Nevada loses 52-10

By: Eric Sperling
By: Eric Sperling

AP-Marlon Lucky upstaged the debut of quarterback Sam Keller by running for a career-high 233 yards and three touchdowns and catching a pass for another score as No. 20 Nebraska routed Nevada 52-10 on Saturday.
The Cornhuskers found immediate success running at the outmanned Wolf Pack. They rushed for 413 of their 625 total yards, held a 35-9 advantage in first downs and won their nation-leading 22nd straight season opener.
Nebraska led 21-10 at the half and broke open the game with three touchdowns and a field goal in the third quarter.
Lucky, whose previous high was 156 yards against Troy last year, turned in the biggest rushing performance for Nebraska since Jammal Lord ran for 234 against Texas in 2002. Lucky didn't play after the third quarter. He carried 30 times and also caught three passes for 33 yards.
Keller, who transferred from Arizona State, was sharp in his first game since October 2005. He completed 14-of-25 passes for 193 yards, including a 16-yarder to Lucky for the Huskers' first touchdown. Joe Ganz relieved Keller in the fourth quarter.
About the only blemish on Keller's day was a tipped pass that Nevada's Jonathon Amaya returned 80 yards for a touchdown, putting the Wolf Pack up 10-7 in the second quarter.
Cortney Grixby's 42-yard kickoff return set up the Huskers at the Nevada 39, and they ran nine straight times, with Lucky scoring from the 1 for a 14-10 lead.
Nevada went three-and-out, and Nebraska ran on eight of the next nine plays, with freshman Quentin Castille's 1-yard run making it 21-10.
Lucky touchdown runs of 17 and 3 yards on Nebraska's first two series of the third quarter stretched it to 35-10, and Castille ran in from 2 yards to make it 45-10 entering the fourth.
Castille finished with 78 yards on 18 carries.
Nebraska shut down Nevada's offense for a long stretch. The Wolf Pack had 72 of their 185 yards in the first quarter.
But after the Huskers took the lead in the second quarter, the Wolf Pack's "pistol" offense totaled 27 yards on 13 plays over four possessions. By the end of that spell, Nebraska led by 25 points.
Nick Graziano, making his first start, started to get the Wolf Pack moving in the middle of the third, but Kevin Dixon intercepted him at the Nebraska 43.
Graziano was 8-of-24 for 109 yards, and he had a team-leading 29 yards rushing.


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