Adrian Martinez eludes Colorado linebacker Davion Taylor.Adrian Martinez eludes Davion Taylor.

Colorado 33
Nebraska 28

Sept. 8, 2018 • 2:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • ABC
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First quarter
CU: MacIntyre 3 pass from Montez (Stefanou kick) 9:00
CU: Shenault 3 run (Stefanou kick) 6:47
NU: Martinez 41 run (Pickering kick) 3:47 
Second quarter
NU: Ozigbo 8 run (Pickering kick) 10:15
NU: Martinez 3 run (Pickering kick) 2:24
CU: Stefanou 40 field goal, 0:28
Third quarter
CU: Stefanou 35 field goal, 10:59
NU: Spielman 57 pass from Martinez (Pickering kick), 5:35
CU: MacIntyre 8 pass from Montez (Stefanou kick) 1:24
Fourth quarter
CU: Shenault 40 pass from Montez (pass failed) 1:06

                            COLO      NEB
FIRST DOWNS................   26       25
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)........ 35-44   54-329
PASSING YDS (NET)........... 351      236
  Att-Comp-Int.......... 50-33-0  29-19-1
TOTAL OFFENSE............ 85-395   83-565
Fumble Returns-Yards........ 0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards......... 2-10     3--2
Kickoff Returns-Yards...... 2-51     3-45
Int. Returns-Yards......... 1-22      0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)....... 5-43.4   3-42.7
Fumbles-Lost................ 0-0      3-2
Penalties-Yards............ 8-46    11-95
Possession Time........... 30:15    29:45
Third-Down Conv. ....... 6 of 18  5 of 13
Fourth-Down Conv. ....... 2 of 3   0 of 3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances..... 4-5      2-3
Sacks By: Number-Yards..... 2-12     7-43

CU: Evans, Kyle 12-25; McMillian, Trav 8-25; Shenault, Lavis 2-5; Nixon, K.D. 2-minus 4; Montez, Steven 11-minus 7. 

NU: Adrian Martinez 15-117; Greg Bell 13-104; Devine Ozigbo 14-60; M. Washington 8-34; Tyjon Lindsey 2-9; JD Spielman 1-4; Andrew Bunch 1-1.

CU: Montez, Steven 33-50-0-351.
NU: Adrian Martinez 15-20-1-187; Andrew Bunch 4-9-0-49.

CU: Shenault, Lavis 10-177; MacIntyre, Jay 8-45; Winfree, Juwann 5-48; Nixon, K.D. 5-39; Brown, Tony 2-28; McMillian, Trav 2-5; Evans, Kyle 1-9. 

NU: Stanley Morgan 5-75; JD Spielman 3-67; Mike Williams 3-40; Devine Ozigbo 2-17; M. Washington 2-16; Greg Bell 2-3; Kurt Rafdal 1-14; Jack Stoll 1-4.

Attendance: 89,853

Khalil Davis sack
Khalil Davis sacks Colorado QB Steven Montez.


Stats & Recap
Complete Stats

Huskers miss chances against Buffs: Steven Montez’s touchdown pass with 1:06 remaining gave Colorado a 33-28 win over Nebraska, spoiling the debut of Husker head coach Scott Frost.

The Huskers, who overcame an early 14-0 deficit, led 28-27 before Montez drove CU 77 yards for the winning score. A personal foul on NU on 3rd-and-24 kept the drive alive before Montez hit Laviska Shenault on a 40-yard strike for the winning score.

The Huskers, who were hurt by 11 penalties and three turnovers, still had an opportunity as backup quarterback Andrew Bunch drove NU to the Colorado 21 in the final minute but were unable to score in the final seconds.

Nebraska put up 565 total yards, including 329 rushing, as quarterback Adrian Martinez (117) and Greg Bell (104) both reached the century mark, the first time NU had two 100-yard rushers since 2014. Martinez added 187 yards on 15-of-20 passing in his collegiate debut before leaving the game with an injury.

The Blackshirts held CU to just 44 rushing yards while recording seven sacks – the most by the Nebraska defense in five seasons. But Montez answered with 351 yards on 33-of-50 passing with three scores, two touchdown passes to Jay MacIntyre and the game-winner to Shenault, who had 177 receiving yards.

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Practice reports
2018 schedule
04/21Reds 49, Whites 9
09/08ColoradoL 28-33
09/15TroyL 19-24
09/22@ MichiganL 10-56
09/29PurdueL 28-42
10/06@ WisconsinL 24-41
10/13@ NorthwesternL 31-34
10/20MinnesotaW 53-28
10/27Bethune-CookmanW 45-9
11/03@ Ohio St.L 31-36
11/10IllinoisW 54-35
11/17Michigan St.W 9-6
11/23@ IowaL 28-31
Pregame links & info
Kurt Rafdal reception



This, the first team of the Frost era, will not be defined by how it started, but how it finishes.


Frost’s debut didn’t feel like nostalgia at all. It felt like a glimpse of the future.

Omaha World-Herald

If you didn’t believe it before, you can now. This is not some remodel show on HGTV where the house gets flipped in an hour.

Omaha World-Herald

You could see the difference in the Husker defense. Seven sacks after having just 14 all of last season is a good indication of that.

Grand Island Independent

Move over, Kordell Stewart and Darian Hagan. Make room for another CU legend. Montez defeated the team that Buffs love to hate most.

Denver Post

Nebraska didn't roll over. That's progress.

Lincoln Journal Star

The biggest difference between Nebraska and the Buffs on Saturday was that Montez was the best player on the field.

Boulder Camera

All of the things people came into the season expecting –– better play and growing pains, fun and occasional frustration, promise and a test of patience –– was there simultaneously.

Hail Varsity

It was all there for them. The Huskers needed that one big play on offense or defense to finish off Colorado, but they came up short.


The penalties were a serious problem. Nebraska had 11 of them, and I counted six on special teams, which often buried the Huskers on their own side of the field to start drives.


Despite the disappointing result, this isn’t the same team we last saw when Iowa trampled Nebraska here last November.


The Huskers showed signs of what Frost wants his team to look like, but self-inflicted errors cost them a chance to make an early statement on a national stage.

Daily Nebraskan
Husker Mike

Nebraska football isn’t back. But it is at least fun to watch now.

Corn Nation

This is still a work in progress. Colorado spoiled the opening party, but the honeymoon isn't over yet.

Sporting News
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