Huskers Take Down Cowboys
Junior I-back Rex Burkhead rushed for a career-high 170 yards and a pair of touchdowns to carry No. 9 Nebraska to a 38-14 victory at previously unbeaten Wyoming on Saturday night in Laramie.
Burkhead's career-best performance marked his second straight 100-yard rushing effort and sixth of his career and included scoring runs of 45 and 16 yards to power the Huskers to a 4-0 start to the 2011 season. Burkhead's impressive rushing total came on just 15 carries, as NU's most experienced back averaged 11.3 yards per tote on the night against the Cowboys. His previous career high was 129 yards at Iowa State in 2010.
"We got through the preseason undefeated and that's what we set out to do," Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini said after the game. "Now it's time to step it up and get ready for Big Ten play."
As a team, the Huskers rolled up a season-high 333 rushing yards, marking their second straight 300-yard rushing effort and fourth straight game of 200-plus to open the season. Nebraska's ground game powered an offense that finished the night with 490 yards of total offense. In all, five Husker backs rushed for 30 or more yards on the night, including Austin Jones (38), Taylor Martinez (37), Ameer Abdullah (36) and Braylon Heard (33).