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Nebraska loses in overtime at Michigan State

Published: Sep. 25, 2021 at 4:41 PM CDT
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WOWT) - Nebraska lost to Michigan State on Saturday night in a 23-20 overtime decision. The Huskers dropped 9-3 all-time against the Spartans.

In the first half, NU’s defense came out strong. Marquel Dismuke picked off Payton Thorne on Michigan State’s first drive. Nebraska’s first drive knocked quarterback Adrian Martinez out of the game for a series after taking a hit to the face.

Neither offense could get it going in the first quarter and the game went to the second quarter scoreless. Then, MSU started to get it going. Thorne hit Jayden Reed for the first touchdown of the game.

Martinez would score a touchdown of his own on a 12-yard run on what appeared to be a broken play. Nebraska blocked a Spartan field goal attempt just before halftime. The teams went to their locker rooms with Michigan State leading 13-10.

To start the third quarter, Nebraska drove right down the field, but stalled in the red zone. Connor Culp came on and tied the game at 13 with his second field goal of the night.

The Huskers dominated time of possession in the second half. The Blackshirts continued to hold off Sparty. Meanwhile, Nebraska would take the lead on Adrian Martinez’s second touchdown run of the night with 7:29 to go in the 4th quarter. It gave Big Red a 20-13 lead.

Big Red had a prime opportunity to bleed some clock after forcing a Michigan State three and out, but Daniel Cerni’s punt was returned 63 yards to tie the game with just under four minutes to go.

The Huskers would get the ball with :47 second to go. The game was tied at 20-20, which would give Nebraska an opportunity to win it. They were unable to do so and the game went to overtime.

Michigan won the coin toss and elected to start overtime on defense. On a 3rd and 3, Adrian Martinez threw an interception and Michigan State and put the Spartans in a great position to win.

MSU got its chance on offense and kicked a field goal to win the game.

Scott Frost dropped to 0-9 against AP ranked teams in his tenure at Nebraska.

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