Huskers overcome mistakes, wear down Rutgers
Nebraska rolled up 620 yards of total offense and put together its strongest second half of the season to secure a 28-21 Big Ten Conference road win Friday night over Rutgers.
Adrian Martinez, Dedrick Mills and Wan’Dale Robinson all had big nights as the Huskers notched their third victory of the season. Martinez racked up more than 400 yards of total offense by completing 24 of 28 passes for 255 yards with one touchdown. He added 23 carries for 157 yards and two rushing touchdowns, including the game-winner on a one-yard plunge with 9:55 left in the game.
Mills was even bigger on the ground for the Huskers, carrying 28 times for 191 yards, to help Nebraska amass 365 rushing yards. Mills added six receptions for 45 yards to total 236 all-purpose yards.
Robinson joined Martinez by scoring a pair of Husker touchdowns, including a tough 14-yard catch in traffic with 43 seconds left in the third quarter to tie the game at 21. Robinson finished with six receptions for 79 yards while adding seven carries for 24 yards on the ground.
Nebraska’s big totals on offense came despite turning the ball over four times, including a pair of fumbles and an interception by Martinez in the first half. Rutgers turned the Husker turnovers into a 14-7 halftime lead, but the defense minimized the damage to keep Nebraska in the game.
The Blackshirts held Rutgers to 252 yards of total offense while limiting the Scarlet Knights to 52 plays from scrimmage. Nebraska dominated time of possession, 39:31 to 20:29.