Huskers get second win in Saturday matchup against Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WOWT) - You couldn’t have asked for a better start for Nebraska in its 37-27 win over Purdue.
It moved Big Red to 2-4.
The Boilermakers won the toss and opted to start with the ball.
The Nebraska defense was able to force a punt, which was blocked by Levi Falck and recovered by Simon Otte at the one-yard line.
Dedrick Mills, who returned after missing a couple of games, punched the ball in for an early 7-0 lead.
It got better.
Purdue’s ensuing drive ended with a Garrett Nelson sack and another punt.
An unsportsmanlike conduct call against the Boilers on the return made Nebraska’s starting position the Purdue 20.
A few plays later, Adrian Martinez improvised for a 13-yard touchdown run.
Quickly, the Huskers were up 14-0 less than five minutes into the game.
Purdue had to punt again on its third drive, and a short kick resulted in the Huskers’ third straight drive starting in Boilermaker territory.
The Huskers would have to settle for a Connor Culp field goal on the next drive, but it also meant a 17-0 lead.
Culp would later hit a career-long 49-yard field goal to make it 20-3 in the second quarter.
Purdue would never go away, and Nebraska would have to earn it.
The first Boilermaker touchdown from Jack Plummer went to King Doerue to make it a ten-point game at 20-10.
Big Red would respond well, though.
Martinez led the team right down the field on the next drive and scored on a screen pass that Wyatt Liewer took into the endzone. It was Liewer’s first career touchdown.
Nebraska avoided catastrophe just before halftime.
A blocked punt gave Purdue great field position, but the defense held and forced a field goal to then make it 27-13 at the half.
To start the third, the Cornhuskers completed a drive that featured 48 running yards, including an Adrian Martinez one-yard touchdown run to go up 34-13.
But once again, Purdue kept coming. Plummer would later hit his tight end Payne Durham who would dive to the pylon for a touchdown.
They’d later make it a one-score game on an 89-yard catch and run score by David Bell on a play where Marquel Dismuke and Cam Taylor-Britt collided to free up Bell.
It was 34-27 and the pressure was on for the Huskers to close the door on the Boilers.
They got into field goal range and another Culp three-pointer made it a two-score game.
Two fantastic pass breakups by Cam Taylor-Britt would keep Purdue from moving the ball down the field, and that would help the Huskers hold on.
They are set to host Minnesota in Lincoln next Saturday.
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