Nebraska generated almost no offense in the first half and got just 70 yards through the air on the 7-of-18 past McCaffrey along with two interceptions, three drops and several missed opportunities down the field.
NOW once again got fast numbers from the quarterback position but did not establish any ability to push the line with scrimmage in front.
Defensively, Illinois’ scoring drive covered 21 yards – after the turnover at the first game ̵
If these weren’t bad enough as the defense forced a three-and-out to open the second half with Huskers trailing 28-10 and looking for a spark, the return unit completely lost track of player Blake Hayes, who recognized that no one was paying attention and rolled 14 yards for a first down despite being completely unsure of what to do with so much green grass in front of him.
Just Confusing: What’s Up In Front Of Nebraska? A short week before a Black Friday trip to Iowa, but how does the program square such a promising outing against the Nittany Lions with such a deflationary setback against Illini?
This spelled problems from the start. Nebraska responded to revenue in the first game with its own touchdown drive, but then Illinois went straight down the field, 75 yards in nine plays, and scored again. Then Illini 65 went in seven pieces on their next trip. Seven more points.