Florida Atlantic drops season opener to Nebraska 49-3
Lincoln, Nebraska - Nebraska's Roy Helu Jr. ran for an impressive 152 yards (3 TD's), while Zac Lee passed for 213 yards (2 TD's) enroute to a win over Florida Atlantic 49-3 on Saturday night.
The Husker's defense effectively disabled FAU signal caller Rusty Smith, who is the Sun Belt Conference's all-time leading passer, by way of consistent pressure. Accordingly, the Owl's heralded pre-season passing game was unable to gain any traction; with Smith finishing the contest 15 of 27, for 164 yards.
"Was definitely a really hard loss, to come all the way out here and get beat 49-3. But they're a really good football team. Can't take anything from them. They got to us. We made some mistakes tonight that we weren't able to overcome", said Smith.
The Huskers extended their season-opening winning streak to 24 games, the longest in the nation; while Florida Atlantic dropped to 1-16 against Bowl Championship Series match-ups, including and 0-7 mark against Big 12 opponents.
Nebraska laid to rest any hopes of an upset in the third quarter after Smith committed three turnovers. Two of those turnovers would produce touchdowns.
For the Cornhuskers, Lee completed 15 of 22 passes. He had one interception before turning over the reigns to backup Cody Green in the fourth period.
Alfred Morris, who had unexpectedly productive Spring and Fall practice sessions for FAU, gained the most ground for the Owls with 85 yards.
Willie Rose's 38-yard reception put FAU kicker Ross Gornall in place to post the Owl's only points on the night when he converted a field goal from 21 yards out.
Game discussion and recap here.