Buckeyes take first Husker game of the season

Buckeye quarterback Justin Fields finished 20-of-21 for 276 yards and three total touchdowns. Ohio State (1-0) had 498 yards of total offense.
Justin Fields

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The Huskers fought hard, but Ohio State ultimately takes the win 52-17.

Buckeye quarterback Justin Fields finished 20-of-21 for 276 yards and three total touchdowns. Ohio State (1-0) had 498 yards of total offense.

The Huskers jumped out of the gate and took a 7-0 lead after a 10-yard touchdown run by starting quarterback Adrian Martinez. Fields led the Buckeyes back to take the lead with a 42-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Wilson in the first quarter.

Nebraska (0-1) was able to tie the game with just under four minutes to play before halftime on a three-yard touchdown run by Dedrick Mills.

However, Ohio State scored 10-straight points to end the half, and never looked back.

Nebraska finished the game with 377 yards of offense, including 210 rushing yards. Martinez finished 12-of-15 for 105 yards through the air and 77 yards on the ground.

The Huskers had two fumbles, one of which recovered by Ohio State and taken back for a touchdown.

Nebraska hosts Wisconsin next Saturday at 2:30 p.m.


  • Today marked the first time Nebraska has played a game before a crowd of less than 10,000 fans since a crowd of 6,166 fans for the 1962 Gotham Bowl game against Miami at Yankee Stadium (Dec. 15, 1962).
  • Players making their first career starts at Nebraska today included OT Bryce Benhart, WR Levi Falck, DL Ty Robinson, ILB Will Honas, OLB Garrett Nelson, PK Connor Culp and P William Pryzstup.  Falck (South Dakota), Culp (LSU) and Pryzstup (Michigan State) had previously started in their collegiate careers before transferring to Nebraska.
  • Tight end Austin Allen had a 26-yard reception in the first half.  Four of Allen’s 11 career catches have covered at least 20 yards, and two of the longest three catches of Allen’s career have occurred at Ohio State (41 yards in 2018).
  • Dicaprio Bootle broke up a pass in the second half for his 22nd career breakup, tying him for 10th place in career breakups at Nebraska.
  • Quarterback Adrian Martinez accounted for 182 yards of total offense against Ohio State.  With his output today, Martinez pushed his career total offense mark to 6,010 yards. He became the fourth Husker with better than 6,000 career total offense yards, joining Tommy Armstrong Jr., Taylor Martinez and Eric Crouch.
  • Martinez completed 12 passes in today’s game, moving him past Joe Ganz (381, 2006-08) into fourth place on Nebraska’s career completions chart. Martinez now has 385 career completions.
  • Nebraska averaged 6.0 yards per rush against Ohio State. The Huskers topped 5.5 yard per attempt just twice in 2019.
  • Luke McCaffrey finished with a career-high 87 yards rushing, topping his previous best of 83 at Maryland last season.
  • Will Honas was credited for 2.0 sacks today, the first multi-sack performance of his career. He also tied his personal best with 2.0 tackles for loss (also at Illinois, 2019).
  • Collin Miller finished with seven tackles, including a career-high 1.5 tackles for loss.
  • Saturday’s game was just the eighth all-time meeting between programs with 900 all-time victories.
  • Nebraska’s loss ended a streak of four straight victories in season-opening games against ranked teams. The last such victory was a 17-7 win over Oklahoma State in 2003.

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