Purdue 28
Nebraska 23

Oct. 30, 2021 - 2:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE | ESPN2
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Purdue 0 14 7 7 28
Nebraska 7 10 0 6 23

First quarter
NEB: Manning 16 pass from Martinez (Contreraz kick) 6:16
Second quarter
PUR: Graham 45 interception return (Fineran kick) 12:37
NEB: Martinez 4 run (Contreraz kick) 10:45
PUR: Horvath 1 run (Fineran kick) 3:48
NEB: Contreraz 33 field goal, 1:20
Third quarter
PUR: Wright 3 pass from O’Connell (Fineran kick) 2:47
Fourth quarter
PUR: Anthrop 9 pass from O’Connell (Fineran kick) 10:05
NEB: Johnson 12 pass from Martinez (pass failed) 1:44

                      PUR        NEB
First Downs .......... 24         19
  Rushing ............. 7          6
  Passing ............ 16         12
  Penalty ............. 1          1
Rushes-Net Yds ... 41-116     29-130
Passing Yards ....... 233        269
  Comp-Att-Int .. 34-45-0    14-29-4
Total Offense .... 86-349     58-399
Fumbles-Lost ........ 0-0        1-0
Penalized-Yds ...... 3-30       4-38
Punts-Avg ........ 5-34.0     4-41.5
Punt Returns-Avg .. 2-4.5     1-11.0
KO Returns-Avg ...... 0-0     2-19.0
INT Returns-Yds .... 4-67        0-0
Possession Time ... 38:38      21:22
3rd. Down Conv. .... 6/17       4/10
4th. Down Conv. ..... 2/3        0/0
Red-Zone Scoring .... 3/4        4/4
Sacks-Yds ........... 1-3       2-10

PUR: Doerue 17-74; Anthrop 5-25; Horvath 11-24; Bell 1-6; Burton 1-0; TEAM 3-minus-4; O'Connell 3-minus-9.

NEB: Yant 6-60; Johnson 13-52; Martinez 10-18.

PUR: O'Connell 34-45-0 233.

NEB: Martinez 14-39-4 269.

PUR: Bell 9-74; Anthrop6-43; Wright 7-40; Sheffield 4-30; Thompson 2-21; Durham 4-20; Piferi 1-9; Doerue 1-minus-4.

NEB: Manning 4-75; Samori 2-47; Falck 1-43; Netts 1-30; Allen 3-28; Martin 1-23; Johnson 1-12; Brown 1-11.

Attendance: 85,902


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Huskers wilt in second half, fall to Purdue

The Boilermakers cashed in on an abysmal second half by the Husker offense and sent Nebraska to its sixth loss of the season.

Purdue intercepted four Adrian Martinez passes, three of them after intermission.

The Huskers put up more total yards (399) than Purdue (349) even though the Boilermakers ran 28 more offensive plays and possessed the ball for more than 38 minutes in the game.

But for much of the second half, the Husker offense went nowhere. For the first 26 minutes of the half, Nebraska managed just 68 yards of offense as a three-point lead turned into an 11-point deficit. The Huskers mounted a late comeback to pull within five points on a Rahmir Johnson touchdown reception, but the ensuing onside kick failed and Purdue ran out the clock.

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Omar Manning’s TD



Frost and his staff are getting way more than they deserve from the supportive, loyal, never-say-die football fans that fill Memorial Stadium.

All Huskers/HuskerMax

Saturday was another sad scene, but familiar. Too familiar.


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Was there any moment on Saturday when Nebraska looked like the team playing at home and coming off a bye?

Hail Varsity

You saw moments of what this can be, but then you saw moments of why Nebraska has not made a bowl game since 2016.


You realize that there are no flukes in this season, that everything that has happened has happened for a reason. And that is, Nebraska is not a good football program.

Omaha World-Herald

This was perhaps the day that the story of the end of Scott Frost’s tenure as Nebraska’s head coach essentially began writing itself.

Lincoln Journal Star

On a spirit-shaking, confidence-breaking, ironically gorgeous afternoon, the Scott Frost era crashed. In such a way that almost certainly can’t be salvaged.

Omaha World-Herald

Pick a year, any year. The similarities are uncanny. Time after time, Nebraska football’s greatest enemy seems to be itself.

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