OMAHA (KMTV) — The Nebraska football team fell to Ohio State in the season opener on Saturday in Columbus, 52-17.
The Buckeyes' balanced attack racked up nearly 500 total yards, going for 276 yards through the air and 222 on the ground.
NU finished with 377 total yards, including 217 on the ground. Adrian Martinez finished 12 of 15 for 105 yards. The junior also rushed 12 times for 77 yards with a touchdown and a fumble.
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields showed why he's a contender for the Heisman Trophy going 20 of 21 through the air for 276 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 54 yards and a score.
The Huskers actually got on the board first with a ten yard touchdown run by Adrian Martinez to make it 7-0 Nebraska.
Luke McCaffrey set up the score with a 47 yard run.
The Buckeyes answered with a 1 yard touchdown run by Master Teague. OSU converted a 4th & 5 on the drive from the Nebraska's 30.
After the Huskers had to punt, Ohio State took its first lead with a 42 yard touchdown pass from Justin Fields to Garrett Wilson.
In the 2nd quarter, NU evened things up at 14 with a three yard touchdown run by Dedrick Mills. OSU retook the lead with a 34 yard field goal late in the half to make it 17-14. Following a Husker punt, Master Teague's six yard touchdown run put the Buckeyes up ten at the half, 24-14.
Ohio State scored on its first drive of the 2nd half on a 17 yard touchdown run by Fields to go up 31-17.
It looked like the Huskers might respond but Adrian Martinez fumbled and Sevyn Banks recovered for the Buckeyes and took it back 55 yards for another Ohio State touchdown.
NU defensive backs Cam Taylor-Britt & Deontai Williams were both ejected in the 2nd half for targeting and will now also miss the first half of the Huskers home opener on Halloween against Wisconsin.
Nebraska was without wide receiver Omar Manning and linebacker Luke Reimer, neither of whom made the trip to Columbus.