Quarterback Taylor Martinez rushed for 135 yards and
touchdowns and Brett Maher enjoyed a perfect debut as Nebraska's starting kicker in
Huskers' 40-7 win over Tennessee at Chattanooga on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Playing in front of an NCAA-record 312th consecutive sellout of 84,833 at
Stadium and a Big Ten Network television audience in the Huskers' season opener,
produced the sixth 100-yard rushing game of his career. The sophomore from
Calif., also sprinted for touchdown runs of 47, 43 and seven yards in Nebraska's
In Nebraska's first-ever game as a member of the Big Ten Conference, the
rolled to 364 yards of total offense on 68 plays, including 229 rushing yards. Junior I-
Rex Burkhead added 75 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries for NU.
Maher added a nearly flawless performance in his starting debut in replacing
team All-American Alex Henery. The junior place-kicker/punter went 4-for-4 on field
including a 50-yarder against the wind on the first attempt of his career. He added a
yarder on his second attempt, before connecting on tries from 34 and 21 to close the
He was also a perfect 4-for-4 on extra points, while booming four punts for an
52 yards on the day.