Huskers Open 2011 Campaign
Quarterback Taylor Martinez rushed for 135 yards and three touchdowns and Brett Maher enjoyed a perfect debut as Nebraska's starting kicker in the 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 Memorial Stadium and a Big Ten Network television audience in the Huskers' season opener, Martinez produced the sixth 100-yard rushing game of his career. The sophomore from Corona, Calif., also sprinted for touchdown runs of 47, 43 and seven yards in Nebraska's new-look offense.
In Nebraska's first-ever game as a member of the Big Ten Conference, the Huskers rolled to 364 yards of total offense on 68 plays, including 229 rushing yards. Junior I- back 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 2010 first- team All-American Alex Henery. The junior place-kicker/punter went 4-for-4 on field goals, including a 50-yarder against the wind on the first attempt of his career. He added a 48- yarder on his second attempt, before connecting on tries from 34 and 21 to close the game. He was also a perfect 4-for-4 on extra points, while booming four punts for an average of 52 yards on the day.
Tennessee at Chattanooga
Saturday, Sept. 3, 2:30 p.m. (CT)
Memorial Stadium - Lincoln, Neb.
Husker Sports Radio Network:
Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Lane Grindle
Sirius XM Satellite Radio:
SIRI channel 94
Big Ten Network:
Kevin Kugler, Kelly Stouffer, and Ahman Green