Nebraska blows out Northwestern 56-7

Published: Oct. 2, 2021 at 4:54 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - Nebraska picked up a dominant win Saturday night and improved to 3-3 as the Huskers beat Northwestern 56-7. Big Red dominated the game from start to finish.

On the very first play of the game, Adrian Martinez and Samori Toure connected on a 70 yard pass play that put Nebraska in the red zone. Two plays later, Adrian Martinez ran in a 2-yard touchdown to make it 7-0.

The Huskers’ second drive was almost identical. A big play followed by a Martinez short touchdown run. The big play came courtesy of Jaquez Yant who ripped off a big 64-yard run.

Martinez would pick up a third, first-half touchdown on the Huskers third drive on a 3rd & 10 run from the 25. Nebraska was quickly up 21-0 in the first quarter.

On the other side of the ball, the Blackshirts continued to show that they can be a dominant defense. JoJo Domann led the way with two sacks and a forced fumble in the red zone – all in the first half.

The Wildcats would get on the board the third time they got the ball. Stephon Robinson Jr. was able to get by Cam Taylor-Britt on a 28-yard touchdown catch, but that was the lone sign of life from the Wildcats in the first half.

Nebraska, on the other hand, never slowed down. After Martinez ran In three rushing touchdowns in the first, Rhamir Johnson took over in the second and added two rushing TD’s of his own.

Nebraska took a 35 to 7 lead into the halftime break.

Just like the start of the first half, the Huskers started the second half with a huge gain on its first play. A gain so huge, it resulted in a touchdown. Martinez pitched the ball to Zavier Betts who took it 83 yards to the endzone and made it a 42-7 game.

The Huskers would get a touchdown through the air later in the third quarter when Martinez and Toure would connect on a 38-yard score.

The Huskers made big changes on the offensive line coming into the game. Elkhorn South grad and freshman Teddy Prochazka took over the starting left tackle spot, which moved Turner Corcoran over to right tackle and sent Bryce Benhart to the bench. After several guys have started at left guard, Noeredin Nouili got his chance to start. The pairing of Prochazka and Nouili on the left side of the line proved to be a good move.

With plenty of recruits at Memorial Stadium at Nebraska’s first night game in nearly two years, the team and the fans delivered quite the performance. It was a much-needed type of performance for the Big Red.

They get another night game at home next Saturday, 10/9/21 when they host Michigan. It’s another 6:30 game and will be broadcast nationally on ABC.

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