LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Cornhuskers entered the half scoreless, but were able to put a few points on the board in the team’s 56-14 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Here are three things we learned from Nebraska’s loss.
Blackshirts couldn’t stop Ohio State
To begin, let’s take a quick look at Ohio State’s scoring drives Saturday:
- 9 plays, 96 yards, 2 minutes, 44 seconds
- 9-85, 3:48
- 8-80, 3:11
- 8-71, 3:23
- 8-59, 2:29
- 9-75, 3:31
- 7-75, 3:16
- 15-66, 6:24
The first thing that stands out is how many 70-plus-yard scoring drives Nebraska’s defense allowed against Ohio State. Another? It took 7 to 9 plays to get it done, with the exception of the Buckeyes’ final touchdown drive.
Beyond that, Ohio State also set the record for most first downs by a Nebraska opponent in a game with 41. That surpassed both Wyoming in 2013 and Kansas in 2007, which had 34.
The most yards Nebraska has ever given up in a game was 656 to Oklahoma in 1956. The Buckeyes didn’t quite hit that number, but it was close. Ohio State ended with 633 total yards of offense.
All of that summed up says one thing: Nebraska’s defense couldn’t stop Ohio State, and it was painful at times to watch.
JD Spielman has a bright future
Nebraska didn’t do a lot offensively against Ohio State, but wide receiver JD Spielman still made some major plays against the Buckeyes. He ended with 200 yards and 1 touchdown on 11 catches. He also set a Nebraska single-game record, breaking Matt Davison’s mark of 167.
Speaking of Spielman’s touchdown, it was on a 77-yard pass from quarterback Tanner Lee. Lee gave all the credit to Spielman postgame.
“It was a 5-yard pass, and he did the rest,” Lee said.
While it wasn’t under the best of circumstances, Spielman highlighted just how spectacular he can be. There’s a lot to be excited about with him in the future.
Nebraska’s specialists are pretty solid
Nebraska kicker Drew Brown didn’t think the Huskers’ specialists did much worth talking about Saturday night. However, there were moments that highlighted just how solid the group really is.
One of those moments?
About the only good thing I did all day😂😂 https://t.co/bDEP7f7aaT
— Drew Brown (@Drewdbrown34) October 15, 2017
Brown’s tackle was a big-time play that prevented what could have been an Ohio State kickoff return for a touchdown.
Beyond that, punter Caleb Lightbourn had a strong night. He had 4 punts for 192 yards that averaged 48 yards. His longest was a 57-yard punt that put Ohio State on the 4-yard line.
Again, it feels like a bit of a consolation prize, but this could have also been an area of struggle for Nebraska. Instead, the Huskers’ specialists did their job, and that’s worth something.