Ross Dzuis sacks Clayton Thorson for a four-yard loss and a safety.

Northwestern 30
Nebraska 28

Oct. 24, 2015 - 11 a.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE | ESPN2
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Northwestern 7 10 3 10 30
Nebraska 5 7 7 9 28
1st quarter
NEB: Brown 43 field goal, 10:26
NWN: Thorson 1 run (Mitchell kick) 8:45
NEB: Safety, Thorson sacked in end zone, 5:19
2nd quarter
NWN: VanHoose 72 interception return (Mitchell kick) 7:17
NEB: Reilly 10 pass from Armstrong (Brown kick) 1:07
NWN: Mitchell 28 field goal, 0:00
3rd quarter
NEB: Armstrong 4 run (Brown kick) 8:59
NWN: Mitchell 18 field goal, 5:18
4th quarter
NEB: Brown 48 field goal, 14:55
NWN: Vitale 37 pass from Thorson (Mitchell kick) 9:53
NWN: Mitchell 27 field goal, 7:27
NEB: Armstrong 3 run (pass failed) 4:23
 
                             NWN      NEB
FIRST DOWNS.................. 15       22
  Rushing..................... 5        6
  Passing..................... 8       13
  Penalty..................... 2        3
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)....... 28-156    38-82
PASSING YDS (NET)........... 177      291
  Att-Comp-Int.......... 28-13-0  48-24-1
TOTAL OFFENSE ........... 56-333   86-373
Fumble Returns-Yards........ 0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards......... 2-27     1--1
Kickoff Returns-Yards..... 5-120     3-38
Int. Returns-Yards ........ 1-72      0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)....... 5-38.4   6-50.7
Fumbles-Lost................ 0-0      0-0
Penalties-Yards............ 5-58     6-64
Possession Time........... 21:02    38:58
Third-Down Conv. ....... 5 of 13  9 of 20
Fourth-Down Conv. ....... 0 of 0   1 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances..... 4-5      3-3
Sacks By: Number-Yards..... 2-18     2-13

RUSHING
NWN: Thorson 9-126; Jackson 14-40; Vault, 2-2; TEAM 3-minus 12

NEB: Newby 16-52; Cross 7-14; Armstrong 12-13; Janovich 2-4; Pierson-El 1-minus 1

PASSING
NWN: Thorson, C. 13-28-0-177
NEB: Armstrong 24-48-1-291

RECEIVING
NWN: Vitale 5-55; Jackson 2-55; Vault, 2-12; McHugh 1-22; Carr 1-15; Dickerson 1-14; Roberts 1-4

NEB: Westerkamp 5-92; Pierson-El 5-31; Reilly 4-83; Newby 3-18; Carter 2-17; Turner 1-20; Hovey 1-15; Moore 1-7; Morgan 1-6; Cross 1-2

Attendance: 89,493

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Huskers Nipped by Cats: In a another game that went down to the wire, Nebraska watched a two-point conversion attempt bound incomplete with 4:23 left, allowing Northwestern to escape from Memorial Stadium with a 30-28 win.

The incompletion left the game in the hands of the Blackshirts, but the Wildcats were able to run out the remainder of the game clock. Nebraska’s best chance to force a Northwestern punt came on 3rd-and-3 at the Wildcat 32, but Clayton Thorson hit Justin Jackson on a short pass that Jackson turned into a 28-yard completion to the Nebraska 40.

Tommy Armstrong struggled through the air in the first half, including a pick-six interception, but finished 24-of-49 for 291 yards. Nebraska managed just 82 rushing yards on 38 carries.

It was Nebraska’s fifth loss of the season, all by five or fewer points.

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04/11 Whites 15, Reds 24
09/05 BYU L 28-33
09/12 South Alabama W 48-9
09/19 @ Miami L 33-36
09/26 S. Miss W 36-28
10/03 @ Illinois L 13-14
10/10 Wisconsin L 21-23
10/17 @ Minnesota W 48-25
10/24 Northwestern L 28-30
10/31 @ Purdue L 45-55
11/07 Michigan St. W 39-38
11/14 @ Rutgers W 31-14
11/27 Iowa L 20-28
12/26 UCLA W 37-29
Receiver Brandon Reilly battles for the ball.

Commentary

Stryker

It will take focused effort to extricate the Huskers from this bog and it will not happen overnight because simply put, Nebraska is not a physical team.

HuskerMax
Hamar

People like to harp on play calling, but there’s not much a coach can do when the running game isn’t working and the receivers are dropping passes.

Grand Island Independent
Dixon

Nebraska is nothing more than what its record would indicate: a 3-5 team that’s lost its ability to win a close game.

Daily Nebraskan
Shatel

I was fooled last week in Minne­apolis. That “new” Nebraska team was a one-week wonder.

Omaha World-Herald
Vogel

If Nebraska doesn’t beat Purdue on the road next week, there’s a real chance it will finish last in its division ... a fate even the 2004 and 2007 teams avoided.

Hail Varsity
Sipple

One of the program’s biggest challenges at the moment is to avoid feeling anything close to OK about being 3-5.

Lincoln Journal Star
Callahan

After eight games, the reality has sunk in that this is not a very good football team.

HuskerOnline
Dienhart

Forty-eight passes! Remember when the Huskers used to run the ball, then run it again, and again, and again?

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