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Huskers Earn First Win Of Frost Era

Huskers Earn First Win Of Frost Era

Lincoln – The Nebraska soccer group exorcised its demons to thwart a second-half Minnesota comeback try and roll to a 53-28 win over the visiting Gophers on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

The Huskers scored early and sometimes towards a Minnesota protection that stymied and slowed No. three Ohio State’s high-powered offense final week, as Nebraska notched its first win of the season to the delight 89,272 followers within the 365th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium. Roars of “Go Big Red” echoed via the gang to cheer the Huskers off the sector following Coach Scott Frost’s first victory as Nebraska’s head coach.

Nebraska’s 25-point win included a number of stat strains that stirred the echoes of days of Husker previous, together with three Huge Purple rushers every rolling up greater than 100 yards on the afternoon. Senior operating Devine Ozigbo erupted for 152 yards on simply 12 carries with two lengthy landing runs, together with a career-long 59-yarder, to set the tone within the first half.

True freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez sprinted for a career-high 125 yards and a rating on simply 15 carries, together with a career-long 57-yard run.

Fellow freshman Maurice Washington accomplished the triple 100-yard day for Huge Purple backs with 109 yards and a landing on 14 carries. His three-yard plunge late within the recreation capped probably the most explosive offensive day for the Huskers since becoming a member of the Huge Ten Convention in 2011. The final time Nebraska featured three 100-yard rushers got here in a 56-21 win at Washington on Sept. 18, 2010, when quarterback Taylor Martinez and operating backs Roy Helu Jr. and Rex Burkhead every went over the century mark.

The truth is, the 53 factors scored by the Huskers have been their most towards a Massive Ten foe since becoming a member of the convention and probably the most towards any convention staff since scoring 56 at Huge 12 foe Kansas State on Nov. 15, 2008. It marked probably the most factors scored by Nebraska towards a Huge Ten group since hanging 66 on Northwestern within the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30, 2000.

General, Nebraska rolled up a season-best 659 yards of complete offense, together with 383 dashing yards on simply 43 carries, averaging Eight.9 yards per keep on the afternoon.

Adrian Martinez amassed greater than 400 yards of complete offense for the third time in six video games to open his profession, finishing 25-of-29 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns. After finishing 16-of-19 passes within the first half, Martinez went 9-for-10 passing for 152 with two touchdowns within the second half. He completed with 401 complete yards, and his three video games with greater than 400 total-offense yards ties the Nebraska particular person profession document set by Joe Ganz.

Senior broad receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. additionally had an enormous day, hauling in a career-best 10 receptions for 163 yards and two scores, together with a 67-yard landing within the fourth quarter that put the sport out of attain for the Huskers. Sophomore JD Spielman added eight catches for 77 yards and a rating of his personal.

Whereas the offense shined, the protection stood robust towards a number of Golden Gopher penetrations into the pink zone. On the opening play of the fourth quarter, Minnesota tried to chop into Nebraska’s 36-22 lead on 4th-and-Objective from the NU three, however Dicaprio Bootle broke up Tanner Morgan’s move try and Chris Autman-Bell.

Then Martinez and the Husker offense went on a 14-play, 82-yard march that consumed 7:03 off the clock and culminated with Barret Pickering’s 32-yard area to provide Nebraska a 39-22 lead.

The Husker trustworthy erupted after the Pickering area aim and breathed a collective sigh of aid, however Minnesota was again on the Massive Purple’s doorstep seconds later after Demetrius Douglas’ 87-yard kickoff return to the NU 13. Minnesota began with a brief subject and seven:39 on the clock, however after a brief move was full from Morgan to Autman-Bell, Blackshirt defensive again Aaron Williams deflected a Morgan move that was intercepted by Blackshirt linebacker Dedrick Younger II in the long run zone to silence a golden alternative for the Gophers.

As an alternative of making an attempt to exploit the clock, the attacking Husker offense ended any late comeback hopes for Minnesota. After a 13-yard run by Washington on the second play of the following drive, Martinez hit a streaking Stanley Morgan down the center of the sector for a 67-yard landing that despatched Nebraska followers dancing within the aisles.

Linebacker Mohamed Barry led the Blackshirts with 11 tackles on the afternoon, whereas security Tre Neal contributed 10 stops and senior linebacker Luke Gifford added 9. Younger pitched in seven tackles to go together with his interception.

The Huskers put collectively their greatest half of soccer this season, leaping out to a 28-Zero lead earlier than Minnesota received a landing and a two-point conversion within the remaining minute, as Nebraska took a 28-Eight result in the locker room at halftime.

The Huskers have been on the assault from the opening kickoff, sprinting 75 yards in seven performs capped by Ozigbo’s 40-yard landing run to offer the Huge Purple a fast 7-Zero lead lower than two minutes into the sport.

Minnesota crossed midfield on its opening drive and appeared to tie the rating on Rashod Bateman’s 37-yard landing catch from Annexstad with Eight:13 left within the opening quarter. Nevertheless, that play was worn out by the primary accepted holding name by a Husker Massive Ten opponent on a passing play within the final 22 video games. The Blackshirts capitalized, forcing a punt on 4th-and-24 by the Golden Gophers.

The 2 defenses then exchanged stops, earlier than Martinez and the Huskers went again to work. After a pair of brief completions to Morgan and Spielman gave Nebraska a primary down, Washington sprinted 17 yards to the NU 41 for an additional first down. On the subsequent play, Ozigbo uncorked the longest run of his profession and the longest run from scrimmage by a Husker this season, galloping 59 yards to paydirt to offer Nebraska a 14-Zero lead with 1:25 left within the first quarter.

The Huskers went to the second quarter with out committing a penalty, the primary time they performed a penalty-free quarter this season.

Within the second quarter, Martinez and the Huskers stored rolling by flying 85 yards in 9 performs capped by a three-yard landing run from Martinez to push their result in 21-Zero with 11:40 left within the half. On the time, it was Nebraska’s largest lead of the season however that mark would develop later within the quarter when Martinez hit Spielman on a nine-yard landing strike to cap a five-play, 72-yard drive to provide the Massive Pink a 28-Zero lead. The fast drive by Nebraska included a 57-yard run by Martinez, the longest run of his profession.

Nebraska completed the half with 398 yards of complete offense on 41 performs, together with 274 dashing yards on 21 carries. Ozigbo led the Huge Purple with 139 yards on simply seven carries, whereas Martinez added 89 yards on 9 carries. Washington contributed 46 yards on 5 totes within the half.

Martinez went 16-of-19 for 124 passing yards and a rating within the opening 30 minutes.

The Blackshirts held Minnesota to 172 complete yards on 38 first-half performs, with 68 of these yards approaching the Gophers’ remaining drive of the half. The Huskers led on the half regardless of Minnesota proudly owning a 16:28-13:32 edge in time of possession and an enormous 38-16 edge in common beginning subject place for the Gophers within the first half.

For the sport, Minnesota completed with a slight 30:58-29:02 edge in time of possession, however the Gophers nonetheless completed with an general beginning area place edge for the sport of 38-19.

Whereas the Huskers have struggled within the turnover and penalty departments all through the primary half of the season, Nebraska performed Minnesota even in turnover margin with each groups committing only one turnover. In the meantime, Nebraska was flagged for a season-best six penalties for a season-low 43 yards. Minnesota dedicated eight penalties for 80 yards.

Nebraska will shoot for its second straight residence win subsequent Saturday when the Huskers play host to Bethune-Cookman. Kickoff towards the Wildcats is about for 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium with stay TV protection by BTN.

Recreation Abstract
Nebraska 53, Minnesota 28
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)
Attendance: 89,272

First Quarter (14-Zero)
13:04 – NEB – Devine Ozigbo 40 run (Barret Pickering kick), 7 performs, 75 yards, 1:56, NEB 7-Zero
1:25 – NEB – Ozigbo 59 run (Pickering kick), four performs, 90 yards, 1:10, NEB 14-Zero

Second Quarter (28-Eight)
11:40 – NEB – Adrian Martinez three run (Pickering kick), 9 performs, 85 yards, three:08, NEB 21-Zero
1:58 – NEB – JD Spielman 9 move from Martinez (Pickering kick), 5 performs, 72 yards, 2:25, NEB 28-Zero
Zero:52 – MINN – Demetrius Douglas 13 cross from Zack Annexstad (Matt Morse 2PAT run), Eight performs, 68 yards, Zero:59, NEB 28-Eight

Third Quarter (36-22)
13:49 – MINN – Mohamed Ibrahim 1 run (Carpenter kick), four performs, 75 yards, 1:11, NEB 28-15
7:22 – MINN – Seth Inexperienced four run (Carpenter kick), Eight performs, 79 yards, three:48, NEB 28-22
6:04 – NEB – Stanley Morgan Jr. 35 cross from Martinez (Morgan 2PAT cross from Martinez), four performs, 74 yards, 1:12, NEB 36-22

Fourth Quarter (53-28)
7:53 – NEB – Pickering 32 FG, 14 performs, 82 yards, 7:03, NEB 39-22
5:19 – NEB – Morgan 67 cross from Martinez (Pickering kick), three performs, 80 yards, 1:33 NEB 46-22
four:14 – MINN – Tanner Morgan 9 run (Morgan 2PAT run failed), three performs, 44 yards, 1:01, NEB 46-28

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