2011 College Football Week 1 Scores: Seminoles and Cornhuskers Roll in Week 1
The Florida State Seminoles and the Nebraska Cornhuskers both took care of business in their opening weekend matchups.
The Seminoles defeated the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 34-0, and the Cornhuskers knocked off the Chattanooga Mocs 40-7. Both of these outcomes were expected.
Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel had a very good sophomore debut. He finished with 252 yards passing along with two touchdowns and one interception. He was also able to scamper for 22 yards on the ground. In the future, look for Manuel to get his legs going even more.
Ten different Seminoles receivers hauled in passes. Leading the way was Rodney Smith who caught six passes for 78 yards. Manuel’s ability to spread the ball around is a welcome sign of maturity as he looks to replace Christian Ponder behind center in Tallahassee.
Jimbo Fisher can also be encouraged by his defense. They allowed no points, and less than 200 total yards. Obviously, things will get tougher as they enter the meat of their schedule but based on their talent alone the ‘Noles should have a very solid defensive unit this season.
Nebraska also had a very relaxing opening weekend as they beat up on the Mocs, 40-7.
Taylor Martinez completed 11 passes for 116 yards. He also rushed for typical Martinez numbers, racking up 135 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Rex Burkhead’s 75 yards on top of Martinez’s rushing day makes for one tired Mocs’ defense.
The Cornhuskers did commit two turnovers, something Bo Pelini will want to correct before the season gets any older. However, the ability for Martinez to pass the ball is encouraging for an offense known exclusively for running the ball in 2010.
Defensively, Pelini should be happy with his bunch. They allowed seven points, and overall managed to maintain focus despite the lopsided scoreboard.
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