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Nebraska 30
Penn St. 23

Nov. 14, 2020 - 11 a.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE | FS1
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Penn St. 0 6 10 7 23
Nebraska 10 17 0 3 30
First quarter
NEB: McCaffrey 1 run (Culp kick) 11:25
NEB: Culp 22 field goal, 6:14
Second quarter
PSU: Pinegar 33 field goal, 14:50
NEB: Betts 45 pass from McCaffrey (Culp kick) 14:01
NEB: D.Williams 26 fumble return (Culp kick) 11:29
PSU: Pinegar 40 field goal, 5:48
NEB: Culp 25 field goal, 0:00
Third quarter
PSU: Lee 31 run (Pinegar kick) 7:51
PSU: Pinegar 27 field goal, 1:01
Fourth quarter
NEB: Culp 30 field goal, 10:34
PSU: Ford 5 run (Pinegar kick) 9:20

                           PSU      NEB
FIRST DOWNS................ 30       17
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)..... 52-245   39-146
PASSING YDS (NET)......... 256      152
  Att-Comp-Int........ 39-19-1  21-13-1
TOTAL OFFENSE.......... 91-501   60-298
Fumble Returns-Yards...... 0-0     1-26
Punt Returns-Yards....... 1-21     1-25
Kickoff Returns-Yds...... 4-51      0-0
Int. Returns-Yards........ 1-0     1-55
Punts (Number-Avg)..... 1-34.0   4-40.5
Fumbles-Lost.............. 1-1      0-0
Penalties-Yards.......... 4-50     5-39
Possession Time......... 36:24    23:36
Third-Down Conv. ........ 8/17     4/12
Fourth-Down Conv. ........ 3/5   1 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances... 4-6      4-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards.... 1-4     2-17

RUSHING
PSU: Ford, Devyn 16-66; Levis, Will 18-61; Holmes, Caziah 4-50; Lee, Keyvone 8-49; Clifford, Sean 6-19.

NEB: McCaffrey, Luke 13-67; Robinson, W. 16-60; Mills, Dedrick 3-11; Scott, Marvin 5-11; Thompkins, R. 1-2;
TEAM 1-minus 5.

PASSING
PSU: Levis, Will 14-31-0-219; Clifford, Sean 5-8-1-37.

NEB: McCaffrey, Luke 13-21-1-152.

RECEIVING
PSU: Freiermuth, Pat 7-113; Washington, P. 5-70; Lambert-Smith,K 3-35; Dotson, Jahan 2-27; George, Daniel 1-6; Ford, Devyn 1-5.

NEB: Robinson, W. 5-11; Allen, Austin 3-39; Betts, Zavier 2-54; Falck, Levi 1-21; Scott, Marvin 1-14; Warner, Kade 1-13.

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Huskers start fast, hold off rallying Lions

In a tale of two very different halves, Nebraska’s defense held on fourth down on back-to-back drives inside the Husker 11-yard line to secure a 30-23 win over Penn State at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska’s impressive defensive stands in the final four minutes came after Penn State threatened to erase a 27-6 halftime advantage for the Big Red, which won its 2020 home opener to improve to 1-2 on the year. The Huskers sent the Nittany Lions back to State College with an 0-4 record.

The Husker defense put up heroic efforts from start to finish, but none were bigger than a Luke Reimers sack of Penn State’s Will Levis on 3rd-and-Goal at the NU 9 with 48 seconds left, as Nebraska held a tenuous 30-23 lead. The Reimers sack set up 4th-and-13, and senior defensive lineman Ben Stille put the exclamation point on the win with his hit on Levis to force a flailing, desperation toss that fell incomplete in the middle of the field.

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Commentary

Stryker

Despite giving up 500 yards in 91 snaps, the Husker defense won this game; the offense simply avoided losing it.

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Shatel

This was Frost’s 10th win at Nebraska, hardly a distinguished list. But by far it’s his best win. A much-needed win.

Omaha World-Herald
Sipple

This win was so difficult for Nebraska to come by, it almost felt like it had to beat Penn State twice.

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Vogel

This win ... came in the way that so many Husker losses have come during the Frost era.

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Callahan

I loved the play call to freshman wide receiver Zavier Betts. It was straight out of the Bellevue West playbook and something he was very comfortable running.

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Chatelain

Winning matters, even during a pandemic, especially after 357 days without success.

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Wirt

Nebraska ended up winning against Penn State where it lost against Northwestern — in the red zone.

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