Nebraska leads Rutgers at the half

Nebraska leads Rutgers at the half

From the first drive - which like against Washington turned out to be Rutgers' best of the game - Bolin exuded confidence with downfield passes up the middle and first-down completions to graduate transfer Ahmir Mitchell, sophomore Dacoven Bailey, freshman Hunter Hayek and junior tight end Jerome Washington.

In Thursday's press conference following the firing of Nebraska's director of athletics, Shawn Eichorst, NU officials made it clear that Nebraska athletics need to become more competitive; in the Huskers' homecoming matchup against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday, Nebraska head coach Mike Riley made strides.

Lee - who has thrown a nation-high nine interceptions, including two run back for TDs by Northern Illinois - got booed when he returned for the next series, and the Huskers went three-and-out.

"It's hard to win a football game when we have less than 200 yards of total offense, " Bolin said, pointing to a stat sheet that showed Rutgers accumulating 194 yards from scrimmage. "And that's not putting the blame on anybody". "Just look at the first half of OR, and then the second half".

But one of Rutgers' greatest crutches Saturday - as it has been for seasons in Piscataway - was its inability to tackle, period. It was Ozigbo's second career 100-yard rushing game, as he came up just two yards short of his previous career best of 103, which he established last season against Fresno State.

The Huskers' running game vastly outplayed the defense before it, amassing 197 total yards compared to Rutgers' 68.

Nebraska leads Rutgers at the half

With the abscence of Tre Bryant, Nebraska used Wilbon, Devine Ozigbo and Jaylin Bradley at running back in the first half. I want to make sure folks understand we've got to get that fixed, and we have to get heading in the right direction, and we have the right coach to do it.

Kiy Hester intercepted Lee and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown and a 17-14 Rutgers lead early in the third quarter. Lee's third pick-six of the season gave the Scarlet Knights a 17-14 lead.

The Scarlet Knights got the ball to start the game, and drove 75 yards on seven plays, scoring on a two-yard touchdown from senior running back Gus Edwards.

Lee found De'Mornay Pierson-El on an eight-yard touchdown strike with 2:49 to go in the third quarter to put Nebraska ahead 21-17. However, it took only a few minutes into the game for one of the wackier plays to transpire.

The Huskers huddle on the field before kickoff against Rutgers at Memorial Stadium.

It is a theme consistent with most of the Knights' games this season - mental errors amid two monumentally differing halves. "We struggled to stop the run especially in the second half, we wore out up front".



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