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 Luke Reimer’s 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. Reimer’s 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.