Nebraska 17
North­western 9

Oct. 21, 2023 • 2:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • BTN
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Malachi Coleman celebrates with teammates after his fourth-quarter touchdown.

First quarter
NW: Jack Olsen 45 field goal, 7:18
NU: Tristan Alvano 47 field goal, 3:11
Second quarter
NW: Olsen 37 field goal, 5:48
NU: Heinrich Haarberg 3 run (Alvano kick) 0:23
Fourth quarter
NU: Haarberg 44 pass to Malachi Coleman (Alvano kick) 14:03
NW: Olsen 25 field goal, 11:09

                         NW         NU
FIRST DOWNS ............ 12         14
  RUSHING ............... 6         11
  PASSING ............... 5          2
  PENALTY ............... 1          1
RUSHES-NET YARDS .... 39-81     39-163
NET YARDS PASSING ..... 176         85
  COMP-ATT-INT .... 12-23-1     8-17-2
TOTAL OFFENSE ...... 62-257     56-248
FUMBLES-LOST .......... 2-0        3-0
PENALIZED-YARDS ...... 8-75       3-30
PUNTS-AVERAGE ........ 7-43       7-41
PUNT RETURNS-YDS ..... 1--1        1-1
K.O. RETURNS-YDS ..... 2-40       2-55
INTERCEPTIONS-YDS .... 2-10        1-0
POSSESSION TIME ..... 30:52      29:08
THIRD-DOWN CONV. ..... 3-15       4-12
FOURTH-DOWN CONV. ..... 0-1        0-0
RED ZONE SCORES ....... 3-3        1-2
SACKS BY-YARDS ........ 0-0       8-51

  NW: Tyus 6-63; Porter 9-20; Himon 5-15; Lausch 3-1; Henning 2-minus-2; Sullivan 14-minus-16.
  NU: E.Johnson 12-73; Haarberg 16-72; Grant 6-22; Fleeks 3-4.

  NW: Sullivan 12-23-1 17.
  NU: Haarberg 8-17-2 85.

  NW: Kirtz 3-96; Henning 3-40; Johnson 3-27; Himon 1-7; Porter 1-6; Lang 1-0.
  NU: Coleman 1-44; Fidone 3-18; Bullock 1-15; Boerkircher 1-7; Doss 1-4; Kemp 1-minus-3.

Attendance: 86,769


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Huskers tame Wildcats, improve to 4-3 on season

A big fourth-quarter play from Nebraska’s struggling passing game helped the Huskers put away the Wildcats. Timely defensive stops also were key in the 17-9 victory.

After a 10-6 first half and a scoreless third quarter, Nebraska needed some separation from the ‘Cats. The Huskers got exactly that when Heinrich Haarberg hit Malachi Coleman in stride for a 44-yard touchdown early in the fourth period, upping Nebraska’s lead to 17-6.

Northwestern answered with a 66-yard bomb to the NU 9, but Malcolm Hartzog’s touchdown-saving tackle on the play, followed by another big stop by Hartzog on third down, helped the Huskers hold the Wildcats to a field goal.

Eleven minutes remained, but Northwestern wouldn’t get beyond its own 36 yard line the rest of the way. Win No. 4 against three losses was in the books for Nebraska.

The game started ominously for the Big Red as Haarberg threw interceptions in Husker territory on Nebraska’s first and third possessions. Northwestern got just three points from those opportunities, however, as the Wildcats were held to minus-7 and minus-14 yards after the turnovers. Tristan Alvano’s 47-yard field goal tied the game at 3-3, and Nebraska took a 10-6 lead into the locker room after a 77-yard touchdown drive late in the second quarter.

Nebraska’s defense kept the ‘Cats out of the end zone all afternoon and registered eight sacks and five other tackles for loss.

The Haarberg-to-Coleman touchdown accounted for more than half the Huskers’ passing yardage. Haarberg finished with eight completions in 17 attempts for 85 yards. Emmett Johnson was Nebraska’s leading rusher with 73 yards, followed by Haarberg with 72.

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2023 schedule
04/22White 21, Red 7
08/31@ MinnesotaL 10-13
09/09@ ColoradoL 14-36
09/16N. IllinoisW 35-11
09/23Louisiana TechW 28-14
09/30MichiganL 7-45
10/06@ IllinoisW 20-7
10/21North­westernW 17-9
10/28PurdueW 31-14
11/04@ Michigan St.L 17-20
11/11MarylandL 10-13
11/18@ WisconsinL 17-24
11/24IowaL 10-13
Emmett Johnson with a first-half gain. | Kenny Larabee, KLIN



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