Huskers fall to the Golden Gophers in regular season finale, 24-17

Offensive struggles haunt Nebraska yet again as Minnesota defeats the Huskers, 24-17, in the regular season finale at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Offensive struggles haunt Nebraska yet again as Minnesota defeats the Huskers, 24-17, in the regular season finale at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Nebraska (2-5) managed just 308 yards of total offense, including just 111 yards in the passing game against one the worst defense in the Big Ten statistically.

“We just didn’t execute very well on offense,” Nebraska coach Scott Frost said.

This is Frost’s 20th loss as the Huskers’ football coach.

Nebraska held the lead at 14-10 after an Adrian Martinez touchdown run. However, Minnesota (3-3) marched down the field and scored on a Tanner Morgan touchdown pass after Cam Taylor-Britt was ejected for targeting.  The Gophers never trailed after that play.

“I’m hurting for the kids,” Frost said “I love this team. I love these kids for the fight they have in them.”

Nebraska now waits to see who it’s crossover opponent will be next week. The Big Ten is expected to make that announcement on Sunday.

POST GAME NOTES

·         Today’s game marked the first December game in Memorial Stadium history. Memorial Stadium opened in 1923.

·         Quarterback Adrian Martinez completed 16-of-27 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown. He has completed 57-of-77 passes (74.0 percent) over the past three games.

·         Martinez carried 15 times for 96 yards and a touchdown.  He increased his career rushing total to 1,619, moving to seventh on the Nebraska quarterback rushing chart. Martinez passed Scott Frost (1,533) in today’s game.

·         Martinez posted 207 yards of total offense and is eight yards away from becoming the fourth Husker to record 7,000 yards of total offense in a Nebraska career.

·         Offensive tackle Brenden Jaimes started his 40th career game today. He is just the second offensive lineman in Nebraska history to start 40 career games. The school record for starts by an offensive lineman is 41 by Jeremiah Sirles.

·         Nebraska sophomore receiver Wan’Dale Robinson caught six passes for 41 yards. Robinson increased his season receptions total to 45 and has totaled 24 catches in the past three games. Robinson is five catches from the 15th 50-catch season in Nebraska history.

·         Robinson rushed eight times for 49 yards in the game, including a career-long 47-yard run in the second quarter. His previous long rush was 42 yards vs. Northwestern in 2019. The 47-yard run also ties Nebraska’s long rush of the year, matching Luke McCaffrey’s 47-yard run at Ohio State

·         Nebraska junior tight end Austin Allen caught an eight-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, marking his first career touchdown catch. His streak of having at least 25 receiving yards ended today at six straight games, as his touchdown was his only catch of the day.

·         Connor Culp missed a 32-yard field goal in the third quarter, ending his streak of nine straight made field goals. Culp connected on a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter and is now 13-of-15 on field goals this season.

·         Deontai Williams led Nebraska with 10 tackles, his second straight double-figure tackle game.

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