The first three meetings between Nebraska and Northwestern were all close and after the first half it looked like it would come down to the end again, but the Huskers scored 24 unanswered points in the second half for 38-17 win. Bo Pelini was happy with the finish.
Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. completed 18-of-29 passes for 221 yards. He did not throw an interception or a touchdown pass, but he made a couple of big third down completions. He was 5 of 6 passing on third down in the second half, able to convert and sustain drives. He did haul in his first career touchdown catch, a 16-yard reception from freshman wide receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El after a reverse handoff from Abdullah.