Sept. 4: NU 49, WKU 10
Sept. 11: NU 38, Idaho 17
Sept. 18: NU 56, Washington 21
Sept. 25 vs. South Dakota St., 6 p.m.
Oct. 7 at Kansas State, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 16 vs. Texas, TBA
Oct. 23 at Oklahoma State, TBA
Oct. 30 vs. Missouri, TBA
Nov. 6 at Iowa State, TBA
Nov. 13 vs. Kansas, TBA
Nov. 20 at Texas A&M;, TBA
Nov. 26 vs. Colorado, 2:30 p.m.
Note: Nebraska home games listed in bold.

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    Washington fans wait out the end of the game in Nebraska's 56-21 win over Washington at Huskies Stadium in Seattle on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010.


    Huskies hammered in chance for signature win

    Photo Showcases: Husker fans, game action from Washington

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    SEATTLE — For Washington, this was supposed to be the season the Huskies took a step forward. This was supposed to be the season they built on the success of Steve Sarkisian's first year as head coach, moving on from a recent run of subpar seasons and developing into a bowl team.

    Against eighth-ranked Nebraska at Husky Stadium on Saturday, Washington had the opportunity to come up with a program-defining win.

    However, the Huskers took control early and, aside from several slight shifts in momentum, Nebraska ran away with a 56-21 victory.

    After the game, Sarkisian both credited the Huskers and said his team didn't play up to its potential.

    “That's a good football team that beat us today,” Sarkisian said. “They're well-coached, which is what I thought coming in. They were physical, which we thought coming in. And they were athletic and you have to give credit where credit is due. Unfortunately, we didn't play the way I think we're capable of playing and I'm not going to back off that.”

    Sarkisian said Nebraska has the top pass defense in the country and it showed as the Huskers' attacking defense never let Jake Locker, Washington's preseason Heisman hopeful, find a rhythm.

    Eric Hagg intercepted Locker during the Huskies' first drive and Alfonzo Dennard returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

    “They did a good job, man,” Locker said. “The defensive scheme they have is really well-coached and well-executed. They're good athletes, man, they play good in space.”

    Locker finished the day 4 of 20 for 71 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, the one highlight coming on a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse in the third quarter.

    “They're playing with DBs all over the field,” Sarkisian said. “They made plays on the ball that I haven't seen in a while. Their safeties are making plays on the ball and it was hard to get open and, when we did, I thought maybe Jake was pressing a little bit today.”

    While Locker struggled, Nebraska's redshirt freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez led his team to a 56-point outburst, which tied the opponent scoring record at Husky Stadium set by California in 2005.

    “They had a lot of energy coming out, and I think it took a while for us to find ourselves,” defensive lineman Cameron Elisara said. “We'd find ourselves and then we'd lose ourselves again.”

    Washington didn't have an answer for Martinez, but when senior linebacker Mason Foster was asked about how talented the young quarterback is, he couldn't help but praise the Nebraska team as a whole. NU piled up 383 yards on the ground — 137 from Martinez — against Washington's defense.

    “Every person on their offense is really good,” Foster said. “They took advantage when they had opportunities with explosive plays.”

    Nebraska scored five touchdowns of at least 19 yards — one was the interception return — and never let the Huskies build momentum.

    “They took advantage of missed tackles,” safety Nate Fellner said. “That's what they do. They put their athletes in space and, if you miss the tackle, it's pretty much they're gone.”

    Washington seemed to be in position to get back in the game when Husker backup quarterback Cody Green fumbled deep in Washington territory late in the second quarter.

    That led to Huskies running back Chris Polk's 2-yard scoring run, but the momentum was short-lived.

    “I thought we were back in it,” Fellner said. “We scored a touchdown, but they get right back on offense and it's like, two plays later, they come up with a big play again. We couldn't limit their big plays.”

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