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Tom's Takes: Scott Frost let Nebraska's running backs come out to play

Tom's Takes: Scott Frost let Nebraska's running backs come out to play

Markese Stepp

Nebraska’s Markese Stepp takes the handoff from Adrian Martinez against Fordham.

Markese Stepp helped the Huskers establish a strong running game in the home opener.

Check out Tom Shatel's three takes from Nebraska's win over Fordham.

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1. Scott Frost let his running backs come out to play and they had fun. Seven running backs had carries. There were 329 rushing yards with six touchdowns. There were option plays. A workhorse emerged in Markese Stepp, with his 18 carries for 101 yards and 5.6 yards per carry. It was a welcome sight after last week's one-foot-in gameplan. It doesn't look like Nebraska has a special back. But there are good ones who can get some yards after contact, make first downs and find the end zone inside the 10. Yes, against Fordham, though I will not disparage a team with a linebacker who had 30 tackles. The Rams came to play. And a nice piece of the puzzle showed up for Nebraska.

2. Ladies and gentlemen, may I please have your attention for an important announcement: Kicker Brendan Franke went 5 for 5 on touchbacks. What a concept. And Daniel Cemi had two punts for 40 yards, an improvement. Now, about these punt returns. I offer this half-joking: Why put anyone back there at all? Nebraska is not a threat to break a return. Just let it go. That beats some of the things we've seen in two weeks.

3. Thank you, Fordham. Thank you, Fordham fans and administrators who came up to the press box before the game. Thank you to the Fordham fan who wore a hat in the shape of ram horns. Thank you to the Fordham fans who sat next to Johnny Rodgers at lunch. And thank you to the Fordham fans who, on the way to the athletic director's suite, stopped and took photos of the large framed posters of Bob Devaney, Mike Rozier and other Husker legends. They were absolutely giddy. It was good to be reminded this is a pretty special place.

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