Ozigbo

Devine Ozigbo ran for 110 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and got to rest during the second half.

LINCOLN — Nebraska didn’t have a bye week, but it did have an event that resembled a football game.

And in that game, Nebraska got what it paid for. The Huskers (2-6) obliterated FCS opponent Bethune-Cookman (4-5) by a final score of 45-9.

Nebraska true freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez only played in one half and finished 15 for 22 for 213 yards and two touchdowns. He set a school record for passing yards in a season by a freshman with 1,656 yards through eight games. Senior Devine Ozigbo ran for 110 yards and a touchdown in the first half. Stanley Morgan caught seven passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns.

Nebraska put in backups after halftime. Sophomore quarterback Noah Vedral took snaps with the second-team offense. He finished 2 for 9 for 29 yards and added 13 rushing yards and a touchdown. Wyatt Mazour had five carries for 55 yards.

As a team, NU averaged 7.3 yards per offensive play, and the Blackshirts held Bethune-Cookman to 166 total yards in the first half, but the Wildcats finished with 355.

The four-quarter affair was lopsided from start to finish. Ozigbo rumbled in from 17 yards out for NU’s first score of the day. JD Spielman returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown, NU’s first return touchdown since 2014. Martinez found Morgan through the air for touchdowns from 3 and 27 yards on consecutive drives. Those scores made it 28-3, and soon after the fourth touchdown, a Bethune-Cookman insider on the sideline was seen buying a Runza.

On the first play of the second quarter, a Bethune-Cookman receiver ran the wrong way after the first-quarter change. That drive finished with an interception by defensive tackle Peyton Newell. An 11-yard touchdown run by Maurice Washington and a 29-yard field goal from Barret Pickering made it 38-3 at the half.

Bethune-Cookman had first-and-goal from the 10 on their first drive of the third quarter, but proceeded to lose 29 yards and was forced to punt on fourth-and-goal.

That’s when Vedral led the Husker offense for the first time. The Huskers went three-and-out, but walk-on punter Isaac Armstrong flipped the field with a 73-yard punt to the Bethune-Cookman 9-yard-line. The Wildcats drove again into Nebraska territory, but Deointai Williams got the second turnover of the day with a pick in the end zone.

On Nebraska’s first drive of the fourth, Vedral finally found the end zone. He scrambled for 20 yards and dove in for the 45-3 lead.

Bethune-Cookman scored its first touchdown as time expired on a five-yard run.

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Chris Heady covers Husker football and is the Nebraska men's basketball beat writer. He started at The World-Herald in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @heady_chris. Email: chris.heady@owh.com.

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