Nebraska and Rutgers kick off Big Ten conference play at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2o17. Stay here for live updates, scores and analysis.
Nebraska-Rutgers live updates, score
This one wasn’t always pretty for Nebraska, but the Cornhuskers walked away with a 27-17 win over Rutgers. The Cornhuskers scored the final 13 points of the game after falling behind in the third quarter. Though Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee struggled a bit (13 of 26 for 109 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions), running back Devine Ozigbo had himself a nice day, racking up 101 yards on 24 carries. The Huskers, who are now 2-2, outgained the Scarlets Knights 306-194.
Nebraska 27, Rutgers 17 (Q4, 0:54): After the teams traded punts, Rutgers got the ball back with a chance for a miracle comeback, but Kyle Bolin threw an interception to Luke Gifford to seal a Cornhuskers victory.
Nebraska 27, Rutgers 17 (Q4, 5:59): Just as we said that, Ozigbo fumbled, but the Huskers recovered.
Drew Brown gets another field goal.
Nebraska 24, Rutgers 17 (Q4, 8:39): Devine Ozigbo has had a heck of a day so far. He’s had 76 yards on 15 attempts so far.
Nebraska 24, Rutgers 17 (Q4, 14:10): Drew Brown adds some security for Nebraska with a field goal.
And here’s a GIF of the defense dancing because why not:
It is, as the youngsters say, "lit" in Lincoln as we head to the fourth quarter: pic.twitter.com/EIPMNAz04M
— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) September 23, 2017
Nebraska 21, Rutgers 17 (Q3, 2:49): Huskers are back in the lead.
Lee had a nice 8-yard touchdown pass to Pierson-El that was between defenders. He was patient too, and the offensive line gave him the time to be. That was more than needed.
Nebraska 14, Rutgers 17 (Q3, 7:53): Lee has remained in the game, and has gotten a little momentum now on his side. Had a nice throw to Tyler Hoppes for a third down on third and 8.
A hands to the face penalty on Rutgers also gave Nebraska another 15 yards.
Nebraska 14, Rutgers 17 (Q3, 14:07): And former Husker Tommie Frazier has chimed in on the quarterback situation.
It's definitely time for a change at QB. #enoughalready
— Tommie Frazier (@TouchdownTommie) September 23, 2017
Nebraska 14, Rutgers 17 (Q3, 14:07): Well, Tanner Lee just threw another pick 6 so there’s that.
Nebraska 14, Rutgers 10 (Halftime): Hey, this is better than losing.
— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) September 23, 2017
Nebraska 14, Rutgers 10 (Q2, 2:00): After calling timeout, Rutgers came back on the field and went for it on 4th and 1. Nebraska shut it down.
Hard to believe Rutgers went for it but that’s a big confidence booster for Nebraska’s defense.
Nebraska 14, Rutgers 10 (Q2, 4:48): There’s a reason De’Mornay Pierson-El’s Twitter handle is @DontPunt_15. He just returned punt 63 yards and almost got a touchdown.
Wilbon took it the extra 4 yards to give Nebraska its first lead of the game.
Rutgers 10, Nebraska 7 (Q2, 10:20): Rutgers re-takes the lead after a Tanner Lee interception. The Scarlet Knights use good field position to get a 33-yard field goal.
Nebraska 7, Rutgers 7 (Q1, 4:05): Gabe Rahn getting some attention today. Now has two catches for 27 yards.
For context, that’s twice as many catches in 11 minutes than he’s had his entire career to this point.
Nebraska 7, Rutgers 7 (Q1, 6:52): That was a solid drive by the Huskers. It was 7 plays for 75 yards in 3:30. Tanner Lee was 3-for-3 for 40 yards, touchdown.
Offensive line looked better too.
Nebraska 7, Rutgers 7 (Q1, 6:52): Nebraska responds! Nebraska responds!
Quarterback Tanner Lee’s 18-yard touchdown pass to JD Spielman puts the Huskers on the board.
Worth noting on that drive: Jaylin Bradley is the No. 2 back, with Devine Ozigbo moving back to No. 3. Bradley also got his first collegiate rushing attempt for one yard.
Nebraska 0, Rutgers 7 (Q1, 7:06): Today’s attendance is 89,775.
Nebraska 0, Rutgers 7 (Q1, 8:42): Couple of quick roster notes. Brendan Jaimes, as expected, is in at right tackle. Mikale Wilbon is the starting running back again.
And Gabe Rahn makes an appearance!
Nebraska 0, Rutgers 7 (Q1, 10:32): And Rutgers scores.
Talk about a start that the Huskers did not need today.
Nebraska 0, Rutgers 0 (Q1, 11:25): Aaron Williams has just been ejected for targeting.
Nebraska 0, Rutgers 0 (Q1, 14:51): Sedrick King got the start at the CAT outside linebacker spot.
Nebraska 0, Rutgers 0 (Q1, 15:00): Nebraska won the toss and has deferred to the second half.
Nebraska 0, Rutgers 0 (Q1, 15:00): Let’s do this.
2:25 p.m.: Just a quick note that Stanley Morgan Jr. is suited up, but so was Tre Bryant last week. Morgan was not warming up though, and did not have his helmet on. Looks very stuff.
— Land of 10 Nebraska (@Landof10Huskers) September 23, 2017
2:05 p.m.: Last minute updates before kickoff. It’s hot out, so keep an eye on that. Hopefully cramping is not an issue today.
12:35 p.m.: Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade have arrived in Lincoln. They’re going to look sharp too.
Welcome back to Lincoln!
— Nebraska Basketball (@HuskerHoops) September 23, 2017
12:15 p.m.: The Huskers have arrived at Memorial Stadium.
12 a.m.: It’s game day.
— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) September 23, 2017
Nebraska-Rutgers game time, details
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. local)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 23
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb.
Weather: Intervals of clouds and sunshine in the morning with more clouds for later in the day, high of 87 degrees, 20 percent chance of rain
The line: Nebraska is listed as a 11.5-point favorite, per MyBookie.
Nebraska’s matchup with Rutgers on Saturday is a big one for a lot of reasons. First, it’s an opportunity for the Huskers to kick off Big Ten conference play on the right now. Second, it’s homecoming.
For what it’s worth, Nebraska has won its past 8 homecoming contents. On Saturday, the Huskers will be looking to make that No. 9.
Rutgers has the potential to be problematic for Nebraska. While 1-2 as well out of nonconference play, the Scarlet Knights come to Lincoln after a big 65-0 victory over Morgan State. Led by offensive coordinator Jerry Kill, Rutgers could be problematic for the Blackshirts. Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco knows this.
“Rutgers has some really talented skill players,” Diaco said earlier this week. “They have a veteran offensive line, [which] I believe four of the five are returning starters. They have a really talented tight end. He can do all the jobs, so he’s one of maybe the best tight ends we’ve played up to date in terms of being able to do all the jobs.”
Kill is also familiar with Nebraska from his time as the head coach of Minnesota from 2011-15. And on the reverse, Diaco is more than familiar with Kill as well.
“Coach Kill is a tough guy,” Diaco said. “He’s a brilliant football coach. No one needs me to say that. His record speaks for itself and reputation proceeds him and his teams are hard-nose.”
As for the offensive side of the ball, Nebraska will be looking to find its offensive identity and do a better job protecting Lee. The offense hasn’t looked how coach Mike Riley had hoped it would so far to date, but he’s hoping that can be fixed against Rutgers.
“We’ve really got to find our identity offensively,” Riley said. “I don’t think we’ve been good offensively this year consistently. Glimpses, good isolated plays. Nothing I would say that is an identity builder.”
Riley also echoed what Diaco had to say about Rutgers, calling them both physical and tough.
“I think they played tough, physical defense so we’ll have to handle their front,” Riley said. “We have to find a way to successfully both protect and run the football. They’ve done a nice job.”