Juwaun Johnson scores on NIU’s second pick-six.

N. Illinois 21
Nebraska 17

Sep. 16, 2017 - 11 a.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE | FS1
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
N. Illinois 14 0 0 7 21
Nebraska 0 0 10 7 17
1st quarter
NIU: Lurry 87 interception return (Hagan kick) 11:24 Video
NIU: Johnson 25 interception return (Hagan kick) 1:13 Video
3rd quarter
NEB: Lee 4 run (Brown kick) 8:05 Video
NEB: Brown 36 field goal, 0:15
4th quarter
NEB: Lee 1 run (Brown kick) 11:14 Video
NIU: Huff 2 run (Hagan kick) 8:52
                             NIU      NEB
FIRST DOWNS ................. 13       18
  Rushing .................... 7        6 
  Passing .................... 5       12 
  Penalty .................... 1        0
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) ....... 31-85    36-85
PASSING YDS (NET) .......... 128      299
  Att-Comp-Int ......... 23-15-0  47-25-3
TOTAL OFFENSE ........... 54-213   83-384
Fumble Returns-Yards ....... 0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards ....... 2--10     5-13
Kickoff Returns-Yards ..... 1-25     3-91
Int. Returns-Yards ....... 3-121      0-0
Punts (Number-Avg) ...... 8-46.4   6-47.3
Fumbles-Lost ............... 3-1      2-0
Penalties-Yards ............3-25     5-48
Possession Time .......... 23:27    36:17
Third-Down Conv. ....... 3 of 13  6 of 19
Fourth-Down Conv. ....... 0 of 0   2 of 4

NIU: Huff 16-105; Childers 2-10; Jones 1-3; Blake 1-minus 1; Santacaterina 7-minus 9; TEAM 4-minus 23

NEB: Wilbon 24-90; Ozigbo 2-8; McNitt 1-4; Spielman 2-1; Lee 7-minus 18

NIU: Santacaterina 15-22-0-128; Blake 0-1-0-0
NEB: Lee 25-47-3-299

NIU: Blake 5-77; Wesley 3-29; Brown 3-18; Tears 2-minus 3; Huff 1-6; Jones 1-1
NEB: Pierson-El 8-101; Morgan 6-94; Spielman 3-52; Wilbon 3-14; Lindsey 2-18; Hoppes 2-17; Reimers 1-3.

Attendance: 89,664

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Huskies Upend Huskers: Nebraska put up 171 more yards of total offense than Northern Illinois, but the Huskies used three interceptions including a pair of first-quarter pick sixes to defeat the Huskers, 21-17.

Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee completed 25 of 47 passes for 299 yards, but he threw three interceptions and was sacked three times. Nebraska trailed 14-0 after one quarter, despite outgaining NIU, 115-32 in the period, while running 22 plays compared to just 10 for the Huskies.

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Khalil Davis makes a stop.



One quarter into the 2017 season, the Huskers are flirting with a Pederson/ Callahan/ Keller disaster.

Omaha World-Herald

The entire Husker offensive line’s performance could be graded with red ink all over the paper.

Huskers Illustrated
Husker Dan

This season could get ugly. Real ugly.


Riley ... is having a hard enough time winning without his own boss generating five days of needless distraction before a game.

Omaha World-Herald

This is Nebraska football as we know it in 2017. What happened can no longer be surprising. And that’s the biggest punch in the gut.

Omaha World-Herald

Losing to Northern Illinois at home is a terrible look for this program, but this isn’t a death sentence for the season.

Daily Nebraskan

Saturday was really the first time the Riley era reminded me of late-period Pelini.

Hail Varsity

So, three weeks in and there have been zero questions answered.

Hail Varsity

It was a game that just sucked the life out of Husker fans, and left them wondering why this thing is not looking like it’s supposed to.


It was a major step back for the offensive line as a whole.


As for maintaining a strong sense of optimism for where Riley’s program is headed, well, good luck with that.

Lincoln Journal Star

This is a proud college football blueblood suffering from a serious deficiency in the very core of its program – the offensive line.


The final analysis is a long ways off, but where the Huskers are right now is a very dark, very lonely place.

Land of 10

There were dropped passes. There were missed receivers. There were penalties that put the Huskers in bad positions. Kind of the same old story.

Grand Island Independent
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