Nebraska football writer Parker Gabriel offers his extra points from Nebraska's 45-9 win over Bethune-Cookman on Saturday.
Turning point: The only turning points in this game were the turn from starters to reserves and the turn in attention from Bethune-Cookman to Ohio State. Both essentially happened about halftime.
It was over when: Nebraska scored on its first possession — a 14-yard Devine Ozigbo rumble capped an efficient 65-yard drive — and then JD Spielman returned the Wildcats’ first punt 77 yards for a score. At 14-0 with just 4 minutes, 13 seconds gone, this one was rolling toward a lopsided result early.
Quotable: Junior reserve running back Wyatt Mazour, the former Boone Central star who had five carries for 55 yards in the second half.
“I would say that when you get your chance here, it’s a really special opportunity. Everybody can see what we’re building here, and we had the rough start, nobody wanted it. It happened, it’s in the past. As you can see, now our offense is rolling, our defense played well today. It’s only up from here.
“For those Nebraska kids, I know personally being one, you really want to help the program turn it around and now it’s the time.”
Game ball: Nebraska senior wide receiver Stanley Morgan.
The Nebraska pass-catcher had a short outing, but nowhere was the difference in talent more clear than it was between Morgan and whoever covered him.
The New Orleans native had eight catches for 75 yards and two scores and could have had another touchdown if an Adrian Martinez throw hadn’t been deflected. Morgan got open whenever he wanted and made the most of his 30 minutes.
Game ball: Husker junior linebacker Mohamed Barry.
Barry’s been the Blackshirts’ leading tackler all season and paced the unit again Saturday with 11 stops in just more than one half of action. Barry added three tackles for loss and a sack. On the sack, he got a clean run from the blind side and said he thought, “Oh, it’s done for you.”
Notable performance: NU walk-on defensive lineman Matt Jarzynka, who didn’t participate in summer workouts because he had an internship he wanted to complete but returned to the Huskers as a scout-teamer this fall. Jarzynka got a fourth-quarter sack and a feel-good cap to a productive, healthy day for Nebraska.
Bonus: B-CU junior safety Tydarius Peters is a good player. He finished with a team-best seven tackles, sacked Martinez and also intercepted him.
Deep connection: The longest pass play of the day was actually B-CU’s David Israel to Steffon Francois in the first quarter for 54 yards. Francois had just three catches, but they went for 105 yards.
Numbers for the road
364: First-half yards for the Huskers, compared to 104 in the final 30 minutes.
7: Incompletions each for Martinez (in 22 attempts) and sophomore Noah Vedral (in nine). Each threw an interception.
42: Games NU had gone without a punt return touchdown before Spielman’s 77-yarder in the first quarter Saturday. The last player to do it: De’Mornay Pierson-El in 2014 against Iowa.
2: Return scores for Spielman in his career, tacking this one on to his 97-yard kick return touchdown against Arkansas State last year.
1,023: Yards of offense for the NU offense in six quarters between Minnesota and the first half against Bethune-Cookman.
4: 100-yard rushing games for Devine Ozigbo on the season after his 110-yard afternoon.
1: Games in which Ozigbo’s carried the ball more than 17 times this fall. That was a 22-carry, 170-yard outing against Purdue. Ozigbo is averaging 12 carries per game and 7.4 yards per carry.
73: Minimum number of players, by the Journal Star’s count, who saw playing time for the Huskers
5, 35: Penalties and yardage for Nebraska, both season-lows.
2:57: Playing time on Saturday, shorter by 18 minutes than any other Husker game this year.