Quincy Enunwa had another touchdown catch, and Kenny Bell plucked a football from the sky with one hand to become a star on all the highlight shows.
But ask those Husker receivers what they were most proud of last Saturday and they'd first point to their downfield blocking.
Nebraska's receivers keep a points board in their room, which is heavy on blocking. You better believe they pay close attention to that board.
"Anytime you have some type of incentive to make you play harder, you always get pretty positive results," Enunwa said. "Knowing at the end of the year that you get acknowledged as the best blocker, that’s good enough to make the guys in the room compete. You go up there every week after the game to see how you did during the game and see the points."
Bell said the blocking by receivers last week was the best since the game against Michigan State in 2011.
"Stuff like that isn’t going to get noticed by the media or people in the stands ... but that’s a big deal to us," Bell said. "When we can get a back (Ameer Abdullah) to go for 225 yards on the ground, we’re pretty proud of it.”
Wide receivers coach Rich Fisher said the exciting thing is the young guys are buying into the competition just as much as the veterans.
If someone doesn't do the job, he'll get called out for it.
"It's the culture," Fisher said. "They take a lot of pride in what we put on tape. ... We want to make sure when people put on the tape, they see a crew that's going to come and get after you for four quarters."
* MOUDY TIME: One of the pleasant emerging forces on the Husker offensive line has been junior guard Mike Moudy.
He is now basically splitting reps with Jake Cotton. That isn’t because Cotton is lacking as much as Moudy has progressed.
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Moudy has benefited from dropping weight last spring and adding quickness, according to offensive line coach John Garrison.
“He’s an all-in guy, a technician,” Garrison said. “Really a student of the game who continues to grow. I think it’s a good thing we’re able to go 50/50 series rotation with him and Jake.”
* YOUNG QB: It might make sense to send a lot of blitzes at Purdue true freshman quarterback Danny Etling.
But defensive coordinator John Papuchis wasn’t about to give away the game plan.
“We’re going to give him a lot of different looks,” the coach said. “How much we pressure is going to be dictated a little bit by how they’re trying to attack us. But we’ll give him enough multiple looks that his first start won’t be easy.”
* SANTOS GETS NOD: Sophomore David Santos will start Saturday at middle linebacker, as was the case last week.
But Santos continues to be pushed by true freshman Josh Banderas.
“It’s still a weekly evaluation, but David played well enough in the game the other day that he deserves another shot, and he’s had a good week of practice so far,” Papuchis said.
Santos started the opener before Banderas took over as starter for the next three games. Santos reclaimed the top job for the Illinois game and finished with nine tackles.
As for Banderas, “He gets a little frustrated,” Papuchis said. “But he realizes it’s a long-term process, and we’re totally invested in him. We think he’s going to be a hell of a player. He just has to stay patient and stay the course.”
* WESTERKAMP READY: Junior slot receiver Jamal Turner hasn’t practiced this week because of a hamstring injury, and his status for Saturday’s game is uncertain.
“We’ll see,” wide receivers coach Rich Fisher said. “We’ll see.”
If Turner can’t go?
“It’s not that big of a concern,” Fisher said. “We’ll just put the next guy in there and rock 'n' roll.”
That guy would be redshirt freshman Jordan Westerkamp.
Westerkamp, who didn’t have a reception last week, has caught four passes for 30 yards.
“He’s taken advantage of the reps when he’s been in there,” Fisher said. “Obviously, depending on what sets we’re in, sometimes he’s playing a little bit more than others. But I’ve been really pleased with him getting his feet wet his first year playing, running the offense, executing.”
* TAYLOR MARTINEZ UPDATE: Same as it was.
-- Brian Christopherson, Steven M. Sipple and Brian Rosenthal