Huskers fall at Minnesota on Saturday, head to bye week 3-5
(WOWT) - Nebraska football lost to Minnesota on Saturday by a final score of 30-23. It was the Huskers’ third straight loss to the Golden Gophers.
The Huskers simply came out flat. Adrian Martinez was missing his targets on offense. Meanwhile, Minnesota couldn’t be stopped on offense.
Cole Kramer, a redshirt sophomore who usually comes in to run, threw his first career touchdown pass in the first quarter.
Connor Culp would hit a 50-yard field goal in the first quarter, but Tanner Morgan continued to light up the Huskers in the second quarter.
He hit both Mike Brown-Stephens and Chris Autman-Bell in the back left corner of the endzone for touchdown passes.
Rahmir Johnson would score on Big Red’s fourth possession, but Connor Culp missed the extra point.
The Golden Gophers led 21-9 at the break. They would get the ball to start the third quarter, but that is when Nebraska’s defense started to make some plays.
Cam Taylor-Britt picked off Morgan at the goal-line on the Gophers’ first drive. Then Deontai Williams would pick off Morgan again, which led to Rahmir Johnson’s second rushing score of the day.
That made it 21-16 Minnesota. Nebraska’s defense continued to hold, but on offense, points continued to be left on the field.
On a 4th and inches play at the goal line, Adrian Martinez lined up in shotgun and handed to Jaquez Yant, who tripped on his own feet and didn’t get in. The Huskers would force a punt on the ensuing Minnesota possession. Nebraska would get into field goal range, and Connor Culp missed a 27-yard try to keep the game at 21-16.
The Blackshirts would keep doing their job and get the ball back for NU’s offense. At the start of the fourth quarter, they started to move the ball down the field well. But, on a 3rd and 5, Nouri Nouili jumped early and made it 3rd and 10.
Adrian Martinez’s pass got batted down. After a missed extra point and the missed field goal by Culp, the Huskers were forced to go for it on 4th and 10 from the Minnesota 33. Martinez had another pass batted down and turned it over on downs with 7:11 to go.
Nebraska would once again get a stop and get the ball back with 4:53. On the very first play, Adrian Martinez tried to throw the ball away from the endzone and was called for intentional grounding. By rule, it was a safety because it happened in the endzone.
Minnesota went up by 7 points at 23-16 and got the ball back. They’d tack on a 56-yard touchdown by Bryce Williams. A garbage-time Austin Allen score would make the final score closer.
The Huskers enter the bye week at 3-5. They host Purdue on Saturday, 10/30/21. A kickoff time has not yet been announced.
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