Nebraska didn't lead until midway through the fourth quarter on Saturday against Illinois. But once the Huskers were finally in front of the Fighting Illini, they held on for a 42-38 win. Wan'Dale Robinson scored the go-ahead score with 8:00 left and the Nebraska defense sealed the victory. Nebraska is now 3-1 on the season. Next, the Huskers host Big Ten favorite Ohio State on September 29th. ESPN College Gameday will be in Lincoln next Saturday as well.
Against the Fighting Illini, Nebraska turned the ball over four times. The Huskers also gave up three touchdowns of 25 yards or more. For those reasons, the Huskers played from behind most of the night. However, the Big Red rallied in the second half behind Robinson and the NU offense. The Huskers totalled nearly 700 yards and capitalized on Illinois' defensive fatigue late in the game.
Robinson scored three touchdowns while leading the team with 8 receptions. The true freshman also rushed for a career-high 89 yards.
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-1-0 in Big Ten play. This game seemed destined for a loss through lots of regulation. But Nebraska pulled it out.
-One of the players said he wasn't sure NU would've won that game two years ago. Great analysis. This team found a way. Though it wasn't pretty.
-Wan'Dale Robinson. My goodness. It’s going to be fun watching him play over the next four years.
-JD Spielman took some shots over the middle. Some were because of high throws. Others because of Illinois' aggressive safeties. But he toughed through it. The shot to the midsection would've done most players in.
-Surprisingly, Nebraska's defensive line seemed average. Illinois created several good running lanes. And Reggie Corbin is goooood.
-In the 3rd quarter, Nebraska took a delay of game penalty before the first play of a drive. That's a head-scratch-er.
-Adrian Martinez still looks a bit slower than last year. In the fourth quarter, he lowered his shoulder instead of sprinting toward the pylon. 2018 Adrian would've scored on the play. 2019 Adrian was stopped short of the goal line.
-Salute to Nebraska's crowd. Another impressive showing. Perhaps 30 percent of the crowd was wearing red.
-After the game, Scott Frost said "We are where we are." Truer words have never been spoken.
- Scott Frost remained calm and poised while fans were visibly frustrated.
- Fun atmosphere in Champaign. You could tell the home crowd was as surprised as the road crowd at halftime.
- Collin Miller keeps getting better. Four tackles and a TFL. Felt like he was around the ball in key moments late in the game.
-3-hour, 40-minute game. What else would you expect for Big Ten After Dark?