Nebraska Postgame Notes

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska Postgame Notes
Nebraska vs. Southern Miss, Sept. 7, 2013

- Tonight’s victory gave Nebraska a 2-0 record for the fifth time in Bo Pelini’s six seasons as head coach. It aslo marked Nebraska’s 10th consecutive home victory, NU’s longest home winning streak since a 26-game streak that ended in 2002. The win was also Nebraska’s 14th consecutive non-conference home victory and the 13th straight win in a home night game.

- Nebraska improved to 4-1 in the series with Southern Miss, including 3-1 in Lincoln. NU is also 11-1 against current members of Conference USA.

- Cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptise returned a first-quarter interception 43 yards for a touchdown to give Nebraska a 7-0 lead. The interception was Jean-Baptiste’s second of the season and fifth of his career. It also marked his second career INT for a touchdown, adding to an interception return for a score last year against Minnesota. Baptiste has recorded four interceptions in his past nine games.

- Baptiste’s touchdown occurred with 13:47 left in the first quarter. That was Nebraska’s quickest score in any game since the Huskers scored a touchdown just 34 seconds into a 2011 win over Washington. It was the quickest defensive touchdown into a game since Terrell Farley scored on a fumble return seven seconds into the game at Texas Tech in 1996. Tonight’s score was also the quickest interception return for a touchdown in any game since Toby Wright had an interception return for a touchdown at the 14:03 mark of the first quarter against Colorado State in 1993.

- Nebraska scored quickly against Southern Miss for the second straight year. In last year’s 49-20 win over Southern Miss, Nebraska scored 1:18 into the game on a Rex Burkhead touchdown run. 

- Baptiste finished the night with an interception, two pass breakups, three tackles and a tackle for loss.

- Cornerback Ciante Evans had a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter and added an interception in the third quarter of the game to set up an NU touchdown. The two interceptions tonight gave Evans three picks this year and four in his career. The interception return for a touchdown was the second of Evans’ career, as he also had an INT for a score against Idaho State last season.

- The two interceptions for Evans marked the first time a Nebraska player has had two interceptions in a game since Matt O’Hanlon had three interceptions against Oklahoma in 2009.

- Nebraska’s two interception returns for touchdowns in the first quarter marked the first time NU has had two defensive touchdowns in a game since Nebraska also had two INT returns for a touchdown against Idaho in 2010. Both of the touchdowns against Idaho also occurred in the same quarter (2nd quarter).

- The Nebraska defense had four interceptions as a team, the most since picking off five passes against Idaho in 2010.

- True freshmen linebackers Josh Banderas and Nathan Gerry were both in tonight’s starting lineup. They are the first true freshmen starters on defense for the Huskers since Ciante Evans in 2010.

- Senior quarterback Taylor Martinez completed 15-of-23 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns. The three touchdown passes marked the fifth time in Martinez’s career he has thrown for three or more touchdowns, including each of the first two games this season.

- Martinez’s three touchdown passes increased his school-record TD pass total to 52. Combined with his 31 career rushing touchdowns, Martinez has accounted for 83 career touchdowns, trailing only Eric Crouch’s 90 career touchdowns.

- Martinez also rushed six times for 34 yards, pushing his career rushing total to 2,972 yards. He is 28 yards from becoming the eighth player and second quarterback in NU history with 3,000 career rushing yards. He is also 28 rushing yards from becoming the fifth quarterback in NCAA FBS history to rush for 3,000 career yards and pass for 6,500 yards.

- Martinez accounted for 204 yards of total offense, pushing his school-record total to 9,888 yards. Martinez is is just 112 yards from becoming the ninth quarterback in Big Ten history with 10,000 career total offense yards.

- Junior I-back Ameer Abdullah rushed 17 times for 114 yards, with a three-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and a 37-yard TD run in the third quarter. The 100-yard game marked Abdullah’s eighth 100-yard game and his second this season. Abdullah increased his career rushing total to 1,515 yards to move up five spots to 37th on the NU career rushing list.

- Senior receiver Quincy Enunwa caught a 16-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter for his third touchdown reception of the season. Enunwa came into the season with three career touchdowns and has matched that total in the first two games of 2013. Enunwa finished the night with a team-high five catches for team-high 58 yards.

- Junior receiver Kenny Bell caught three passes for 45 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The TD catch was his first of the year and the 12th of his career, leaving him two touchdown catches from the top five on the NU career list. Each of Bell’s last nine touchdowns have covered at least 20 yards. Bell also pushed his career receptions total to 92 to move into eighth place on the NU career receptions list, passing Maurice Purify. Bell is just eight receptions from becoming the seventh Husker with 100 career receptions.

- Nebraska sophomore defensive end Randy Gregory finished the contest with four tackles and four of NU’s seven quarterback hurries.

- Nebraska rushed for 285 yards, marking the 14th time in 16 games since the start of last season Nebraska has rushed for at least 200 yards.

- Nebraska has now scored 30 or more points in 12 of its past 16 games since the start of 2012, including each of its past four games. Last season Nebraska opened the season with six straight games of 30 or more points. Tonight’s game marked the seventh time in Bo Pelini’s six seasons as head coach that Nebraska has topped 50 points.

- Nebraska was plus-three in the turnover margin, marking the Huskers’ best team turnover margin since 2011 when they were plus-2 against both Iowa and Washington. Nebraska was last plus-three in turnovers against Colorado in 2010.

Nebraska had nine tackles for loss, its most since last season against Idaho State when it had 12. The Huskers also allowed Southern Miss to rush for just 62 yards, the fewest by an opponent since Wisconsin ran for 56 yards last year in Lincoln.


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