Luckenbaugh’s leg pushes Northwestern over Nebraska in OT
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.
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.
Northwestern's Drew Luckenbaugh celebrates his game-winning field goal in overtime against Nebraska on Saturday.