November 27 - Nebraska defeated Colorado on the Friday after Thanksgiving 45-17, earning a tie for the lead in the Big XII Conference's North Division and by way of defeating Missouri head-to-head, a trip to Arlington, Texas on December 4 to play for a BCS invite. The Big XII champion will probably be headed to Glendale, Arizona and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Nebraska found out Sunday their opponent will be the Oklahoma Sooners, the school's arch-rival from years in the Big 8 Conference. Oklahoma was in a 3-way tie for the Big XII South Division, but earned the invite over Oklahoma State and Texas A&M by having the highest BCS ranking in the poll after the long holiday weekend.
Cody Green made the start at quarterback for Nebraska, as Taylor Martinez was still nursing injuries. Rex Burkhead took quite a few snaps from the wildcat position, notching 101 yards rushing overall, and even threw two touchdown passes. Kyler Reed and Brandon Kinnie each caught two touchdown passes. Nebraska receiver Niles Paul broke a foot in practice and could not go, so Joe Broekemeier got his first career start and receptions. Running back Rodney Stewart led Colorado's attack, with 20 carries for 88 yards.
The first quarter was slow starting and Nebraska settled for a 42 yard field goal into the wind on its second drive. Nebraska would score just inside the second quarter when Burkhead carried for 3 yards and his seventh touchdown of 2010. Colorado would answer with a field goal on the next drive. Just before halftime, Green pitched back to Burkhead who then launched a pass to Kinnie, for the 26 yard score. 17-3 Huskers at the half.
Nebraska opened the third quarter with two touchdowns that followed interceptions of passes by the Buffaloes Cody Hawkins, son of the former head coach. Colorado would finally make their own TD drive to cut the score to 31-10, but Nebraska would answer when Green found Reed in the end zone. Colorado would get another touchdown at the end of the quarter, and Nebraska led 38-17. The Huskers should have done better on this drive.
In the final quarter Nebraska registered one more touchdown following a great play the the Husker Blackshirts. After Scotty McKnight caught a Hawkins pass, the ball as punched out by Alfonzo Dennard and returned by DeJon Gomes to the CU 3. Two plays later Cody Green kept the ball and put Nebraska up 45-17.
The game marked the final conference matchup of the two teams, as Nebraska moves to the Big Ten in 2011 while Colorado moves to the Pac Ten. Nebraska doesn't much care for the Big XII Conference, so getting to play in the final (for now) Big XII Championship will prove a bit of satisfaction. The game will air nationally on ABC on Saturday night at 7pm Central. Internet audio as always will be available at Huskers.com.
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