Huskers survive Jackrabbits

Lincoln, NE – Nebraska Cornhusker running back Rex Burkhead takes a hand off from quarterback Taylor Martinez for the Huskers’ first touchdown of the game against South Dakota State on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010.

Story by John Schreier
Photo by Marcus Scheer

The Cornhusker football team stretched its record to 4-0 after winning an unexpected dogfight with FCS opponent South Dakota State 17-3.

Nebraska, ranked sixth in the nation, didn’t score on the 0-3 Jackrabbits until Rex Burkhead found the endzone on a three-yard run in the second quarter. Quarterback Taylor Martinez also found tight end Kyler Reed for a 33-yard touchdown pass to give NU a 14-0 lead at halftime.

South Dakota State cut the lead to 14-3 on Kyle Harris’ 35-yard field goal in the third quarter. A “Let’s go Rabbits” chant even emerged from the stunned silence of the Memorial Stadium crowd in the third quarter.

“We can take our hats off to South Dakota State and say, ‘Thank you,’ because you showed us what we need to work on,” quarterback Cody Green said.

Alex Henery booted a 30-yard field goal to push the Huskers to the two-touchdown final margin. Nebraska returns to action after a bye week with a Thursday night game at Kansas State Oct. 7.

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