Lincoln, Neb. (WNN) — Adrian Martinez sprinted for a career-best three touchdowns and passed for second, and Nebraska broke big game after big game while edging Northwestern early in Saturday night’s 56-7 win. turned away from
The Cornhuskers (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) were quick from the start and dominated a matchup that usually produced close games. Eight of the last 10 in the series were decided by eight points or less.
It was the Huskers’ most one-sided win in a Big Ten game since rejoining the conference in 2011.
For Northwestern (2-3, 0-2), the margin of defeat was Pat Fitzgerald’s second-largest match in 16 years as coach.
Martinez linked to scrimmage with Samori Toure for a 70-yard pass in the first game of the game – a sign of things to come – and the Huskers went into halftime with a 35-7 lead.
Javier Bates began the second half with an 83-yard touchdown run down, and Martinez struck in a stride to make Toure 49-7 for a 38-yard score.
The Huskers had seven plays for at least 20 yards and their 657 yards was the most in two years. His 427 rushing yards was the most since he scored 458 against Illinois in 2014.
Martinez ran for 58 yards and had TD runs of 1, 1 and 25 yards and completed 11 of 17 passes for 202 yards.
Jacques Yunt ran 109 of his 127 yards in the first half, including a 64-yard burst. 4, running, entered the game with five carries for 25 yards.
Northwestern abandoned the run game after all but trailing. Evan Hull, who ran for 216 yards against Ohio last week, scored 31 on seven carries.
Ryan Hilinsky was 25 of 39 for 256 yards and a touchdown.
Northwestern pulled within two touchdowns in the second quarter, but linebacker JoJo Doman knocked a loose ball off Hilinsky and Deontre Thomas recovered for the Huskers.
The Wildcats never smelled the end zone again.
Northwestern: This confirmed that this is not one of Pat Fitzgerald’s old teams. The defending Big Ten West champion’s only win is against lower-ranked Indiana State and one-win Ohio. As the year progresses, the pattern of wildcats improves. It’s mid-season, and he has a long way to go on either side of the ball.
Nebraska: The Huskers acted out of some frustration after melting down on special teams at Michigan State last week. William Przystup’s 84-yard punt in the third quarter was the epitome of how well things were against Northwestern. His last punt against Michigan State was a 7-yard leg.
Northwest hosts Rutgers on October 16.
Nebraska hosts Michigan on Saturday.
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