Michigan St. 23
Nebraska 20

Sept. 25, 2021 • 6:10 p.m. Central
Spartan Stadium •East Lansing, MI • FS1
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Second quarter
MSU: Reed 35 pass from Thorne (Coghlin kick) 14:08
NEB: Culp 28 field goal, 11:22
MSU: Coghlin 26 field goal, 8:20
NEB: Martinez 12 run (Culp kick) 4:20
MSU: Coughlin 27 field goal, 1:03
Third quarter
NEB: Culp 28 field goal, 9:10
Fourth quarter
NEB: Martinez 3 run (Culp kick) 7:29
MSU: Reed 62 punt return (Coghlin kick) 3:47
MSU: Coghlin 21 field goal

                         NEB      MSU
First Downs ............. 26       12
  Rushing ............... 12        4
  Passing ............... 13        6
  Penalty ................ 1        2
Rushes-Net Yards .... 49-187    30-71
Passing Yards .......... 255      183
 Comp-Att-Int ...... 25-36-1  14-23-1
Total Offense ....... 85-442   53-254
Penalized-Yards ....... 6-40     5-44
Punts-Average ....... 7-32.4   6-58.8
Punt Returns-Avg ...... 1--1     1-62
KO Returns-Avg ...... 1-13.0   3-28.0
Possession Time ...... 37:28    22:32
3rd Down Conv. ........ 7/20     1/10
4th Down Conv. ......... 2/2      0/1
Red-Zone Scores ........ 4/5      3/3
Sacks-Yards ........... 3-18     7-34

NEB: Johnson 19-76; Martinez 20-65; Morrison 3-15; Falck 0-12; Smothers 3-11; Toure 1-4; Belt 1-3, Stepp 1-2, Manning 1-minus-1.

MSU: Walker 19-61; Simmons 3-13; Reed 1-2; Thorne 7-minus-5.

NEB: Martinez 24-34-1 251; Smothers 1-2-0 4.

MSU: Thorne 14-23-1 183.

NEB: Betts 5-62; Toure 5-42; Vokolek 2-36; Allen 4-28; Belt 1-24; Falck 1-22; Manning 4-16; Morrison 1-14; Johnson 2-11.

MSU: Mosley 6-70; Reed 4-59; Heyward 2-39; Joiner 1-9; Simmons 1-6.

Attendance: 70,332

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Spartans edge Huskers in overtime

A superb second half by the Blackshirts went for naught, and a signature win again eluded Scott Frost’s Huskers as Nebraska fell in overtime to 20th-ranked Michigan State in East Lansing, 23-30.

Nebraska took a 20-13 lead midway through the fourth quarter on an 11-play, 80-yard drive. With the Spartans going nowhere after halftime against the Husker defense (zero first downs in the final 30 minutes of regulation), that lead appeared safe until Michigan State’s Jayden Reed returned an ill-placed Nebraska punt 62 yards for a the tying touchdown with under four minutes to play.

The Huskers had the first possession in overtime, but the Spartans picked off an Adrian Martinez pass, and a short field goal was all Michigan State needed to pull off the victory.

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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
Rahmir Johnson



All you have to do is play conservative and wait for the Huskers to muck things up. Works like a charm.

HuskerMax/All Huskers

It’s a shame arguably one of the best halves of football we’ve seen a defense play at Nebraska was wasted.


Coaches that can’t exert some sort of influence over what happens on the field are just caretakers.

Hail Varsity

Three hours of roller-coaster ups and downs and finally a Scott Frost program that was about to arrive. Wiped away, just like that.

Omaha World-Herald

You make your luck in this world. But Nebraska? Well, it makes its own nightmares.

Lincoln Star

The Huskers’ strengths are indeed getting stronger in year four. It doesn’t matter because their weaknesses are improbably getting weaker.

Omaha World-Herald

Whatever Nebraska was doing all offseason with its promised emphasis on improving special teams, it didn’t work.


Frost’s team lost in what can be best described as a perfect storm consisting of all Nebraska’s worst fears.

Daily Nebraskan

One or two plays, sometimes a few, can change the tone of everything. That’s what happened at Spartan Stadium on Saturday night.

Lansing State Journal

Give the most credit to Tucker, who prepared his team for a ‘double mouth guard game.’

Detroit Free Press
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