Huskers Run Over Spartans
Rex Burkhead put on an offensive display with three touchdowns and 157 all-purpose yards to power No. 13 Nebraska to a 24-3 pounding of No. 9 Michigan State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
With the victory, Nebraska improved to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten, while handing the Spartans (6-2, 3-1) their first conference loss of the year. The Huskers pulled even with MSU in the Legends Division standings, while also notching their second win over an Associated Press top-10 team in the past two seasons under Coach Bo Pelini.
Playing in front of 85,641 fans in the NCAA-record 316th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium and an ESPN national television audience, Burkhead dominated the game with 130 yards and two scores on a career-high 35 carries. He added a 27-yard touchdown catch late in the third quarter that put the Huskers up 24-3.
At the time, Burkhead had produced 141 yards from scrimmage on 32 touches, while the Spartans had managed just 109 yards on 40 touches against a hard-hitting Husker defense.
Burkhead's 35 carries came up just two carries shy of Nebraska's single-game record of 37 carries by Cory Ross againsts Michigan State in the 2003 Alamo Bowl - a game Pelini served as NU's interim coach in a 17-3 Husker victory. It was Burkhead's fifth 100-yard rushing effort of the season and ninth of his career.