Players of the Game
QB – Taylor Martinez – RFr
How about Martinez the passer? His high up to this point in yards passing in a game was just over 150 against Washington. He blitzed that against the Cowboys, throwing 22 out of 35 passes complete for a whopping 323 yards and five touchdowns. Of course, Martinez can run, which he did that as well. Not at the blistering clip we have become accustomed, but it's amazing how quiet 113 yards can be. He led the team in rushing, averaging just under six yards per carry.
Honorable mention: Wide Receiver Brandon Kinnie: Three touchdowns on three receptions
S/LB – Eric Hagg – Sr
Hagg had one blown coverage, another where he simply got beat, but on the underneath routes he was absolutely superb, either disrupting the crossing routes before they could materialize or getting the tackle right after the catch was made. Hagg finished the game with eight tackles, seven of them unassisted. Hagg also had an excellent interception, where he was going to the ground and grabbed a tipped ball courtesy of linebacker Lavonte David.
Honorable mention: Linebacker Lavonte David – Another solid all-around performance, tallying eight tackles, all solo as well as recording a pass break up.
P/K-K – Alex Henery – Sr
Yes, I know Niles Paul had a 100-yard return for a touchdown, which was a huge factor in the game. And the talented senior added a nice 24-yard run back on a punt. But Alex Henery is Alex Henery. Three field goals with a long of 52 yards that he could have made from 65. And then an average punt of 50 yards on three attempts. Henery tied and then passed former Husker great Kris Brown in this game. Henery is now 9-for-9 on field goal attempts this year. And if that wasn't enough, on his own decision making, Henery had a 27 yard run to his name in this game, as he took the fourth down punt, kept it, and not only got the Huskers a first down to keep the eventual scoring drive alive, but he got them another 17 to boot.
Honorable mention: WR, Niles Paul – 143 return yards (punt and kick), including 100-yard return for a touchdown.