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NCAA Game Summary - Wyoming at Nebraska



(Saturday, August 31st)

Final Score: (18) Nebraska 37, Wyoming 34

Lincoln, NE (Sports Network) - Taylor Martinez hurled three touchdown passes and Imani Cross ran for two scores as the No. 18 Nebraska Cornhuskers won their 27th straight season opener with a 37-34 victory over the Wyoming Cowboys.

Martinez, the first Nebraska (1-0) quarterback to start four consecutive season openers, went 17-for-22 for 155 yards, three scores and an interception. He also picked up 80 yards on the ground while Ameer Abdullah led the Cornhuskers' rushing attack with 114 yards on 19 carries and Cross earned 105.

Brett Smith was terrific in defeat, racking up a career-high 383 yards and four touchdowns through the air and 92 yards on eight carries. Shaun Wick ran for 101 and a touchdown, and Dominic Rufran caught 11 passes for 120 yards while Jalen Claiborne caught a pair of touchdowns.

The Cowboys (0-1), who finished 4-8 in 2012, gained 602 yards of total offense.

"To come in and face a top-25 team like Nebraska and play like we did, it's definitely encouraging," said Rufran.

The visitors struck first on their second possession of the game. After forcing a Nebraska three-and-out, Wick broke off a 37-yard run, setting up a 6-yard touchdown toss from Smith to Claiborne.

Nebraska marched right down the field on its next possession but had to settle for three when Abdullah was stuffed for a loss on 3rd-and-1 from the Wyoming 4-yard line.

Following Stanley Jean-Baptiste's interception deep in Nebraska territory and subsequent 41-yard return, Martinez unleashed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Turner to help Nebraska claim its first lead.

Wyoming jumped back in front for the final time on Wick's only rushing score of the game, which capped a 5-play, 76-yard drive that began with a 47-yard scamper by Smith.

Later in the second, Abdullah's career-best 62-yard run down the left sideline set up Cross' 1-yard touchdown plunge, which put the Cornhuskers ahead for good.

Nebraska took a 17-14 edge into the locker room.

Cross found the end zone again early in the third period, this time from 31 yards out to give the home team a 10-point cushion.

Smith and Brandon Miller hooked up for a 22-yard touchdown strike late in the third quarter between two short touchdown passes from Martinez to Quincy Enunwa.

Trailing 37-21 with 6:02 left in the game, Smith fired a dart to Claiborne in the end zone, but a crucial two-point conversation try failed, leaving Wyoming in a 10-point hole.

Nebraska gave the ball back to Wyoming with 2:01 on the clock when Martinez was stuffed on a quarterback keeper on 4th-and-1, setting up Smith's 47-yard touchdown connection with Robert Herron less than a minute later.

Wyoming used two of its three timeouts and benefited from Cross falling out- of-bounds on second down, and forced a punt with just over a minute remaining.

The Cowboys' final possession started on their own 6-yard line, the worst starting field position of the night, and they were unable to get themselves into field goal range before the clock hit zero.

"We're one and zero and I'm happy we're one and zero. Obviously, we've got a lot of work to do," Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini said. "Whether you win by three or you win 65-0, it's never as good as you think it is and it's never as bad as you think it is."

Game Notes

Nebraska is coming off a 10-4 season in which they won the Big Ten Legends Division and played in the Big Ten championship ... The game's official attendance was a school-record 91,185 fans ... The Cornhuskers went 9-for-17 converting third downs while Wyoming made just 1-of-8 ... This is the first time in Nebraska's 27-game season opener winning streak that they won by less than nine points ... Nebraska outgained Wyoming 375-219 on the ground and improved to 7-0 all-time over the Cowboys.

09/01 02:00:37 ET

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Final
NCSU 24
GASO 23
Final
DUKE 52
ELON 13
 
Final
UNC 56
LBRTY 29
7:05pm Saturday
NOR 4
DUR 1
 
Final
ECU 52
NCCU 7
 
5:05pm Tonight
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NOR
 
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TOR 2
NYY 0
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CWS 6
DET 3
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STL 1
CHC 5
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PIT 3
CIN 2
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BAL 3
MIN 2
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TAM 7
BOS 0
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KAN 2
CLE 3
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CWS 4
DET 8
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ATL 0
MIA 4
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NYM 2
PHI 7
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HOU 2
TEX 0
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ARI 0
COL 2
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STL 13
CHC 2
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SDP 2
LOS 1
 
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SFG 3
MIL 1
 
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ANA 2
OAK 0
 
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SEA 1
WAS 3
 
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TOR
NYY
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
PHI
 
1:35pm Today
PIT
CIN
 
1:35pm Today
BAL
MIN
 
1:40pm Today
TAM
BOS
 
2:10pm Today
CWS
DET
 
2:10pm Today
HOU
TEX
 
2:15pm Today
STL
CHC
 
3:35pm Today
ANA
OAK
 
4:05pm Today
SFG
MIL
 
4:10pm Today
ARI
COL
 
4:10pm Today
SDP
LOS
 
4:10pm Today
SEA
WAS
 
5:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
8:07pm Tonight
KAN
CLE
 
Final
MICH 52
APPST 14
Final
NAVY 17
OSU 34
Final
UAB 48
TROY 10
Final
UVA 20
UCLA 28
Final
PURD 43
WMICH 34
Final
NCSU 24
GASO 23
Final
UMASS 7
BC 30
Final
NW 24
CAL 31
Final
NEB 55
FATL 7
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UMO 27
MARS 42
Final
ND 48
RICE 17
Final
MIZZ 38
SDST 18
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ALA 33
WVU 23
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AUB 45
ARK 21
Final
STAN 45
UCD 0
Final
UGA 45
CLEM 21
Final
UNC 56
LBRTY 29
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KSU 14
OHIO 17
Final
OKLA 48
LATU 16
Final
KST 55
SAUST 16
Final
USC 52
FRES 13
Final
MSST 49
SMISS 0
 
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OKST 31
FSU 37
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TEX 38
UNT 7
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NMU 24
UTEP 31
8:05pm Saturday
UF 0
IDAHO 0
4th
LSU 28
WISC 24
 
Half
OREG 41
SD 13
 
3rd
HAW 10
WASH 17
 
7:00pm Tonight
TENN
UTST
7:30pm Tonight
BAY
SMU
Final
DUKE 52
ELON 13
 
Final
ECU 52
NCCU 7
 
7:05pm Saturday
NOR 4
DUR 1
 
5:05pm Tonight
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NOR