Devine Ozigbo rushed for a career-high 170 yards.

Purdue 42
Nebraska 28

Sept. 29, 2018 • 2:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • BTN
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First quarter
NEB: Ozigbo 18 run (Pickering kick) 11:20
PUR: Knox 42 run (Evans kick) 7:57
PUR: Evans 31 field goal, 3:40
Second quarter
PUR: Blough 1 run (Evans kick) 12:51
PUR: Evans 25 field goal, 0:30
Third quarter
PUR: Hopkins 12 pass from Blough (Evans kick) 8:25
NEB: Spielman 21 pass from Martinez (Pickering kick) 6:18
PUR: Knox 6 run (Knox pass from Blough) 3:24
NEB: Spielman 21 pass from Martinez (Pickering kick) 2:32
Fourth quarter
PUR: Jones 6 run (Evans kick) 14:56 
NEB: Ozigbo 23 run (Pickering kick) 13:04

                            PUR      NEB
FIRST DOWNS................. 27       31
  Rushing................... 10       14
  Passing................... 11       16
  Penalty.................... 6        1
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)...... 37-188   39-259
PASSING YDS (NET).......... 328      323
  Att-Comp-Int......... 42-25-0  42-25-1
TOTAL OFFENSE .......... 79-516   81-582
Fumble Returns-Yards....... 0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards......... 1-6      1-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards..... 3-68     5-85
Int. Returns-Yards......... 1-7      0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)...... 7-41.3   5-40.2
Fumbles-Lost............... 0-0      1-0
Penalties-Yards.......... 10-75   11-136
Possession Time.......... 36:16    23:44
Third-Down Conv. ...... 7 of 16  4 of 12
Fourth-Down Conv. ...... 0 of 0   0 of 3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.... 6-6      1-1
Sacks By: Number-Yards.... 2-11      1-2

PUR: D.J. Knox 15-87; Markell Jones 14-59; David Blough 7-38; Rondale Moore 1-4.

NEB: Devine Ozigbo 17-170; Adrian Martinez 18-91; JD Spielman 1-3; Greg Bell 2-2; TEAM 1-minus 7.

PUR: David Blough 25-42-0-328.
NEB: Adrian Martinez 25-42-1-323.

PUR: Rondale Moore 8-85; Brycen Hopkins 5-103; Isaac Zico 3-71; Jared Sparks 3-14; Alexander Horvath 2-28; D.J. Knox 2-21; Jackson Anthrop 2-6.

NEB: JD Spielman 10-135; Stanley Morgan Jr. 4-69; Jack Stoll 4-51; Devine Ozigbo 2-28; Kade Warner 2-16; Jaron Woodyard 1-10; Kurt Rafdal 1-9; Greg Bell 1-5.

Attendance: 88,911

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Stats & recap
Complete Stats

Huskers fall to Boilermakers: Nebraska outyarded Purdue but came up short on the scoreboard as untimely penalties and other miscues haunted the Huskers on Homecoming Day.

Devine Ozigbo rushed for a career-high 170 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns and Adrian Martinez put up his first career 300-yard passing game. Nebraska was flagged 11 times for 136 yards in penalties.

Senior quarterback David Blough led Purdue, completing 25-of-42 passes for 328 yards and one touchdown. Wide receiver Brycen Hopkins led the Boilermakers with five catches for 103 yards, while Rondale Moore added eight receptions for 85 yards.

Nebraska drove 75 yards on the game’s opening possession and took a 7-0 lead, but the Huskers sputtered on offense and didn’t score again until the third quarter, when the Boilermakers had taken a 27-7 lead. After narrowing the deficit to 42-28, Martinez and the offense were unable to produce more points despite penetrating Purdue territory three times.

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Game notes
  • Nebraska sophomore receiver JD Spielman caught 10 passes for 135 yards (career highs are 11 catches & 200 yards, both against Ohio State in 2017) and a pair of 21-yard touchdown catches in the third quarter. It was the first multiple TD reception game of his career and gives him four TD catches this season and six in his career.
  • Spielman increased his career receiving yardage total to 1,082 yards. Spielman reached 1,000 receiving yards in his 15th career game, the fastest player to reach 1,000 yards receiving in NU history, bettering Johnny Rodgers who reached the mark in 16 games. Spielman is the 27th Husker overall to reach 1,000 career receiving yards.
  • Nebraska posted a season-high 582 yards of total offense. It’s the most yards Nebraska has had since Sept. 26, 2015 when it produced 610 yards of total offense against Southern Miss.
  • Today’s game marked Spielman’s third career 100-yard receiving game, adding to a school-record 200-yard receiving effort against Ohio State and 141 yards at Minnesota last season.
  • Nebraska senior running back Devine Ozigbo rushed 17 times for a career-high 170 yards and two touchdowns in the game, marking his fifth career 100-yard rushing game. Ozigbo had three 100-yard games in 2017, and one 100-yard game as a sophomore in 2016. His previous career rushing high was 112 yards against Wisconsin in 2017.
  • Ozigbo is the third different Husker with 100-yard rushing games this season, joining Adrian Martinez and Greg Bell who each topped the century mark against Colorado.
  • Nebraska senior receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. caught four passes for 69 yards in the game to increase his career receiving total to 2,012 yards. Morgan is the fifth Husker to reach 2,000 career receiving yards, joining Kenny Bell, Johnny Rodgers, Nate Swift and Jordan Westerkamp.
  • Morgan caught at least one pass for the 30th consecutive game, the fourth-longest streak in school history. Morgan has caught at least three passes in 16 straight games.
  • Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez completed 25-of-42 passes for 323 yards and two touchdowns, setting career highs in each of those categories. Martinez also rushed 18 times for 91 yards to account for a career-high 414 yards of total offense.
  • Nebraska scored on the opening drive of the game, marking the first time this season the Huskers have scored on its first possession. The Huskers’ five first downs matched its combined total of first downs on the opening drive of the first three games.
  • Redshirt freshman receiver Kade Warner earned his first career start in the game. It also marked Warner’s first career game played. He caught two passes for 16 yards.
  • Tight end Jack Stoll set career highs with four receptions for 51 yards.
  • Cornerback Dicaprio Bootle had a team-high three pass breakups, after registering five PBU last week at Michigan.
  • Nebraska’s loss ended a nine-game winning streak on Homecoming for Nebraska, and dropped the Huskers to 6-2 in Big Ten home openers.

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
JD Spielman scores in the third quarter.



For now, this is not a team that’s ready to play 60 minutes of consistent football. Not even close. And that bothers Frost to no end, which is one reason the state of Nebraska loves him.


Martinez looked like a true freshman at times with his throws, then would have a play that teased you with his potential.


That’s what’s eating Frost now, that he can’t prevent this stuff. Maybe he was naive, and maybe we all were, at thinking this could be cleaned up in a jiff.

Omaha World-Herald

We are experiencing the worst stretch of Husker football in modern-day program history. Nobody knows that more than Frost and nobody is taking it harder than him.


I get the feeling the vast majority of Husker fans proceed with patience. But I also know losing is a disease. The more it happens, the more some players get comfortable with it.

Lincoln Journal Star

Nebraska, right now, is quite bad at football math.

Hail Varsity

There were so many examples of the Huskers playing undisciplined football that it’s hard to know where to start.

Grand Island Independent

Purdue's football program has surpassed Nebraska's. Now it must stay there.

Lafayette Journal & Courier
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