Southern Miss vs. Nebraska: Live Score and Highlights
Final - Nebraska 56, Southern Miss 13
Coming off of a scare against Wyoming in Week 1, the Nebraska Cornhuskers were looking to bounce back against another four-touchdown underdog in the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.
Boy, did they ever.
Nebraska scored two defensive touchdowns in the first quarter thanks to interceptions by Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Ciante Evans. The Cornhuskers took a 29-point lead into the break and made sure not to let their opponent back in the game like they did against Wyoming.
Taylor Martinez put together another solid outing, going 15-of-23 for 170 yards and three touchdowns before exiting in the third quarter. Ameer Abdullah led Nebraska in rushing, carrying the rock 17 times for 114 yards and two scores.
Just like last week, miscues killed the Golden Eagles. They were moving the ball well early, but turnovers led directly to two Nebraska touchdowns, and another pick late stalled a drive inside the 10-yard line.
Southern Miss has now lost 14 straight games.
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FINAL SCORE: Nebraska 56, Southern Miss 13
Even though Nebraska was forced to punt it away with just over two minutes remaining, we're pretty sure Southern Miss has the same idea here. The final whistle should blow shortly.
Even King Frazier—which is an awesome name, by the way—is getting in on the act, reeling off back-to-back impressive runs. Nebraska keeps the chains moving and the clock ticking.
It was only fitting that drive would end in an interception. Cooper picks off Mullens and Nebraska takes over. Milk that clock.
Southern Miss rides the two-headed rushing attack of Kendrick Hardy and Jalen Richard inside the Nebraska 10-yard line. Fourth down. Timeout. We're halfway through the final quarter.
Isn't that why they wear helmets? Seriously, that's not like a violent blow to the head. What are they trying to police here?— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) September 8, 2013
That's a great question, Mitch.
Nick Mullens is getting his chance to lead the Southern Miss offense now. He's thrown just one pass, but was aided by another Nebraska personal foul, so the Golden Eagles have once again crossed the midfield stripe.
This is the Nebraska team everybody expected to show up against Wyoming, but the fact of the matter is that the Cowboys are a much better team than the Golden Eagles. Either way, this was a much-needed bounce-back game for the Huskers.
Oops. Forget that last post, because Imani Cross just punched it in from one yard out to extend Nebraska's lead. Maybe it's time to start the running clock.
Nebraska 56, Southern Miss 13 - 14:38 left in 4th Quarter
Now it's simply mop-up duty for the likes of quarterback Ron Kellogg, Newby and fourth-string tailback Tommy Armstrong. Time to hold up four fingers.
Nebraska 49, Southern Miss 13 - End of 3rd Quarter
Of course, Southern Miss nearly coughs it right back and fails to do anything following the turnover. Back it goes to the Cornhuskers, and back on the field comes Newby.
Freshman tailback Terrell Newby might be losing some carries after that. He fumbles, and the Golden Eagles recover on their own 22-yard line.
Nope. He's fine. On 4th-and-1 from Nebraska's own 41-yard line, Cross lunges forward for two yards. Interesting that the Cornhuskers wouldn't punt in that situation.
Surprisingly, we've barely seen any Imani Cross this evening after getting a solid dose of him last week against Wyoming. It appears that for whatever reason, Abdullah is the unquestioned No. 1 tailback, assuming Cross isn't dealing with some sort of injury.
Barring a miraculous Southern Miss comeback, Martinez will end up 15-of-23 for 170 yards and 3 TDs to go along with 34 yards on the ground.
Three-and-out for the Golden Eagles. Suppose that's better than throwing a pick-six...or a pick in general. Nebraska takes over, and we'll see how much more, if any, we'll see of Taylor Martinez tonight.
Too easy. Martinez hits Sam Burtch. 26 yards. Touchdown Nebraska. Yikes.
Nebraska 49, Southern Miss 13 - 10:32 left in 3rd Quarter
Another Southern Miss turnover. With the Golden Eagles digging themselves quite a hole already, Bridgford tries to force one into traffic and it's picked off by Nebraska. Once again, the Cornhusker offense will take over with excellent field position.
Abdullah finds daylight! The ol' one-play drive. Ameer Abdullah rushes 37 yards to paydirt to quickly get back those seven points. A backbreaking blow for the Golden Eagles.
Nebraska 42, Southern Miss 13 - 11:25 left in 3rd Quarter
That's one way to halt momentum. Kenny Bell returns the kickoff 63 yards and Nebraska is already knocking on the door.
WHOA! Just like that, Southern Miss strings together a few passes and Bridgford hits Bradley for a 40-yard touchdown pass. So far, the Golden Eagles are winning the halftime-adjustments battle.
Nebraska 35, Southern Miss 13 - 11:43 left in 3rd Quarter
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