Turning point: The first drive. Nebraska established momentum and took control of the game by driving 82 yards in 11 plays in 4 minutes, 23 seconds. The Cornhuskers converted two third-down plays and gained yardage on every play. Quarterback Bobby Newcombe scored on a 3-yard run, and Nebraska never trailed.
Players of the day: Nebraska I-back DeAngelo Evans and quarterback Bobby Newcombe. Playing in his first game since the 1996 Big 12 Championship, Evans carried 13 times for 146 yards and three touchdowns. Newcombe had missed the previous two games, but returned to run for three touchdowns. He also had 163 total yards (84 passing and 79 rushing).
Play of the day: As quarterback Newcombe raced to the sideline and I-back Evans followed closely, Husky rover Nigel Burton moved in for the tackle. But Newcombe
pitched to Evans, who was able to outrace linebacker Todd Johnson to the end zone. Receiver Kenny Cheatham's block on cornerback Toure Butler cleared the path.
Key matchup: Nebraska defensive line vs. Washington offensive line. The Cornhuskers didn't need to blitz to pressure Brock Huard and sacked him three times.
Up next: Washington vs. No. 16 Arizona, Saturday at Husky Stadium, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports NW).