Nebraska struggles flare up in overtime defeat to Northwestern

Mike Riley and Northwestern Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald meet at midfield after the conclusion of the Huskers 31-24 loss to the Wildcats at Memorial Stadium. (November 4, 2017) (KHGI)

What a difference a week makes. Just 7 days ago, Nebraska came out on top in a thriller that went down to the wire in West Lafayette. The Husker players seemed invigorated after a much needed shot in the arm. Then Northwestern rolled into town and Big Red could be back to square one.

Another rocky game from the Blackshirts. The Huskers allowed 475 total yards off of 80 plays. 232 coming on the ground for the Wildcats. That's the fourth straight week Nebraska has surrendered at least 200 yards rushing. Meanwhile, Bad Tanner reared his ugly head again. Lee tossed 3 interceptions including one in the red zone. Northwestern took advantage of that mistake, driving 84 yards down the field to tie the game. The Wildcats would eventually take down Big Red in overtime 31–24. At this point, one has to wonder if these loses are starting to take their toll on the Husker players.

" It’s a little too early to assess that," said Coach Riley. " I mean we just finished the game not long ago to know how they’re going to react in the next 48 hours so when we get to Monday’s practice or whenever that is, that’s when we’ll know more.”

Nebraska drops below .500 at 4–5. They will have to win 2 of their last three to qualify for a bowl.

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