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Huskers lose to Minnesota on senior day

Published: Dec. 12, 2020 at 9:38 AM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - On senior day, the highlight of the day may have been the moment all of Nebraska’s seniors were honored before the game, and that’s without fans in the stadium.

It was a rough day for the Huskers against a Minnesota team missing a ton of players.

Nebraska lost 24-17 in a game they felt they should’ve won.

The Huskers started slow and trailed at the end of the first quarter 10-0.

The touchdown was a Mohamed Ibrahim 26 yard run on 4th and 1.

Things didn’t look great, but the Huskers recovered nicely in the second quarter.

A pair of long drives, one that went 75 yards and the other that went 73 helped Nebraska score two touchdowns and take the lead.

The first one came on the first drive of the second quarter. It started with a 47-yard Wan’Dale Robinson run and ended with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Adrian Martinez to Austin Allen.

The second scoring drive ended with an Adrian Martinez 7-yard touchdown run.

The drive featured back-to-back Jack Stoll receptions and a Dedrick Mills 16-yard run that put the Huskers inside the 10-yard line.

The turning point of the game came with just under three minutes before halftime.

A stop would’ve benefitted Nebraska seeing as Minnesota would start the third with the ball.

But after taking the lead, Minnesota’s first play of its next drive was a 61-yard Cam Wiley run down to the 16.

Nebraska was primed to force a field goal attempt, but on a 3rd and 14 from the 18, Cam Taylor-Britt was ejected for targeting after he led with his head on a tackle of Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan.

It gave the Golden Gophers a first down and they’d score a touchdown to take a 17-14 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, the Husker Blackshirts were great.

JoJo Domann had a phenomenal pass breakup that saved a touchdown, Casey Rogers had his second tipped ball at the line of scrimmage on a third down, and they held Minnesota scoreless.

The problem was the offense went nowhere all three times it got the ball and ended the quarter with Martinez fumbling on a 3rd and 10 to end the quarter.

The Gophers recovered it and started the fourth quarter with great field position.

They capitalized.

Minnesota made it down to the one yard line and on 4th and one, Mohamed Ibrahim scored to give the Golden Gophers a 24-14 advantage with 11:26 to go in the game.

Nebraska would get chances to come back.

Late in the game, Culp lined up and kicked a field goal, but Minnesota was lined up in the neutral zone.

It gave Nebraska a first down.

Adrian Martinez would get into the endzone on a long third down run, but a questionable holding call on Ethan Piper would bring it back, and they had to settle for a Culp field goal to bring them within a touchdown with 4:42 to go.

It all came down to the Blackshirts needing one more stop.

They couldn’t.

Minnesota would drive down the field with big runs from Ibrahim.

They’d be able to run the clock out and that was it.

Nebraska fell to 2-5 on the season.

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