November 3, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez (3) runs the ball during 2nd half at Spartan Stadium against the Michigan State Spartans. Nebraska won 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

Penn State Preview: Who Are the Nebraska Cornhuskers?

Penn State at Nebraska
November 10, 2012
3:30 pm EST

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Memorial Stadium
Capacity: 81,091

Lincoln, Nebraska

Head Coach: Bo Pelini (39-16 career)

2011 Record: 9-4

2012 Record: 7-2

Key Players: 

QB #3 Taylor Martinez: Martinez is one of the best offensive threats in the Big Ten, as well as the country. Last week he had 365 total yards and became the all time leader in total offense at Nebraska. That’s a tremendous fete at a school that has seen the like of Tommy Frazier and Eric Crouch.

RB #22 Rex Burkhead: Burkhead has missed the last 4 games and Pelini says he is “day-to-day.” He was averaging 8.6 yards per carry before the injury and had 1400 yards last year.

RB #8 Ameer Abdullah: In relief of Burkhead, Abdullah has 826 yards and 8 touchdowns, including 5 100 yard performances. Bottom line, Nebraska is in good shape, no matter who lines up in the backfield.

WR #80 Kenny Bell: Martinez’s number one target, Bell averages nearly 19 yards per catch and has 6 receiving touchdowns on the year.

DE #46 Eric Martin: An All-Conference candidate, Martin has 40 tackles, 9.5 of them for loss, including 6.5 sacks.


The Penn State defense will face one of it’s biggest tests of the season this weekend. Offensively, think of Nebraska as “Ohio State Lite.” What Taylor Martinez lacks in running ability compared to Braxton Miller, he makes up for in running backs and throwing ability. Martinez has accounted for 2500 yards and 26 total touchdowns and is completing 62.9% of his passes.

The Nittany Lions are going to give up some points this weekend. But the offense will have a shot to punch back.

Nebraska has given up at least 20 points 6 times, including a 63 point performance by Ohio State. They’re 54th in scoring defense, allowing 25.2 points per game. In comparison, Penn State has only allowed more than 16 points 3 times and is giving up just 17.1 points per game.

Fun Facts:

  • Taylor Martinez and Matt McGloin are tied for the conference lead in passing touchdowns.
  • Neb and PSU have played two of the same opponents. Nebraska beat Northwestern 29-28 and lost to OSU 63-38. PSU beat NW 39-28 and lost to OSU, 35-23.
  • Nebraska was the national champion in 1994, Penn State’s last undefeated season.
  • Penn State and Nebraska were the last two teams added to the Big Ten
  • Nebraska will face the third head coach in the last three meetings against Penn State.

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