A weekend that took Husker fans through a gauntlet of emotions ended with Nebraska athletics going 3-2 including a Thursday soccer match against Northwestern.
The weekend was led by the volleyball team going 2-0 with wins against Northwestern and Illinois both on the road. In Lincoln, the soccer team and football team played with the soccer team suffering a 0-1 loss to Northwestern to open the extended weekend then stormed back Sunday to defeat Illinois 1-0. The headliner of the weekend came when the Cornhusker football team took on number five Ohio State. The Buckeyes came to town undefeated and let the nation know for real. As they scored 48 unanswered points before Nebraska got one late in the game to make it a 7-48 final score.
During the Nebraska-Ohio State game, the Buckeyes dominated right from the beginning intercepting Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez two and a half minutes into the game and that was just the start of what became a frustrating night for the Cornhuskers. Quickly, the Buckeye’s got into the end zone with Justin Fields scoring on a 15-yard run to start the onslaught. Fields ended the game with 95 yards on 15 carries rushing.
The interception on the first drive for Martinez became a trend throughout the game as Martinez had three interceptions during the first half allowing the Buckeye’s to have short fields which they used to their advantage scoring 17 points off turnovers
“We turned over the ball. We didn’t execute nearly as well, and I don’t think I played as well either, and I’m going to shoulder a lot of that responsibility for the offensive side of the ball and putting the defense in bad situations,” Martinez said after the game.
The second half did not go the Husker’s way either, allowing only 10 points to add to the 38 Ohio State scored in the first. Dedrick Mills scored the Huskers only touchdown on a 9-yard score to make the score 48-7 to finish out the game.
The Huskers finished the game with 231 yards on offense with 47 passing yards and 184 rushing yards in the contest while allowing Ohio State to gain 580 yards on 212 passing yards and 368 on the ground. Nebraska will next be in action Saturday hosting Northwestern for homecoming, while Ohio State goes back under the lights hosting Michigan State on Saturday.
In other sports throughout the weekend, the Nebraska volleyball team went on the road, going to Illinois Friday night before heading to Evanston, Illinois, to take on Northwestern on Saturday. Friday night featured two top 25 teams and it lived up to the hype. Nebraska got off to a quick start winning the first set 25-22 before losing the second and third set. Being down 2-1, Nebraska needed something to start clicking and it did as Nebraska won the next set to make it 2-2 before the match went into a deciding fifth set. In that set, Nebraska jumped out to a 7-3 lead before winning the deciding set 15-10 to win the match 3-2.
Saturday was a whole different situation for the Cornhuskers as they went up to Chicago to take on Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. The Huskers got off to a quick start winning the first set 25-21 before sweeping the Wildcats for their 10 win on the season. They play Rutgers on the road Wednesday Night before returning home for two matches this weekend.
Coming back to Lincoln, the soccer team hosted two matches. Playing on Thursday and Sunday they had a split decision on the weekend. Thursday night was a match with Northwestern. The match was scoreless throughout the game until with 15 minutes left in the match, the Wildcats got on the board with a goal from Madi Kennel which ended up being the deciding goal as Northwestern won 1-0.
Sunday wrapped up the extended weekend for Husker athletics with Illinois coming to town to face the soccer team. The game had a similar feel to the Northwestern match with both teams going into the half scoreless. That changed 13 minutes into the second half with senior Brenna Ochoa scoring her first goal of the season to make the score 1-0 in favor of the Huskers. That ended up being the final score of the game with Nebraska getting their third win of the season. They go on the road next weekend, traveling to Iowa on Thursday before making the trip to Michigan on Sunday.
Other events throughout the weekend in Lincoln, brought energy and excitement to the area. As Friday night brought Rick Ross to Pinnacle Bank Arena. Performing as part of Opening Night celebrating the start of basketball practice for the men’s and women’s team. Both teams were introduced to the sold-out crowd before the men’s team put on a scrimmage for the fans in attendance. Rick Ross wrapped up the night after a delay of 45 minutes, putting on a show for the fans, recruits, and players in the arena.
College Gameday made its return to Lincoln, following a 12-year hiatus. Planting the roadshow in the stadium loop just east of Memorial Stadium. Students started lining up just before sunset Friday Night to witness the likes of Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, Kirk Herbstreit, and Rece Davis put on the traditional start to college football Saturday’s. Fans started showing up before sunrise Saturday, filling up the loop with all kinds of signs and flags. Including the historical Washington State flag that has been driven into folk lore being a game day locations since it first appeared in 2003. In his famous headgear pick Corso put on the Brutus Buckeye head, much to the jeers of the Nebraska fans in attendance.