>> Bad call I: Not sure why college football officials are so reluctant to flag defenses for pass interference. The Huskers’ passing numbers could’ve been even better had the zebras flagged Southern Mississippi on a Taylor Martinez pass to Kyler Reed near the end zone in the second quarter.
>> Bad call II: The coaching decision to split snaps among not two, but three Southern Miss quarterbacks was ill-advised. It disrupted any rhythm the Golden Eagles developed. Anthony Alford played the best — and should’ve played the whole second half.
>> What was that? Martinez sparkled in the passing game, but he got away with a big mistake midway through the first quarter. On second-and-3, Martinez audibled to a quick throw to Kenny Bell. But the play developed slowly, and Martinez threw the ball right into the arms of a Southern Miss cornerback. Good thing he dropped it. Deron Wilson likely would’ve scored.
>> Noticed: A slow day for Sean Fisher. The senior strongside linebacker won’t see much action when opponents spread the field with receivers. The Southern Miss strategy prompted Nebraska to use nickel back Ciante Evans.
>> Rave review: Nebraska’s offensive line was the talk of fall camp. Did it have enough talent and depth to support all of those skill players? At least in game one, the answer was a resounding yes. Kudos, especially, to Brent Qvale, who made his first start at the all-important left tackle spot.