Jonah Field at War Memorial stadium was a spectacular sight when the #9 Nebraska Cornhuskers 3–0 (0−0) came to Laramie to take on the Wyoming Cowboys 3–0 (0−0). There were 32,617 fans in attendance and there were more-than-a-few Nebraska fans present. The crowd was the third largest in War Memorial history.
Wyoming was coming off of a nail-biting victory on the road against the Bowling Green Falcons 2–1. The Pokes blocked a point-after-touchdown with less than a minute left in regulation to save themselves from being forced into overtime. The final score was 28–27, Cowboys. The Cornhuskers were fresh off a 51–38 victory over the Washington Huskies 2–1.
The Cowboys received the kickoff to start the game. They had little success moving the ball against such a stout defense, but the Wyoming defense was doing their jobs as well. The only touchdown in the first quarter of play was a 45-yard run by Nebraska runningback Rex Burkhead halfway thru the quarter.
Luckily, the second quarter held much more excitement than the first. Nebraska found its’ tempo and met little resistance as they made their way down the field for a 8-yard touchdown run by quarterback Taylor Martinez. Wyoming shook off the Husker score by having a quality drive that was capped by a 48-yard pass to wide-receiver Mazi Ogbonna for a touchdown. The Cowboys had found their way onto the scoreboard, 14–7, with the clock winding down in the first half. At halftime the score remained 14–7 in favor of Nebraska.
The second half, unfortunately, was more of what you might have expected against a Top 10 foe. The Cornhuskers controlled the line on both sides of the ball and the Pokes were unable to come back with much force. The third quarter saw two Nebraska scores: another rushing touchdown for Burkhead as well as a 20-yard field goal. At the end of the third quarter Nebraska had a healthy lead over the Cowboys, 24–7.
In the fourth quarter the Huskers tacked on a pair of touchdowns on the Pokes. One touchdown was on a pass to receiver Kenny Bell and another on a short rush by Braylon Heard. The Pokes wouldn’t go quietly into the night, however, and made it into the endzone for a second time. This time it was a pass to Robert Herron who put points on the board. The game wasn’t very close, but it could have gotten even more out-of-hand. The Huskers had another easy drive down the field and could have tacked on more points to the scoreboard. Luckily, the head coach was a little classier than that. After driving the ball deep into the redzone, the coach had his players kneel on the ball to end the game.
It’s not likely that the #9 Huskers 4–0 will sky-rocket up the rankings with their win, but they might move up a notch or two. The Cowboys 3–1 have a much deserved bye week coming up before they head off to play against a 1–2 Utah State team. The Pokes didn’t have a bye last season, but logic would suggest that the time to recover couldn’t hurt. The Cowboys still have high hopes this season and with a few more wins under their belt, you might be hearing Bowl talk by the time the leaves have all fallen.