By Chris Palmquist
LINCOLN, Neb.—Despite returning to winning ways Saturday, Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini was not happy with how his defense played.
The Huskers, playing without four-year starting quarterback Taylor Martinez, recovered from a slow start to pull away from South Dakota State, 59-20.
Tommy Armstrong, Jr., and Ron Kellogg III combined to go 20 of 24 for 305 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.
The defense, however, gave up 465 yards, including 227 on the ground to the FCS Jackrabbits. Zach Zenner averaged almost ten yards per carry, with 202 yards on 21 carries and two SDSU scores.
Even though the Blackshirts are young, Pelini says his defense needs to improve over its bye week to be ready for Big Ten play.
The Huskers open the conference slate Oct. 5 against Illinois at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is at noon and television coverage is to be determined.