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  1. BigBodySS

    BigBodySS Shake N' Bake!

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    This thread is reserved for the discussion, ranting and lamenting of all things Husker football, Shake-N'-Bake stye.
     
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    Game 1 - 2012

    Southern Miss 31

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    #19 Nebraska 45

    Player Of The Game: RB Rex Burkhead (SR)
    18 Carries, 98 Yards, 1TD
    4 Catches, 39 Yards

    The Cornhuskers started out extremely slow led by Taylor Martinez who started the game 1/9; however Nebraska's defense had his back and would score the first 3 TD's of the Husker season to give Nebraska a 21-10 lead midway through the 2nd quarter. Southern Miss would not go away as they scored three times in the first half to trail 35-17 at the half. Nebraska would notch a TD for the long 3Q score and take a 42-17 lead into the fourth, to only have the offense stall again. A FG was all the Husker offense could muster in the final period while USM scored 2 TDs for a final score of 45-31.

    After his 1/9 start Martinez would go on a 10/11 tear to put up an 11/20, 154yrd, 1TD performance. The 10/11 really helps illustrate how well he took care of the ball as he finished without a turnover for the game. This game would not have been won without the early contributions from a much maligned and young secondary as three different DB's would produce PICK6's to help spark the scoring for the Huskers.

    Next week Nebraska travels to UCLA to play against Senior QB Kevin Prince and his Pac-12 squad.
     
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    Game 2 - 2012

    #18 Nebraska 24

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    UCLA 19

    Player Of The Game: RB Rex Burkhead (SR)
    18 Carries, 117 Yards, 2 TDs
    4 Catches, 59 Yards, 1 TD

    A late scoring binge in the 4th quarter results in a score that isn't indicative of the defensive battle these two teams played.

    UCLA had a chance to get on the board early in the 1st quarter as they drove deep into Nebraska territory. However on a 4th and goal from the 2 yard line Kevin Prince was stuffed on a QB sneak by SR DT Baker Steinkuhler. Nebraska used the rest of the quarter to flip the field and score early in the 2nd quarter to go up 7-0. UCLA answered with 2 FG's including one with :24 left after Taylor Martinez made a poor decision on a pass at his own 25 yard line. After the pick-and-kick UCLA would trail by only one, 7-6, heading into the half.

    The 3Q was all Huskers as Player Of The Game RB Rex Burkhead took a perfectly timed call of a screen pass 58 yards to the house. K Brett Maher would later add a 43 yard FG to cap off 10 unanswered 3rd quarter points and give the Huskers a 17-6 lead at the start of the fourth quarter.

    Once again the game turned into a defensive battle but UCLA finally broke their two quarter long scoring drought with only 3:44 remaining in the game on a 22-yard run from RB Malcolm Jones to tighten the score to 17-13. Burkhead would answer though with 1:32 left by breaking off a 45 yard jaunt up the left sideline to put Nebraska up for good, 24-13. UCLA added a TD with :32 left but after failing to recover the onside kick Nebraska took to the victory formation (QB Kneel) and started looking forward to Week 3.

    In Week 3 Nebraska will be hosting Arkansas State in front of 84,000 Husker fans. I hear a few recruits may be in attendance as well. The Daily Nebraskan will have a full report of the recruits in attendance after the game.
     
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    Game 3 - 2012

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    Arkansas State 45 @ #17 Nebraska 49


    Player Of The Game: QB Taylor Martinez (JR)
    23/35, 463 Yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs


    Arkansas State won the coin toss and proceeded to win the 1st half convincingly. Electing to defer the Red Wolves forced a quick 3-and-out on Nebraska and the rout was on. ASU would score via the pass, via the run, short yardage, long yardage and even by QB scramble for 46 yards. The Huskers attempted to stem the tide by putting up a couple TDs of their own but Arkansas State's players would not be denied as they gained 976 yards after contact in the first half (estimate). With such a strong and diverse display of offensive prowess he Red Wolves go into the half up 28-14 and well in control of the game; the Huskers defense couldn't stop them and ASU knew it.

    At the start of the 2nd half the scoring barrage continued as David Oku took the first snap of the 2nd half 75 yards to the house to put the Red Wolves up 35-14. At that point Coach Mickey Andrews for Nebraska threw the game plan out the window and put it all on Junior QB Taylor Martinez's right arm, either he brought Nebraska back or they went down slinging. Nebraska immediately moved into scoring position with a few throws from Martinez and SR RB Rex Burkhead punched in the TD to pull within 14, 35-21. A minute and a half later the play of the game happened. Arkansas State's QB threw a very nice pass to WR Josh Jarboe on a crossing route, he broke two tackles (shocker) and was in route to a 30 yard gain until SR Safety PJ Smith came across the middle with a monster hit to jar the ball loose, CB Mo Seisay would scoop-and-score to bring Nebraska to within 7. From there the Defense was able to get a quick 3-and-out and the offense used to momentum as Martinez threw a beautiful TD pass to tie the game up at 35 heading into the fourth quarter.

    As the fourth quarter started ASU showed they weren't rattled by the momentum and the raucous crowd as they drove down the field and scored just :57 into the final period. Nebraska would finally answer with 1:17 left to tie the game but they could hold ASU back as the Red Wolves took the lead on a 31-yard Field Goal with 29 seconds left.

    Already having a career game Martinez knew it was on him to make the plays to get his team into position to tie the game with three timeouts and just under 30-seconds remaining in the game. As the drive started Martinez ran a well called post that had been set up earlier in the game to get the Huskers down to the 49 yard line. Martinez would then throw a 16 yard strike to put Nebraska on the ASU 33-yard line with 9 seconds left. With one timeout remaining coach Andrews told Martinez he had one shot to put the ball in the end zone and then they were kicking it; but he couldn't take a sack under any circumstances.

    Martinez snapped the ball and pumped fake to the slot receiver on the strong side, the safety bit and Sophomore WR Kenny Bell broke free down the sideline as Martinez lofted the ball into the end zone. Bell was all alone as he came down with the go-ahead TD pass with only three seconds left. The crowd went wild and some pretty cool cut scenes came into play. After a squib kick ASU's final heave was picked off and Nebraska escaped with a win and the recruits in attendance had a story to tell their teammates when they got back home.
     
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    Kevin Kelly Shuts It Down
    By: Husker Insider

    Bethany (OK) High 2013 offensive lineman Kevin Kelly has committed to Nebraska, his father Tom confirmed with Husker Insider.

    Kelly visited Lincoln over the weekend after receiving a Nebraska offer earlier in the year and was in attendance for the shootout between the Huskers and the Red Wolves of Arkansas State.

    Kelly was offered by Oklahoma State and TCU at the beginning of the year but after visiting Lincoln he decided to become the first commit in the NU class for the 2013 cycle.

    When reached for comment about his commitment Kelly said "I saw the need Nebraska has for offensive lineman as their QB was harassed all game. Coach Andrews told me that the best players will play so I think there's a good chance I might start as a true freshman; in the end I knew Lincoln was the place for me, it felt like home. I'm happy to be a Husker and I'm going to start calling some other guys to get them on board."

    The 6-foot-4, 327-pound Kelly is a :3stars:and the No. 22 Guard prospect in the country with an overall rating of 77.

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