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Blackshirts bend but don't break against Wyoming

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Nebraska gave up a school record 35 first downs to Wyoming. Nebraska gave up a school record 35 first downs to Wyoming.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) -

Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini did something he's never done before heading into a season...give out the coveted Blackshirts.

He handed out seven to be exact.

Then, the defense gave up 602 yards and a school record 35 first downs to Wyoming.

Two late turnovers from quarterback Taylor Martinez and the Blackshirts inability to stop Wyoming nearly proved to be Nebraska's undoing in the opener as they blew a 17-point second half lead, but managed to hang on for the 37-34 victory.

Cowboy Quarterback Brett Smith and the offense torched Nebraska's defense averaging more than eight yards per play.

The Blackshirts also failed to record a sack.  Also of concern was Nebraska's inability on offense to pull away.

"They caught in a couple of plays and a couple of things we didn't react well to," Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini said.  "A couple times we didn't make plays.  Like I said, I think we'll learn a lot from it.  I haven't changed my assessment of what this team can be defensively if that's what you're asking.  I still think, you know, we're going to be just fine."

"We should have buried those guys when we were up by 16," wide receiver Kenny Bell said.  "When you get a team down like that, you gotta come out and you have to have the nastiness - the edge to you that says now that you're down there, I'm going to keep you down there."

Nebraska plays Southern Miss on Saturday, which has lost 13 straight games dating back to last year.

In the Golden Eagles loss Texas State, they racked up 400 total yards of offense.

Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. in Lincoln.

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