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Huskers beat Penn State 30-23 for first win

Published: Nov. 14, 2020 at 9:43 AM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - With Luke McCaffrey as the starting quarterback, Nebraska hangs on to beat Penn State 30-23. The Huskers did lead 27-6 at halftime.

It was the type of first half coaches dream of, but this one was as real as it gets.

The Huskers tend to score early under Scott Frost’s leadership and it happened for the second time in three games here. Nebraska took the opening possession of the game down the field and Luke finished it with a one yard touchdown run.

On the next Possession Cam Taylor-Britt intercepted Sean Clifford on a poorly thrown ball. Cam returns the pick more than 50 yards down to the 15, the Huskers settled for a field goal.

Early second quarter Luke gets credit for a touchdown pass on a jet sweep type play to Zavier Betts, the freshman out of Bellevue West ran 45 yards for the score. Nebraska in control up 17-3.

Couple minutes later Deontai Williams strips Clifford at the Penn State 26, he picks up the ball and easily scores. The Nittany Lions tend to test secondaries but the Huskers defensive backs were the ones making the plays in the first half.

The Nebraska offense goes to sleep, in a sense, through the middle part of the game. Penn State comes out of the half alive scoring the only ten points in the third quarter.

Penn State pulled to within seven in the fourth quarter and then with 7:35 to go Luke McCaffrey was intercepted, he was hit while releasing the ball. The Lions moved the ball to the 11 yard line but give it up on downs, Marquel Dismuke broke up a pass on fourth down.

After a three and out the Huskers punted the ball back to Penn State with two and a half minutes to go. The Lions found themselves facing at a fourth and goal from the 13 with :37 left. Ben Stille brought pressure causing an incomplete pass sealing the first victory of the season.

The Huskers improve to 1-2 while Penn State falls to 0-4.

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