Blocked kick saves victory
In a wild ending to a game filled with missed scoring opportunities, Nebraska linebacker Adam Ickes blocked Josh Cummings’ 46-yard field goal attempt with no time on the clock to preserve Nebraska’s 7-6 victory over visiting Pittsburgh at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Ickes’ blocked field goal was the second field goal block of the day for the Huskers, joining freshman defensive end Zach Potter’s first-quarter block on Pitt’s opening drive. Cummings also missed a 49-yard field goal with 11:19 left in the game. Nebraska added a pair of missed field goals, but a stellar defensive effort by Nebraska’s Blackshirts and spectacular play from the Husker punt teams allowed NU to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Defensive ends Adam Carriker and Wali Muhammad powered a strong defensive effort that kept the opponent out of the end zone for the second straight week. Carriker finished with a team-high seven tackles, including four tackles for 26 yards lost and two sacks for 21 yards. Muhammad added three tackles with a pair of sacks.
The Huskers also received stellar strong special-teams play from Ray Guy Award nominee Sam Koch. The senior boomed an 84-yard punt, the second-longest in school history, in the third quarter. The kick flipped the field on the Panthers, burying them inside their own 10.