No. 7 Nebraska No Longer Unbeaten, Fall To No. 11 Wisconsin 23-17 In OT

The No. 7 Huskers fall to the No. 11 Badgers in an overtime-thriller to chalk up their first loss of the season.

Nebraska: 17 Wisconsin: 23

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Offensive Player of the Game: Jordan Westerkamp

Though he did not score, the senior wide out had an excellent first game back from his injury. Westerkamp had two big catches, each setting up a Husker touchdown. The Illinois native added one more catch for a total of 62 yards on the day. The senior caption’s three catches placed him third on Nebraska’s all-time career receptions list, surpassing Johnny Rodgers tonight.

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 Defensive Player of the Game: Nate Gerry

The senior captain played his tail off in his final game in Madison, and played exceptionally well. The safety played with a lot of energy as he was flying to the ball and making some hard hits. Gerry ended the game with two interceptions and all seven of his tackles were solo stops. The Sioux Falls native now has 13 interceptions in his career, which is tied for second most career interceptions in Nebraska history.

The Moment It Was Over

The final play of the game. An incomplete pass in the end zone to Stanley Morgan Jr. on 4th down sealed the deal for a Wisconsin win in overtime.

Quote To Note:

"We are going to go back home and start practicing and get ready to play a better game next week, and get ready to win next week." - HC Mike Riley on what he told his team after the game

What A Nebraska Loss Means:

A loss for the Huskers ends their undefeated streak, but more importantly, gives them a loss in the Big Ten column. Nebraska is still in the lead for the Big Ten West with just one loss, but with Ohio State coming up next and Wisconsin owning the tiebreaker, their lead is in serious jeopardy.

Donuts:

* Tommy Armstrong Jr. is now just the 11th player in Big Ten history with 10,000 career offensive yards. The senior also finished with 39 yards on the ground and a touchdown to mark his 87th career touchdown, where he is now tied with Taylor Martinez for second most in Nebraska history.

* The Huskers outscored Wisconsin 7-3 in the second quarter, a quarter that has haunted Nebraska all season.

* Husker fans will of course remember the second to last play of the game and point fingers at the officials. It’s a bit extreme to say the missed pass interference call on Jordan Westerkamp lost Nebraska the game, but when you watch the replay it is pretty blatant that he got hit well before anyone made contact with the ball. A missed call led to a 4th and 8 attempt and we all know how that ended up.

* Nebraska improved drastically on their penalty problem they have had all year. The Huskers had only two penalties in the whole game for just 10 yards. This is a good sign for this Nebraska squad moving forward.

* This was a true gritty and physical Big Ten matchup. Each team had guys get banged up and injured over the course of the game. Huskers Tommy Armstrong Jr., Devine Ozigbo, Terrell Newby, Carlos Davis and Jordan Westerkamp all played through an injury at one point in the game. Starting offensive lineman Tanner Farmer went down early in the first quarter, and was carted off the field and did not return. This is yet another injury to their offensive front that they will need to worry about for the remainder of the season.

* Nebraska’s defense was simply worn out towards the tail end of the game. After holding the Badgers to just 50 yards on the ground in the first half, Wisconsin finished with 223 rushing yards and 337 total yards on the night. The Badger’s long touchdown drive to start the third quarter ate up a lot of clock and kept the blackshirts on the field for quite some time. Wisconsin’s offense had the ball for 27 minutes and 37 seconds of this game.

* Wisconsin’s defense showed exactly why they are the fourth best defense in the country. The Badgers held Nebraska to 153 yards on the ground, and running backs Newby and Ozigbo had a combined 110 yards in 27 attempts. Wisconsin also forced two turnovers and forced Nebraska to finish 9-18 on 3rd down attempts. 

* Despite losing, the Huskers outscored Wisconsin 10-0 in the fourth quarter. Nebraska has now outscored their opponents 108-13 in the final quarter of play. It’s safe to say that Nebraska controls the fourth quarter.

* Freshman punter Caleb Lightbourn had another great game punting the ball. Lightbourn averaged 41.6 yards on his seven punts, and had three punts inside the Badgers’ 20, tying his season high. 

* Sophomore wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. had a career-high five catches for 58 yards on the night. The Louisiana native had four catches in the fourth quarter to help set up the Huskers’ game-tying field goal.


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