Purdue sends Huskers to record 8th loss in row
David Blough threw for 328 yards and accounted for two touchdowns, D.J. Knox scored twice on short runs and Purdue beat Nebraska 42-28 on Saturday to send the Cornhuskers to their program-record eighth consecutive loss.
The Huskers amassed 582 total yards and 30 first downs but couldn't overcome five personal fouls and a total of 11 penalties for 136 yards.
The Huskers (0-4, 0-2 Big Ten) also set a program record with their seventh straight home loss on a chilly and misty afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
Nebraska has the second-longest losing streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision. UTEP took a 16-game losing streak into its game at UTSA.
The Huskers' most recent win was Oct. 28, 2017, against the Boilermakers. Their most recent home win was Sept. 23, 2017, against Rutgers.
Markell Jones gave Purdue (2-3, 1-1) a 42-21 lead with a 6-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
Devine Ozigbo rushed for a career-high 170 yards for the Huskers, and he scored from 23 yards out to make it a 14-point game with 13:04 left. But Adrian Martinez was intercepted and the Huskers turned the ball over on downs on their last three possessions.
Martinez, a true freshman starting his second straight game, threw for 323 yards and ran for 91 in his best performance.
Knox led Purdue with 87 yards rushing, Rondale Moore caught eight passes for 85 yards and Brycen Hopkins had five receptions for 103.
Purdue, which was coming off a 30-13 win against then-No. 23 Boston College, has won two straight after losing its first three games by a total of eight points.
Purdue: The Boilermakers survived thanks to Nebraska's undisciplined play. Blough completed 25 of 42 passes and ran seven times for 38 yards, and Moore made a number of dazzling plays.
Nebraska: The Huskers had the better offensive numbers, but penalties continue to kill them. Now they face back-to-back road games against Wisconsin and Northwestern.
Purdue visits Illinois on Oct. 13.
Nebraska visits No. 15 Wisconsin on Saturday.
· Nebraska sophomore receiver JD Spielman caught 10 passes for 135 yards (career highs are 11 catches & 200 yards, both against Ohio State in 2017) and a pair of 21-yard touchdown catches in the third quarter. It was the first multiple TD reception game of his career and gives him four TD catches this season and six in his career.
· Spielman increased his career receiving yardage total to 1,082 yards. Spielman reached 1,000 receiving yards in his 15th career game, the fastest player to reach 1,000 yards receiving in NU history, bettering Johnny Rodgers who reached the mark in 16 games. Spielman is the 27th Husker overall to reach 1,000 career receiving yards.
· Nebraska posted a season-high 582 yards of total offense. It’s the most yards Nebraska has had since Sept. 26, 2015 when it produced 610 yards of total offense against Southern Miss.
· Today’s game marked Spielman’s third career 100-yard receiving game, adding to a school-record 200-yard receiving effort against Ohio State and 141 yards at Minnesota last season.
· Nebraska senior running back Devine Ozigbo rushed 17 times for a career-high 170 yards and two touchdowns in the game, marking his fifth career 100-yard rushing game. Ozigbo had three 100-yard games in 2017, and one 100-yard game as a sophomore in 2016. His previous career rushing high was 112 yards against Wisconsin in 2017.
· Ozigbo is the third different Husker with 100-yard rushing games this season, joining Adrian Martinez and Greg Bell who each topped the century mark against Colorado.
· Nebraska senior receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. caught four passes for 69 yards in the game to increase his career receiving total to 2,012 yards. Morgan is the fifth Husker to reach 2,000 career receiving yards, joining Kenny Bell, Johnny Rodgers, Nate Swift and Jordan Westerkamp.
· Morgan caught at least one pass for the 30th consecutive game, the fourth-longest streak in school history. Morgan has caught at least three passes in 16 straight games.
· Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez completed 25-of-42 passes for 323 yards and two touchdowns, setting career highs in each of those categories. Martinez also rushed 18 times for 91 yards to account for a career-high 414 yards of total offense.
· Nebraska scored on the opening drive of the game, marking the first time this season the Huskers have scored on its first possession. The Huskers’ five first downs matched its combined total of first downs on the opening drive of the first three games.
· Redshirt freshman receiver Kade Warner earned his first career start in the game. It also marked Warner’s first career game played. He caught two passes for 16 yards.
· Tight end Jack Stoll set career highs with four receptions for 51 yards.
· Cornerback Dicaprio Bootle had a team-high three pass breakups, after registering five PBU last week at Michigan.
· Nebraska’s loss ended a nine-game winning streak on Homecoming for Nebraska, and dropped the Huskers to 6-2 in Big Ten home openers.