Nebraska trails Northwestern 17-14 at the break after the Wildcats added a field goal in the last 1:16 of the half. The Wildcats squandered an opportunity to extend the lead as a 44-yard field goal went wide as time expired in the second quarter.
Joshua Kalu helped the Huskers avoid what would have been a disastrous start to the game.
After Nebraska went three-and-out on its first possession, Northwestern drove 59 yards to take an early 7-0 lead. A minute later, Tanner Lee threw an interception set up the Wildcats in Husker territory, but Kalu picked off Clayton Thorson in the red zone and returned to the Nebraska 39.
After the turnover, Nebraska drove 61 yards on 10 plays for the game-tying touchdown, a 22-yard pass from Tanner Lee to Bryan Reimers.
Nebraska and Northwestern would once again trade touchdowns in the second quarter. Jeremy Larkin capped a 4-play, 63-yard with a 24-yard scamper, but the Huskers had a quick drive of their own. It took them just two plays, a 40-yard run by JD Spielman and a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jack Stoll.