Huskers beat Rutgers 14-13, winning a one possession game

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Published: Oct. 7, 2022 at 6:17 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2022 at 7:41 PM CDT
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Omaha, Neb. (WOWT) - After ten consecutive losses in one possession games, the streak is over with a 14-13 Nebraska win at Rutgers. Mickey Joseph is 1-0 as the interim head coach in one possession games. Nebraska won back-to-back games inside the Big Ten for the first time since 2018.

The Scarlet Knights received the opening kickoff and went 70 for the games first touchdown, former Huskers quarterback Noah Vedral scored on a 21-yard run. On the next two Nebraska possessions the Huskers only moved the ball 45 yards without scoring any points. The second Nebraska punt was blocked, setting up Rutgers with great field possession inside the Huskers ten. The Big Red defense held Rutgers to a field goal which was a big win for the unit.

In the second quarter, the Scarlet Knights kicked a second field goal to lead 13-0. Casey Thompson threw two first half interceptions, Chubba Purdy replaced Casey like last week. Chubby’s first pass was incomplete, he then ran for two yards before punting the ball back to Rutgers. Only 134 yards of Nebraska offense in the first half, and 35 rushing yards.

Nebraska opened the third quarter with a nine play 70 yard drive, Thompson found Travis Vokolek for a 7-yard touchdown cutting the score to 13-7.

Fourth quarter, Myles Farmer picked off Evan Simon at the Rutgers 44 yard line, he returned it 17 yards to the 27. Next play, Thompson found Palmer for a touchdown, and a 14-13 lead with 8:54 to go. First time the Huskers led. Rutgers still had a chance in the final minute but Malcom Hartzog brought in the third interception of the game for the Huskers and that was it.

Mickey Joseph said, “The coaches did their job with the game plan, they got themselves prepared and ready to come on the short week. It was a great game. We asked them to fight at halftime, and then in the fourth quarter we asked them to finish. We asked them to finish, and they did.”

Friday’s game also marked the end of a 19 year run Matt Davison called Huskers games on the radio. Davison is the analyst who works with lead announcer Greg Sharpe.