Illinois 30
Nebraska 22

Aug. 28, 2021 • 12:20 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Champaign, IL • Fox
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First quarter
ILL: Safety, Taylor-Britt down in end zone on punt return, 4:07
Second quarter
NEB: Stepp 2 run (kick failed) 14:25
NEB: Culp 27 field goal, 9:15
ILL: Epstein 1 run (McCourt kick) 2:51
ILL: Hart 41 fumble return (McCourt kick) 0:37
Third quarter
ILL: Ford 2 pass from Sitkowski (McCourt kick) 6:56
ILL: Williams 1 pass from Sitkowski (McCourt kick) 4:01
NEB: Martinez 75 run (Culp kick) 3:48
Fourth quarter
NEB: Martin 4 pass from Martinez (kick failed) 2:41

                          NEB      ILL
First Downs .............. 19       18
  Rushing ................. 8        9
  Passing ................ 10        8
  Penalty ................. 1        1
Rushes-Net Yards ..... 39-160   48-167
Net Yards Passing ....... 232      159
  Comp-Att-Int ...... 16-32-0  15-19-0
Total Offense ........ 71-392   67-326
Fumbles-Lost ............ 2-1      1-1
Penalties-Yards ........ 5-67     3-40
Punts-Avg ............ 5-34.4   6-45.3
Punt Returns-Avg ...... 2-0.5    1-7.0
K.O. Returns-Avg ..... 2-15.0    1-9.0
Fumble returns-Yds ...... 0-0     1-41
Possession Time ....... 25:05    34:55
3rd Down Conv. ......... 5/14     6/13
4th Down Conv. .......... 1/2      0/0

NEB: Martinez 17-111; Ervin 12-33; Johnson 4-11; Stepp 3-10; Toure 2-9, TEAM 1-minus-14.

ILL: Epstein 16-75; Love 12-45; Brown 5-24; Norwood 3-16; Hayden 4-12; Williams 2-8; Sitkowski 3-4; TEAM 1-minus-2; Peters 2-minus-15.

NEB: Martinez 16-32-0 232.

ILL: Sitkowski 12-15-0 124; Peters 3-4-0 35.

NEB: Martin 6-103; Toure 3-37; Stepp 1-30; Manning 2-26; Allen 2-23; Liewer 2-13.

ILL: Williams 6-41; Ford 3-30; Washington 2-13; Spann 1-45; Navarro 1-21; Norwood 1-7; Epstein 1-2.

Attendance: 41,064


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Huskers can’t overcome flubs in loss to Illini

Nebraska rallied from a 21-point deficit late in the third quarter and had the ball with a chance to tie in the game’s final minute, but Illinois held on for a 30-22 season-opening victory.

The Huskers produced more yards of total offense (377-326) than the Fighting Illini, but a pair of pivotal second-quarter plays contributed to the outcome. A roughing-the-passer penalty wiped off a Nebraska defensive interception, and a Nebraska fumble late in the second quarter led to a 41-yard scoop-and-score touchdown that provided the momentum Illinois used to build a 30-9 lead late in the third quarter.

However, just 13 seconds after Illinois took its three-touchdown lead, Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez sprinted 75 yards into the end zone to spark a late Husker rally.

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2021 schedule
05/01White 21, Red 20
08/28@ IllinoisL 22-30
09/04FordhamW 52-7
09/11BuffaloW 28-3
09/18@ OklahomaL 16-23
09/25@ Michigan St.L 20-23
10/02Northwestern*W 56-7
10/09MichiganL 29-32
10/16@ MinnesotaL 23-30
10/30PurdueL 23-28
11/06Ohio St.L 17-26
11/20@ WisconsinL 28-35
11/26IowaL 21-28



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