North­western 34
Nebraska 31

Oct. 13, 2018 • 11 a.m. Central
Ryan Field •Evanston, IL • ABC
1st2nd3rd4thOT F 
First quarter
NU: Spielman 42 pass from Martinez (Pickering kick) 13:32
Second quarter
NW: Nagel 21 pass from Thorson (Luckenbaugh kick) 7:41
NW: Brown 10 fumble return (Luckenbaugh kick) 3:01
NU: Ozigbo 12 run (Pickering kick failed) 0:42
Third quarter
NU: Ozigbo 1 run (Pickering kick) 7:07
Fourth quarter
NU: Washington 3 run (Martinez run) 13:40
NW: Flynn 61 pass from Thorson (Luckenbaugh kick) 12:31
NU: Pickering 34 field goal, 5:41
NW: Luckenbaugh 31 field goal, 2:27
NW: Jefferson 5 pass from Thorson (Luckenbaugh kick) 0:12
NW: Luckenbaugh 36 field goal
                            NEB       NW
FIRST DOWNS................. 24       30
  Rushing................... 15        4
  Passing.................... 9       21
  Penalty.................... 0        5
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)...... 47-231    23-32
PASSING YDS (NET).......... 251      455
  Att-Comp-Int......... 35-25-2  65-41-2
TOTAL OFFENSE .......... 82-482   88-487
Fumble Returns-Yards....... 0-0     1-10
Punt Returns-Yards........ 1-19      0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards..... 4-57     1-20
Int. Returns-Yards........ 2-14      2-0
Punts (Number-Avg)...... 5-45.8   5-39.4
Fumbles-Lost............... 3-1      0-0
Penalties-Yards........... 9-89      1-5
Possession Time.......... 30:07    29:53
Third-Down Conv. ...... 7 of 16  8 of 18
Fourth-Down Conv. ...... 0 of 1   2 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.... 4-5      3-3
Sacks By: Number-Yards.... 2-13      1-7
RUSHING: Nebraska-Devine Ozigbo 22-159; Adrian Martinez 13-37; M.Washington 9-32; JD Spielman 2-8; TEAM 1-minus 5. Northwestern-Moten IV, John 7-23; Vault, Solomon 12-16; Thorson, C. 4-minus 7.
PASSING: Nebraska-Adrian Martinez 25-35-2-251. Northwestern-Thorson, C. 41-64-2-455; TEAM 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING: Nebraska-JD Spielman 8-76; Devine Ozigbo 4-33; Mike Williams 3-41; Jack Stoll 3-40; Stanley Morgan 2-31; M. Washington 2-12; Kade Warner 2-11; Bryan Reimers 1-7. Northwestern-Nagel, Flynn 12-220; Skowronek, B. 6-73; Jefferson, JJ 4-40; Green, Cameron 4-21; Vault, Solomon 4-3; Moten IV, John 3-14; Lees, Riley 2-23; Chiaokhiao 2-20; Hanaoka, Chad 1-14; Holman, B. 1-11; McGowan, Kyric 1-9; Fessler, C. 1-7.

Attendance: 47,330

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Stats & recap
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Huskers lose overtime heartbreaker: Nebraska led by 14 points in the fourth quarter at Northwestern but surrendered a 99-yard game-tying drive and fell in overtime, 34-31.

Nebraska got the ball first in overtime, but a bad snap on fourth-and-1 led to an interception in the end zone on a desperation pass by Adrian Martinez. Three plays later, got the win on a 37-yard field goal.

Devine Ozigbo had 159 yards rushing and 33 yards receiving for the Huskers, who were nearly even with the Wildcats in total yards (482-487) but were penalized nine times for 89 yards, while Northwestern was flagged just once, for five yards. A roughing-the-passer penalty in the end zone jump-started the Wildcat drive that sent the game into OT.

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Postgame notes

• Nebraska lost to Northwestern in overtime for the second consecutive season. The Huskers fell to 8-5 all-time in overtime games and have lost four straight overtime contests dating back to a win at Iowa in 2014.

• Nebraska fell to 8-5 all-time against Northwestern and dropped to 4-2 all-time in Evanston. The loss snapped the Huskers’ four-game win streak at Ryan Field.

• Senior running back Devine Ozigbo rushed 22 times for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Ozigbo topped 100 rushing yards for the second time this season, also including a career-high 170 yards against Purdue. It marked Ozigbo’s second two-touchdown game of the 2018 season (Purdue) and his third career game with two rushing touchdowns.

• Sophomore receiver JD Spielman caught eight passes for 76 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown on the game’s opening drive. Spielman’s touchdown was his sixth receiving touchdown of the 2018 season.

• Spielman’s 42-yard touchdown catch was his eighth reception of at least 20 yards in 2018, with five of those going for touchdowns. He has eight career plays of 40 yards or more.

• Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez completed 25-of-35 passes for 251 yards and one touchdown. Martinez surpassed 1,000 passing yards in 2018, making him just the second freshman in Nebraska history to pass for 1,000 yards, joining Taylor Martinez (2010).

• Martinez also rushed 13 times for 37 yards, and accounted for 286 yards of total offense in the game.

• Senior linebacker Luke Gifford had a career-high four tackles for loss, increasing his team-leading season total to 10 TFLs.

• Nebraska senior receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. caught two passes for 31 yards. Today marked Morgan’s 32nd consecutive game with at least one reception.

• Freshman running back Maurice Washington scored his first career touchdown with a three-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

• Junior receiver Mike Williams tied his career high with three receptions and had a career-high 41 receiving yards.

• Senior safety Antonio Reed recorded his second career interception in the third quarter. His other interception came against Rutgers in 2017.

• Senior safety Aaron Williams had a 12 tackles in today’s game, tying his career high (also had 12 tackles vs. Oregon in 2017). It was the third double-figure tackle game of Williams’ career.

• Nebraska’s 15-play, 97-yard drive that consumed 5:43 in the third quarter was its longest drive of the season in terms of yards, plays and times.

• Nebraska recorded two sacks in the game, pushing its season total to 15. Nebraska has surpassed last year’s team total of 14 sacks in 12 games.

Source: Nebraska Athletics

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
Devine Ozigbo rushed for 159 yards.



The way the players default to their learned self-destructive behavior under stress is truly astounding.


Nebraska's defense put a sour smell on what could have been a solid day with the last drive of regulation.


We long ago passed the point where Husker fans laugh to keep from crying.

Omaha World-Herald

It’s not because this team doesn’t have the talent or ability to compete, because they do. They simply don’t know how to win a football game.

Daily Nebraskan

Nebraska had an offensive, defensive and special teams penalty in the game's first 2 minutes on Saturday. That set the tone for another bad day.


This one hurt maybe even more because it was right there for the taking. Make one more play and it’s over.

Grand Island Independent

The Huskers’ two fourth-and-1s were ... a reflection of how nobody saw 0-6 coming and nobody’s quite sure how or when the turnaround begins.

Hail Varsity

I hesitate to say Nebraska deserved this win. It once again made too many mistakes.

Lincoln Journal STar

Northwestern made plays when it mattered. ... Nebraska didn’t, and there were plenty of chances.

Hail Varsity

What can go wrong probably will. At this point, you wonder if Frost is making decisions with that in the back of his head.

Omaha World-Herald
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