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Tanner throws 3 TDs, Nebraska rolls past Illinois 28-6

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) When Nebraska ended its nonconference schedule with a loss to Northern Illinois, it didn't just drop the Cornhuskers to 1-2. It also served as an early turning point in the season and cost athletic director Shawn Eichorst his job.

Life in the Big Ten has been much easier.

Last week, the Cornhuskers pulled out a back-and-forth victory against Rutgers. But on Friday, they were in total control.

Entering the matchup, Tanner Lee led the FBS with nine interceptions and was held to 109 yards by the Scarlet Knights. Against Illinois, he threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns, helping lead Nebraska to a 28-6 win.

''I think it's coaching,'' Lee said. ''The looks we were expecting the looks we got, the plays we were running were things we practiced all week at practice. . I'm glad that we got into a rhythm there. We just looked good.''

The Cornhuskers (3-2, 2-0) led wire to wire, scoring on their first possession, a quick 88-yard drive capped by a 45-yard touchdown pass from Lee to De'Mornay Pierson-El, and was never under pressure.

Pierson-El finished the night with four receptions for 94 yards and one score. Stanley Morgan Jr. also had a big night with a career-high eight receptions for 96 yards and a score.

''I think (Lee) passed well,'' Morgan Jr. said. ''He did an excellent job, just finding open receivers and getting the ball to us.''

Morgan Jr's strong outing also moved him up the list of Cornhusker greats. He now has 84 catches and 1,152 receiving yards which are ranked 12th and 16th, respectively, in school history.

Led by running back Devine Ozigbo, Nebraska also dominated Illinois on the ground. Ozigbo had 106 yards on 18 carries. His 15-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was his first score of the season.

Illinois (2-2, 0-1) continued to struggle behind run-first quarterback Chayce Crouch. He made several plays with his legs, including an impressive 19-yard tackle-breaking scamper just before the half, but he threw for only 99 yards. Crouch has yet to eclipse 150 passing yards this season.

The Illini struggles showed after they kicked a field goal to cut the deficit to 21-6 midway through the third quarter. Patrick Nelson forced an Ozigbo fumble that was recovered by Stanley Green on the Nebraska 28. But the team lost 14 yards in three plays and was forced to punt.

''Man, I thought the defense rose up all day long,'' Nebraska coach Mike Riley said. ''Our ability to keep them out of the end zone was beautiful.''

The Illini have now lost 15 of their last 17 games following a bye week.

''We didn't get anything going tonight,'' coach Lovie Smith said. ''Can't talk about anyone playing well. We need a better game plan, and we need to play better. Simple as that.''

TAKEAWAYS

Nebraska: After an upset loss to Northern Illinois and athletic director Shawn Eichorst getting fired, the Cornhuskers appear to have found some stability. Nebraska has picked up two conference wins and gained momentum heading into next week's home matchup with No. 10 Wisconsin. With a good outing against the Badgers, Riley could show that the program hasn't taken a step back from its 9-4 season a year ago.

Illinois: The Illini are ranked last in the Big Ten in total offense and against the Cornhuskers it was clear why. Crouch threw inaccurate passes throughout the game, and showed limited ability to get the ball down field. A week after playing backup quarterback Jeff George Jr. in the second half against South Florida, Smith let Crouch play out the game. But heading into next week, he may reevaluate who starts under center.

LEADING WITH HIS ARM

Lee came into the game with nine interceptions, the most in FBS. But against the young Illini secondary - they start a senior, a sophomore and two freshmen - he was efficient and effective.

Lee was 17 of 24 and no interceptions. He hit wide-open targets but also made some throws up narrow seams in the Illinois defense and into tight spots over the middle.

The only sign of the interception-prone Lee came late in the third quarter, throwing a deep ball right at Illinois linebacker Del'Shawn Phillips. Intended receiver Tyler Hoppes managed to knock the ball out of Phillips' hands.

LOST STARTER

On Nebraska's third offensive play of the game, defensive back Bennett Williams was ejected for targeting after a big hit on Hoppes. Williams is the second Illini to be thrown out of a game this season. Linebacker Tre Watson received a targeting penalty in Week Two against Western Kentucky.

STRUGGLING SENIOR

Running back Kendrick Foster was named the Week One starter for the Illini, but since being replaced by freshman Mike Epstein, he has struggled to make plays. In the loss to Nebraska, Foster muffed two kickoff returns and only carried the ball one time for a loss of 5 yards. Last year, Foster led the team with 720 yards and seven touchdowns. This season, has totaled 21 yards and hasn't scored.

UP NEXT

Nebraska: The Cornhuskers are back at home to face No. 10 Wisconsin, 3-0, next Saturday.

Illinois: The Illini play at Iowa next Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 13:34
34-D.Brown extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
6
Touchdown 13:34
13-T.Lee complete to 8-S.Morgan. 8-S.Morgan runs 23 yards for a touchdown.
15
plays
103
yds
04:52
pos
27
6
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 7:53
43-C.McLaughlin 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
46
yds
05:31
pos
21
6
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:23
34-D.Brown extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
3
Touchdown 1:23
13-T.Lee complete to 88-T.Hoppes. 88-T.Hoppes runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
89
yds
05:02
pos
20
3
Point After TD 10:38
34-D.Brown extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
3
Touchdown 10:38
22-D.Ozigbo runs 15 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
75
yds
04:19
pos
13
3
Field Goal 14:57
43-C.McLaughlin 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
17
plays
84
yds
08:14
pos
7
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 8:57
34-D.Brown extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 8:57
13-T.Lee complete to 15-D.Pierson-El. 15-D.Pierson-El runs 45 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
102
yds
03:08
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 23 15
Rushing 9 6
Passing 12 7
Penalty 2 2
3rd Down Conv 7-11 5-12
4th Down Conv 1-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 400 170
Total Plays 62 53
Avg Gain 6.5 3.2
Net Yards Rushing 165 93
Rush Attempts 38 37
Avg Rush Yards 4.3 2.5
Net Yards Passing 235 77
Comp. - Att. 17-24 10-16
Yards Per Pass 9.8 4.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-11 5-29
Penalties - Yards 5-70 5-49
Touchdowns 4 0
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 3 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 3-1
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 2-33.5 5-37.0
Return Yards 24 43
Punts - Returns 1-4 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 1-20 3-43
Int. - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kicking 4/4 2/2
Extra Points 4/4 0/0
Field Goals 0/0 2/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Nebraska 3-2 7140728
Illinois 2-2 03306
235 PASS YDS 77
165 RUSH YDS 93
400 TOTAL YDS 170
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Lee 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.8% 246 3 0 198.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.7% 1144 10 9 120.1
T. Lee 17/24 246 3 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Ozigbo 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 106 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 215 1
D. Ozigbo 18 106 1 20
M. Wilbon 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 60 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
56 251 3
M. Wilbon 13 60 0 15
J. Spielman 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 19 0
J. Spielman 2 12 0 8
J. Bradley 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 23 0
J. Bradley 1 7 0 7
T. Lee 13 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 -60 2
T. Lee 2 -16 0 -6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
S. Morgan Jr. 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 96 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
26 395 4
S. Morgan Jr. 8 96 1 23
D. Pierson-El 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 94 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 304 4
D. Pierson-El 4 94 1 45
T. Hoppes 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 27 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 137 1
T. Hoppes 2 27 1 21
J. Spielman 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 196 1
J. Spielman 2 25 0 18
T. Lindsey 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 48 0
T. Lindsey 1 4 0 4
C. Ketter 89 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
C. Ketter 0 0 0 0
L. McNitt 41 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 11 0
L. McNitt 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Weber 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 1 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 1 1.0
C. Weber 8-1 1.0 1
A. Reed 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
A. Reed 6-0 0.0 0
B. Stille 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
B. Stille 4-0 1.0 0
A. Williams 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
A. Williams 4-1 0.0 0
L. Gifford 12 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 1 0.0
L. Gifford 3-2 0.0 0
C. Davis 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
C. Davis 3-0 1.0 0
K. Davis 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
K. Davis 3-0 1.0 0
M. Stoltenberg 44 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
M. Stoltenberg 2-1 0.0 0
E. Lee Jr. 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
E. Lee Jr. 2-1 0.0 0
S. King 17 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
S. King 2-1 0.0 0
D. Young II 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-5 0 0.0
D. Young II 2-4 0.0 0
L. Jackson 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
L. Jackson 2-0 0.0 0
D. Thomas 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
D. Thomas 2-1 0.0 0
A. Davis 22 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Davis 1-0 0.0 0
F. Akinmoladun 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
F. Akinmoladun 1-0 1.0 0
M. Barry 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
M. Barry 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Brown 34 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 4/4
SEASON FG XP
5/6 19/19
D. Brown 0/0 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Lightbourn 35 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 33.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
25 41.6 1
C. Lightbourn 2 33.5 1 35
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Spielman 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 20.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 36.1 20 1
J. Spielman 1 20.0 20 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Pierson-El 15 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 4.0 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 8.1 4 0
D. Pierson-El 1 4.0 4 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Crouch 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60% 99 0 1 102.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.2% 427 1 4 93.7
C. Crouch 9/15 99 0 1
T. Davis 15 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 7 0 0 158.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 7 0 0 158.8
T. Davis 1/1 7 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
M. Epstein 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 42 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
50 263 3
M. Epstein 10 42 0 13
C. Crouch 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 37 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
46 93 1
C. Crouch 18 37 0 19
R. Bonner 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 36 1
R. Bonner 4 10 0 6
R. Corbin 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 9 0
R. Corbin 4 9 0 7
K. Foster 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 21 0
K. Foster 1 -5 0 -5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Dudek 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 37 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 195 1
M. Dudek 2 37 0 19
M. Turner 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 122 0
M. Turner 3 25 0 11
C. Green 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 18 0
C. Green 1 18 0 18
D. Thieman 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 17 0
D. Thieman 1 11 0 11
R. Smalling 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 117 0
R. Smalling 1 10 0 10
B. Walker 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 7 0
B. Walker 1 7 0 7
R. Bonner 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -2 0
R. Bonner 1 -2 0 -2
Defense T-A SACK INT
P. Nelson 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
P. Nelson 8-2 0.0 0
S. Green 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
S. Green 6-0 0.0 0
N. Hobbs 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
N. Hobbs 6-3 0.0 0
J. Jones 2 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 1 0.0
J. Jones 4-2 0.0 0
T. Watson 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 1 0.5
T. Watson 4-3 0.5 0
D. Phillips 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.5
D. Phillips 4-3 0.5 0
B. Roundtree 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
B. Roundtree 4-2 0.0 0
J. Crawford 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
J. Crawford 4-1 1.0 0
D. DeGroot 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
D. DeGroot 3-1 0.0 0
J. Dunlap 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Dunlap 1-0 0.0 0
J. Milan 55 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Milan 1-0 0.0 0
R. Corbin 2 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Corbin 1-0 0.0 0
I. Gay 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
I. Gay 1-0 0.0 0
C. Green 5 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Green 1-0 0.0 0
J. Woods 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Woods 1-1 0.0 0
K. Jackson 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. Jackson 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. McLaughlin 43 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 0/0
SEASON FG XP
5/6 4/4
C. McLaughlin 2/2 25 0/0 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Hayes 14 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 37.0 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
23 39.0 3
B. Hayes 5 37.0 3 44
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Foster 22 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 14.3 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 19.2 29 0
K. Foster 3 14.3 29 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:05 NEB 12 3:08 9 88 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:57 NEB 25 4:19 8 75 TD
6:25 NEB 11 5:02 9 89 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 NEB 20 1:20 3 1 Punt
7:49 NEB 25 0:32 2 12 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
5:01 NEB 7 4:52 15 93 TD
12:20 NEB 40 2:55 7 24 Punt
6:54 NEB 24 6:31 14 53 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ILL 25 2:48 5 29 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:51 ILL 29 8:14 17 64 FG
10:35 ILL 18 4:04 8 44 Punt
1:19 ILL 18 1:14 7 37 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:24 ILL 47 5:31 11 46 FG
7:09 NEB 32 1:55 3 10 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:34 ILL 25 1:06 3 -2 Fumble
9:18 ILL 16 2:18 4 16 Punt