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Saturday, September 6, 2008
Nebraska wins, Oklahoma cruising and Colorado struggling

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Sorry about the delay, but a trip through the drive-through at the nearby In-and-Out turned into a 40-minute ordeal. But I love the fries.

As we advance into the late afternoon games, Nebraska's late rally enabled the Cornhuskers to subdue a plucky San Jose State by running off 21 late points en route to a 35-12 triumph.

Niles Paul's 84-yard kick return for a touchdown kick-started the late rally. But the Cornhuskers allowed San Jose State to hang around for more than three quarters and produced only 99 yards rushing. Not a good performance by an offensive line that was thought to be one of the Cornhuskers' major strengths.

I'll leave it up to fellow blogger Brian Bennett in Norman to put the Oklahoma game in perspective -- particularly since it's not available on television here. But the Sooners seem like they are making a statement to the rest of the country with their quick start that included two TD passes by Sam Bradford. Ryan Broyles has emerged as an early big-time threat with a couple of long receptions for more than 27 yards apiece.

The most notable trend of the afternoon games might be struggles that Colorado's green cornerbacks are having with Eastern Washington QB Matt Nichols, who completed 10 of his first 13 passes. The same Eastern Washington offense gave Texas Tech a lot of troubles and it looks like the same could be in store for another Big 12 team this week as they've battled to a 7-7 deadlock early in the second quarter.