Published Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 10:16 pm / Updated at 10:58 pm
Nebraska-Idaho State: Quarter by quarter

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon and Rich Kaipust break down the Nebraska-Idaho State game quarter by quarter.

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First quarter

Brett Maher: The NU kicker misses a 51-yard field goal on NU's first drive, a low line drive with the wind.

Cam Meredith: The NU defensive end notches a sack on Idaho State's second offensive play of the game, bowling over the Bengals' offensive tackle.

Rex Burkhead: No. 22 returns with a bang, following a flotilla of Husker offensive linemen — including guard Seung Hoon Choi — to a big hole in the ISU defense. The running back breaks a tackle and scores a career-long 61-yard touchdown to give Nebraska the lead.

Eric Martin: The NU defensive end gets the Huskers' second sack. Idaho State punts.

Burkhead: Catches a 25-yard screen pass from quarterback Taylor Martinez. Later on the drive, Ameer Abdullah scores an 8-yard touchdown for a 14-0 Husker lead.

Quincy Enunwa: After a failed Idaho State fake punt, NU's junior wide receiver catches a 35-yard touchdown pass from Martinez for a 21-0 lead.

Kenny Bell: The NU receiver takes a pitch pass from Martinez — a popular West Virginia play — and sprints around the left end for a 68-yard touchdown. Nebraska leads 28-0. Another one-play drive.

Ciante Evans: The NU nickel back intercepts Idaho State quarterback Kevin Yost and returns the pick 29 yards for a touchdown. The Huskers now lead 35-0, tying the school record for first-quarter points.

Second quarter

Will Compton: One minute into the second quarter, the NU senior linebacker recovers an Idaho State fumble and takes it to the Bengals' 40-yard line.

Burkhead: Rips off runs of 21 and 7 yards to start NU's next drive, finishing it off with a 2-yard touchdown run as the Huskers take a 42-0 lead.

Bo Pelini: The fire is back from the coach, who during a break in play worked over a side judge for a pass interference call on Evans.

Josh Mitchell: The NU cornerback picks up his first career interception, thwarting Idaho State's best drive.

Maher: Makes a 49-yard field goal to give the Huskers a 45-0 halftime lead.

Third quarter

Abdullah: The NU running back catches Idaho State punter C.J. Reyes' rolling grounder of a kick and weaves his way through traffic for an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown. The Huskers lead 52-0.

Reyes: Idaho State's punter has an awful day. On this punt, he tips a high snap to himself, kicks the ball right into his own man a foot away, picks the ball up and gets tackled almost immediately. Nebraska has great field position.

Ron Kellogg III: The NU quarterback throws his first career touchdown pass to Steven Osborne. Kellogg's waited four years to make that throw, and he's the first walk-on since 2004 to complete a pass for Nebraska.

Braylon Heard: Looking sharp and fully healthy, the running back goes 27 yards for a touchdown to put NU up 66-0.

Nebraska's defense: Despite problems with secondary penalties, the Huskers continue to pitch a shutout through three quarters.

Fourth quarter

Reyes: The Idaho State backup quarterback enters the game after a Nebraska fumble and promptly throws a 28-yard touchdown pass to Luke Austin with 12:31 remaining.

Imani Cross: NU's freshman I-back does much of the damage on Nebraska's next drive, including the 20-yard touchdown run that puts the Huskers ahead 73-7.

Aaron Prier: The Idaho State rushing numbers will get a boost from the 20-yard run by Prier. The Bengal drive, however, stalls in NU territory.

Wil Richards: Nebraska fights off the Bengals one last time after a turnover, with Daniel Davie and Richards breaking up Idaho State passes in the red zone.

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