Cam Taylor-Britt goes high to break up a long pass late in the game.

Nebraska 37
Purdue 27

Dec. 5, 2020 • 11 a.m. Central
Ross-Ade Stadium •West Lafayette, IN • BTN
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First quarter
NEB: Mills 1 run (Culp kick) 12:30
NEB: Martinez 13 run (Culp kick) 10:04
NEB: Culp 25 field goal, 5:59
PUR: Dellinger 45 field goal, 1:02
Second quarter
NEB: Culp 49 field goal, 12:22
PUR: Doerue 20 pass from Plummer (Dellinger kick) 10:04
NEB: Liewer 10 pass from Martinez (Culp kick) 6:13
PUR: Dellinger 27 field goal, 0:00
Third quarter
NEB: Martinez 1 run (Culp kick) 10:05
PUR: Durham 20 pass from Plummer (Dellinger kick) 1:29
Fourth quarter
PUR: Bell 89 pass from Plummer (Dellinger kick) 12:16
NEB: Culp 32 field goal, 7:04

                            NEB      PUR
FIRST DOWNS................. 20       19
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)...... 40-111    17--2
PASSING YDS (NET).......... 253      334
  Att-Comp-Int......... 31-24-0  47-33-0
TOTAL OFFENSE .......... 71-364   64-332
Fumble Returns-Yds......... 0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yds.......... 2-66     2-12
Kickoff Returns-Yds....... 2-38    4-116
Int. Returns-Yds........... 0-0      0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)...... 4-30.2   6-26.8
Fumbles-Lost............... 1-0      1-0
Penalties-Yds............ 9-107   11-126
Possession Time.......... 33:49    26:11
Third-Down Conv. ...... 6 of 15  3 of 13
Fourth-Down Conv. ...... 0 of 1   1 of 3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.... 6-6      3-3
Sacks By: Number-Yards.... 3-21      1-6

NEB: Mills, Dedrick 16-60; Martinez, A. 13-45; Robinson, W. 2-5; Johnson, R. 1-4; McCaffrey, Luke 4-4; Jewett, Cooper 1-2; TEAM 3-minus 9.

PUR: Zander Horvath 7-21; Rondale Moore 1-7; King Doerue 3-2; Eric Miller 1-minus 9; Jack Plummer 5-minus 23.

NEB: Martinez, A. 23-30-0-242; McCaffrey, Luke 1-1-0-11.

PUR: Jack Plummer 33-47-0-334.

NEB: Robinson, W. 9-114; Falck, Levi 5-39; Betts, Zavier 5-36; Vokolek, Travis 2-15; Allen, Austin 1-37; Liewer, Wyatt 1-10; Johnson, R. 1-2.

PUR: Rondale Moore 13-78; David Bell 10-132; Zander Horvath 4-38; Milton Wright 3-24; Jackson Anthrop 1-22; Payne Durham 1-20; King Doerue 1-20.


Stats & Recap
Complete Stats

Huskers start fast, hold off Boilers’ rally

Nebraska got off to a great start on the road, then made enough plays down the stretch to earn a 37-27 win over Purdue.

Nebraska got contributions in all three phases of the game to improve to 2-4 on the season while dropping Purdue to 2-4. The Huskers jumped out to a quick 17-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game, sparked by an opening defensive stop followed by a blocked punt.

The punt, blocked by Levi Falck, was recovered by Simon Otte at the Purdue 1, setting up a one-yard Dedrick Mills touchdown on Nebraska’s first offensive play of the game to give the Big Red a 7-0 lead.

The Blackshirts came through with a quick three-and-out on Purdue’s second offensive possession, and Cam Taylor-Britt’s 27-yard punt return combined with a 15-yard Purdue penalty set the offense up with 1st-and-10 at the Boilermaker 17. Three plays later, Adrian Martinez battled to the end zone from 13 yards out to give Nebraska a 14-0 lead less than five minutes into the game.

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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
Dedrick Mills had 60 yards rushing.



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