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Nebraska shakes off Rutgers in 2nd half for 27-17 victory

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) An air of ''here we go again'' hung over Memorial Stadium on Saturday when Rutgers' Kiy Hester intercepted Tanner Lee early in the second half and ran 33 yards to the end zone to give the Scarlet Knights a three-point lead.

A week earlier here, Northern Illinois had two pick-sixes against Lee in one of Nebraska's most humiliating losses in years.

When Lee trotted onto the field for the next series against the Scarlet Knights, he got booed, and the Cornhuskers went three-and-out.

But coach Mike Riley stuck with Lee for the possession after that, and the transfer from Tulane completed 6 of 8 passes during a 97-yard drive that produced the go-ahead touchdown in a 27-17 win.

Lee, who has thrown a nation-high nine interceptions, has been the fans' whipping boy during a poor start to Riley's third year in Lincoln. He didn't pretend to not hear the boos.

''That was tough,'' he said. ''I made a dumb play there, that's for sure. I think the biggest thing was that we got the ball back inside our own 5 and we finished with a touchdown. That was the most important thing to us right there. We got it done.''

The Huskers (2-2, 1-0 Big Ten) pounded away at the Scarlet Knights and wore them down in the second half. Devine Ozigbo ran 24 times for 101 yards after having carried just twice in the first three games, and Mikale Wilbon added 78 yards.

It was a much-needed victory for Riley two days after the firing of athletic director Shawn Eichorst was announced. With Eichorst out, the focus has shifted to Riley and what he and his team must do the rest of the season for him to keep his job.

Riley got a handshake from university President Hank Bounds as he walked off the field. He appeared worn out at the postgame news conference, speaking a bit softer than usual.

''Winning games are hard,'' Riley said. ''I would suppose after last week, that game was... These kids are happy right now. They know it was hard, they know they played well, and they knew a lot of new parts played an important role.''

The Huskers were missing top receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. to a neck injury, and a host of other players on both sides of the ball were out with injuries. Rutgers was without playmaker Janarion Grant, who missed the last eight games in 2016 because of a broken ankle and was hurt in the second quarter last week against Morgan State.

The Knights (1-3, 0-1), who have lost 15 straight Big Ten games, had leads of 7-0 and 10-7 in the first half before De'Mornay Pierson-El ran back a punt 63 yards to set up Wilbon's 4-yard touchdown run that put the Huskers up 14-10 at half.

''We struggled to stop the run, especially in the second half,'' Rutgers coach Chris Ash said. ''And we gave up the long punt return. When you do those things you're going to struggle to win games. The second half we wore out, just the lack of depth on the defensive line.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Rutgers: The Knights turned in a game effort in a tough road environment a week after beating FCS Morgan State to end an 11-game losing streak. For a team lacking much offensive firepower, the absence of Grant was glaring.

Nebraska: The Huskers didn't earn any style points, but any win is good right now for Riley. Nebraska put this one away by controlling the ball in the second half.

QB SWITCH?

Riley said he never considered taking Lee out and putting in Patrick O'Brien after the pick-six.

''Just by the fact that this is a three-point game, he's played so much more, and we had a lot of faith that he would bring it back and he did,'' Riley said. ''He made some real good throws after that. It had nothing to do with how we feel about Patrick, either. This guy (Lee) has been in the games and he sucked it up and made some throws.''

NICE CATCH

Rutgers' Jerome Washington kept alive his team's opening drive with a behind-the-back catch of Kyle Bolin's third-and-9 pass. Washington started to drop the ball but somehow it ended up on his calves, with Washington reaching around to hold it there as he tumbled over. Seven plays later the Scarlet Knights scored.

TARGETING CALL

The Huskers, already missing Joshua Kalu, lost safety Aaron Williams when he was called for targeting on Rutgers' first series. Williams initiated helmet-to-helmet contact after Hunter Hayek made a catch long the sideline.

UP NEXT

Rutgers hosts No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday.

Nebraska visits Illinois on Friday night.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 6:04
34-D.Brown 27 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
2
yds
2:51
pos
17
27
Field Goal 14:15
34-D.Brown 32 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
22
yds
1:19
pos
17
24
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Touchdown 0:40
9-K.Bolin incomplete. INTERCEPTED by 25-A.Reed at RUT 46. 25-A.Reed runs 46 yards for a touchdown. Team penalty on NEB Illegal block in the back declined. Penalty on NEB 6-E.Lee Illegal block in the back 10 yards enforced at RUT 27.
0
plays
46
yds
0:00
pos
23
21
Point After TD 2:49
34-D.Brown extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
21
Touchdown 2:49
13-T.Lee complete to 15-D.Pierson-El. 15-D.Pierson-El runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
20
plays
107
yds
08:10
pos
17
20
Point After TD 14:07
97-A.Harte extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
14
Touchdown 14:18
13-T.Lee incomplete. INTERCEPTED by 2-K.Hester at NEB 33. 2-K.Hester runs 33 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
33
yds
0:00
pos
16
14
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:48
34-D.Brown extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
14
Touchdown 4:48
21-M.Wilbon runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
4
yds
00:05
pos
10
13
Field Goal 10:20
97-A.Harte 33 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
28
yds
2:17
pos
10
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:52
34-D.Brown extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 6:52
13-T.Lee complete to 10-J.Spielman. 10-J.Spielman runs 18 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
75
yds
03:30
pos
7
6
Point After TD 10:28
97-A.Harte extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 10:28
13-G.Edwards runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
69
yds
04:32
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 12 20
Rushing 4 11
Passing 7 8
Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Conv 3-12 8-17
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 194 306
Total Plays 55 73
Avg Gain 3.5 4.2
Net Yards Rushing 68 197
Rush Attempts 24 47
Avg Rush Yards 2.8 4.2
Net Yards Passing 126 109
Comp. - Att. 15-31 13-26
Yards Per Pass 4.1 4.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards -3--27 -5--28
Touchdowns 2 4
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 0 2
Other 1 1
Turnovers 2 3
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 2 2
Punts - Avg 6-45.7 5-38.8
Return Yards 74 121
Punts - Returns 0-0 3-56
Kickoffs - Returns 2-41 2-49
Int. - Returns 2-33 2-16
Kicking 3/3 5/5
Extra Points 2/2 3/3
Field Goals 1/1 2/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Rutgers 1-3 737017
Nebraska 2-2 777627
126 PASS YDS 109
68 RUSH YDS 197
194 TOTAL YDS 306
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Bolin 9 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
48.4% 126 0 2 69.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.3% 642 3 6 99.9
K. Bolin 15/31 126 0 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
G. Edwards 13 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 58 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
62 259 2
G. Edwards 15 58 1 13
R. Martin 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 172 1
R. Martin 5 14 0 6
K. Bolin 9 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 -3 0
K. Bolin 1 11 0 11
J. Lewis 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 58 4
J. Lewis 1 2 0 2
R. Blackshear 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 112 2
R. Blackshear 1 1 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Bailey 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 80 1
D. Bailey 3 38 0 19
H. Hayek 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 32 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 34 0
H. Hayek 3 32 0 19
J. Washington 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 27 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 135 1
J. Washington 3 27 0 11
D. Mitchell 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 122 0
D. Mitchell 1 16 0 16
N. Griffin-Stewart 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 38 1
N. Griffin-Stewart 1 12 0 12
J. Harris 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 0
J. Harris 1 4 0 4
G. Edwards 13 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 23 0
G. Edwards 1 2 0 2
R. Blackshear 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 30 0
R. Blackshear 0 0 0 0
O. Fatukasi 3 LB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
O. Fatukasi 0 0 0 0
R. Martin 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 -5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 1 0
R. Martin 2 -5 0 -2
Defense T-A SACK INT
S. Hampton 9 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
S. Hampton 8-2 0.0 0
K. Hester 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 2 0.0
K. Hester 6-1 0.0 1
T. Morris 15 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-7 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-7 0 0.0
T. Morris 6-7 0.0 0
D. Davis 59 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Davis 4-0 0.0 0
K. Turay 58 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
K. Turay 4-4 0.0 0
K. Wilkins 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
K. Wilkins 3-3 0.0 0
I. Wharton 11 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
I. Wharton 3-0 0.0 0
B. Austin 10 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
B. Austin 3-1 0.0 1
J. Bateky 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
J. Bateky 3-1 0.0 0
D. Roberts 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
D. Roberts 3-1 0.0 0
D. Hayes 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Hayes 3-0 0.0 0
R. Douglas 21 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
R. Douglas 2-1 0.0 0
S. Joseph 51 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
S. Joseph 2-0 0.0 0
K. Gray 17 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
K. Gray 2-2 0.0 0
A. Mitchell 2 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Mitchell 1-0 0.0 0
W. Previlon 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
W. Previlon 1-0 0.0 0
J. Turner 50 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Turner 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Harte 97 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
4/5 13/13
A. Harte 1/1 33 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Anderson 96 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 45.7 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
22 43.0 3
R. Anderson 6 45.7 3 60
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Hicks 8 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 27.0 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 18.7 27 0
J. Hicks 1 27.0 27 0
R. Blackshear 25 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
R. Blackshear 1 14.0 14 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Lee 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 109 2 2 95.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.1% 898 7 9 107.2
T. Lee 13/26 109 2 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Ozigbo 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
24 101 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 109 0
D. Ozigbo 24 101 0 20
M. Wilbon 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 78 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
43 191 3
M. Wilbon 14 78 1 15
J. Bradley 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 16 0
J. Bradley 6 16 0 8
J. Spielman 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 7 0
J. Spielman 1 6 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Spielman 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 46 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 171 1
J. Spielman 5 46 1 18
G. Rahn 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 27 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 27 0
G. Rahn 2 27 0 17
D. Pierson-El 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 22 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 210 3
D. Pierson-El 3 22 1 10
T. Hoppes 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 110 0
T. Hoppes 2 16 0 9
S. Morgan Jr. 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 299 3
S. Morgan Jr. 0 0 0 0
C. Young 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
C. Young 0 0 0 0
M. Wilbon 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 23 0
M. Wilbon 1 -2 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Reed 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
A. Reed 5-1 0.0 1
D. Young II 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
D. Young II 5-1 0.0 0
C. Weber 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
C. Weber 4-0 0.0 0
L. Jackson 21 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
L. Jackson 4-0 0.0 0
C. Davis 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
C. Davis 2-1 0.0 0
M. Stoltenberg 44 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
M. Stoltenberg 2-1 0.0 0
L. Gifford 12 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 1 0.0
L. Gifford 2-3 0.0 1
B. Stille 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
B. Stille 2-1 0.0 0
M. Barry 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Barry 1-0 0.0 0
E. Lee Jr. 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
E. Lee Jr. 1-0 0.0 0
D. Bootle 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Bootle 1-0 0.0 0
F. Akinmoladun 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
F. Akinmoladun 1-0 0.0 0
P. O'Brien 12 QB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
P. O'Brien 1-0 0.0 0
A. Williams 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
A. Williams 1-0 0.0 0
D. Thomas 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. Thomas 1-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Brown 34 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 3/3
SEASON FG XP
5/6 15/15
D. Brown 2/2 32 3/3 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Lightbourn 35 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 38.8 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
23 42.3 3
C. Lightbourn 5 38.8 3 64
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Spielman 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 24.5 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 38.8 25 1
J. Spielman 2 24.5 25 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Pierson-El 15 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 18.7 63 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 8.6 63 0
D. Pierson-El 3 18.7 63 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 RUT 25 4:32 12 75 TD
6:52 RUT 25 1:52 3 -10 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:44 RUT 20 2:19 7 5 Punt
12:41 NEB 43 2:21 5 28 FG
6:07 RUT 15 0:53 3 6 Punt
4:41 RUT 27 2:37 5 22 Downs
1:00 RUT 15 0:42 2 6 End of Quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:24 RUT 50 1:16 3 5 Punt
2:42 RUT 16 2:02 4 21 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:10 RUT 25 0:46 3 5 Punt
5:59 RUT 25 1:21 6 10 Punt
1:52 RUT 6 0:49 3 67 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:22 NEB 25 3:30 7 75 TD
4:53 NEB 40 2:01 6 12 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:09 NEB 13 1:20 3 44 INT
10:20 NEB 25 4:04 8 24 Punt
4:53 RUT 4 0:05 1 4 TD
2:00 RUT 49 0:48 3 4 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 NEB 24 0:37 3 74 INT
14:07 NEB 25 1:37 4 -6 Punt
10:59 NEB 3 8:10 20 97 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:28 RUT 37 0:18 4 22 FG
13:15 NEB 40 7:11 12 50 FG
4:28 NEB 8 2:24 5 22 Punt
0:54 RUT 27 0:29 2 -4