Damon Benning, a redshirt freshman filling in for the injured Calvin Jones, made the most of his first start, rushing for 127 yards and two touchdowns to lead Nebraska to a 50-27 victory over Texas Tech Saturday at Lincoln, Neb.
Benning ran for 45 yards on Nebraska’s first possession and added a two-yard scoring run late in the third quarter to help Nebraska (2-0) defeat the Red Raiders (1-1).
“My main concern is always the victory, and the 100-yard game came along with it,” said Benning, who said Jones offered words of encouragement and advice. “He told me what to look for and what to expect on certain plays.”
Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier ran for a one-yard touchdown and passed to tight end Gerald Armstrong for another touchdown.
Frazier completed 12 of 27 passes for 206 yards. Nebraska passed for 217 yards, its second 200-plus passing day, and ran for 317.
Tech quarterback Robert Hall avoided Nebraska’s rush to pass for first-half scores of 34 yards to Derrell Mitchell in the first quarter and 51 yards to Lloyd Hill in the second.
Texas Tech took a 21-20 lead on Hall’s 26-yard pass to Bruce Hill midway through the third quarter. But Byron Bennett kicked a 29-yard field goal and Frazier found Armstrong in the corner of the end zone less than three minutes later after Trev Alberts forced Hall to fumble at the Tech 23.
Kansas State 38, Western Kentucky 13--Chad May passed for two second-half touchdowns and scored on a one-yard run to help the Wildcats break open a close game at Manhattan, Kan.
May completed eight of eight passes in the second half after the Division I-AA Hilltoppers (1-1) got a 35-yard field goal from Chris Pino at the end of the first half to pull within 14-13.
The Wildcats (2-0) ran their home winning streak to eight games, their longest since 1917-19, and beat an unranked team at home for the 17th consecutive time. When Pino connected on a 27-yard pass in the second quarter for a 10-7 Western Kentucky lead, it was the first time the Wildcats had trailed at home since losing to Colorado in 1991.
May completed 15 of 29 passes for 233 yards. He drove the Wildcats 92 yards in only five plays after Tom Randolph intercepted Jewell’s pass early in the third quarter.