Recap: Fresno State vs. Nebraska
Fresno, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tommy Armstrong threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns as the Nebraska Cornhuskers dominated the Fresno State Bulldogs, 55-19, in non-conference action at Bulldog Stadium.
Armstrong hit on 12-of-21 passing before heading to the sidelines. Also having a strong outing for the Huskers (3-0) was Ameer Abdullah who carried the ball 19 times for a game-high 110 yards and a score.
Fresno State (0-3), which entered the night having won 13 straight home games, had very little to celebrate in their 2014 home opener as quarterback Brian Burrell hit on 30-of-59 for 241 yards and just a single touchdown, while being sacked four times. Burrell also led the team in rushing with a net of 59 yards on nine carries.
Nebraska jumped out to a 14-0 lead rather easily as Armstrong connected with Jordan Westerkamp on a 70-yard TD strike less than two minutes in and shortly after Abdullah streaked 57 yards into the end zone for the visitors.
The first points of the contest for the Bulldogs came on a safety about six minutes into the meeting.
Fresno State had another chance to cut into the deficit later in the first, but kicker Kody Kroening hooked the first field goal attempt of his career from 30 yards away.
In the second quarter the Huskers turned to their special teams for a jolt as kicker Drew Brown made good on a 38-yard field goal and Demornay Pierson-El fielded a punt at his own 14-yard line, broke to the left side line and then back up the middle of the field for a thrilling 86-yard TD, giving the visitors a 24-2 advantage.
With just under six minutes remaining in the first half, Brown came on again for Nebraska and knocked through a 22-yard field goal.
Kroening countered for the Bulldogs with a 27-yard field goal later in the frame, but still the hosts trailed by a 27-5 margin at the break.
In the third quarter the Huskers saw Armstrong toss a 20-yard TD to Cethan Carter and add a 62-yard run to the end zone by Imani Cross, although in between Burrell had a lengthy scoring run of his own for FSU, streaking 66 yards to the goal line, leaving Nebraska with a 41-12 edge heading into the final frame.
The Cornhuskers continued to pile on in the fourth as Armstrong hit Sam Cotton with a 23-yard TD pass over the middle.
Refusing to go away quietly, the Bulldogs forced a fumble deep in Nebraska territory and capitalized with a nine-yard touchdown pass from Burrell to a leaping Delvon Hardaway in the back corner of the end zone.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, Hardaway's dynamic grab was soon offset by a 10-yard scoring strike from Nebraska backup quarterback Ryker Fyfe to Christian Bailey three minutes later to give the visitors a comfortable 36- point cushion.
Fresno State, which converted a mere 6-of-23 on third down, allowed 562 yards, permitting the Huskers to average an impressive 8.5 yards per snap.
The lackluster performance by the Bulldogs is nothing new, considering the team entered play this week ranked 124th in the nation in defense with a staggering 613.5 ypg allowed. Fresno State also ranked last in the FBS (125th) in points allowed (55.5 ppg) before tonight.Game Notes