Colorado fans storm the field after the Buffaloes' overtime victory.

Colorado 34
Nebraska 31

Sept. 7, 2019 • 2:30 p.m. Central
Folsom Field •Boulder, CO • FOX
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Maurice Washington races 75 yards for a fourth-quarter TD.
First quarter
NU: Spielman 65 pass from Martinez (Armstrong kick) 6:02
Second quarter
NU: Martinez 5 run (Armstrong kick) 6:37
NU: Armstrong 26 field goal, 2:47
Third quarter
CU: Mangham 11 run (Stefanou kick) 1:42
Fourth quarter
CU: Nixon 96 pass from Montez (Stefanou kick) 14:22
NU: Washington 75 pass from Martinez (Armstrong kick) 14:09
CU: Mangham 7 run (Stefanou kick) 12:19
CU: Stefanou 20 field goal, 8:30
NU: Martinez 6 run (Armstrong kick) 5:49
CU: Brown 26 pass from Montez (Stefanou kick) 0:46
CU: Stefanou 34 field goal

                            NEB     COLO
FIRST DOWNS................. 19       22
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)...... 46-179    37-89
PASSING YDS (NET).......... 290      375
Passes Att-Comp-Int.... 26-16-1  41-28-1
TOTAL OFFENSE .......... 72-469   78-464
Fumble Returns-Yards....... 0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards......... 0-0      1-4
Kickoff Returns-Yards...... 0-0     1-54
Int. Returns-Yards......... 1-1      1-0
Punts (Number-Avg)...... 5-46.2   6-45.2
Fumbles-Lost............... 3-2      2-1
Penalties-Yards........... 7-65     9-65
Possession Time.......... 29:24    30:36
Third-Down Conv. ...... 5 of 15  6 of 17
Fourth-Down Conv. ...... 1 of 1   2 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.... 3-3      4-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards.... 3-25     6-33
NU: Maurice Washington 15-77; Adrian Martinez 19-66; Dedrick Mills 8-24; Wan'Dale Robinson 2-9; JD Spielman 1-8; TEAM 1-minus 5.

CU: Mangham, Jaren 11-44; Fontenot, Alex 10-42; Jackson, Jaylon 1-14; Stanley, Dimitr 1-8; Shenault, Lavis 3-6; TEAM 1-minus 1; Nixon, K.D. 1-minus 3; Brown, Tony 1-minus 4; Montez, Steven 8-minus 17.
NU: Adrian Martinez 16-26-1-290.
CU: Montez, Steven 28-41-1-375.
NU: JD Spielman 5-112; Maurice Washington 4-118; Wan'Dale Robinson 3-35; Dedrick Mills 2-21; Jack Stoll 2-4.

CU: Nixon, K.D. 6-148; Brown, Tony 5-60; Shenault, Lavis 5-31; Russell, Brady 4-31; Fontenot, Alex 4-20; Stanley, Dimitr 2-17; Jackson, Jaylon 1-57; Mangham, Jaren 1-11.

Attendance: 52,829



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Huskers fall in overtime

In a game dominated by the Nebraska defense for nearly three quarters, Colorado’s offense erupted for 31 points in the final 17 minutes of regulation to force overtime before the Buffaloes hit a 34-yard field goal on the opening possession of OT to claim a 34-31 win at Folsom Field.

Nebraska won the overtime coin flip and elected to defend. The Blackshirts came through by holding the Buffaloes to a James Stefanou field goal to give Colorado its only lead.

The Huskers were shut down on first and second down in overtime before a third-down sack of Adrian Martinez put Nebraska at 4th-and-16 from the CU 31. Nebraska elected to try a 48-yard game-tying field goal with Isaac Armstrong, who earlier in the game kicked his first career field goal. Armstrong, Nebraska’s starting punter, was making his first career collegiate appearance at placekicker as a replacement for the injured Barret Pickering.

Armstrong’s attempt was short and right, and Colorado escaped with the win. Prior to that kick, Armstrong was outstanding during regulation, going a perfect 4-for-4 on PAT kicks. His 26-yard field goal with 2:47 left in the second quarter staked Nebraska to a 17-0 halftime lead. Armstrong also boomed five punts for an average of 46.2 yards.

Nebraska completely controlled the first half in front of nearly 53,000 fans – well over half of whom were covered in Husker red – building a 17-point lead while out-gaining Colorado 266-84.

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Pregame links & info
2019 schedule
04/13Reds 24, Whites 13
08/31S. AlabamaW 35-21
09/07@ ColoradoL 31-34
09/14N. IllinoisW 44-8
09/21@ IllinoisW 42-38
09/28Ohio St.L 7-48
10/05NorthwesternW 13-10
10/12@ MinnesotaL 7-34
10/26IndianaL 31-38
11/02@ PurdueL 27-31
11/16WisconsinL 21-37
11/23@ MarylandW 54-7
11/29IowaL 24-27
JD Spielman



A crisis of confidence permeates Nebraska football right now, and Frost and Martinez are right in the middle of it.


The Husker defense was brilliant in the first half ... but man, did all that good stuff disappear in a hurry.


Nebraska needs to learn how to finish. That might mean the running game grows up fast or a short passing game that eats up clock.

Omaha World-Herald

Let's call this what it is — a colossal missed opportunity for Nebraska to take a giant step forward.

Lincoln Journal Star

When Nebraska's offense punted four straight times to start the second half, the defense lost a step.


The Colorado halftime adjustment were met with little from the Huskers.

Hail Varsity

The coach did not have a good day. His play-calling was in question. So was his game management. Frost will hear it all week. The gloves around Nebraska will come off.

Omaha World-Herald

The Big Red Whiners huffed and puffed, but couldn’t blow down CU.

Denver Post

This Buffs team feels like it has a different swagger about them. And that starts with Tucker.

Boulder Daily Camera

The Cornhuskers dominated early, but wilted late. Altitude and attitude would doom Nebraska.

Colorado Springs Gazette

It feels like Nebraska doesn’t have a killer instinct and hasn’t had one in a while.


The next few weeks will be very telling for the narrative of year two of the Scott Frost era.

Daily Nebraskan
Husker Mike

We keep seeing flashes that tell us this program is improving, but there are still too many holes in the lineup.

Corn Nation
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