By Tommy Rezac
LINCOLN – Nebraska (1-2) leads Rutgers (1-2) 14-10 at Memorial Stadium at the end of the first half.
Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee finished the first two quarters 6-of-13 for 51 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Nebraska junior running back Mikale Wilbon finished the half with 40 yards on six carries and a touchdown.
The Scarlet Knights got the ball to start the game, and drove 75 yards on seven plays, scoring on a two-yard touchdown from senior running back Gus Edwards.
Edwards finished the half with 48 yards on a dozen carries.
The Husker offense had a quick response on their first drive, marching 75 yards on 11 plays. Quarterback Tanner Lee hit redshirt freshman receiver J.D. Spielman for an 18-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7-7 with 6:52 left in the first quarter.
It was Spielman’s first receiving touchdown of his collegiate career. He’s Nebraska’s lead receiver so far with three catches for 26 yards.
Early in the second quarter, Lee threw his eighth interception of the season, giving Rutgers a short field at the Nebraska 43-yard-line. The Scarlet Knights moved 28 yards on six plays, and took the lead on a 33-yard field goal from senior kicker Andrew Harte put Rutgers on top 10-7 with 10:20 left in the second quarter.
Rutgers went three-and-out on its next offensive possession, and senior punter Ryan Anderson kicked it away to senior receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El, who returned the punt 63 yards to the Rutgers two-yard line.
That was Pierson-El’s longest punt return since he had an 80-yard return for a touchdown at Iowa in 2014. His longest return in all of 2016 was 45 yards against Oregon.
Wilbon punched into the end zone on the very next play, giving Nebraska its first lead of the game at 14-10 with 4:48 left in the first half. Wilbon now has three rushing touchdowns this season.
Nebraska will get the ball to start the second half.