Published Saturday, September 21, 2013 AT 5:22 PM / Updated at 5:23 PM
Third quarter: Nebraska 52, South Dakota State 17
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

You can bet Nebraska’s coaches adamantly expressed the importance of maintaining control in their halftime comments to the team. The Huskers delivered.

They didn’t allow South Dakota State to regain some confidence, instead extending the lead and turning Saturday’s win into the blowout that many NU fans had hoped for.

Nebraska’s offense has totaled 544 yards through three quarters. Basically unstoppable. The Huskers have found more than enough room on the ground, and they’ve been effective and efficient attacking through the air.

A few more thoughts on the third quarter are below…

>> Defensive end Randy Gregory showed off his athleticism on that pick-six. He dropped into coverage, jumped a route and sprinted into the end zone. The dude’s got talent. Nebraska’s coaches should have some fun created new ways to utilize him this fall.

>> We have the first Jared Afalava sighting of the season. The redshirt freshman linebacker played a couple snaps on Nebraska’s first drive of the third quarter. … Redshirt freshman safety LeRoy Alexander was on the field for a few plays, too (in next to junior Corey Cooper).

>> For all those shifty moves Kenny Bell has, he can’t forget the fundamentals. On his fumble in the third quarter, he had the football tucked on the wrong side. Should have held it with his right arm, protecting it as contact came from his left.

>> How about Jordan Westerkamp getting a carry out of the Bone (aka: Diamond) formation? Showing some versatility there. He gained 7 yards on the play.

>> A good number of Nebraska students had abandoned their posts midway through the third quarter. Even before the wave started. Something to note.

About Jon Nyatawa

Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008. He and his laptop, cell phone, tape recorder, pen and notebook all live in Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter: @JonNyatawa. Email him here: jon.nyatawa@owh.com. He welcomes feedback.