NCAAF Game Recap - Northern Illinois at Nebraska
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

Clem
41
Syr
6
F
Ala
47
SCar
23
F
ArkSt
0
UGA
55
F
NWSt
14
LSU
65
F
Okla
48
UCLA
14
F
OHSt
51
Ind
10
F
NM
14
ND
66
F
Kent
16
Aub
55
F
Fla
29
KY
21
F
IdSt
0
Utah
31
F
Tex
48
Rice
13
F
Pitt
10
PSU
17
F
Mont
3
Oreg
35
F
Lamar
3
TxAM
62
F
Stan
27
UCF
45
F
AzSt
10
MSU
7
F
Iowa
18
IASt
17
F
WaSt
31
Hou
24
F
MD
17
Temp
20
F
PorSt
10
Boise
45
F
Hawaii
20
Wash
52
F
USC
27
BYU
30
F OT
FlaSt
24
UVA
31
F
UNC
18
Wake
24
F
Kans
48
BC
24
F
K St
31
MisSt
24
F
E Mi
34
Ill
31
F
NCSt
27
WVU
44
F
Furm
17
VaTec
24
F
Chat
0
Tenn
45
F
MiaOH
13
Cin
35
F
Cit
27
GATec
24
F OT
AF
30
Colo
23
F OT
Norf
7
CoCar
46
F
FlAtl
41
Ball
31
F
Akr
24
C Mi
45
F
ECU
10
Navy
42
F
Army
31
UTSA
13
F
OkSt
40
Tuls
21
F
Mem
42
SoAl
6
F
UNLV
14
NW
30
F
GaSo
32
Minn
35
F
SouLA
29
Miss
40
F
Lou
38
W Ky
21
F
ColSt
34
Ark
55
F
B-C
0
MiaFL
63
F
CAPly
7
OreSt
45
F
NorTx
17
Cal
23
F
Idaho
16
Wyo
21
F
LaTec
35
BGSU
7
F
SMiss
47
Troy
42
F
SCSt
16
SoFL
55
F
Buff
17
Lib
35
F
UMass
17
Char
52
F
Ohio
31
Marsh
33
F
GASt
10
WestMI
57
F
Murr
0
Toled
45
F
Web
13
Nev
19
F
TxSt
17
SMU
47
F
Duke
41
MidTN
18
F
UNH
17
FLInt
30
F
SEMO
0
Mizzu
50
F
TxSo
6
ULLaf
77
F
TCU
34
Purd
13
F
MoStU
6
Tul
58
F
SDSU
31
NMSt
10
F
NIU
8
Neb
44
F
TxTch
14
Ariz
28
F

Sep 14, 2019, 8:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Northern Illinois (1-2)

0

5

3

0

8

Nebraska (2-1)

10

20

7

7

44

Nebraska puts away Northern Illinois early in a 44-8 win
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:14 AM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska took out some frustration on Northern Illinois after letting a win slip away last week.

Adrian Martinez threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and Dedrick Mills rushed for 116 yards in the Cornhuskers' 44-8 win Saturday night.

The Cornhuskers (2-1) bounced back from blowing a 17-point lead in an overtime loss at Colorado. NIU (1-2) won 21-17 in Lincoln two years ago but was no match this time.

Nebraska had 525 yards of total offense and posted its largest margin of victory over a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent since a 39-point win over South Alabama in 2015.

"The offense wanted to prove something, and in the second half we wanted to finish the game," Martinez said. "That's half the battle. Our guys approached it the right away today."

Martinez threw for 257 yards and had 301 yards of total offense, the ninth time in 14 career starts he's gone over 300.

"Adrian is going to keep getting better, too," Frost said. "There are still some things he needs to learn. But he's still a true sophomore. He's a really good player and he's going to make whatever plays we need him to."

Maurice Washington scored the Huskers' first two touchdowns on their way to a 30-5 lead at half. He took a short forward pitch from Martinez to the end zone right after Austin Allen recovered punter Matt Ference's fumbled snap at the NIU 21.

Three series later, Washington ran left and beat safety Trequan Smith to the corner. Safety Marshe Terry had an angle on him, but Washington zoomed past him for a 60-yard run, the longest of his career.

"What's made us good as a staff is always keeping a foot on the gas," Nebraska coach Scott Frost said. "I want our guys to play like that all the time."

Mills, who averaged under 3 yards per carry in the first two games, raised that to an eye-popping 10.5 against NIU.

"It feels amazing," Mills said. "First couple of weeks I was rushing the run instead of being patient and finding the holes. This week in practice I emphasized slowing down and making the right cuts."

Mills, who broke a 61-yard run in the first quarter but fumbled on the next play, scored from 24 yards and Kanawai Noa caught a 27-yard TD pass just before half.

The Huskers mounted a goal-line stand early in the fourth quarter, with Eli Sullivan breaking up a pass on fourth down from the 1, and held the Huskies to 74 yards rushing.

"Obviously, not our best performance," NIU coach Thomas Hammock said. "We wanted to give ourselves a chance. We didn't do that early. Credit to Nebraska, they had some explosive plays, which we knew could happen."

THE TAKEAWAY

Northern Illinois: The Huskies were competitive for a half against 11th-ranked Utah last week. Against Nebraska, they couldn't establish a ground game and Ross Bowers, who threw for 248 yards, didn't find his rhythm until his team was down four touchdowns.

Nebraska: The Huskers did what they needed to do before they open Big Ten play. They took a couple hits to their health, though. Safety Cam Taylor-Britt left with what appeared to be a shoulder injury in the second quarter and left tackle Brenden Jaimes had to be helped off the field in the fourth.

HUSKIE GIVEN HEAVE-HO

NIU safety Trayshon Foster was ejected for targeting in the first quarter. He led with his helmet when he hit receiver JD Spielman above the shoulders on an incomplete pass along the sideline.

DICEY KICKING SITUATION

Both teams struggled in the kicking game.

Isaac Armstrong, whose miss from 48 yards ended the Huskers' overtime loss at Colorado, had plenty of leg on a 36-yard field goal to open the scoring. But he had an extra point and 37- and 32-yard tries blocked. Armstrong, the starting punter, has been filling in as kicker for the injured Barret Pickering. Lane McCallum, an Air Force transfer listed as a safety, kicked two extra points in the second half.

Punting and kickoffs were adventures for NIU. Ference fumbled a snap and had a punt blocked. Instead of tempting fate, the Huskies lined up as if they were going for it on fourth down twice in the second quarter and had Bowers pooch punt out of the shotgun. The Huskies also had two kickoffs go out of bounds.

UP NEXT

Northern Illinois plays Vanderbilt on Sept. 28 in its third straight road game against a Power Five conference opponent.

Nebraska opens Big Ten play at Illinois next Saturday.

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Passing

NIU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
R. Bowers 44 25 56.8 0 248 28 1 63.4
M. Childers 5 3 60.0 0 28 26 0 75.4
Neb Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Martinez 27 16 59.3 2 257 41 0 115.8
N. Vedral 5 3 60.0 0 30 13 0 77.1

Rushing

NIU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Nettles 9 43 4.8 22 0
T. Harbison 12 31 2.6 7 0
Neb Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Mills 11 116 10.5 61 1
M. Washington 4 63 15.8 60 1

Receiving

NIU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Crawford 5 71 14.2 28 0
C. Tucker 5 50 10.0 16 0
Neb Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Spielman 4 76 19.0 41 0
K. Noa 3 51 17.0 27 1

Fumbles

Neb F FL
J. Stoll 1 0
D. Mills 1 1

Returning

NIU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Tucker 1 17.0 0 17 2 2.5 0 4
M. Jones 2 13.0 0 17 0 - 0 0
Neb KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Spielman 0 - 0 0 2 5.5 0 8
I. Stalbird 0 - 0 0 1 9.0 0 0

Punting

NIU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Ference 4 181 45.3 57
Neb Punt Yds Avg LgPu
I. Armstrong 3 136 45.3 53

Takeaways

Neb Int Yds InTD
B. Clark 1 9 0

Team Stats Comparison

NIU Neb
Points For 8 44
Total Yards 350 525
Rushing Yards 74 238
Passing Yards 276 287
Passing Completions / Attempts 28/49 19/32
Turnovers 2 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 2/1
First Downs 20 22
Penalties - Yards 4/40 1/15
Time Of Possession 58:58 2:02
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/20 6/13
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/6 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 7/39 3/45

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter NIU Neb
Neb 2:29 FG Isaac Armstrong 36 yd FG 0 3
Neb 8:38 TD Maurice Washington 21 yd pass from Adrian Martinez (Isaac Armstrong kick) 0 10
2nd Quarter NIU Neb
Neb 2:40 TD Maurice Washington 60 yd run (blocked XP) 0 16
NIU 7:02 FG John Richardson 45 yd FG 3 16
Neb 7:41 TD Dedrick Mills 24 yd run (Isaac Armstrong kick) 3 23
NIU 13:11 SF Team safety 5 23
Neb 14:55 TD Kanawai Noa 27 yd pass from Adrian Martinez (Lane McCallum kick) 5 30
3rd Quarter NIU Neb
NIU 5:13 FG John Richardson 27 yd FG 8 30
Neb 12:00 TD Adrian Martinez 10 yd run (Lane McCallum kick) 8 37
4th Quarter NIU Neb
Neb 10:56 TD Noah Vedral 3 yd run (Lane McCallum kick) 8 44

Game Information

Stadium: Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska
Attendance: 89,593
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