Wan'Dale Robinson blocks on Luke McCaffrey's 47-yard run.

Ohio St. 52
Nebraska 17

Oct. 24, 2020 • 11 a.m. Central
Ohio Stadium •Columbus, OH • Fox
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First quarter
NEB: Martinez 10 run (Culp kick) 13:09
OSU: Teague 1 run (Haubeil kick) 8:04
OSU: Wilson 42 pass from Fields (Haubeil kick) 4:02
Second quarter
NEB: Mills 3 run (Culp kick) 8:24
OSU: Haubeil 34 field goal, 3:12
OSU: Teague 6 run (Haubeil kick) 1:10
Third quarter
OSU: Fields 17 run (Haubeil kick) 11:24
OSU: Banks 55 fumble return (Haubeil kick) 8:02
NEB: Culp 22 field goal, 3:56
Fourth quarter
OSU: Ruckert 6 pass from Fields (Haubeil kick) 9:58
OSU: Miller 2 run (Haubeil kick) 0:18

                             NEB      OSU
FIRST DOWNS.................. 17       28
  Rushing.................... 11       13
  Passing..................... 6       12
  Penalty..................... 0        3
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)....... 36-210   48-215
PASSING YDS (NET)........... 160      276
Passes Att-Comp-Int..... 20-16-0  21-20-0
TOTAL OFFENSE ........... 56-370   69-491
Fumble Returns-Yards........ 1-0     1-55
Punt Returns-Yards.......... 0-0     2-23
Kickoff Returns-Yards...... 3-54     2-14
Int. Returns-Yards.......... 0-0      0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)....... 5-44.6   2-49.0
Fumbles-Lost................ 3-2      2-1
Penalties-Yards............ 8-90     3-14
Possession Time........... 26:46    33:14
Third-Down Conv. ....... 4 of 10  8 of 13
Fourth-Down Conv. ....... 0 of 0   2 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances..... 3-3      6-6
Sacks By: Number-Yards..... 3-21     3-10
NEB: Martinez, A. 13-85; McCaffrey, Luke 9-80; Mills, Dedrick 9-25; Thompkins, R. 4-22; TEAM 1-minus 2.

OSU: Sermon, Trey 11-48; Fields, Justin 15-54; Teague III, M. 12-41; Chambers, S. 4-32; Miller III, J. 2-23; Johnson, Xavier 4-17.
NEB: Martinez, A. 12-15-0-105; McCaffrey, Luke 4-5-0-55.

OSU: Fields, Justin 20-21-0-276.
NEB: Robinson, W. 6-49; Allen, Austin 2-30; Stoll, Jack 2-24; Johnson, R. 1-17; Brown, Alante 1-16; Thompkins, R. 1-10; Falck, Levi 1-8; McCaffrey, Luke 1-5; Rafdal, Kurt 1-1.

OSU: Wilson, Garrett 7-129; Olave, Chris 6-104; Smith-Njigba, J 2-5; Fleming, Julian 1-13; Williams, J. 1-7; Sermon, Trey 1-7; Ruckert, Jeremy 1-6; Farrell, Luke 1-5.

Attendance: 1,344


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Stats & Recap
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Buckeyes surge from 14-14 tie to lopsided win

Adrian Martinez and Luke McCaffrey combined for 165 yards on the ground, but Nebraska couldn’t keep pace with No. 5 Ohio State as the Buckeyes turned a 14-14 game late in the second quarter into a 52-17 rout.

Nebraska generated 370 yards of total offense, and while Nebraska’s quarterbacks combined to complete 16 of 20 passes, Ohio State’s Justin Fields was even more efficient, completing 20 of 21 for 276 yards and two touchdowns. Fields added 15 carries for 54 yards and another score as Ohio State amassed 491 yards, including 215 rushing yards.

After Nebraska took a quick 7-0 lead on a four-play, 75-yard drive to open the game, Fields led the Buckeyes on an 11-play, 75-yard drive to tie the score at 7-7 with 8:04 left in the first quarter. After the Buckeyes got a stop on Nebraska’s next drive, OSU took a 14-7 lead on Fields’ 42-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Wilson.

The two defenses settled down for the next 10 minutes until Nebraska found the end zone to tie the score at 14 on Dedrick Mills’ three-yard touchdown run with 8:24 left in the first half.

Three consecutive scores by Ohio State in just 6:48 of game time put Nebraska in a must-score position on its opening drive of the second half, and the Huskers started marching. However, on Nebraska’s sixth play, Martinez fumbled at the OSU 45 and the Buckeyes’ Sevyn Banks scooped up the ball and raced 55 yards for a touchdown to give Ohio State a 38-14 lead.

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Pregame & team info
2020 schedule
10/24@ Ohio St.L 17-52
11/07@ NorthwesternL 13-21
11/14Penn St.W 30-23
11/21IllinoisL 23-41
11/27@ IowaL 20-26
12/05@ PurdueW 37-27
12/12MinnesotaL 17-24
12/18@ RutgersW 28-21
Mills TD, 2nd quarter



At least Nebraska has grit, and you get the gut feeling the Huskers have a puncher’s chance against anyone else on their schedule.


It felt like progress, except for the steps back. It felt like hope, except for the mistakes that reappeared like old bad habits.

Omaha World-Herald

The Huskers had to be clean in order to beat a team that had a gigantic advantage in overall talent. The fact NU made so many mistakes is a bit disheartening.

Lincoln Journal Star

NU's plan out of the gates on offense was solid and well-executed.


Nebraska looked strong and it looked sloppy in the same 60-minute window. So the question that still needs answering after Game No. 1: Who is Nebraska this time around, really?

Hail Varsity

Nothing that happened at the Horseshoe should douse Nebraska’s enthusiasm for 2020.

Omaha World-Herald

All hail the I-Formation. The Huskers used it multiple times.

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