LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska returned two interceptions for
touchdowns and a fumble for another in a 31-3 victory over Wake
Forest on Saturday night.
Cory Ross rushed for 123 yards to highlight a mostly flat
offensive performance by the Cornhuskers (2-0).
The Demon Deacons (0-2) couldn't take advantage of Nebraska's
offensive problems because they couldn't overcome their own,
committing four turnovers and converting only 3-of-16 third downs.
The Huskers led 14-0 thanks to two defensive touchdowns in the
opening 13 minutes. Linebacker Corey McKeon ran back an
interception 38 yards after Ben Mauk threw an ill-advised pass as
Bo Ruud pulled him down. Safety Daniel Bullocks scored after
ripping the ball from tailback Micah Andrews and returning it 30
Nebraska's third defensive score came in the fourth quarter,
when linebacker Stewart Bradley returned an interception 43 yards
for a 31-3 lead.
It was the first time since at least 1962 that the Huskers had
three defensive touchdowns in a game.
Nebraska didn't have any defensive touchdowns last season. It
now has four in two games while the offense has scored only two.
The Deacons' only points came on Sam Swank's 51-yard field goal
as time ran out in the half. Wake Forest was held without a
touchdown for the first time in 51 games, since a 35-6 loss to
Florida State in 2000.
Outgained 144-73 in the first half, Nebraska broke open the game
with a seven-play, 80-yard scoring drive to start the third
Ross had a 57-yard run two plays before Zac Taylor threw a
4-yard touchdown pass to Frantz Hardy for a 21-3 lead.
Taylor completed six straight passes while moving the Huskers
from their 20 the Wake Forest 3 on their next series, but they
bogged down and had to settle for Jordan Congdon's 21-yard field
The Huskers, who scored only one offensive touchdown in last
week's 25-7 win over Maine, punted on five of six first-half
possessions and turned over the ball on downs on the other one.
Taylor was 14-of-33 for 114 yards, with one interception and one
Wake Forest tailback Micah Andrews, who ran for 254 yards in a
24-20 loss to Vanderbilt, was held to 64 yards on 14 carries. Mauk
was 12-of-27 for 117 yards with three interceptions.
Wake Forest outgained the Huskers 247-234 overall.