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HALFTIME: Nebraska trails Northwestern by one at the half

Posted: 12:26 PM, Oct 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-13 15:33:43-04
Nebraska trails by one at halftime
Nebraska trails by one at halftime

In a low scoring affair, Nebraska trails Northwestern 14-13 on the road.

Nebraska struck in lightning bolt speed on its opening drive. The Huskers took a 7-0 lead on a 1:28 drive capped off by a 42 yard play action pass from Adrian Martinez to JD Spielman.

The Huskers had a chance to extend the lead, but kicker Barrett Pickering missed on a 45 yard field goal in the first quarter.

Northwestern tied the game 7-7 in the second quarter when quarterback Clayton Thorson found wide receiver Flynn Nagel for a 21 yard touchdown. The Wildcats took a 14-7 lead on a scoop and score off an Adrian Martinez fumble later in the quarter.


Nebraska responded with poise, marching 83 yards down the field for a touchdown. Running back Devine Ozigbo ran in his fourth rushing score of the year. Barrett Pickering would miss the extra point.

Northwestern took a 14-13 lead into halftime.

Nebraska outgained Northwestern 256-156 in total yards. Martinez is 15 of 20 for 160 yards. Spielman  has four receptions for 52 yards. Wide receiver mike Williams has three receptions for 41 yards.

A week after not running the ball much, the Huskers have found success in the ground game. Ozigbo has eight rushes for 72 yards with that touchdown to lead the rushing attack. They have 96 yards in total in that category.

The Nebraska defense had been preparing for a heavy dose of Northwestern passing. Thorson has 134 yards through the air. The Huskers have held the Wildcats to just 22 yards rushing.

The Huskers are trying to pick up the first win of the season sitting at 0-5. Nebraska has never started 0-6 in a season in program history. That's 129 seasons of Big Red football.