The mighty Nebraska Cornhuskers just lost at home to a MAC team

NIU makes Nebraska 4th Big Ten victim of past five years

Following a fumbled punt return, Lee brought the 89,664 people in attendance to their feet with a 4-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit in half.

This game marks the first time since October 13, 2007 that Nebraska got shut out in the first half.

While the Nebraska's offense was stagnant, Northern Illinois' wasn't great either. Riley is hopeful sophomore running back Tre Bryant, who aggravated a knee injury on the first play of the fourth quarter and did not return after rushing for 107 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries against OR, will return to practice by Wednesday and be ready to play Saturday.

Northern Illinois then countered with a quick six-play drive to put the Huskies back up 21-17. Later in the quarter, linebacker Jawuan Johnson returned a second Lee interception for a 25-yard touchdown for a 14-0 lead.

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

Transfer quarterback Tanner Lee was picked off three times, with two of those being returned for touchdowns in the first quarter. Senior placekicker and Omaha Westside native Christian Hagan missed a 39-yard field goal, giving Nebraska the ball back with 11:16 left in the first half.

That score, with 8:52 remaining, was the first against the Blackshirts since the first half last week at OR, a span of 18 drives. Nebraska finally made it into NIU's red zone in the final minute of the half, but a 37-yard field goal attempt by Drew Brown was blocked as time ran out.

Brown was a flawless 4/4 inside 40 yards in 2016. And if the thought of Nebraska falling behind by two touchdowns in the first quarter at home against a team from the Mid-American Conference and being unable to recover from that sounds odd, that's because it is. Both defenses did a good job at the line of scrimmage, as Nebraska managed just 85 rushing yards on 36 carries, while the Huskies produced 85 yards on 31 totes. De'Mornay Pierson-El had eight receptions for 101 yards while Stanley Morgan Jr. had six catches for 94. In his first career start at running back, junior Mikale Wilbon ran for 90 yards. Lee is little more than a caretaker quarterback for Mike Riley's offense, but if he can't take care of the ball it begs the question as to whether he deserves to remain the starter.



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