North­western 31
Nebraska 28

Aug. 27, 2022 • 11:30 a.m. Central
Aviva Stadium • Dublin, Ireland • Fox
1st2nd3rd4th F 
First quarter
NEB: Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda 32 pass from Casey Thompson (Timmy Bleekrode kick) 12:41
NOR: Adam Stage 35 field goal, 2:13
Second quarter
NEB: Thompson 1 run (Bleekrode kick) 11:59
NOR: Raymond Niro 43 pass from Ryan Hilinski (Stage kick) 10:58
NOR: Donny Navarro 6 pass from Hilinski (Stage kick) 0:25
Third quarter
NEB: Anthony Grant 2 run (Bleekrode kick) 9:37
NEB: Grant 46 run (Bleekrode kick) 9:09
NOR: Cam Porter 3 run (Stage kick) 7:53
Fourth quarter
NOR: Evan Hull 4 run (Stage kick) 11:34

                       NEB       NOR 
FIRST DOWNS ............24        26
  RUSHING ...............4        12
  PASSING ..............16        14
  PENALTY ...............4         0
RUSHES-NET YDS .... 31-111    47-214
NET YARDS PASSING .....355       313
  COMP-ATT-INT ... 25-42-2   27-38-0
TOTAL OFFENSE ..... 73-466    85-527
FUMBLES-LOST ..........1-1       1-1
PENALIZED-YARDS ...... 1-5      8-65
PUNTS-AVERAGE ...... 6-283     6-245
PUNT RETURNS-YDS ..... 0-0       0-0
K.O. RETURNS-YDS .... 3-62      1-18
INTERCEPTIONS-YDS .... 0-0      2-34
POSSESSION TIME .... 25:48     34:12
THIRD-DOWN CONV. .... 9-16      7-17
FOURTH-DOWN CONV. .... 0-0       1-1
RED ZONE SCORES ...... 2-2       4-5
SACKS BY-YARDS ....... 0-0      2-19

  NEB: Grant 19-101, Palmer 2-8, Allen 3-7, Smothers 1-7, Yant 3-5, Thompson 3-minus-18.
  NOR: Hull 22-119, Porter 19-94, Clair 1-6, Hilinski 2-3, TEAM 3-minus-8.

  NEB: Thompson 25-42-2 355.
  NOR: Milinski 27-38-0 314,

  NEB: Garcia-Castaneda 4-120, Palmer 8-68, Vokolek 5-63, Brown 3-32, Belt 2-29, Washington 2-27, Grant 1-16.
  NOR: Washington 8-97, Hull 5-55, Niro 1-41, Gordon 2-39, Tyus 1-34, Navarro 4-29, Kirtz 4-12, Porter 1-5, Gill 1-2.

Attendance: 42,699


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Huskers fail opening test in Ireland

The start of 2022 carried the echoes of 2021.

After nine single-digit losses last season — eight by one score — Nebraska turned multiple double-digit leads into deficits and ultimately a 31-28 season-opening loss to Northwestern in Dublin, Ireland.

Nebraska amassed 465 yards of total offense, including 355 yards on 25-of-42 passing by quarterback Casey Thompson in his Husker debut. Northwestern, however, answered with 528 total yards, including 314 on 27-of-38 passing by Ryan Hilinski. The Wildcats also pounded the ball for 214 rushing yards.

Also making debuts for the Big Red, Garcia-Castaneda reeled in four passes for 120 yards and one score while Trey Palmer caught eight passes for 68 yards. Brian Buschini averaged 47.2 yards on six punts, including four that were downed inside the Northwestern 20-yard line.


*NOTE: Errors in the original official game stats have now been corrected.


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2022 schedule
04/09White 43, Red 39
08/27@ Northwestern*L 28-31 
09/03North DakotaW 38-17 
09/10Georgia SouthernL 42-45 
09/17OklahomaL 14-49 
10/01IndianaW 35-21 
10/07@ RutgersW 14-13 
10/15@ PurdueL 37-43 
10/29IllinoisL 9-26 
11/05MinnesotaL 13-20 
11/12@ MichiganL 3-34 
11/19WisconsinL 14-15 
11/25@ IowaW 24-17 
*Dublin, Ireland



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