Nebraska Defeats Rutgers 27-17

  • University of Nebraska- Lincoln students celebrate the first kickoff at Memorial Field on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Photo: Cahner Olson, NewsNetNebraska

Story and photos by Cahner Olson and Nela Krawiecova, NewsNetNebraska

Despite dwindling spirits after last week’s loss to Northern Illinois, the Huskers pulled out a 27-17 victory against Rutgers Saturday in the football team’s Big 10 opener.

Quarterback Tanner Lee, the New Orleans junior who transferred to Nebraska, threw two interceptions, one of them a pick six, while the Huskers offense had moved the ball inside Rutger’s 25-yard line.

Running back Devine Ozigbo had a good game with 101 yards on 24 carries as the prime ingredient in the Huskers’ run-the-ball solution. The Huskers came away with 306 yards in total offense for the day.

The Blackshirts held their own considering two starting safeties, (Joshua Kalu and Aaron Williams) were absent from the game. Williams was ejected in the first quarter for targeting a Rutgers player. Safety Antonio Reed took over for Williams and racked up six tackles in the game.

Nebraska led 14-10 at halftime.

The much-needed win came after Thursday’s firing of UNL Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst. With a team win-loss record of 2-2, head football coach Mike Riley’s job continues to be uncertain.

Saturday’s game celebrated UNL’s homecoming weekend. UNL seniors Shayne Arriola and Laura Springer were crowned king and queen just moments before also getting engaged to be married.

 

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