Tanner Lee is sacked in overtime.

North­western 31
Nebraska 24

Nov. 4, 2017 • 2:40 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • BTN
1st2nd3rd4thOT F 
1st quarter
NW: Jackson 17 run (Kuhbander kick) 9:36
NU: Reimers 22 pass from Lee (Brown kick) 0:33 Video
2nd quarter
NW: Larkin 24 run (Kuhbander kick) 9:06
NU: Stoll 32 pass from Lee (Brown kick) 8:21 Video
NW: Kuhbander 24 field goal, 1:12
3rd quarter
NU: Newby 49 interception return (Brown kick) 14:08 Video
NU: Brown 23 field goal, 3:04
4th quarter
NW: Thorson 7 run (Kuhbander kick) 5:32
NW: Thorson 1 run (Kuhbander kick)

                            NW      NEB
FIRST DOWNS................ 26       21
  Rushing.................. 14        7
  Passing................... 9       12
  Penalty................... 3        2
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)..... 45-232   31-112
PASSING YDS (NET)......... 243      225
Passes Att-Comp-Int... 35-19-2  38-21-3
TOTAL OFFENSE ......... 80-475   69-337
Fumble Returns-Yds........ 0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yds.......... 0-0      1-6
Kickoff Returns-Yds...... 1-36    5-102
Int. Returns-Yards....... 3-23     2-81
Punts (Number-Avg)..... 4-37.2   5-39.8
Fumbles-Lost.............. 0-0      0-0
Penalties-Yards.......... 6-65     7-68
Possession Time......... 28:20    31:40
Third-Down Conv. ..... 1 of 11  5 of 15
Fourth-Down Conv. ..... 3 of 4   2 of 3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances... 4-4      1-2
Sacks By: Number-Yards... 1-10      0-0

NW: Jackson 31-154; Larkin 10-69; Thorson 4-9.

NU: Ozigbo 23-72; Spielman 2-45; Pierson-El 1-7; Wilbon 1-2; Lindsey 2-minus 6; Lee 2-minus 8.

NW: Thorson 19-35-2-243
NU: Lee 21-38-3-225.

NW: Wilson 5-107; Skowronek 4-49; Dickerson 3-25; Nagel 2-24; Jackson 2-22; Larkin 2-12; Lees, Riley 1-4.

NU: Morgan 4-38; Pierson-El 4-34; Spielman 3-48; Stoll 3-41; Ozigbo 2-18; Wilbon 2-8; Reimers 1-22; Lindsey 1-8; Hoppes 1-8.

Attendance: 89,721

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Stats & recap
Complete Stats

Cats Nip Huskers in OT: Tanner Lee’s pass across the middle on 4th-and-12 in overtime was deflected by Northwestern safety Kyle Queiro to give the visiting Wildcats their third consecutive overtime win with a 31-24 victory over Nebraska.

The Huskers led 24-17 after three quarters, but Clayton Thorson’s seven-yard touchdown run with 5:32 left in regulation capped a 13-play, 84-yard drive that tied the score at 24.

Both teams had a chance to win in regulation, with Nebraska moving more than 50 yards on the ensuing drive before stalling near the Northwestern 40. Thorson and the Wildcats moved near the Nebraska 40, but his Hail Mary pass was batted out of the back of the North end zone as time expired.

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Natl. & opponent sources
2017 schedule
04/15Reds 55, Whites 7
09/02Arkansas St.W 43-36
09/09@ OregonL 35-42
09/16N. IllinoisL 17-21
09/23RutgersW 27-17
09/29@ IllinoisW 28-6
10/07WisconsinL 17-38
10/14Ohio St.L 14-56
10/28@ PurdueW 25-24
11/04NorthwesternL 24-31
11/11@ MinnesotaL 21-54
11/18@ Penn St.L 44-56
11/24IowaL 14-56
Pregame links & info
Jack Stoll TD catch



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Daily Nebraskan

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Omaha World-Herald

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Land of 10

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Lincoln Journal Star

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Omaha World-Herald

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