Scores

Final

San Jose State 12

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Nebraska 35

(2-0, 2-0 home)

12:30 PM ET, September 6, 2008

Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, NE), Lincoln, NE

1 2 3 4 T
SJSU 6 3 0 312
NEB 14 0 0 2135

Top Performers

Passing: J. Ganz (NEB) - 216 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Helu (NEB) - 9 CAR, 59 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Richmond (SJSU) - 7 REC, 85 YDS

Paul breaks open game as Nebraska holds on

Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Niles Paul ran back a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, allowing Nebraska to break open a close game and go on to beat San Jose State 35-12 Saturday.

The Spartans made it 14-12 with a field goal early in the fourth. On the kickoff, Paul made a move to his left and headed up the sideline untouched.

Roy Helu Jr. scored on a 14-yard run and Marlon Lucky from 5 yards out to put the game out of reach and send the Spartans (1-1) to their 12th straight nonconference road loss.

Nebraska's Joe Ganz was 17-for-25 for 216 yards and an interception.

San Jose's comeback hopes all but ended on the first play after Paul's return when Zach Potter and Phillip Dillard knocked first-time starting quarterback Kyle Reed out of the game with a sack.

Before Paul's kick return, San Jose played the Huskers on even terms or better. All the Huskers (2-0) had managed to that point was one long scoring drive and nose tackle Ndamukong Suh's 49-yard interception return.

San Jose coach Dick Tomey said last week that he backed out of a game at Tennessee in order to replace it with the trip to Lincoln, where the Huskers have won 43 of 45 nonconference games.

It didn't look like a bad move for a while.

San Jose outgained the Huskers 353-315 overall and though they trailed 14-9 after three quarters, they easily could have led if their kicking game hadn't cost them seven points the first half. Will Johnson missed an extra point and a 41-yard field goal and Jared Strubeck bounced a 32-yarder off the right upright.

San Jose State sacked Ganz twice on Nebraska's first series, then Reed drove the Spartans 59 yards in five plays for a 6-0 lead. Yonus Davis broke a 24-yard run before Reed, a transfer from California, passed 14 yards to Jalal Beauchman and ran 12 up the middle for the touchdown.

Davis led the Spartans with 58 yards rushing.

Quentin Castille scored from 3 yards to cap a nine-play, 86-yard drive that gave the Huskers the lead, and then Suh intercepted a pass tipped by Potter and ran it back 47 yards to put the Huskers up 14-6.

The Huskers were fortunate to lead at half after allowing three sacks and getting called for six penalties, including three straight false starts by receivers.

San Jose made it a two-point game after Castille fumbled at midfield and Strubeck kicked a 27-yard field goal.

On San Jose's first play from scrimmage after Paul's return, Potter and Dillard broke through to bring down Reed hard. Myles Eden entered and could get nothing going.

Reed completed 18 of 26 passes for 161 yards and an interception.

After Helu, who finished with 59 yards, gave the Huskers a 28-12 lead, Eden hit Kevin Jurovich with a 55-yard pass to set up the Spartans at the Nebraska 10. But Eden was intercepted by Potter, and the Spartans never threatened again.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SJSU
NEB
1st Downs1919
Total Yards353315
Passing216216
Rushing13799
Penalties7-4712-103
3rd Down Conversions5-144-11
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers22
Possession30:2329:37

Passing Leaders

San Jose StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Reed18/261616.201
NebraskaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ganz17/252168.601

Rushing Leaders

San Jose StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Davis7588.3024
Reed15322.1118
NebraskaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Helu Jr.9596.6117
Lucky7233.317

Receiving Leaders

San Jose StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jurovich48421.0055
Richmond55911.8028
NebraskaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Swift67011.7023
Peterson45914.8021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSJSUNEB
TD09:48Kyle Reed 12 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 60
TD05:16Quentin Castille 3 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick) 67
TD03:09Ndamukong Suh 49 Yd Interception Return (Alex Henery Kick) 614
SECOND QUARTERSJSUNEB
FG07:09Jared Strubeck 41 Yd 914
FOURTH QUARTERSJSUNEB
FG12:17Jared Strubeck 27 Yd 1214
TD12:07Niles Paul 85 Yd Kickoff Return (Alex Henery Kick) 1221
TD09:05Roy Helu Jr. 14 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick) 1228
TD03:03Marlon Lucky 2 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick) 1235