak to 26 games.

Still, Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini believed there were many things his team could improve on.

"I thought the operation of the offense was fine as far as getting up on the ball," he said. "I thought we got the ball snapped quick. Those things, the logistics of it, were fine. The execution of it wasn't very good. Too many busts, a couple communication errors out there on the field--just a lot of things we need to get better at."

B.J. Coleman went 19-of-33 through the air for the Mocs (0-1), compiling 174 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Marlon Anthony's 13-yard TD reception accounted for Chattanooga's lone score. The Mocs are coming off consecutive 6-5 seasons.

"We hurt ourselves. We jumped offsides and didn't snap the ball a couple of times," UTC coach Russ Huesman said. "For the most part, we protected pretty well. We have a young offensive line and they picked up pressure a lot. I thought they battled. We didn't look awful."

Martinez's seven-yard TD run early in the first quarter gave the Cornhuskers the lead. The four-play drive was highlighted by a 53-yard rush by Burkhead.

Maher nailed a 50-yard field goal late in the first and made a 48-yarder almost five minutes into the second to extend Nebraska's lead.

On a 4th-and-2 play later in the second, Martinez took the snap and bolted down the left side of the field for a 43-yard score.

Nebraska's defense then forced a three-and-out by the Mocs, and Maher's 34- yard kick in the closing seconds of the half made it a 23-0 game.

Chattanooga got on the board on third, using an eight-play opening drive that resulted in Anthony's TD reception.

But the Cornhuskers dominated the second half and put the game away with a 17- point third quarter, including a 21-yard Maher field goal, a three-yard rushing score by Burkhead after a Cameron Meredith interception at the five and a 47-yard TD run by Martinez.

Game Notes

It was the first ever meeting between the two schools...Nebraska is coming off consecutive 10-win seasons...Nebraska outgained Chattanooga on the ground 229 to 60 but the Mocs outgained the Cornhuskers through the air 170 to 135.

09/03 21:20:21 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
12th
NOR 3
DUR 5
 
3rd
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
Final
CIN 7
CHC 2
Final
DET 3
NYY 2
Final
SFG 4
COL 1
6th
BAL 4
TAM 4
 
9th
NYM 1
ATL 3
 
4th
CWS 1
CLE 1
 
4th
KAN 2
MIN 4
 
4th
HOU 0
TEX 2
 
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ANA
OAK
4th
SCAR 28
TEXAM 52
 
3rd
LAMON 10
WAKE 10
 
2nd
MISS 7
BSU 3
 
2nd
TULSA 7
TULA 21
 
10:00pm Tonight
WASU
RUTG
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VANDY
TEMPL
10:30pm Tonight
ARST
WEBER
Final
JAC 14
ATL 24
 
4th
BUF 0
DET 20
 
4th
CIN 28
IND 0
 
3rd
GBP 27
KAN 7
 
4th
PHI 23
NYJ 7
 
4th
MIA 7
STL 13
 
3rd
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
3rd
NYG 10
NEP 10
 
3rd
TAM 3
WAS 10
 
Half
NOS 13
BAL 16
 
2nd
CLE 14
CHI 13
 
2nd
DAL 3
DEN 7
 
Half
TEN 0
MIN 16
 
2nd
HOU 6
SFX 7
 
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SDC
ARI
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OAK
SEA
12th
NOR 3
DUR 5