GAMEDAY College Football

Nebraska 28, Buffalo 3

Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. - Before Saturday, it had been two years since Nebraska won consecutive games.

Never mind the Cornhuskers' 28-3 victory was against a Buffalo team from the Mid-American Conference and that it followed last week's win over Fordham of the Championship Subdivision.

Nebraska (2-1), trying to find traction under fourth-year coach Scott Frost, has lost games to teams from the MAC and Sun Belt Conference in recent seasons. So this was a sign of progress and very much needed considering what lies ahead.

"A win is a win in my book," quarterback Adrian Martinez said. "We knew we were capable of beating this team and we should beat them. There are a couple things we need to fix. We have a big game next week."

A big game, indeed. The Huskers go on the road to play their former Big Eight/Big 12 rival in No. 4 Oklahoma. The game marks the 50th anniversary of the 1971 "Game of the Century" that catapulted the Huskers to a second straight national championship.

Martinez played one of his best games in the tune-up for the Sooners, passing for 296 yards and a pair of 68-yard touchdowns to Samori Toure, and he also ran for 112 yards.

"I thought Adrian played another great game," Frost said. "He's a big-time player. He's missing some weapons right now, some guys not in the game (because of injury). We should have scored more in the first half and didn't and got bailed out by a couple big plays Samori and Adrian made."

The Bulls (1-1) dropped to 1-10 all-time against Big Ten opponents. Their point total was their lowest since a 38-0 loss to Western Michigan on Nov. 19, 2016.

"Proud of the way our team competed, but there are no moral victories," first-year Buffalo coach Maurice Linguist said. "I told the team this in the locker room, that we aren't fighting for moral victories because we prepare and we plan to win."

Martinez was at his best making something out of nothing when plays broke down during an afternoon when the temperature reached the mid 90s.

Martinez looked as if he would get sacked on a third down from his 25, but he ducked and sidestepped the blitz and went 71 yards to set up Gabe Ervin's first short touchdown run.

In the second half, Martinez was flushed from the pocket and about to get tackled when he desperately shoveled the ball to Chris Hickman, who turned the play into a 27-yard gain.

Martinez's first touchdown pass came on a short toss to Toure, who turned it into a 68-yard catch-and-run. The second was a perfect strike Toure caught in stride running a post pattern.

Buffalo was the first Nebraska opponent held without a touchdown since the Huskers' 44-8 win over Northern Illinois on Sept. 14, 2019.

Luke Reimer, an inside linebacker who arrived at Nebraska as a walk-on two years ago, made a career-high 16 tackles.

With the Huskers up seven points, he made a shoestring tackle on Ron Cook in the first half to snuff out a fourth-and-3. Reimer later tipped the ball to himself for his first career interception and ran it back 22 yards to set up Ervin's second short touchdown run.

"That's the stuff we've seen from Luke since his first day here," Frost said. "We were lucky enough to get him to walk on. It was the second day we thought we should scholarship him. He's going to make a lot of big plays here."

Kyle Vantrease completed 27 of 50 passes for 224 yards for the Bulls, and Kevin Marks Jr. ran 21 times for 85 yards.


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter BuffNeb
Neb TD 6:56 Gabe Ervin Jr. 2 yd run (Connor Culp kick) 0 7
Neb TD 0:34 Samori Toure 68 yd pass from Adrian Martinez (Connor Culp kick) 0 14
Third Quarter BuffNeb
Buff FG 9:17 Alex McNulty 45 yd FG 3 14
Fourth Quarter BuffNeb
Neb TD 14:47 Gabe Ervin Jr. 1 yd run (Connor Culp kick) 3 21
Neb TD 5:53 Samori Toure 68 yd pass from Adrian Martinez (Connor Culp kick) 3 28
Team Stats
  Buffalo Nebraska
First downs 19 19
  Rushing 6 9
  Passing 11 7
  Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Efficiency 11-22, 50% 8-15, 53%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 33-135 41-220
Passing Yards 224 296
Return Yards 39 19
Completions-Attempts-Int 27-50-1 14-20-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Punts 5 5
Punts-Average 50.4 36
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties - Yards 10-88 9-71
Time of Possession 32:00 28:00
Buffalo Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Vantrease 27 50 224 0 1
Nebraska Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Martinez 13 19 242 2 0
L. Smothers 1 1 54 0 0
Buffalo Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Marks Jr. 21 85 4.0 0
D. McDuffie 7 46 6.6 0
R. Cook Jr. 4 4 1.0 0
K. Vantrease 1 0 0.0 0
Nebraska Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Martinez 9 112 12.4 0
G. Ervin Jr. 10 56 5.6 2
S. Morrison 8 24 3.0 0
M. Stepp 9 17 1.9 0
R. Johnson 4 9 2.3 0
L. Smothers 1 2 2.0 0
Buffalo Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
Q. Williams 8 93 11.6 0
D. Johnson 3 35 11.7 0
J. Ruiz 4 33 8.3 0
T. Stephens 2 26 13.0 0
R. Cook Jr. 3 15 5.0 0
D. McDuffie 1 8 8.0 0
J. Gassett 1 7 7.0 0
K. Marks Jr. 3 5 1.7 0
K. Laborn 2 2 1.0 0
Nebraska Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Toure 2 136 68.0 2
C. Hickman 3 90 30.0 0
Z. Betts 2 21 10.5 0
B. Belt 1 16 16.0 0
C. Brewington 1 12 12.0 0
A. Allen 1 8 8.0 0
N. Boerkircher 1 7 7.0 0
G. Ervin Jr. 2 6 3.0 0
S. Morrison 1 0 0.0
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Buffalo Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Nebraska Interceptions
Player Int Yards
L. Reimer 1 22
Buffalo Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
E. Finegan 4 171 42.8
K. Vantrease 1 81 81.0
Nebraska Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Cerni 5 180 36.0
Buffalo Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Nebraska Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Buffalo Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Cook Jr. 1 22 22.0
D. McDuffie 1 17 17.0
Nebraska Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Buffalo Missed FG
Player Length
A. McNulty 52
A. McNulty 50
A. McNulty 42
Nebraska Missed FG
Player Length




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