By Chris Palmquist
LINCOLN, Neb.—Following a difficult week, the Nebraska Cornhuskers responded on the field with an emphatic 59-20 win Saturday over South Dakota State.
The Jackrabbits came in ranked sixth in the FCS, while Nebraska was coming off a blowout loss to UCLA, the Bo Pelini recording scandal, and was without four-year starting quarterback Taylor Martinez.
SDSU (3-1) gave Nebraska all it could handle early, highlighted by two touchdown runs by Zach Zenner, and even led 17-14 after the first quarter. Zenner carried the ball 21 times for 202 yards on the day.
The Huskers (3-1) scored the next 38 points of the game though, similarly to UCLA last week, putting this one out of reach.
Tommy Armstrong, Jr., made his first start at quarterback for Nebraska, but split time with Ron Kellogg III.
Armstrong completed 12 of 15 passes for 169 yards and a score, while Kellogg was eight of nine for 136 yards and a touchdown.
Nebraska has a bye next Saturday before opening Big Ten play on October 5 at home against Illinois.