Nebraska 38
North Dakota 17

Sep. 3, 2022 • 2:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE • BTN
1st 2nd 3rd 4th  T 
North Dakota 0 7 10 0 17
Nebraska 7 0 17 14 38
First quarter
NU: Anthony Grant 19 run (Timmy Bleekrode kick) 6:46
Second quarter
ND: Adam Zavalney 1 pass from Tommy Schuster (Brady Stevens kick) 0:13
Third quarter
NU: Nate Boerkircher 19 pass from Casey Thompson (Bleekrode kick) 13:12
NU: Bleekrode 46 field goal, 8:36
ND: Stevens 23 field goal, 5:52
ND: Tyler Hoosman 5 run (Stevens kick) 4:22
NU: Grant 46 run (Bleekrode kick) 2:30
Fourth quarter
NU: Ajay Allen 14 run (Bleekrode kick) 6:35
NU: Chancellor Brewington 5 pass from Thompson (Bleekrode kick) 2:07

Attendance: 86,590
                          ND        NU
FIRST DOWNS ............. 18        26
  RUSHING ............... 10        15
  PASSING ................ 6         9
  PENALTY ................ 2         2
RUSHES-NET YARDS .... 33-175    41-244
NET YARDS PASSING ...... 131       193
  COMP-ATT-INT ..... 24-37-0   14-21-1
TOTAL OFFENSE ....... 70-306    62-437
FUMBLE-LOST ............ 3-1       2-1
PENALIZED-YARDS ....... 6-70      7-54
PUNTS-AVERAGE ........ 7-191      2-84
PUNT RETURNS-YARDS ..... 0-0       1-0
KICKOFF RETURNS-YARDS .. 2-8      2-22
INTERCEPTIONS-YARDS ... 1-15       0-0
POSSESSION TIME ...... 36:01     23:52
THIRD-DOWN CONV. ...... 6-15      6-11
FOURTH-DOWN CONV. ...... 1-2       0-0
RED ZONE SCORES ........ 3-4       4-5
SACKS BY-YARDS ........ 3-27       2-8

RUSHING
ND: Smith 10-104, Hoosman 10-41, Vaughn 3-10, Ziebarth 3-8, Romfo 1-6, Wilson 2-5, Schuster 4-1.

NU: Grant 23-189, Allen 11-58, Ervin 1-minus-1, Thompson 6-minus-2.

PASSING
ND: Schuster 24-37-0 131.
NU: Thompson 14-21-1 193.

RECEIVING
ND: Belquist 6-40, Wilson 5-30, Maag 2-21, Preston 1-12, Wright 1-8, Zavalney 3-7, Vaughn 1-5, Smith 2-5, Kipfer 1-3, Hoosman 2-0.

NU: Palmer 4-82, Boerkircher 2-32, Washington 2-31, Brown 2-27, Manning 2-16, Brewington 1-5, Grant 1-0.



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Huskers pull away late from Fighting Hawks

An 89-yard drive kept alive by a big third-down catch by Trey Palmer helped the Huskers break open a tight game against FCS school North Dakota in the fourth quarter.

The teams battled to a 7-7 halftime tie, then it was 17-17 late in the third quarter when Nebraska’s Anthony Grant ran 46 yards for a touchdown to put the Huskers back on top.

That 24-17 lead looked shaky when the Huskers faced third-and-14 from their own 7 about five minutes into the fourth period. Casey Thompson lofted a pass down the left sideline, and Palmer went high against his defender to make the grab for a 31-yard pickup. The Huskers completed their 89-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown run by Ajay Allen, and Nebraska was in control from then on.

Grant ran for 189 yards and two touchdowns, and his 46-yard score was his second from that distance in as many games.

The win improved Nebraska’s season record to 1-1 and snapped a seven-game Husker losing streak dating from last October.

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Ajay Allen scores on a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter. | Kenny Larabee, KLIN
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Commentary

Stryker

The Huskers have a lot to learn, but they’re 1-1. Just breathe easy for a while.

HuskerMax/All Huskers
Vogel

Saturday’s game certainly showed the tricky high-wire act this 2022 season seems bound to be.

Hail Varsity
Stukenholtz

With the obvious caveat of North Dakota’s lower-division status, it was nice to see this edition of Nebraska football assert themselves.

KLIN/All Huskers
Christopherson

The Husker defense gave up 306 yards and has some work to do, but Mathis came up big with the heat when it was 24-17 and the game was in the balance.

Shatel

Husker fans may have expected a home opener against an FCS team to set things right. But this uncomfortable 21-point win raised as many concerns as it quelled.

Omaha World-Herald
Sipple

For much of the day, it felt like Frost’s tenure at Nebraska was holding on by a thread. Even after a 21-point victory, it still largely feels that way.

HuskerOnline
Just

If Nebraska has troubles finding its footing against an FCS team, I can only imagine what the Michigan and Wisconsin contests have in store.

Lincoln Journal Star
Chatelain

If there’s a less inspiring 21-point victory in Husker football history, I don’t want to see it.

Omaha World-Herald
Struve

While the game hinted at the Huskers’ resiliency and an ability to succeed in adversity, Nebraska left with perhaps more questions than answers.

Daily Nebraskan
Callahan

At this point does it matter if Frost took over some of the play-calling duties in the second half? I think the biggest takeaway has to be the way the running game found its way late in the game.

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