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September 12, 2009LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)-Zac Lee passed for 340 yards and four touchdowns, and No. 22 Nebraska warmed up for next week's trip to Virginia Tech with a 38-9 victory over Arkansas State on Saturday.
The Cornhuskers (2-0) scored on five of their first six possessions, ending any hopes the Red Wolves (1-1) had of pulling an even bigger upset than their win at Texas A&M last year.
Lee completed 27 of 35 passes to 11 different receivers and threw no interceptions. He opened the game leading two 80-yard drives and a 46-yarder as the Huskers jumped ahead 21-0.
Lee, a junior making his second start, was precise from the start. He placed a perfect ball to Curenski Gilleylen along the sideline for 43 yards before flipping a 3-yard pass to redshirt freshman fullback Tyler Legate, who scored on the first offensive touch of his career.
Lee completed five straight on the Huskers' next series, the last one a 13-yarder for the first of tight end Mike McNeill's two touchdowns.
Receiver Niles Paul, praised by coaches throughout the preseason, was much more involved after getting shut down last week by Florida Atlantic. He scored from 30 yards on a reverse and caught a 2-yard TD pass, and had a 70-yard TD reception called back because of holding. Paul finished with six catches for 69 yards, both career highs.
Arkansas State dinged the Huskers for big gainers all afternoon, but the Red Wolves couldn't sustain much against a defense Nebraska coach Bo Pelini called "soft" against Florida Atlantic.
They broke through in the second quarter after Corey Leonard hit Jahbari McLennan for 21 yards on a rollout pass on fourth-and-1. Reggie Arnold ran in from a yard two plays later.
ASU also got a 42-yard field goal from Josh Arauco early in the fourth.
Roy Helu Jr., who ran for 152 yards and three TDs against Florida Atlantic, was held to 60 yards on 14 carries.
Reggie Arnold, bidding to become the eighth major-college back to rush for 1,000 yards four straight years, had 83 yards on 14 carries. Leonard completed 11 of 20 passes for 131 yards, with McLennan catching seven for 69.
Nebraska has outscored two straight opponents from the Sun Belt Conference 87-12. The Huskers take a big step up in competition against 14th-ranked Virginia Tech, which won 35-30 in Lincoln last year.
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