FINAL: Minnesota 24, Nebraska 17
LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Nebraska turned the ball over twice and allowed more than 200 rushing yards in a 24-17 loss to Minnesota on Saturday. The Huskers played flatly against the Golden Gophers, who were without 33 players due to COVID-19 protocols. The loss drops Nebraska’s record to 2-5 with one game left in the 2020 season.
Marquel Dismuke and several other Nebraska players embraced in the north end zone after time expired on Senior Day. It was a slow walk to the locker room for the Huskers, who’s comeback attempt fell short on a cold day in Lincoln.
Minnesota stretched its lead to double-digits in the fourth quarter when Mohamed Ibrahim rushed into the end zone from the one yard line. However, the Huskers had a chance to rally back but could only muster three points on a Conner Culp field goal. The Golden Gophers (3-3) were able to run out the clock after Ibrahim busted a pair of long runs on the game’s final possession.
Adrian Martinez completed 16-of-27 pass attempts for 111 yards for the Huskers (2-5). Martinez threw for a touchdown and also had a rushing TD. Austin Allen scored for the first time in his Nebraska career when he hauled in an 8-yard pass from Martinez in the second quarter.
The game’s go-ahead score occurred late in the first half when Minnesota’s Tanner Morgan found Brevyn Spann-Ford on a 4-yard TD pass. The play came moments after Nebraska’s Cam Taylor-Britt was ejected for targeting. The junior cornerback tackled Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan on a 3rd down rushing attempt. After reviewing the play, officials deemed it was a helmet-to-helmet hit initiated by Taylor-Britt.
Nebraska awaits its Week 9 opponent, date, and location. Big Ten teams are scheduled to play a crossover game next Friday or Saturday.
Post Game Presser:
Scott Frost on Husker Energy:
Scott Frost on Husker Offense:
Adrian Martinez on missed opportunities:
Adrian Martinez on a lack of detail:
JoJo Domann on playing in an empty stadium
JoJo Domann on what needed to be done:
Martinez started at quarterback for Nebraska, though he Huskers have also inserted Luke McCaffrey into the game. The redshirt freshman threw an interception on his second pass attempt.
Prior to the game, 21 players were recognized during the Cornhuskers’ Senior Day ceremony.
The game is televised on FS1.
Nebraska vs. Minnesota: Senior Day
Husker Tunnel Walk:
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