Postgame notes, 2018 Nebraska-Michigan State football

Categories: 2018 Football
Adrian Martinez run
Adrian Martinez picks up 17 yards in the first half.
  • With today’s 9-6 victory, Nebraska now leads the all-time series with Michigan State 9-2, including 6-1 in Lincoln.
  • Today’s victory is believed to be Nebraska’s first without scoring a touchdown since Nov. 27, 1937, when Nebraska won 3-0 at Kansas State.
  • Running back Devine Ozigbo rushed 18 times for 74 yards to increase his season rushing total to 1,032. That marks the 36th 1,000-yard rushing season in school history. Ozigbo is the first Husker to rush for 1,000 yards since Ameer Abdullah had 1,611 in 2014.
  • Senior receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. caught four passes for 67 yards. Morgan increased his career receptions total to 182 to surpass Kenny Bell’s school record of 181 career receptions. He increased his career receiving yardage total to 2,666 to move within 23 yards of Bell’s career receiving yardage record of 2,689 yards.
  • This was the 37th straight game Morgan has had at least one reception, tying Johnny Rodgers’ school record. Morgan has had at least three catches in 22 of the past 23 games.
  • Morgan increased his season receptions total to 63 and is the first player in Nebraska history with two seasons of 60 or more receptions. Morgan had 61 catches as a junior in 2017.
  • Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez had 163 yards of total offense, including 18 rushing yards and 145 passing. Martinez increased his season total offensive yardage to 2,910 to move up one spot to eighth on the season total offense list. Martinez is 90 yards shy of posting the seventh 3,000-yard total offense season in NU history.
  • Senior safety Antonio Reed had a career day. Reed had a season-high seven tackles, including a career-high three tackles for loss, a career-high two pass breakups and his first career sack. Reed also had a hand in a pair of takeaways, intercepting a second-quarter pass and forcing a fourth-quarter fumble to set up a field goal. Reed also forced a fumble earlier in the game.
  • This was the second time in as many weeks a Husker has forced two fumbles after Tre Neal had a pair of fumbles caused last week vs. Illinois.
  • Nebraska forced two fumbles today and has forced nine fumbles in the past three games. Nebraska forced just three fumbles in the first eight games of the season.
  • Freshman kicker Barret Pickering accounted for all of Nebraska’s scoring with a career-high three field goals. Pickering was a perfect 3-for-3 with makes from 36, 20 and the eventual game-winner from 47 yards with 5:13 left in the fourth quarter.
  • Linebacker Mohamed Barry had a team-high eight tackles. He increased his season tackle total to 101 and is the first Husker to surpass 100 tackles since Zaire Anderson had 103 in 2014. Barry is the fifth Nebraska player to record seven double-figure tackles games in a season and the first since All-American Lavonte David in 2010.
  • Senior linebacker Dedrick Young had eight tackles to increase his career tackle total to 274, moving him up three spots to sixth on the Nebraska career tackles list.
  • Nebraska had two takeaways, marking the Huskers’ fourth straight game with multiple takeaways. This marks the first time Nebraska has forced two or more fumbles in four straight games since a five-game streak in 2012.
  • Nebraska was held scoreless in the first quarter for the first time since the Oct. 6 game at Wisconsin, when Nebraska also trailed 3-0 after the opening quarter. Nebraska was held scoreless in the first half for the second time this season, the first coming at Michigan on Sept. 22.
  • The Huskers gained 248 yards of total offense, ending a streak of seven straight games with at least 450 yards, the longest such streak in school history.

Source: Nebraska Athletics