Nebraska pulls away as defense struggles

September, 10, 2011
9/10/11
10:50
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Nebraska overcame a halftime deficit to beat Fresno State at home, but it raised some questions in the process:

Nebraska 42, Fresno State 29: The Big Ten Network broadcast showed lots of fan shots during the game, and often the Sea of Red looked confused and dismayed. It was understandable. The Cornhuskers defense did not live up to its reputation, allowing 444 total yards. In fact, Fresno State outgained Nebraska on the day. Luckily, Taylor Martinez (219 yards passing, 154 yards rushing, three total touchdowns) picked up his game in the second half, and freshman Ameer Abdullah returned a kickoff 100 yards in the fourth quarter after the Bulldogs closed to within 28-26.

The Huskers showed good resiliency in pulling this one out, and it was good to see their offense rev up when needed. But you wonder what's going on with that defense. Nebraska players spoke confidently this summer about being able to defend Big Ten offenses. But we didn't see that Saturday night.

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