LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Northwestern and Nebraska each received thrillers final week, they usually could possibly be in for one more incredible end Saturday if this badembly is like their others at Memorial Stadium.
Since the Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten in 2011, their three video games in Lincoln have been determined by a complete of eight factors.
In 2015, Northwestern ran out the final 4 minutes for a 30-28 win after the Huskers’ two-point conversion cross fell incomplete. In 2013, Jordan Westerkamp got here down with a 49-yard Hail Mary from Ron Kellogg III for a 27-24 Nebraska win. In 2011, the Huskers scored with 14 seconds left however could not recuperate an ensuing onside kick in Northwestern’s 28-25 win.
The winner Saturday will take sole possession of second place within the Big Ten West. The Wildcats (5-Three, Three-2) additionally hope to turn out to be bowl eligible for a 3rd straight yr. The Huskers (Four-Four, Three-2) want two wins to succeed in a 10th bowl in a row.
Northwestern is available in off a 39-31 triple-overtime win at residence over Michigan State. Nebraska beat Purdue 25-24 final week after driving 70 yards with no timeouts for the profitable landing with 14 seconds left.
“You move forward and you pop in the tape and you look at a very improved Nebraska team,” Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald stated. “We’re going to have our hands full in one of the great, great venues in college football and you could argue the best fan base in America. They’re rabid.”
Things to know:
Northwestern WR Jalen Brown (decrease physique) was listed as questionable on the newest harm report. Nebraska linebacker Luke Gifford (hip) and CB Eric Lee Jr. (concussion) are out; RB Jaylin Bradley (ankle) is questionable and OL David Knevel (ankle), S Aaron Williams (knee), S Antonio Reed (knee) will probably be obtainable.
PICKING UP THE PACE
Tanner Lee directed the Huskers’ two-minute offense so effectively on the ultimate drive towards Purdue that coach Mike Riley has thought of going to a sooner tempo earlier in video games.
“I like attacking and I think there is a place and time for it,” Lee stated. “We kind of get the defense on their heels and kind of stop them from pressuring sometimes, and just (being) able to complete balls and move down the field like that is something I think we are confident in, so I think it’s something we can definitely use.”
TOUGH AGAINST RUN
Northwestern is permitting a mean of 94.eight yards speeding the final six video games, and the Wildcats will probably be dealing with a crew that has run for a mixed 84 yards in its final two. Northwestern has held top-10 Big Ten operating backs Jonathan Taylor of Wisconsin, Saquon Barkley of Penn State, Ty Johnson of Maryland, Akrum Wadley of Iowa and LJ Scott of Michigan State to a mean of 56.2 yards per sport and simply Three.55 yards per carry.
WILDCATS ON ROLL
Northwestern is attempting for a fourth straight win after opening Big Ten play Zero-2. The Wildcats had been picked second behind Wisconsin within the preseason media ballot.
“I think our goals ahead of us right now are just trying to get the best bowl game we can get into and try to win that one,” receiver Macan Wilson stated. “Looking back on however we finish up, it’ll be what it is, and you head into the offseason trying to come out even stronger next year.”
LET’S DO THIS THING
Nebraska coach Mike Riley, with a brand new athletic director evaluating him throughout a season that has not lived as much as expectations, has been a bit subdued in his media periods in current weeks. He was requested if the slender win over Purdue recharged him.
“Oh, I’ve been charged. I don’t need any recharging,” he stated. “Obviously, we all know the situation. As far as the team and getting ready to play, it’s all a vacuum for me, week to week, and the games are all really, really important and really exciting, so I’m fired up for the next one.”
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