LINCOLN, Neb., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Jammal Lord lifted some of the pressure off his shoulders Saturday, rushing for 218 yards and three touchdowns and passing for another to lead Nebraska to a 38-14 victory over McNeese State.
Playing their first game as an unranked team in 21 years, Nebraska (4-2) built a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter and gained 595 yards against the Cowboys (4-1), who were ranked second in the Division I-AA.
The Cornhuskers suffered lopsided losses to Penn State and Iowa State in their last two games and one of the players to feel the heat was Lord, who replaced Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch at quarterback this season and nearly was benched by Coach Frank Solich earlier this week.
Lord carried 17 times and broke the school record for rushing yards by a quarterback, surpassing the mark of 199 set by Tommie Frazier in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl.
Lord scored on runs of five and 57 yards to give the Cornhuskers a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter and added a 56-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.
Troy Hassebroek caught a 10-yard scoring pass from Lord in the second quarter. Lord completed 12 of 18 passes for 151 yards.
Nebraska's other scores came on a 22-yard field goal by Josh Brown and a 64-yard run by Mark LeFlore.
Ryan Corcoran threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Turner in the second quarter and Marcus Trahan scored on a one-yard run in the fourth for McNeese State.