What happened and what mattered in the Northwestern 34-31 overtime win over Nebraska?
Northwestern 34, Nebraska 31 OT
Ohhhhh, Nebraska. Give Northwestern the credit for pulling this off, but Nebraska gagged this away, playing like a team that didn’t know how to win. From coverage issues in the clutch, to three turnovers, to a missed extra point and missed makable field goal, to the horrible penalties at the absolute worst times – including a roughing the passer call that bailed the Cats out of horrendous field position – there are still way too many mistakes.
At least Nebraska finally went a game without committing double-digit penalties. It got flagged nine times for 89 yards.
But again, give Northwestern credit. The team was dead, down 14 late, went for an onside kick, and then got a brilliant finishing kick from Clayton Thorson, rallying the team back with two wonderful scoring drives to tie it up, and that was it. Nebraska screwed up its overtime chance with a penalty, a missed snap, and it did the rest to give it away.
Adrian Martinez was good, but more than that, this was the big game for the running game. Devine Ozigbo ran 22 times for 159 yards and two scores. Martinez completed 25-of-35 passes for 251 yards and a score with two picks, and he ran for 37 yards.
Thorson checked down a bit too much, but when he had to come through, he did, hitting 41-of-64 passes for 455 yards and three scores with two picks. RB John Moten got banged up for a ground game that ran 23 times for 32 yards.