Nebraska 27
Rutgers 17

Sept. 23, 2017 • 2:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • BTN
1st2nd3rd4th F 
1st quarter
RU: Edwards 2 run (Harte kick) 10:28
NU: Spielman 18 pass from Lee (Brown kick) 6:52 Video
2nd quarter
RU: Harte 33 field goal, 10:20
NU: Wilbon 4 run (Brown kick) 4:53 Video
3rd quarter
RU: Hester 33 interception return (Harte kick) 14:07 Video
NU: Pierson-El 8 pass from Lee (Brown kick) 2:49 Video
4th quarter
NU: Brown 32 field goal, 14:10
NU: Brown 27 field goal, 5:59

                          RU       NU
FIRST DOWNS.............. 12       21
  Rushing................. 4       11
  Passing................. 7        8
  Penalty................. 1        2
RUSHES-YARDS (NET).... 24-68   47-197
PASSING YDS (NET)....... 126      109
  Att-Comp-Int...... 29-15-2  26-13-2
TOTAL OFFENSE ....... 53-194   73-306
Fumble Returns-Yds...... 0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yds........ 0-0     3-56
Kickoff Returns-Yds.... 2-41     2-49
Int. Returns-Yds....... 2-33     2-16
Punts (#-Avg)........ 6-45.7   5-38.8
Fumbles-Lost............ 1-0      1-0
Penalties-Yards........ 4-35     6-46
Possession Time....... 24:39    35:21
Third-Down Conv. ... 3 of 12  8 of 17
Fourth-Down Conv. ... 0 of 1   0 of 0
Sacks By: #-Yds......... 0-0      0-0

RU: Edwards 15-58; Martin 5-14; Bolin 1-11; Lewis 1-2; Blackshear 1-1; TEAM 1-minus 18.
NU: Ozigbo 24-101; Wilbon 14-78; Bradley 6-16; Spielman 1-6; TEAM 2-minus 4.

RU: Bolin 15-29-2-126.
NU: Lee 13-26-2-109.

RU: Bailey 3-38; Hayek 3-32; Washington 3-27; Martin 2-minus 5; Mitchell 1-16; Griffin-Stewart 1-12; Harris 1-4; Edwards 1-2.
NU: Spielman 5-46; Pierson-El 3-22; Rahn 2-27; Hoppes 2-16; Wilbon 1-minus 2.

Attendance: 89,775

Devine Ozigbo eludes Trevor Morris
Devine Ozigbo eludes Trevor Morris.


Stats & Recap
Complete Stats

Huskers Lean on Running Game: Nebraska’s defense produced another strong effort, while the offense used a powerful ground game fueled by Devine Ozigbo and Mikale Wilbon to claim a 27-17 win over Rutgers.

Nebraska dominated the second half on both sides of the ball to score the game’s final 13 points after taking a 14-10 lead to the locker room at halftime. Despite Nebraska’s statistical dominance, Rutgers owned a 17-14 lead early in third quarter after Scarlet Knight defender Kiy Hester intercepted a Tanner Lee pass and raced 33 yards into the end zone for a touchdown just 53 seconds into the second half.

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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
Carlos Davis and Mick Stoltenberg with a stop.



There seemed no rhyme or reason with the Husker offense throughout the first half.

Huskers Illustrated

Any games the Huskers win from here on out are going to be close, tough, hard-fought contests. That’s just the reality of where this program is in 2017.

Grand Island Independent

Rutgers was competitive, even with all those young players on the field. That matters.

Newark Star-Ledger

It will be hard [for Rutgers] to win games in the Big Ten if it does not get more creative on offense.

Asbury Park Press

The beauty of that run game: It kept the ugly passing game from making it really ugly.

Omaha World-Herald

The coaching staff was forced by circumstances to improve its depth in the offensive line and defensive backfield, and that may be the best part of this otherwise forgettable game.


It’s important to have a quarterback that can make plays when the protection breaks down.

Daily Nebraskan

Langsdorf and Riley wisely called running plays on 20 of NU’s 22 final offensive plays.


My primary takeaway ... was just how remarkably fragile this offense remains.

Hail Varsity

We did see ample fight and resilience from the struggling Nebraska quarterback.

Lincoln Journal Star

Riley has effectively tied himself at the hip with his hand-picked quarterback.

Hail Varsity

Think about it: Nebraska played a four-quarter game with the worst team in the conference.

Hastings Tribune
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