- Mitch Sherman, College Football
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LINCOLN, Neb. -- The best performances from Nebraska’s season-opening win over Wyoming:
QB Taylor Martinez: Nothing spectacular from the fifth-year senior, and that’s kind of the point. He didn’t try to do too much, which was a problem in the past. Martinez was workmanlike in completing 17 of 22 throws for 129 yards and rushing for 80 yards. He lofted a beautiful TD to Jamal Turner. On the down side, he turned it over twice with an interception and a fumble.
RB Imani Cross: The sophomore gained 105 yards on 13 carries, including a 31-yard romp in the third quarter as he spun twice en route to the end zone. Nebraska needs the 225-pound Cross to help lessen the load on Ameer Abdullah, who gained 114 yards on the ground. Freshman Terrell Newby also showed well, rushing for 76 yards in his debut.
P Sam Foltz: An unexpected star, the redshirt freshman walk-on averaged 45.6 yards on five punts in his collegiate debut. He boomed a 56-yarder on his first kick and twice pinned Wyoming inside its 20-yard line. His final punt may have been his best, a 31-yarder downed at the Wyoming 6 with just more than a minute to play, leaving the Cowboys a long field in their bid to win or force overtime.
WR Quincy Enunwa: The senior co-captain stayed quiet until the third quarter, when he hauled in a 3-yard touchdown from Martinez on which he was originally ruled out of bounds. He then snagged a 7-yard pass to put the Huskers up by 16 early in the fourth quarter. Enunwa’s two touchdowns doubled his total from 2012 and give him five for his career.
CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste: The 6-3 corner came up big with an interception of Wyoming’s Brett Smith at the goal line in the first quarter, ending a streak of 183 throws by Smith without a pick. Later, Jean-Baptiste’s open-field tackle of Jalen Claiborne after a third-and-2 reception ended a Wyoming possession and helped turn momentum toward Nebraska for the decisive second and third quarters.
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The best performances from Nebraska’s season-opening win over Wyoming:QB Taylor Martinez: Nothing spectacular from the fifth-year senior, and that’s kind of the point.