Wyoming was doing a good chunk of its damage on the ground as it piled up 300 total yards in the first half against Nebraska, although the Huskers still managed to go to the break with a 17-14 lead.
The Cowboys ran for 173 yards in the first two quarters, averaging 8.5 per carry. In a 4-8 finish a year ago, they averaged just 125.2 yards per game and 3.4 per attempt.
Wyoming also crossed midfield on five of its first seven offensive possessions. That did not include the Cowboys hitting the 50-yard line before taking a knee on the final play.
Wyoming briefly took the lead in the second quarter at 14-10 on a 6-yard touchdown run by Shaun Wick. Nebraska answered with a 1-yard TD by Imani Cross with 5:59 left for the 17-14 edge.
A few other first-half nuggets:
>> The first game with the new East Stadium expansion features a crowd of 91,185, breaking the Memorial Stadium record.
>> Big first half for Sam Foltz in his debut as the Huskers’ punter. The redshirt freshman averaged 49.2 for four punts.
>> Nebraska played four true freshmen on defense — Josh Banderas, Kevin Maurice, Nathan Gerry and Maliek Collins. Also seeing action as true freshmen were Cethan Carter at tight end, Gabe Miller as long snapper and Terrell Newby with the kickoff return team.
>> David Santos led the Husker defense in the first half with eight tackles.
>> Wyoming receiver Dominic Rufran had a career-high seven catches in the first half.