Nebraska pounds Fresno State in football season opener

  • The Huskers take the field after the Tunnel Walk. Photo: Evan Hummel, NewsNetNebraska

Story and photos by Evan Hummel, NewsNetNebraska

Lincoln-Nebraska-  Shades of old are new at Nebraska it seems.  The Huskers pummeled Fresno State University Saturday night with a punishing running attack in route to a 43-10 victory. In the process Husker players paid tribute to a fallen teammate,  and Mike Riley notched his 100th collegiate head coaching win.

The Big Red racked up nearly 300 yards rushing and jumped out to 14-0 lead in the first half.  But the Bulldogs wouldn’t go down without a fight, closing the gap to 14-10 before halftime.

In the second half, Nebraska left no doubt which team would end the day with a “W.” They scored 29 unanswered points.  The Blackshirts defense set the tone after halftime, forcing a quick FSU three-and-out to start the third quarter.  The game showcased strong performances from Husker quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr., receiver Alonzo Moore and running back Devine Ozigbo.

Ozigbo finished the game as the leading rusher, gaining 103 yards on 17 carries.  Armstrong featured a solid performance completing 5- of- 10 passes for 108-yards, including a 57-yard bomb to Alonzo Moore in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

The night was an emotional one, as late Husker Punter Sam Foltz was honored when the team lined up without a punter during a fourth and three in the first quarter.  Fresno State declined the delay of game penalty, knowing the significance of the gesture.  Foltz was killed in a car accident in July, along with former Michigan State Punter Mike Sadler, while the two were at a punters camp in Wisconsin.

The Huskers continue their three-game home stand with an 11 a.m. kickoff against the Wyoming Cowboys Saturday, Sept. 10th in Memorial Stadium.

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