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Northern Illinois Capitalizes On Nebraska's Charitable Offense To Pull Upset In Lincoln

Northern Illinois Capitalizes On Nebraska's Charitable Offense To Pull Upset In Lincoln

The Huskies won, 21-17, at Nebraska stunning a crowd of 89,664 which grew angsty throughout the game. It was a new low for a once-proud Nebraska football program, which had never previously lost to a MAC team. The Huskers mounted a second-half comeback, but a late interception by NIU let the Huskies run out the clock. 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.

The Huskies jumped on Nebraska early with two defensive touchdowns in the first 15 minutes of the game.

Nebraska's defense kept the NIU offense scoreless until the fourth quarter.

Like many Nebraska fans afterward, legendary Huskers' quarterback Tommie Frazier was stunned.

The same week that Nebraska confirmed a one-year contract extension for head coach Mike Riley, the Cornhuskers lost to Northern Illinois. That may not be an exaggeration, because this isn't even that good of a NIU team that came in and celebrated a win in Lincoln. The Huskies (2-1) picked up two first downs on the next drive, but eventually punted into the end zone with 3:09 remaining. NIU finished the game with 263 yards.

The 2017 season has not gone well for Nebraska at all.

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The Huskers nearly lost to a mid-major in Week 1, when Arkansas State came a dropped touchdown in the final minute away from forcing overtime.

This game marks the first time since October 13, 2007 that Nebraska got shut out in the first half.

We talked about it a bit already at halftime, but Tanner Lee simply doesn't look like the answer at quarterback for Nebraska.

And now Riley, who just received a one-year contract extension through 2020 this week, has Nebraska in the hard situation of entering conference play in need of five more wins simply to go to a bowl game.

It's time for Nebraska to start doing some looking in the mirror and figure out how they can fix everything that needs to be fixed. They came to DeKalb as a 10.5-point favorite, but made some costly mistakes throughout the game that cost them victory.