Northern Illinois tops Nebraska, Huskers fall to 1-2

Northern Illinois tops Nebraska, Huskers fall to 1-2
Posted at 2:19 PM, Sep 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-16 15:29:33-04

Nebraska's problems on offense were on full display in its third game of the season against Northern Illinois. Tanner Lee threw three interceptions, two of which were for touchdowns as the Huskies come out on top 21-17.

The Blackshirts have been on trial after the games against Arkansas State and Oregon, but today the unit held Northern Illinois to 128 yards through the air and 129 yards on the ground and allowed just seven points. 

The Huskers' offense continued to sputter, converting on just six of their 19 third downs. Lee finished the day completing 25 of his 47 passes for 299 yards and scored the Huskers only two touchdowns on the ground.

While the new Nebraska quarterback threw three interceptions, not all of that is on Lee. Northern Illinois' defense set up camp in the Huskers' backfield and punished Lee on almost every pass attempt. 

Mikale Wilbon stepped into the starting running back role as Tre Bryant sat out with a lingering knee inury. Wilbon carried the ball 24 times for 90 yards.

Wide receiver De'Mornay Pierson-El led the way for Nebraska's receiving corps, finishing with eight catches for 101 yards. Stanley Morgan Jr. had a nice day as well, catching six passes for 94 yards.

Up next is Nebraska's Big Ten opener against Rutgers Saturday, Sept. 23 at 2:30 p.m.