3 takeaways from upset loss vs. Northern Illinois

Doug Mendoza
September 17, 2017

Yes, Northern Illinois is now 4-1 in their last five games against the Big Ten, but this doesn't look as strong as some past Huskies' teams. "I think he'll come back to work and get ready for the next game in a very great manner, and I've got a lot of confidence that that will occur and that he will be anxious to do that". Once caught, it was all over as Lurry went 87 yards for the score. Riley is hopeful sophomore running back Tre Bryant, who aggravated a knee injury on the first play of the fourth quarter and did not return after rushing for 107 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries against OR, will return to practice by Wednesday and be ready to play Saturday. NIU finished the game with 263 yards.

Nebraska got two more chances with the ball, advancing to the NIU 33 on the first drive before the Huskie defense - as it had nearly all day - stood strong with Mycial Allen defending the fourth and seven attempt and linebacker Kyle Pugh providing pressure.

The Huskers had been hoping that Lee, who struggled at Tulane but was being hyped in the offseason as an National Football League prospect, would be a better fit for Riley's offense.

Lee finished the game 25-for-47 for 299 yards and three interceptions. Nebraska had the ball for 11:42 of the first quarter (78 percent of the time) but trailed 14-0.

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NIU kicker Christian Hagan's 39-yard field goal attempt at the start of the second quarter missed wide right, and on the last play of the half, NIU's William Lee blocked Nebraska's field goal attempt from 37 yards. Against the Ducks, Nebraska rallied within seven points.

Nebraska marched 71 yards on 15 plays, ending the drive with a 36-yard field goal from Brown. Nebraska was also fortunate that a replay review overturned a Lee fumble that was returned deep into Husker territory. The Huskies (2-1) picked up two first downs on the next drive, but eventually punted into the end zone with 3:09 remaining.

Lee will need to turn it around, quickly, if he doesn't want Nebraska fans to start calling for his job.

Nebraska running back Mikale Wilbon will make his first career start in place of Tre Bryant (knee), and Antonio Reed will start at safety in place of Joshua Kalu (hamstring). "We couldn't get out of the hole". "I'd be making it up if I said I could sense a performance like this". It was a good added dimension to our defense today. "That's been us, and I don't like that". Luke Gifford led the Huskers with eight stops. A loss like this will give fans plenty of reason to question the direction of the program as the Huskers are now 1-2 and have dropped consecutive games. Kickoff from Memorial Stadium is set for 2:30 p.m.

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