Rex Burkhead ran for 121 yards and a touchdown, helping the Cornhuskers build a 17-0 lead with 8:51 in the third quarter. Penn State made a charge scoring on touchdown runs from Stephfon Green, but it wasn’t enough as NU held on for a 17-14 win.
The Nittany Lions senior scored from 5 yards with 5:07 in the third quarter, then added a 6-yard run at 5:42 of the fourth to get Penn State within three. Green finished with 71 yards on 17 carries.
Meanwhile, Burkhead finished with 25 carries and 121 yards. Kenny Bell led NU with four catches for 48 yards as Taylor Martinez was 13 of 26 for 143 while rushing for another 56 yards.
While the identity of Penn State University will be forever changed, the first step in healing was taken in this football game.
Penn State president Rod Erickson met the Nittany Lions in the locker room afterward and praised the team for their courage, heart and character. Fans showed up to support the “blueout,” wearing the school’s blue color in support of victims of child sexual abuse. Fans formed the outline of a blue ribbon in the student section. “We are … Penn State,” roared the crowd through the afternoon, the signature State College cheer.