Huskers beat the Boilermakers in West Lafayette

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Tanner Lee threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Stanley Morgan Jr. with 14 seconds left Saturday night to rally Nebraska for a season-saving 25-24 victory at Purdue.

Lee capped the best night of his career with two TD passes in the final 11 1/2 minutes to erase a 12-point deficit.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak -- just barely.

With the Cornhuskers (4-4, 3-2 Big Ten) on the verge of losing their third straight for the first time since 2008, Nebraska took over at its 30 with 1:22 left and no timeouts.

But Lee masterfully marched the Cornhuskers down field by taking advantage of the sideline and clock stoppages on first down plays, leaving just enough time to pull off the win.

Purdue (3-5, 1-4) only had time for a couple of plays and the game ended when Anthony Mahoungou stepped out of bounds near midfield as time expired.

The Boilermakers have lost three straight.

Lee wound up 32 of 50 for 431 yards -- all career bests. Morgan caught six passes for 112 yards on a night the Cornhuskers rushed for only 40 yards.

The problem: Lee's late pass was the only Nebraska touchdown on six trips inside the red zone.

Purdue rushed for 199 yards as its struggling offense finally broke out of its funk. But quarterback David Blough couldn't get the first down to close it out after Nebraska failed to convert on fourth-and-6 from the Purdue 15.

And the Boilermakers' defense couldn't come up with one last stop in the closing seconds.

Nebraska: It wasn't easy and it sure didn't go according to plan. But the Cornhuskers survived -- and ultimately that's all that really matters. Nebraska has moved within two victories of becoming bowl eligible.
Purdue: After an impressive start, the Boilermakers' bowl hopes have taken a major hit. They need to win three of the last four. And while remaining schedule is manageable (home against Illinois, at Northwestern, at Iowa and home against Indiana), Saturday's loss means there is no margin for error.

Nebraska: Hosts Northwestern on Nov. 4, a team it has beaten five times in the last six games.
Purdue: Will try to snap its losing streak when Illinois visits Ross-Ade Stadium on Nov. 4.

12 –– Nebraska trailed 24-12 in the fourth quarter, as the 12-point comeback tied for the largest fourth-quarter comeback in Husker history. It marked the fifth time Nebraska has rallied from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit and the second time under Mike Riley (also vs. Michigan State in 2015).

431 –– Quarterback Tanner Lee threw for a career-high 431 yards in tonight’s game, bettering his 303 yards against Ohio State. The 431 passing yards tied Zac Taylor for the fourth-most in school history. Lee’s performance marked the seventh 400-yard passing game in Nebraska history and the first since Ryker Fyfe threw for 407 yards at Purdue on Oct. 31, 2015. On the game-winning 70-yard touchdown drive, Lee completed 7-of-8 passes for 70 yards, including the game-winning 13-yard touchdown pass to Stanley Morgan Jr.

Lee also topped the 300-yard passing mark for the second straight game, marking the first time a Nebraska quarterback has thrown for 300 yards in back-to-back games since Tommy Armstrong Jr. accomplished the feat against Miami and Southern Miss in 2015. It is also the first time a Husker has posted consecutive 300-yard passing games in conference play since Joe Ganz totaled three straight 300-yard passing games in Big 12 Conference play in 2008.

112 –– Junior receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. caught six passes for 112 yards – three shy of his career high - including the game-winning 13-yard touchdown reception with 1:08 remaining. Morgan’s six receptions pushed his career total to 94 catches and moved him into the top 10 on the NU career list. Morgan is six receptions from becoming the 10th Husker player with 100 career receptions. Morgan’s 112 yards also moved him within 35 yards of the top 10 on the career yardage chart with 1,409 career yards. Morgan now has at least one pass reception in 22 straight games, the seventh-longest streak in school history.

4 –– Stanley Morgan Jr. also recorded his fourth 100-yard receiving game of 2017, tying the Nebraska record for most 100-yard receiving games in a season. Morgan is the seventh Husker to have four 100-yard receiving games in a season, with Johnny Rodgers accomplishing the feat in both 1971 and 1972.

105 –– Senior tight end Tyler Hoppes caught five passes for 105 yards, both of which were career highs. Hoppes’ previous career highs were three receptions and 40 yards. The 100-yard receiving game for Hoppes was the first by a Husker tight end since Sean Hill had three catches for 129 yards vs. Ball State in 2007.

57 –– Senior kicker Drew Brown connected on four field goals in tonight’s game, including a season-long 44-yarder to open the scoring, his 21st career field goal of at least 40 yards. With his four field goals, Brown increased his career field goal total to 57, tying his brother, Kris, for second place on the NU career field goals list.

Other Notes
· True freshman tackle Brenden Jaimes started his fifth game tonight. The five starts are the most ever by a Nebraska true freshman offensive lineman.
· True freshman receiver Tyjon Lindsey and sophomore linebacker Mohamed Barry each made their first career starts in tonight’s game.
· Senior receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El caught five passes for 62 yards. With his 62 receiving yards, Pierson-El moved into the top 20 on the Nebraska career receiving yardage list. Pierson-El now has 1,119 career receiving yards.
· True freshman Jaylin Bradley rushed for a career-high 42 yards, including a career-long 20-yard rush. He also added three catches for 31 yards, the first receptions of his career. His 42 rushing yards, 31 receiving yards and 73 all-purpose yards each exceeded his career total entering the game.
· Sophomore cornerback Lamar Jackson finished the game with a team- and career-high seven tackles, bettering his previous career high of five tackles.