Nebraska turned five Illinois turnovers into 24 points and picked up their third win in four games, a 54-35 final Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Illinois (4-6, 2-5) had three turnovers in the first half that led to 17 points for the Huskers which led 38-21 at half.
Adrian Martinez threw for 290 yards and accounted for four touchdowns and Devine Ozigbo ran for 162 yards and three scores. Martinez went 24-of-34 and threw for three touchdowns, and he ran 13 times for 55 yards and a TD. His 345 yards of total offense added to his school freshman-record 2,747. The 345-yard effort gives Martinez six 300-yard total offense games this season, tying a Nebraska season record. Martinez has tied the mark previously set by Joe Ganz in 2008 and Tommy Armstrong Jr. in 2015. Ozigbo broke a career-long 66-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and went 60 yards for another TD in the fourth. Ozigbo is 42 yards short of becoming the Huskers’ first 1,000-yard rusher since 2014.