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“He is tough, and I would say he is a winner,” Pelini said.

Huskers quarterback Taylor Martinez ranks No. 21 in total offense at 291.3 yards a game.

“Obviously he’s an excellent football player, and we got to do everything we can to minimize his big plays,” Christensen said.

Defensively, the two teams have given up chunks of yardage and points to opponents. Nebraska has surrendered 24.7 points a game, ranking it 66th in scoring defense, and 364.7 yards a contest, 67th in the NCAA. Wyoming has given up 23 points (55th) and 414.7 yards (94th) a game.

Pelini said he isn’t worried about his team looking ahead to the Wisconsin game on Oct. 1.

“We keep our guys in the moment, and we do a good job of that,” he said.

But try as he might not to look ahead at Wisconsin, Bell allowed himself a glimpse of the Big Ten game when commenting about playing on the road in a small stadium before heading to Madison.

“It’s important to get a taste of what it’s like to be on the road,” he said. “It’s hard to compare Wyoming, though, with a place like Madison.”

Thanks to temporary seating being installed, about 32,500 people are expected to pack War Memorial Stadium, which has a listed capacity of just over 29,000. The listed capacity is the smallest stadium Nebraska has played in since 1971 when the Huskers played in front of 23,500 fans at Hawaii.


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