Postgame notes: 2019 Nebraska @ Illinois football

Categories: 2019 Football

• Nebraska improved to 13-3-1 all-time against Illinois, including 4-2-1 in games played at Illinois. The Huskers a 6-1 against the Illini since joining the Big Ten. Nebraska improved to 6-3 in Big Ten openers, including 3-1 in Big Ten openers against Illinois.

• Nebraska’s victory in tonight’s game is the 900th in the 130-year history of the Nebraska football program. Nebraska joins Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama and Texas in the 900-win club.

• Nebraska scored 42 points in tonight’s mark marking its fourth straight game topping 30 points to open the season. This is the first time since 2014 Nebraska has topped 30 points in the first four games.


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• With the win, Scott Frost-coached teams improved to 20-0 when scoring 35 or more points.

• Nebraska trailed by 14 points three times, the last at 35-21 late in the third quarter, before rallying to win. Tonight marked the first time Nebraska rallied from 14 or more points down since a 37-29 victory over UCLA in the 2015 Foster Farms Bowl.

• Nebraska totaled 14 plays of 20 yards or more. The Huskers had nine plays of 20 yards or more last week against Northern Illinois.

• Nebraska tallied a season-high 690 yards of total offense, surpassing the 525 yards last week against Northern Illinois. This marks the second straight year Nebraska has tallied more than 600 yards against Illinois. The 690 yards of total offense is the most for Nebraska against a conference opponent since rolling up 710 yards against Kansas State in 2007.

• Nebraska finished with 327 yards passing and 363 yards rushing, marking just the second time in school history that the Huskers have both passed and rushed for 300 yards in the same game. The only previous occurrence was Sept. 21, 2013, against South Dakota State, when NU totaled 335 rushing yards and 310 passing yards.

• Junior receiver JD Spielman caught seven passes for 159 yards, marking his sixth career 100-yard game. Spielman had four receptions for 95 yards before halftime. Spielman has caught at least two passes in 25 straight games.

• Spielman increased his career receiving yardage total to 2,031 yards and became the sixth Husker to record 2,000 career receiving yards and the first to hit the mark prior to his senior season.

• With his seven receptions, Spielman increased his career total to 139, moving up two spots to sixth on the Nebraska career receptions list. He passed Marlon Lucky (135) and Terrence Nunn (136) in tonight’s game.

• Freshman receiver Wan’Dale Robinson scored his first career touchdown on a 27-yard reception in the second quarter and added a three-yard TD reception in the third quarter and a one-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. Robinson finished the game with a career-high eight receptions for a career-high 79 yards, and also rushed for 89 yards.

• Nebraska sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez completed 22-of-34 passes for 327 yards and a career-high-tying three touchdowns. Martinez also rushed 18 times for 118 yards and totaled a career-high 445 yards of total offense for his Nebraska record fourth 400-yard total offense game, breaking a tie with Joe Ganz. Tonight also marked his 10th career 300-yard total offense game, the second-most in school history, trailing only Tommy Armstrong Jr. who had 13 career 300-yard games.

• Martinez’s 445 yards of total offense marked the third-highest individual total offense game in school history.

• With his 327 passing yards and 118 rushing yards, Martinez posted the second 300-yard passing, 100-yard rushing game in school history. Prior to tonight, Taylor Martinez had the only 300-yard passing, 100-yard rushing game in school history, as he totaled 323 passing yards and 112 rushing yards at Oklahoma State on Oct. 23, 2010.

• With 327 passing yards, Martinez became the third Husker with 10 or more games of 250 or more passing yards, joining Armstrong Jr. (14) and Joe Ganz (11).

• Martinez increased his career passing yardage total to 3,669 passing Tommie Frazier (3,521 yards) for eighth on the Nebraska career passing list.

• In Martinez’s last six road games dating back to last season, Martinez is averaging 367.3 yards of total offense. In those games, Martinez has rushed 100 times for 426 with six touchdowns. He has completed 135-of-208 passes for 1,778 yards and 11 touchdowns.

• Martinez continued to post big statistical numbers against Big Ten West opponents. In seven career games against Big Ten West opponents, Martinez has averaged 381.4 yards of total offense. He has averaged 301.6 passing yards in those games and 79.9 rushing yards in those seven contests. He has topped 300 yards of total offense in six of seven career games against Big Ten West opposition, and each of his Nebraska-record four career 400-yard total offense games have come against Big Ten West opponents.

• Nebraska junior tight end Jack Stoll caught a six-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, marking his first touchdown reception of the season and the sixth of his career.

• Senior defensive back Lamar Jackson finished with three tackles including two tackles for loss. His two TFL ties his career high (also vs. Fresno State, 2016). Jackson also added two pass breakups and has six breakups in his past two games.

• Junior safety Marquel Dismuke had three pass breakups in the game, the first three breakups of his career. The breakups came on the second-, third- and fourth-down plays on Illinois’ final drive with the Illini trailing by four. Dismuke also led Nebraska with seven tackles.

• Nebraska totaled nine tackles for loss in tonight’s game and has registered at least eight tackles for loss in all four games this season.


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