LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - With ESPN's College GameDay in LIncoln and the city abuzz in the afternoon, it was a memorable day for Husker Nation. However, it was a forgettable game for Nebraska.
The Huskers were blitzed by fifth-ranked Ohio State, 48-7. Nebraska was held to 47 passing yards in the loss. The Big Red drops its record to 3-2 (1-1 Big Ten).
Adrian Martinez had one of his worst games with the Huskers. Some fans called for a change at quarterback midway through the game, as the sophomore starter threw three first-half interceptions. Martinez finished 8-of-17 in the air , while rushing for 81 yards.
Nebraska fell behind quickly with the Buckeyes scoring on a Justin Fields 15-yard rushing touchdown. On OSU's next drive, Fields found KJ Hill for a 2-yard score and the route was on. The Buckeyes erupted for 24 points in the second quarter, prompting some fans to leave the game early.
Fields completed 15-of-21 pass attempts for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Ohio State running back JK Dobbins led all players with 177 rushing yards.
Nebraska next plays Northwestern on October 5th at 3:00 p.m.
-Big Stage. Electric Atmosphere. But that's a bury-your-face-under-the-sheets performance.
-We've seen this before. National audience. Chance to show the program is trending in the right direction. But a blow-out loss. What unfolded on the field looked like 2017. Or 2015. Or 2012. But here's the difference - a coaching staff with a vision that the fan base believes will work. Not sure most were on board with what Mike Riley was preaching a few seasons ago.
-Adrian Martinez will have nightmares about this game.
-Can't remember a time where there was that much energy around Memorial Stadium. Incredibly awesome atmosphere. Too bad the football was so bad.
-Ohio State is really good. That's a College Football Playoff team right there.
-47 passing yards? Woof.
-Jahkeem Green made his Husker debut. He's a large man.
-Nice to see Kade Warner back on the field. The walk-on wide receiver missed the first part of the season due to injury.
-Loved the throwback offense Nebraska wrinkled in during the first quarter. Wing T and I Formation. A few fullback trap plays. Fans roared. Caught Ohio State off guard. But the Buckeyes called a timeout and made adjustments.
-Tough night for Dicaprio Bootle. Allowed a pair of touchdowns. However, he defended both of those TDs extremely well. Just athletic plays by the Ohio State wide receivers.
-Down 38-0, hundreds of fans left at halftime. Many of them didn't come back. For the biggest game of the season.
-Christian Gaylord was on the sideline for Nebraska tonight. Continued thoughts and prayers for Christian as he grieves the loss of his father, who was killed in a car accident a week ago. Gaylord and position coach Greg Austin shared an lengthy, emotional hug during pregame.
-The Huskers say this game won't define their season. True. But it could point the direction for the remainder of the 2019 campaign. Husker fans will hope that won't be the case. Scott Frost must get his team to move on from this game emotionally.
UNITY WALK! The Huskers arrive at Memorial Stadium for tonight’s game vs. #5 Ohio State pic.twitter.com/sfBpYfRilV— 1011 NOW (@1011_News) September 28, 2019