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4Nebraska's 49-20 victory in today's game extended Nebraska's season-opening win streak to 27 straight years. The Huskers have won each season opener since a 1985 loss to Florida State. During the streak, Nebraska has won every game by at least nine points. Nebraska has scored at least 40 points in 20 of the 27 games, including all five openers under Coach Bo Pelini, and seven consecutive years overall. Nebraska improved to 92-26-5 all-time in season openers.
4Today's win marked Nebraska's 10th straight victory in the month of September and improved NU to 15-2 in regular-season non-conference games under Bo Pelini. It also marked the 40th win over Pelini's Nebraska career.
4Junior quarterback Taylor Martinez completed 26-of-34 passes, including five touchdown passes (26 yards to Kenny Bell in 1st; 9 yards to Jake Long in 2nd; 29 yards to Steven Osborne in 2nd; 18 yards to Kyler Reed in 3rd, 11 yards to Ameer Abdullah in 4th). Martinez completed his first five passes of the day and completed 10-of-12 passes for 102 yards in the first quarter.
4 Martinez completed passes to 10 different receivers before halftime, and 10 for the game. Today's game marked the fourth time in Bo Pelini's five seasons as head coach Nebraska has had as many as 10 players catch a pass, with the most being 13 against Louisiana-Lafayette in 2009.
4Martinez's 354 passing yards were a career high, bettering his 323 passing yards at Oklahoma State in 2010. His 26 completions were the second most in his career (28 vs. Northwestern 2011) and his 33 attempts were the third most of his career. Today's game marked just the fourth time Martinez has topped 300 passing yards in his career (OSU, 2010; Fresno State, Northwestern, 2011). His 354 passing yards pushed his career passing total to 4,074 yards, making him the sixth Husker with 4,000 career passing yards.
4The 354 passing yards by Martinez rank ninth on the NU single-game passing list.
4Martinez's five touchdown passes tied the most in his career, matching his five touchdowns at Oklahoma State in 2010, and tying the second-highest single-game touchdown total in school history behind Joe Ganz's seven touchdown passes against Kansas State in 2007.
4Martinez accounted for 364 yards of total offense, the fourth-best single-game total offensive day of Martinez's career and his fifth career game with more than 300 yards of total offense. His 364 yards today pushed his career total to 5,923 yards, moving him past Zac Taylor (5,777 yards, 2005-06) into second place on the career total offense list. Eric Crouch sits in first place on the list with 7,915 career yards.
4Season opening records for Taylor, team...see Game-day notes
4Nebraska rolled up 632 yards of total offense for the highest total offense mark under Coach Bo Pelini. It was the most productive total offensive game since posting 710 total yards against Kansas State in 2007. Last year's single-game total offense high was 515 yards at Minnesota.
4Nebraska had seven offensive players score a touchdown in today's game, its most since seven Huskers combined for eight offensive touchdowns in a 56-7 win over Nicholls State on Sept. 9, 2006. The Huskers also had seven offensive players score seven offensive TDs the previous week in a 49-10 win over Louisiana Tech on Sept. 2, 2006.
4Senior I-back Rex Burkhead rushed three times for 68 yards, before leaving with an injury. Burkhead had a 57-yard touchdown run on Nebraska's opening drive of the game. The 57-yard run was the longest of Burkhead's career, bettering a 52-yard run in the first quarter of last year's season opener against Chattanooga. .
4Burkhead's touchdown run came at the 13:42 mark of the first quarter, just 1:18 into the game. It was Nebraska's quickest score in a season opener since 1998 when Sheldon Jackson caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Bobby Newcombe just 48 seconds into a 56-27 victory over Louisiana Tech.
4Burkhead's 68 rushing yards pushed his career total to 2,722 yards. He moved into 11th position on the NU career rushing list, passing Derek Brown (2,699), and he is 21 yards behind Cory Ross for 10th place on the career chart.
4Nebraska had just two first-time starters in today's game–offensive tackle Brent Qvale and center Justin Jackson.
4Southern Miss' Tracy Lampley had a 100-yard kickkoff return in the first quarter to cut the NU lead to 14-7. The 100-yard kickoff return tied the Memorial Stadium record (also Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, vs. Fresno State, 2011). The kickoff return for a touchdown was the first against Nebraska since Kansas State's Brandon Banks had a 98-yard kickoff return for a TD in 2008. It also marked just the third 100-yard kickoff return against Nebraska in school history (1952, Howard Ballage, Colorado; 2000, Julius Jones, Notre Dame).
4Sophomore I-back Ameer Abdullah rushed a team-high 15 times for 81 yards, both career highs. His previous highs were 12 carries (Iowa) and 3 yards (Wyoming).
4True Freshman I-back Imani Cross rushed 11 times for 62 yards in his collegiate debut.
4Junior wide receiver Quincy Enunwa had six catches for 70 yards. Enunwa bettered his career highs of four catches for 58 yards in last year's opener vs. Chattanooga.
4Senior linebacker Will Compton recorded 12 tackles in today's game, the third-highest total of his career and his fourth career game with double-figure tackles.
4Today's game captains were senior I-back Rex Burkhead, senior tight end Ben Cotton, senior linebacker Will Compton and senior kicker/punter Brett Maher.
4Nebraska goes on the road for the first time in 2012 next week when it travels to the Rose Bowl to face UCLA. The game will be televised nationally on FOX with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m. CT.