LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska led overmatched University of Mary by 10 points less than five minutes into the game Tuesday on its way to a 70-38 win in a game that gave the Huskers bench the opportunity to play more than half the minutes.That was key for a team that has only five experienced players on the roster, all of whom start.It was good for them to get a feel for what the game is like, said Michael Jacobsen, who led the Huskers with 10 points. Weve been practicing for about two months now. Its hard when you go against each other so much. ... In the game its a totally different feel. I think its good for them to get their minutes and just figure out their roles.All five of Nebraskas non-starters played at least 20 minutes and combined for 30 points with each making at least a field goal. That was a marked improvement from Sundays home opener against Sacramento State in which the Nebraska bench made just two field goals and contributed only nine points.It was really, really important, said Isaiah Roby, who came off the bench to score seven points in 24 minutes. Obviously, we have to execute stuff against other people and also just getting tired. All of us were dripping sweat. ... He (Nebraska coach Tim Miles) kind of challenged us to step our game up tonight. We still have a lot to work on obviously ... but I think we stepped up a little bit more.Nebraska (2-0) was never challenged by the NCAA Division II school from North Dakota that is Miles alma mater. Nebraska went up by 12-2 on Jack McVeighs 3-pointer at the 15:18 mark and stretched the lead to 30-8 on another of McVeighs 3s with 5:52 left in the first half.Mary (0-3) cut the Nebraska lead to 15 on Damonta Henrys 3-pointer that opened the second half. But the Huskers quickly pushed the lead over 20, going up 41-19 on McVeighs 3-pointer with 17:37 left. Nebraskas largest lead was 32.The Marauders struggled against the Nebraska defense, hitting just 7 of 28 shots in the first half and finished 29 percent from the field. The bigger, stronger Huskers also dominated on the boards, outrebounding Mary 45-21Nebraska hit 50 percent of its shots, but committed 17 turnoversMary played in front of the largest crowd it will likely see this season (8,459). Attendance at Marauder games, home and on the road, averages about 1,000. That should work to Marys advantage, said coach Joe Kittell.Theres not going to be any atmosphere thats going to be more hostile than this, Kittell said. Our guys understand that, played in it, and it shouldnt bother us anymore. Really excited about this group, I know were zero and three right now but there are a lot of good kids out there. They want to win, they want to get better.BIG PICTURENebraska: Miles said the relatively low score and margin of victory can be attributed to Marys strategy of running down the shot clock on offense and impatience on the part of the Huskers once they finally got the ball.University of Mary: The Marauders took full advantage of a game against a Division I foe, chartering a flight to bring fans from Bismarck to Lincoln. Those who paid $289 for the trip got lunch with Nebraska football coach Mike Riley, a tour of the athletic facilities and a dinner with Nebraska baseball coach and North Dakota native Darin Erstad.UP NEXTNebraska will host Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. Saturday, a starting time set to avoid conflict with the Nebraska-Maryland football game at 11 a.m.Mary will return to Bismarck where it will host Yellowstone Christian Monday. Reggie Miller Jersey . 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Getting set to go their separate ways for a short Christmas break, the Raptors coach credited his team for their effort on a seemingly impossible three-game road trip, urging them to build on that success when they get back to work at the end of the week. TROY, Ala. -- The Arkansas State Red Wolves used big plays, smothering defense and a well-executed gamble to prove they are still the team to beat in the Sun Belt Conference.Chris Humes caught a 31-yard pass on a fake punt and recovered a fumble in the end zone to help Arkansas State upset No. 25 Troy 35-3 on Thursday night.The Red Wolves (6-4, 6-0) gained the inside track for a fifth league title in six years after starting the season 0-4.Four days earlier, Troy (8-2, 5-1) had become the first ranked Sun Belt team after winning seven straight games. But the leagues top scoring offense committed five turnovers and couldnt reach the end zone.We took it very, very personally, said Arkansas State defensive end Chris Odom, who forced the fumble that led to Humes touchdown. Top 25, they thought they were already No. 1 in the conference. They felt like they had already won the Sun Belt title.Well, they had to go through us tonight and we showed them how we play.Arkansas State has won 15 straight conference games. The first Sun Belt team to start 8-1, Troy scored first but wound up losing to the Red Wolves for the fourth straight year.They came in here as champions and theyre leaving as champions, Trojans coach Neal Brown said. We havent earned that yet.Humes had a big role in two straight touchdowns. Arkansas State turned a fake punt into a 7-3 halftime lead. Cam Echols-Luper took the punt snap and hit a wide open Humes, who raced down the left sideline to inside Troys 10.Three plays later, Justice Hansen hit a leaping Kendall Sanders in the back of the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown. The Red Wolves at one point had more punts (7) than completions (6).Humes recovered a fumble in the end zone on the first play of the second half after Odom knocked the ball loose from quarterback Brandon Silvers.dddddddddddd It was one of many plays by the defense that Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson said came up as big as you possibly can.That was about as complete a game defensively as you can play from beginning to end, Anderson said. They came up aces. We all knew they were capable of it.Hansen started slow but completed a few balls downfield in the second half. He finished 13 of 24 for 149 yardsSilvers was 20 of 39 for 207 yards with two interceptions. The Sun Belts leading rusher, Jordan Chunn, was limited to 51 yards on 16 carries.THE TAKEAWAYArkansas State: Has won 18 of its last 21 Sun Belt road games. Gained 126 yards in the first half and 262 in the second. JaVon Rolland-Jones tied the Sun Belt career record with his 26th sack.Troy: The Trojans had only lost four fumbles all season, but twice coughed up the ball in Arkansas State territory before halftime and fared worse the third time. An offense that came in averaging 474 yards and 38.1 points was held to 262 yards.QB PRESSURE: Troy allowed two sacks after coming in having given up a nations best three in nine games.POLL IMPLICATIONSThe Trojans had only a few days to celebrate being in the Top 25 , but are still having their best season in years.UP NEXTArkansas State faces Louisiana-Lafayette in the second of three straight Sun Belt road games.Troy visits Sun Belt opponent Texas State trying to regroup.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25 ' ' '
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