Northern Illinois upsets Nebraska, collects $820K payday

Northern Illinois upsets Nebraska, collects $820K payday

And now Riley, who just received a one-year contract extension through 2020 this week, has Nebraska in the hard situation of entering conference play in need of five more wins simply to go to a bowl game.

Ketter spoke of the rewards and responsibilities that come with being a starter for the Huskers.

That's not the way to get a win at home. "We followed [the defense's] lead today".

Defensively, Nebraska limited Northern Illinois to just 253 yards of offense. The junior threw two touchdowns before the first quarter was up. Huff scored from there, putting the Huskies back on top to stay, 21-17.

"When we talk about this big separation between Power Five and Group of Five — I should say autonomous five and non-autonomous five — certainly the money pouring in is probably different. But we have to get going". It's easy to lead when things are going well, but when you have adversity, you have to stand up and think and do the right things all the time. We were down 17-14. It's still early in the season, and we need to find ways to win games like this. "We were very confident, and we went and did that".

Nebraska drove to the NIU 33-yard line but failed on fourth-and-seven on its next possession.

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Overall, the Huskies held Nebraska to 384 total yards and an average of 4.63 yards per play. On third and six from its 24, Sutton Smith sacked Lee for eight yards, forcing a fourth and 14 play.

A penalty against Nebraska gave the Huskies a first down and from there, NIU went into victory formation to secure the win. Nebraska's quarterback was hit from behind as he threw, and Huskies linebacker Jawuan Johnson picked off an angle route and took it 25 yards the other way for a score.

With Big Ten play starting next week with a visit from bottom-feeder Rutgers, the Huskers and their fans envisioned starting 3-1 heading into October and a challenging league schedule. The senior recorded his second career interception return for a touchdown. Now Nebraska falls under.500 on the season after the upset, and looks like a pretender in the Big Ten West race before their conference season even begins.

Nebraska trailed 14-0 after one quarter, despite outgaining NIU, 115-32 in the period, while running 22 plays compared to just 10 for the Huskies.

Lee finished the game 25-for-47 for 299 yards and three interceptions.

After going 6-7 in his first season at Nebraska, Riley showed improvement by going 9-4 previous year. The Huskies were far from ideal, however, committing 15 penalties for 194 yards, while Hagan had field-goal attempts from 39 and 30 yards blocked. The Huskies went into the half with a 14-0 lead. NIU finished the game with 263 yards. The Huskers pieced together a six-play, 63-yard drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown run by Lee on a quarterback sneak. The Huskers, who were just 2 of 14 on third-down conversions last week, were 6 of 19 against NIU - but twice they dropped passes that would have produced first downs. Lee rushed for two touchdowns, and Drew Brown kicked a 36-yard field goal to account for Nebraska's scoring.