NCAAF Week 2 Scores

Final

Idaho 17

(1-1, 0-1 away)

(6) Nebraska 38

(2-0, 2-0 home)

12:30 PM ET, September 11, 2010

Memorial Stadium, LINCOLN, NE

1 2 3 4 T
IDHO 0 3 7 717
#6NEB 3 28 7 038

Top Performers

Passing: B. Reader (IDHO) - 78 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: T. Martinez (NEB) - 14 CAR, 157 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Hardy (IDHO) - 5 REC, 75 YDS

Nebraska's D picks off Idaho 5 times, records 7 sacks

Team Stat Comparison

 
Idaho
Nebraska
1st Downs2418
Total Yards279471
Passing219111
Rushing60360
Penalties3-1510-123
3rd Down Conversions4-134-10
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers64
Possession32:0427:56

Passing Leaders

IdahoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Enderle16/311414.515
NebraskaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Martinez12/171066.201

Rushing Leaders

IdahoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson11676.1020
McCarty12403.307
NebraskaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Martinez1415711.2267
Helu Jr.910711.9158

Receiving Leaders

IdahoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hardy57515.0029
Johnson33712.3119
NebraskaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Burkhead34113.7031
Paul4317.8015

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERIDHONEB
FG07:40Alex Henery 24 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERIDHONEB
TD12:15Taylor Martinez 67 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick) 010
TD08:22Roy Helu Jr. 58 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick) 017
TD06:07DeJon Gomes 40 Yd Interception Return (Alex Henery Kick) 024
TD04:00Rickey Thenarse 47 Yd Interception Return (Alex Henery Kick) 031
FG00:00Trey Farquhar 34 Yd 331
THIRD QUARTERIDHONEB
TD05:23Michael LaGrone 2 Yd Pass From Nathan Enderle (Trey Farquhar Kick) 1031
TD01:22Taylor Martinez 20 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick) 1038
FOURTH QUARTERIDHONEB
TD02:31Armauni Johnson 19 Yd Pass From Brian Reader (Trey Farquhar Kick) 1738
Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska coach Bo Pelini delivered two postgame speeches after the sixth-ranked Cornhuskers' 38-17 win over Idaho on Saturday.

"I told the defense that they played their tails off," he said.

As for the offense, he said, "They got a good you-know-what chewing."

Taylor Martinez ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns and Roy Helu Jr. had 107 yards and a TD, but the Huskers (2-0) committed four turnovers and had 10 penalties for 123 yards.

The defense carried the day. The Blackshirts intercepted Nathan Enderle five times, with DeJon Gomes and Rickey Thenarse taking theirs back for touchdowns, and they recorded seven sacks against the Vandals (1-1).

The uneven performance was a red flag to Pelini, whose team faces a major road test next Saturday at Washington.

"Our attention to detail needs to pick up. Our attitude needs to pick up, and our standards need to pick up," he said. "We'll get that fixed. We'll be fully ready as a football team to go to Seattle. I promise you that."

Martinez went over 100 yards rushing for the second straight game, but he fumbled and threw and interception that resulted in Idaho's first touchdown.

"We didn't come out very strong at all," he said. "I didn't think it was a very good game at all."

It was a brutal day for Enderle, who grew up rooting for the Huskers and was playing in his home state for the first time since high school.

The fifth-year senior from North Platte was sacked five times, and he threw three of his five interceptions on consecutive possessions in the second quarter. Nebraska converted each of those second-quarter picks into touchdowns to go up 31-3 at half.

Safety P.J. Smith, who had the first pickoff, said Enderle never took his eyes off his intended receiver.

"A couple of us on the sideline were saying that he's throwing presents to us," Smith said. "It was Christmas to us, basically. We should have had a couple more. But we got five, so that's good enough."

Helu scored from 58 yards the play after Smith pulled in a pass tipped high by teammate Prince Amukamara.

Gomes jumped in front of a ball intended for Maurice Shaw and took it 40 yards to the end zone for a 24-0 lead, and Thenarse followed with a 47-yard return after he swiped another pass meant for Shaw.

The Vandals couldn't run up the middle against Nebraska's front four, and they couldn't make the corner when they tried to go outside against the faster Huskers.

Enderle was 16 for 31 for 141 yards and was pulled midway through the fourth quarter after throwing his fifth interception to Alfonzo Dennard.

"It was rough," Enderle said. "You don't like to have a game go that way, but when it does, you've got to move past it and go to the next play. You can't fix stuff that already happened. Then you over-exert yourself and end up making more mistakes."

Brian Reader came in and was sacked twice before he put together a 10-play, 98-yard TD drive against Nebraska's backups.

Gomes finished with a team-leading 10 tackles, and Jared Crick had 2 1/2 sacks and four tackles for 32 yards in losses for the Huskers.

"You play a team like that, and you can't turn the ball over," Vandals coach Robb Akey said. "That really killed us. That's what hurt the most."

Martinez, who was impressive last week against Western Kentucky in his first start, showed again how dangerous he is on the zone-read option.

He scored from 67 yards after pulling the ball out of Helu's belly, heading right and making a fast left between his guard and tackle before accelerating in open field.

Martinez's second TD came from 20 yards after he had a 38-yarder erased by a holding penalty far behind the play.

As good as Martinez was on the run, he seemed hesitant in the passing game. He fumbled as he got sacked, killing a drive after the Huskers had moved inside the Idaho 10. Later, he threw an interception that resulted in Idaho's first touchdown.

Nebraska's first possession was marred by a clip and an unnecessary roughness penalty. Another drive stalled after a false start and a clip left Nebraska with a first-and-30.

Receiver Niles Paul fumbled when he took a direct snap on the first play of the third quarter, and Dontrayevous Robinson fumbled at the Idaho 1 in the fourth.

The mistakes overshadowed the fact the Huskers piled up 471 total yards.

"We have high standards around this place," Pelini said. "It was pretty obvious that we were careless with the ball, we were undisciplined, we had too many penalties.

"When we're hitting, we're a pretty good football team. We lost our focus and something happened in there. That won't happen again."