Advantage, Blackshirts

Plenty of folks wondered how Nebraska's new defense would look in its first test against a major conference offense.

Early on, it has answered emphatically.

The Blackshirts picked off Washington quarterback Jake Locker's first pass -- his first interception of the season -- and scored two plays later when Taylor Martinez threw the first touchdown pass of his career to Mike McNeill. Nebraska leads, 7-0, and forced a punt on the next possession.

Locker's throw was a bad decision and a badly underthrown ball, easily intercepted by Eric Hagg.

Huskers fans flooded Seattle for today's game and have a strong presence at the game.

If Washington wants to upset the Huskers, Locker will have to showcase more of the attributes that made him the top quarterback prospect in the 2011 NFL Draft.