A Big 8 reunion has played out so far like most Big 8 games, with Nebraska leading Colorado. At the half in Boulder the No. 25 Huskers hold a 17-0 edge over their black-and-gold hosts.
After having his coming out party (187 passing yards, 117 rushing) before exiting early due to injury in last year’s loss in Lincoln, Adrian Martinez has been sensational so far in this one. He hit all nine of his passes (for 180 yards and a touchdown) and rushed six times for a game-high 45 yards and another score, coming on a 5-yard keeper with 6:37 left in the second quarter, giving Nebraska a 14-point cushion.
Nebraska’s first score came on a 65-yard toss from Martinez to JD Spielman at the 6:02 mark of the first quarter.
Martinez’s lone mistake came on a fumble at the Colorado 36, but the–dated reference alert–Blackshirts bailed him out by forcing a three-and-out. Martinez atoned for the mistake by leading a 95-yard drive that ended with his 5-yard run.
Trailing 14-0, Colorado added to its misery when Steven Montez fired a pass straight to Nebraska’s Lamar Jackson at the Colorado 44, which the Huskers turned into a 26-yard Isaac Armstrong field goal.
Montez completed 13 of his 17 remaining throws, but for just 84 yards. The Buffs were credited with 14 carries for no yards.