Husker fans enjoy Washington win

Students cheer on the Huskers in the 4th quarter.

Story and photos by Erin Myers, NewsNetNebraska

Saturday’s game was a chance for the Huskers to prove something to themselves…and their fans. Patrick Cervantes said he was  waiting to see the ‘real’ team unleashed. “I’m a Husker fan, so I expect a lot,” said Cervantes. “I think this is our first ‘true test’ of the season. This game is going to let us know where we’re at and how much improvement we’re going to need going into the Big Ten.”

The Huskers withstood that test and came out on top with a 51-38 win over the Washington Huskies. Despite two, sub-par home openers from the team, the Nebraska student section had considerable confidence as the clock ticked down to kickoff.

“I’m expecting a good game,” remarked junior Christina Condreay. “We’re really out to make sure that we’re the better team.”

Josh Maurer said he wasn’t concerned by the Husker’s two previous showings. “Washington has seen us at our best and they’ve seen us close to our worst so I think it’s going to be a pretty close game. But I’m fairly confident we’re going to win.”

A fan in the student section shows his Husker spirit.

The first half started on the right foot for Nebraska. The offense scored in its opening drive on a Tyler Legate pass from Taylor Martinez. It only took 30 seconds off of the clock. Washington quickly answered with a touchdown and the game was on. The teams took turns back and forth, kicking field goals and scoring more touchdowns. The first half ended with a 20-17 lead for Nebraska.

According to UNL student Josh Erlandson it was about momentum. “I like what the offense is doing right now. Our secondary defense is looking a little shaky… but I think we’re about due for a big play as long as we keep doing what we’re doing.”

Washington quarterback, Keith Price, escapes a tackle.

And the Huskers kept it going. Nebraska led coming out of halftime and proceeded to dominate the 3rd quarter. Both offense and defense did their part. The black shirts prevented Washington from scoring a single point in the quarter, while the Big Red offense racked up 17 points of its own.

What seemed like a commanding 44-17 Nebraska lead early in the 4th quarter brought a Washington surge. The Huskies scored two touchdowns to make it 44-31 with 7:21 left in the game.

UNL student Laura Klassen worried the home team got too comfortable too early. “It’s like they kind of thought they had it in the bag with a big lead… then Washington wouldn’t stop scoring.”

A six-yard scoring run by Taylor Martinez padded the Huskers lead to 51-31 with 4:50 to go. Washington answered with a 52-yard touchdown pass 23 seconds later. It was the last score of the game and sealed the 51-38 Nebraska win. “There was a lot of intensity on both sides,” said Klassen.  “It was just kind of back and forth.”

Taylor Martinez runs in for a touchdown during the 4th quarter.

Most Husker fans won’t complain about another win or an undefeated record. Fan Jeremy Mohr was one exception.  “38 points we gave up,” said Mohr. “That’s not that impressive. Offense did its part and showed what they have but the defense needs to pick it up.”

The Huskers play Wyoming (3-0) next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. Wyoming defeated Bowling Green 28-27, on Saturday, blocking a Bowling Green extra-point attempt with two seconds left in the game. The Wyoming game is Nebraska’s first road test of the season and the last game before Big Ten Conference play begins. As Mohr put it, “The real test will be the Big Ten game against Wisconsin.”

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