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Saturday, Sep. 5 1:30pm ET
Rusty Huskers pull away in 4th quarter
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Third-ranked Nebraska, starting a new quarterback for the second time in as many weeks, did not miss a beat behind redshirt freshman Eric Crouch in a 38-7 victory over Alabama-Birmingham.

Crouch was subbing for Bobby Newcombe, who was kept out of action after sustaining a slight tear of the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in last weekend's win over Louisiana Tech.

Newcombe is expected back for next week's game at California, but Crouch was as good as he needed to be for the Cornhuskers (2-0) against the overmatched Blazers, who were opening their season.

Crouch completed 11-of-17 passes for 127 yards and added 69 yards on seven carries. Correll Buckhalter added 96 yards on 19 carries as Nebraska extended the nation's longest Division I winning streak to 16 games and posted its 44th straight home win, fifth-best all-time.

Buckhalter is also seeing extended time as an injury replacement. He started once again as DeAngelo Evans recovers from arthroscopic knee surgery. Evans will miss at least one more game.

Nebraska was in control, with three scoring drives of at least 12 plays and 70 yards. The Cornhuskers held a 444-210 advantage in total offense, with an unusually balanced attack that featured 236 yards rushing and 208 through the air.

Fullback Joel Makovicka's three-yard burst was the only touchdown of the opening quarter and Crouch made it 14-0 with a 15-yard scoring pass to tight end Sheldon Jackson 3:33 into the second period.

UAB posted its only score to move within 14-7 as Ortavious Miles ran in from two yards with 3:41 left in the first half, but Crouch countered with an 11-yard scoring run nine seconds before the intermission as Nebraska took a 21-7 edge into the locker room.

Kris Brown tacked on a 27-yard field goal with just over 10 minutes left in the game and Crouch rumbled 59 yards for a TD with 5:47 remaining to increase the lead to 31-7.

Crouch sat out most of the scoreless third quarter and a good chunk of the fourth with leg cramps, giving Monte Christo some experience under center. Christo took advantage by hitting freshman tight end Tracey Wistrom for a 63-yard scoring strike with just over two minutes left.

Wistrom is the younger brother of former Nebraska defensive end Grant Wistrom, a first-round draft choice in 1998 by the St. Louis Rams.


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