September 15, 2019 / 3:47 AM / 2 months ago

Nebraska scores quick, often, in routing Northern Illinois

Adrian Martinez threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and Maurice Washington scored twice as Nebraska whipped Northern Illinois 44-8 on Saturday night in Lincoln, Neb.

Sep 14, 2019; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers linebacker Garrett Snodgrass (41) tackles Northern Illinois Huskies punter Matt Ference (36) in the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Washington scored on a 60-yard run and a 21-yard reception for the Cornhuskers (2-1).

Martinez, a sophomore, finished 16-of-27 passing for 257 yards. His 10-yard touchdown run with three minutes to go in the third quarter built a 37-8 advantage.

Dedrick Mills carried 11 times for 116 yards and a score. The junior became the first 100-yard rusher against Northern Illinois in the last 18 games.

Senior Ross Bowers completed 25 of 44 passes for 248 yards and one interception for the Huskies (1-2).

Nebraska’s quick-strike offense built a 30-5 halftime lead despite losing the first-half possession battle 20:15 to 9:45. The Cornhuskers did outgain the Huskies 369-144.

Martinez teamed with Washington on a 21-yard pass play with 6:22 left in the first quarter to create a 10-0 edge. It was the first play after Nebraska’s Austin Allen recovered punter Matt Ference’s fumble.

Washington, a sophomore, ran 60 yards for a score at 12:20 of the second quarter to make 16-0. The point-after try was blocked.

Nebraska went ahead 23-3 when Mills ran 24 yards up the middle for a touchdown with 7:19 left in the first half.

Martinez hit Kanawai Noa for a 27-yard scoring pass play that opened a 30-5 lead with five seconds left in the half. The play capped a 5-play, 87-yard drive in 39 seconds.

Isaac Armstrong’s 36-yard field goal opened the scoring 2:29 into the game.

Northern Illinois scored in the second quarter on John Richardson’s 45-yard field goal and a safety. Richardson added a 27-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Nebraska backup quarterback Noah Vedral ran 3 yards for a touchdown with 4:04 remaining the fourth quarter to finish the scoring.

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