Nebraska Blasts the Dawgs

Washington played host to No. 8 Nebraska Saturday afternoon at Husky Stadium and from the get-go it was a track meet for the Cornhuskers who racked up 533 yards of total offense and frustrated the Husky offense into several mistakes in a 56-21 blowout in front of a crowd announced at 72,876.

Taylor Martinez, Nebraska's freshman signal-caller, threw for 151 yards, but it was his team-leading 137 yards that spelled the difference especially when, leading 28-14 at the start of the second half, he scampered 80 yards essentially putting the game out of reach.

Washington's Jake Locker seemed confused from the get-go, throwing and interception the first time he dropped back to pass and the fifth-year senior ended the day 4 of 20 with one touchdown and two interceptions (including one that was returned for a touchdown by CB Alfonzo Dennard) while rushing for 59 yards and a score.

Washington's defense was able to get some pressure on Martinez early and even posted three sacks and forced a fumble leading to a three-yard touchdown run by Chris Polk to draw Washington within seven at 21-14, but Nebraska answered with a methodical eight-play, 48-yard drive that ended with Martinez going over from one yard out to finish the scoring before the end of the half.

Besides Martinez, the Cornhuskers got 110 yards and two touchdowns from RB Roy Helu and 104 yards and a touchdown from RB Rex Burkhead.

Washington's one big play of the afternoon was a 45-yard hook-up from Locker to WR Jermaine Kearse early in the second after Nebraska had gone ahead 35-14 and were unable to generate much in the way of anything offensively after that.

On defense, the Huskeiies were led by LB Mason Foster's 13 tackles and Hauoli Jamora's eight. Washington got sacks from Nate Williams and Talia Crichton and Alameda Ta'amu and Sione Potoae shared a sack as well.

P Kiel Rasp had an outstanding day, but was rarely rushed by the Cornhuskers. The junior averaged 48.7 yards on five punts and dropped two inside the 20 and probably was the best player on the field for the Huskies on Saturday.

Washington, now 1-2, will lick there wounds during their bye week while preparing to go on the road to start Pac 10 play against USC who is 3-0.


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