Luck­en­baugh’s leg pushes North­west­ern over Ne­braska in OT

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Clay­ton Thor­son threw for 455 yards and three touch­downs, and Drew Luck­en­baugh kicked a 37-yard field goal in over­time to give North­west­ern a 34-31 vic­tory over win­less Ne- braska on Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon.

Ne­braska (0-6, 0-4 Big Ten) blew a 10-point lead in the fi­nal 5:41 in reg­u­la­tion and fell to 0-6 for the first time ever. They also ex­tended the long­est los­ing streak in the sto­ried pro­gram’s his­tory to 10 games. It’s not the start coach Scott Frost en­vi­sioned when he de­cided to take over at his alma mater af­ter or­ches­trat­ing a dras­tic turn­around in two sea­sons coach­ing Cen­tral Florida.

Flynn Nagel set ca­reer highs with 220 yards re­ceiv­ing and two touch­downs, and the Wild­cats (3-3, 2-2) won for the first time at home af­ter an 0-3 start at Ryan Field.

Things weren’t look­ing good for them trail­ing 31-21 with 5:41 left in the fourth quar­ter. But North­west­ern kicked a field goal, then drove 99 yards af­ter get­ting pinned at the 1 with 2:02 left.

The Wild­cats were aided by a

rough­ing-the-passer penalty against Car­los Davis that moved the ball out to the 16, and Thor­son fin­ished the drive with a 5-yard TD to JJ Jef­fer­son with 12 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion.

Ne­braska got the first shot in over­time af­ter North­west­ern de­ferred and a low snap in a shot­gun for­ma­tion on fourt­hand-1 at the 16 did in the Corn­huskers. Mar­tinez scooped up the loose ball around the 30, heaved it to the end zone from the 37 and got in­ter­cepted by JR Pace.

North­west­ern moved six yards be­fore Drew Luck­en­baugh nailed a 37-yarder on fourth down to give the Wild­cats their sec­ond straight vic­tory.

NO­TABLE

Mary­land 34, Rut­gers 7: Kasim Hill threw three touch­down passes, Ty John­son ran for 132 yards and Mary­land had five in­ter­cep­tions against woe­ful Rut­gers at Col­lege Park, Md.

The Ter­rap­ins (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) led 24-0 at half­time and cruised to the fin­ish.

Iowa 42, In­di­ana 16: Nate Stan­ley threw for 320 yards and a sea­son-high six touch­downs, and the Hawkeyes beat the Hoosiers at Bloom­ing­ton, Ind.

Stan­ley con­nected with nine dif­fer­ent wide re­ceivers, com­plet­ing 21 of 33 throws in a game where he was only sacked once.

JIM YOUNG AP

North­west­ern's Drew Luck­en­baugh cel­e­brates his game-win­ning field goal in over­time against Ne­braska on Sat­ur­day.

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