Nebraska reverts to losing ways in overtime against Northwestern

  • Nebraska quarterbacks Tanner Lee (13) and Patrick O'Brien (12) during pregame warm-ups.

Story and photographs by Efren Cortez, NewsNetNebraska

After a comeback win against Purdue last week, the Nebraska Cornhuskers renewed their hope on becoming bowl eligible. The thought was short lived as Nebraska, who led Northwestern for most of the second half, lost 31-24 in overtime.

Quarterback Tanner Lee was hampered by three interceptions. He has thrown the second-most interceptions in the country so far this college football season with 13.

The Husker defense, who intercepted the ball twice and returned one for a touchdown, kept things under lock in the air with no passing touchdowns and quarterback Clayton Thorson throwing for under 250 passing yards, but struggled on the ground. Nebraska’s run defense gave up four rushing touchdowns, including the game-winner by Thorson in overtime.

With a chance to go into double overtime, the Husker offense instead went backward as Lee was sacked and the passing plays were not good enough to get a first down.

Following the game, Nebraska football head coach Mike Riley kept his head down as he was escorted by two police officers to the tunnel. On the other side of the stadium, Northwestern fans cheered as their school clinched bowl eligibility.

Nebraska needs to win at least two more games to play in a bowl game, but the road ahead looks tough with games at Minnesota and Penn State. Minnesota and Nebraska have a matching 4-5 record. The season finale against Iowa looks like it will not be in Nebraska’s favor with Iowa defeating sixth-ranked Ohio State 55-24 this past Saturday.

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