Postgame notes: 2019 Nebraska vs. Northwestern football

Categories: 2019 Football
Adrian Martinez
Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez eludes Northwestern DE Earnest Brown during the second quarter of Nebraska's 13-10 victory.
  • Nebraska improved to 8-5 all-time against Northwestern and ended a two-game losing streak against the Wildcats. Nebraska has a 5-4 edge in the series since joining the Big Ten.
  • With today’s game decided by three points, the last five Nebraska-Northwestern meetings in Lincoln have been decided by a total of 18 points.
  • Nebraska didn’t have a turnover in today’s game after having three turnovers in four of its first five games this season. The last time Nebraska didn’t have a turnover in a game was at Penn State on Nov. 18, 2017.
  • Place-kicker Lane McCallum connected on his first career field goal, a 35-yarder in the second quarter to give Nebraska a 10-0 lead. McCallum then won the game with a 24-yard field goal as time expired.
  • McCallum’s field goal was just the second walk-off field goal by Nebraska at Memorial Stadium and only the third walk off win by Nebraska in the history of the stadium. The only other walk-off field goal win came on Nov. 24, 2000, when Josh Brown kicked a 29-yard field goal to carry Nebraska to a 34-32 win over Colorado. Nebraska’s other walk-off win came against Northwestern on Nov. 2, 2013, when Jordan Westerkamp caught a 49-yard Hail Mary pass from Ron Kellogg III as time expired and Nebraska won, 27-24.
  • Freshman receiver/running back Wan’Dale Robinson had a 42-yard touchdown run to open the scoring in the first quarter. Robinson’s 42-yard run was a career long, bettering a 21-yard rush at Illinois. Robinson finished the game with seven rushes for 44 yards and a touchdown.
  • Robinson’s 42-yard run for a touchdown was Nebraska’s seventh rush of longer than 40 yards this season, a total that leads the nation.
  • Robinson had a 49-yard reception in the third quarter, setting a career long, surpassing a 30-yard catch against Northern Illinois. Robinson added a 32-yard catch in the fourth quarter on Nebraska’s game-winning drive. He finished the game with seven receptions for a career-high 123 yards (previous high – 79 at Illinois), and totaled 167 all-purpose yards in the game.
  • Cornerback Lamar Jackson intercepted Northwestern quarterback Aidan Smith on Northwestern’s final drive of the game at the Nebraska 40-yard line and returned it 11 yards to put the Husker offense in position for what would be the game-winning drive.
  • Safety Cam Taylor-Britt caused a fumble in the third quarter, marking his fourth fumble caused of the season. His four forced fumbles tie Alonzo Whaley (2012) and Barrett Ruud (2003) for the most forced fumbles by a Husker since 2000.
  • Quarterback Adrian Martinez completed 13 passes in the game to push his career total to 312 completions. Martinez is the seventh Husker with more than 300 career pass completions.
  • Quarterback Noah Vedral finished the game for Nebraska after Martinez was hurt on the last offensive play of the third quarter. Vedral completed 2-of-5 passes for 41 yards and ran seven times for 33 yards.
  • Nebraska junior receiver JD Spielman caught two passes, pushing his career total to 142 career receptions, leaving him one short of Johnny Rodgers (143) for fifth place on the NU career chart. Spielman has caught a pass in 27 straight games, with at least two catches in 26 of those.
  • Senior punter Isaac Armstrong averaged 41.9 yards on 10 punts and allowed three return yards on his 10 punts.

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