RUNNING GAME (A)
Nebraska rushed 19 times for 151 yards during the first half (7.9 per rush), with Devine Ozigbo gaining 110 on just 11 carries. Backup quarterback Noah Vedral showed a nice burst to the pylon on his fourth-quarter touchdown run. Reserve Wyatt Mazour rushed five times for 55 yards in the second half.
PASSING GAME (B)
Adrian Martinez was 5-for-5 for 53 yards on the opening touchdown drive. He found Stanley Morgan early and often as the senior wide receiver had six receptions for 75 yards and two TDs by the end of the first quarter. Martinez did make a bad throw over the middle that Tydarius Peters intercepted and returned 15 yards. Vedral, in backup duty, was just 2-for-9 for 29 yards with an interception. He was sacked twice, as was Martinez.
AGAINST THE RUN (B)
Bethune-Cookman had a modicum of success in the first half with 44 yards on 14 carries (3.1), then had gains of 6, 17, 6 and 16 yards on its opening drive of the third quarter. The Wildcats finished with 141 yards on 40 carries (3.5).
AGAINST THE PASS (B)
Cam Taylor was beaten badly on a 54-yard catch-and-run in the first quarter that led to Uriel Hernandez's 28-yard field goal. On the bright side, Ben Stille tipped a second-quarter pass that senior nose tackle Peyton Newell dived to intercept. Safety Deontai Williams came up with a third-quarter interception. Meanwhile, the pass rush was strong. Mohamed Barry fired off the edge for a second-quarter sack as the visitors were trying to build some semblance of momentum. And Luke Gifford's third-quarter sack for a 21-yard loss pushed the visitors out of field-goal position.
SPECIAL TEAMS (A)
Taylor set the tone with an open-field tackle on Nebraska's first kickoff. Then, of course, JD Spielman sped 77 yards for a touchdown on Bethune-Cookman's first punt, making a smooth cutback to the open field late in the run. In addition, Isaac Armstrong uncorked punts of 73 and 64 yards in the third quarter, benefiting from a long roll on the 64-yarder. This unit seems to be improving steadily.
GAME MANAGEMENT (C)
Matt Farniok's false start was a blip in Nebraska's sterling opening drive, with Ozigbo sprinting in from the 14 on the next play. Brenden Jaimes also had a false start in the first half. What's more, the Huskers were called for a rather embarrassing delay of game late in the first half before Barret Pickering's 29-yard field goal. In the third quarter, Lamar Jackson's personal foul had Scott Frost shaking his head in dismay on the sideline. But the Huskers' five penalties were a season low. That's progress.
Frost kept it pretty conservative, perhaps a gesture of respect for the visitors. Make no mistake, the offense did establish early rhythm and maintained it long enough to take full control by halftime.
Nebraska was dialed-in early, jumping to a 28-3 lead after the first quarter. From there, it was about what most people seemed to expect. That is, an easy-breezy victory against an outmatched opponent.