Nebraska 42
Illinois 38

Sept. 21, 2019 • 7 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Champaign, IL • BTN
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First quarter
ILL: Corbin 66 run (McCourt kick) 14:12
ILL: Imatorbhebhe 26 pass from Peters (McCourt kick) 8:12
NEB: Stoll 6 pass from Martinez (McCallum kick) 5:07
Second quarter
ILL: Bonner 2 run (McCourt kick) 13:46
NEB: Robinson 27 pass from Martinez (McCallum kick) 8:20
Third quarter
ILL: Brown 36 run (McCourt kick) 11:16
NEB: Robinson 3 pass from Martinez (McCallum kick) 9:41
ILL: Peters 10 run (McCourt kick) 5:40
NEB: Mills 14 run (McCallum kick blocked) 2:11
Fourth quarter
NEB: Mills 2 run (Martinez run) 14:29
ILL: McCourt 47 field goal, 12:08
NEB: Robinson 1 run (McCallum kick) 8:00

                            NEB      ILL
FIRST DOWNS................. 32       14
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)...... 64-346   38-221
PASSING YDS (NET).......... 328       78
  Att-Comp-Int......... 34-22-0   24-9-1
TOTAL OFFENSE .......... 98-674   62-299
Fumble Returns-Yards....... 0-0     2-10
Punt Returns-Yards........ 2--3      1-5
Kickoff Returns-Yards..... 1-18    6-158
Int. Returns-Yards......... 1-9      0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)...... 4-46.5   8-45.9
Fumbles-Lost............... 5-4      1-0
Penalties-Yards.......... 10-70     4-30
Possession Time.......... 37:04    22:56
Third-Down Conv. ..... 11 of 19  1 of 12
Fourth-Down Conv. ...... 1 of 2   0 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.... 5-7      2-2
Sacks By: Number-Yards.... 2-14      2-7

NEB: Adrian Martinez 18-118; Maurice Washington 10-89; Wan'Dale Robinson 19-89; Dedrick Mills 12-45; Wyatt Mazour 2-16; TEAM 3-minus 11.

ILL: Reggie Corbin 20-134; Dre Brown 6-59; Jakari Norwood 1-16; RaVon Bonner 5-13; Brandon Peters 4-2; Isaiah Williams 2-minus 3.

NEB: Adrian Martinez 22-34-0-328.

ILL: Brandon Peters 9-22-1-78; Trenard Davis 0-1-0-0; Matt Robinson 0-1-0-0.

NEB: Wan'Dale Robinson 8-79; JD Spielman 7-160; Jack Stoll 3-45; Mike Williams 1-20; Wyatt Mazour 1-10; Dedrick Mills 1-9; Kanawai Noa 1-5.

ILL: Ricky Smalling 5-41; J. Imatorbhebhe 1-26; RaVon Bonner 1-8; Dre Brown 1-3; Trevon Sidney 1-0.

Attendance: 44,512

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Huskers storm back for win No. 900

Nebraska trailed by 14 points late in the third quarter, but the Huskers overcame a season-high four turnovers and a blocked extra point to snap an eight-game road losing streak with a 42-38 win in their Big Ten Conference opener at Illinois.

Nebraska, which improved to 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in the Big Ten, also became just the fifth football program in history to reach 900 all-time wins.

The Huskers dominated the yardage totals and time of possession, allowing Nebraska to outscore the Fighting Illini 15-3 in the final quarter.

The Cornhuskers put up 690 yards of total offense compared to 299 by Illinois. Leading the way was quarterback Adrian Martinez, who passed for 327 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 18 times for 188 yards.

Wan’Dale Robinson carried the ball 19 times for 89 yards and a touchdown and added 79 yards and another score on eight receptions. JD Spielman led all receivers with 149 yards on seven catches.

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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
Wan'Dale Robinson hangs on despite a big hit.



For the first time in ages, Nebraska wore down an opponent in the fourth quarter. The Illini defense was running on fumes at the end.


The quarterback finally found his rhythm in this game, and the credit has to go with the plays he made with his legs. This is the guy we expected back in the preseason.

Omaha World-Herald

There was plenty for Husker faithful to like on this night. But there was plenty to feel terrified about considering that Ohio State comes to Lincoln this coming week.

Lincoln Journal Star

Nebraska's defense rose up when it had to do so.


Everyone had been asking what’s wrong with the sophomore QB this season. Apparently nothing.

Grand Island Independent

Regardless of how bad things looked at times, this road trip leaves me with a very different feeling: Nebraska is a group of warriors.

Hail Varsity

Man, is it going to be fun to watch him [Wan'Dale Robinson] grow up. In a large way, we did on Saturday night. We saw this team grow a bunch.

Omaha World-Herald

Through four games, Nebraska’s made progress but still has several red flags.

Daily Nebraskan

This was a game a year ago NU would've lost. It was a game they lost earlier this year at Colorado.


Scott Frost might want to work on special teams before his guys host Ohio State next weekend.

Champaign News-Gazette
Husker Mike

Clean up those mistakes, and Nebraska has a fighting chance to make next Saturday night an awful lot of fun.

Corn Nation
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