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McNeese State-Nebraska Preview Capsule

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 4, 2014 at 1:36 pm •  Published: September 4, 2014
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McNeese State (at No. 19 Nebraska (1-0), noon (ESPNU)

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Series Record: Nebraska leads 1-0.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Nebraska hopes to avoid taking even the slightest step back after a turnover-free, 55-7 win over Florida Atlantic in which the Cornhuskers rolled up 784 yards. McNeese State is using its opener in Lincoln to pay some bills — the Cowboys will earn $415,000 — and maybe settle on a quarterback.

KEY MATCHUP

McNeese State running game vs. Nebraska front seven. Transfers Nate Holmes (Arkansas) and Derrick Milton (Mississippi State) join Kelvin Bennett at running back, and QB Daniel Sams rushed for more than 800 yards for Kansas State last year. The Cowboys had one of their best running games in program history, and this year could be just as good or better.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

McNeese State: Sams shared playing time with Jake Waters at Kansas State a year ago and led the Wildcats with 11 rushing touchdowns.

Nebraska: LB Zaire Anderson led the Huskers with seven tackles against Florida Atlantic, and he'll be called on to help control McNeese State's running game.

FACTS & FIGURES

Nebraska won the only previous meeting 38-14 in 2002, a game in which Jammal Lord set then-Nebraska records for total offense (369 yards) and rushing yards by a quarterback (218). ... McNeese State has beaten South Florida and Middle Tennessee State in its last two games against FBS programs but is 0-8 all-time against teams from Big Five conferences. The Cowboys open next season at LSU. ... Nebraska's Bo Pelini (59 wins) moved past Frank Solich (58) into third place on the school's all-time coaching wins list behind Tom Osborne and Bob Devaney. ... Last week's win over FAU marked Nebraska's first game since the 2012 opener against Southern Mississippi that the Huskers didn't commit a turnover.