Northwestern quarterback Cain Kolter’s 81 yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Ebert opened up an 11 point lead that the 10th ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers just couldn’t make up in time losing to the Wildcats 28-25 Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.
Up 14-10 early in the third, that big touchdown seemed to swing momentum in the favor of Northwestern as they jumped out to a 21-10 lead. However, the Huskers came right back putting together a 12 play, 74 yard drive capped by Rex Burkhead’s one yard run and Taylor Martinez’ two point conversion run to pull NU back to within a field goal at 21-18. The Wildcats responded on their next drive, chewing up nearly seven and a half minutes and scoring another touchdown on Colter’s one yard run to go up 28-18. Nebraska added a late touchdown with :18 remaining on a 14 yard pass from Martinez to Kenny Bell.
Martinez finished 29 of 38 for 308 yards with two touchdowns and no picks. The story of the day was the job that Northwestern did in limiting Rex Burkhead to just 50 yards on 21 carries. His longest gain was nine yards.
A triple threat of quarterbacks in Colter, Dan Persa and Trevor Siemian combined for 16 of 24 yards for 261 yards with the one long touchdown. Lavonte David and Austin Cassidy came up with interceptions.
Northwestern outgained Nebraska 468-411.