• Box Score: Nebraska 56, Washington 21
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SEATTLE – The eighth-ranked Huskers handled their first real test of the season with ease.
And actually, by the end, a game thought to be an an early season measuring stick coming in seemed more like just another unfair mismatch.
Nebraska (3-0) piled up 533 offensive yards en route to a comfortable 56-21 win over Washington. It's the most points in a non-conference road game since NU totaled 59 at Illinois in 1986.
Hardly fazed by his first appearance in a hostile environment, redshirt freshman Taylor Martinez looked like he was in complete control from the get-go. He completed seven of his 11 pass attempts for 150 yards and rushed 19 times for 137 yards and three touchdowns.
He had some help, though.
Senior Roy Helu ran 10 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Rex Burkhead had 13 carries for 104 yards and one score of his own.
Nebraska seized control early on, taking a 14-0 lead within the first five minutes.
The highly regarded Washington quarterback, Jake Locker, threw his first interception on his first pass attempt of the day. The Huskers scored two plays later and added another touchdown on a three-play drive moments later.
From there, Nebraska avoided any seismic moment shifts, something that's can be common on the road.
The Huskies did trim their deficit to 21-14 with 5:06 left to play in the second quarter, capitalizing on a fumble by sophomore Cody Green. But NU answered on its next drive, then sealed it early in the second half.
Martinez took the first play of the third quarter 80 yards for a touchdown run. Helu was untouched on his 65-yard touchdown scamper about two minutes later. Then, sophomore Alfonzo Dennard returned an interception 31 yards to give Nebraska a 49-21 lead with 8:21 left.
Washington (1-2) couldn't recover from that, especially on a day where Locker struggled.
Locker, believed by many to be one of the nation's top pro prospects, completed just four of his 20 pass attempts for a total of 71 yards. He threw two interceptions.
A career 53.9 percent passer coming in, Locker hadn't finished a game with a completion percentage lower than 50 percent since his sophomore year – until Saturday.
The Huskers did give up more than 20 points for the first time in 11 games, but their defense kept the game from turning into a back-and-forth shootout.
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