BRETT SMITH. Smith threw for 166 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the last meeting between the teams in 2011. He is a different quarterback now, though, and in the Wyoming spread offense Smith dictates the pace and distributes the football to his many receivers.
PATRICK MERTENS. Mertens is the most experienced Cowboy on the interior defensive line, and he will have a mighty task on Saturday. The Huskers boast one of the premier run offenses in the country, as both quarterback Taylor Martinez and running back Ameer Abdullah ran for more than 1,000 yards in 2012. Mertens will have to destroy plays at the start if Wyoming has any chance of slowing down that running attack.
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AMEER ABDULLAH. It should be open season for Abdullah on Saturday. The Huskers’ junior running back averaged five yards per carry last season, and he’ll be running against a Wyoming defensive line that allowed 232.3 rushing yards per game last year. Abdullah and the Huskers will look to run wild and score often on Saturday.
CIANTE EVANS. Evans is the best defensive back in a strong Nebraska secondary, and he’ll have a tough task on Saturday. If you can stop the Wyoming passing game, then you’ll stop Wyoming. Evans, who had 56 total tackles in 2012, will have his hands full with a plethora of eligible Cowboy receivers.
HISTORY: Nebraska leads the all-time series 6-0, with five of those games being played in Lincoln. The Cowboys and Huskers last played in 2011, when Nebraska traveled to Laramie and came away with a 38-14 victory. Wyoming and Nebraska will conclude a three-game series in 2016.