In the game: Huskers impressive on ground

2013-09-01T23:00:00Z 2013-09-02T20:10:05Z In the game: Huskers impressive on groundBy Dylan Guenther / dguenther@columbustelegram.com Columbus Telegram

Nebraska opened the 2013 season with a 37-34 victory over Wyoming. The Huskers showed their depth and talent at running back, but shaky pass defense hindered the Blackshirts. Here is a breakdown of what went well, what didn't, and other fun facts to satiate your Husker appetite:

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The ground game: The Huskers were dominant in the run game against Wyoming, as they churned out 375 yards on the ground, averaging 6 yards per carry. Ameer Abdullah rushed for 114 yards, Imani Cross added 105 yards and two scores, Taylor Martinez rushed for 80 yards, and freshman Terrell Newby added 76 yards on the ground.

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Pass defense: The Cornhuskers struggled mightily in pass defense, as Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith threw for 383 yards and four touchdowns while completing 67 percent of his passes. The Cowboys piled up 602 total yards on the day.

By the numbers

28: Saturday's win extended Nebraska's season-opening winning streak to 28. The Huskers haven't lost a season opener since a 1985 loss to Florida State. The Huskers have dominated their season openers throughout the streak, winning by at least nine points every time until Saturday's win over Wyoming. NU is 93-26-5 all-time in season openers.

Play of the game

Imani Cross' 31-yard touchdown run one minute, 38 seconds into the third quarter: Nursing a three-point lead early in the third quarter, the Huskers continued to run the ball at Wyoming to start the second half. Nebraska's opening drive of the second half was capped off by a hard-nosed run by sophomore running back Imani Cross. The big man broke tackles, including an impressive spin move, on the way to pay dirt.

Fun Fact

40: Nebraska Quarterback Taylor Martinez started his 40th game as a Husker. That number gives him sole possession of the Nebraska record for starts from the quarterback position.

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