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Huskers honor Foltz during emotional victory over Fresno State

September 4, 2016

LINCOLN — All that Nebraska offseason talk about a commitment to the running game got backed up Saturday night by the Huskers.

NU started out working the ground game and rarely strayed from it, paving the way to a 43-10 win over Fresno State at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska ran the ball on 19 of 20 snaps over its first three possessions of the game, producing 114 yards and a 14-0 lead before a crowd of 90,013. Sophomore I-back Devine Ozigbo got those touchdowns on runs of 1 and 6 yards.

Fresno State slowed down the Huskers to get within 14-10 at halftime, but Nebraska steadily started wearing out the Bulldogs in the second half.

After forcing a Fresno State punt to start the third quarter, NU threw the football just once on a nine-play, 57-yard drive to take a 21-10 lead. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong got the touchdown on a 9-yard run.

Nebraska punted on its next two series, but a Kieron Williams interception then set up the biggest pass play of the night for Armstrong — a 57-yard TD throw to Alonzo Moore on the first play of the fourth quarter.

The running attack then did the majority of the work the next time the Huskers had the ball on an eight-play, 63-yard scoring drive. It was capped by a 4-yard Armstrong run and Zack Darlington’s two-point conversion, making it 36-10 with 9:50 left.

With the Fresno State defense tiring, Nebraska tacked on a 3-yard TD run by freshman I-back Tre Bryant with 4:20 remaining.

The Huskers finished with 292 rushing yards. That followed their 326-yard ground performance in the Foster Farms Bowl finishing off the 2015 season, and head coach Mike Riley saying several times in the last eight months that Nebraska intended to run the football consistently this season.

Fresno State made one final threat late, but Chris Jones intercepted Zach Kline in the end zone with 47 seconds left.