LINCOLN, Neb. -- The top performances on Saturday in Nebraska’s 56-13 rout of Southern Miss.
CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste: Give it to him for a second straight week, though this just as easily applies to the entire defensive backfield. It was the 6-foot-3 senior, though, who made the biggest statement by baiting USM quarterback Allan Bridgford on the third play from scrimmage and taking an interception 43 yards to the house. Nebraska’s quickest defensive score to start a game since 1996 set the tone on Saturday.
DE Randy Gregory: His four quarterback hurries tell just part of the story. The juco transfer consistently showed his skill as an elite pass rusher, bursting into the backfield from a variety of positions along the defensive line. Gregory notched one tackle behind the line of scrimmage and one breakup, but his presence demands attention moving forward.
WR Sam Burtch: Check your rosters, Nebraska fans. He’s a walk-on sophomore from little Murdock, Neb., and his first career reception went 26-yard touchdown from Taylor Martinez early in the fourth quarter. Playing in his sixth game, Burtch won’t often stand out among the Huskers’ deep and talented receiving corps, but he made the most of his opportunity on Saturday.