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After ten consecutive losses in one possession games, Huskers beat Rutgers 14-13

Omaha, Nebraska – Nebraska’s 14-13 victory at Rutgers breaks a run of ten consecutive defeats in games decided by one possession. As interim head coach, Mickey Joseph is 1-0 in one-possession games. Nebraska has not won consecutive games within the Big Ten since 2018.

Former Huskers quarterback Noah Vedral scored on a 21-yard rush to score the game’s first touchdown for the Scarlet Knights on a 70-yard drive. On the next two Nebraska possessions, the Huskers gained only 45 yards and failed to score. The second punt from Nebraska was blocked, giving Rutgers excellent field position within the Huskers’ ten-yard line. Rutgers was limited to a field goal, which was a huge victory for the Big Red defense.

The Scarlet Knights increased their lead to 13-0 with a second field goal in the second quarter. Casey Thompson threw two interceptions in the first half, and Chubba Purdy replaced him like he did last week. After his first incomplete pass, Chubby ran for two yards and punted the ball back to Rutgers. Only 134 yards of offense and 35 yards rushing for Nebraska in the first half.

Thompson connected with Travis Vokolek for a 7-yard touchdown as part of a nine-play, 70-yard drive that began the third quarter for Nebraska. The touchdown trimmed the score to 13-7.

Myles Farmer intercepted Evan Simon at the Rutgers 44-yard line and returned the ball 17 yards to the 27-yard line in the fourth quarter. With 8:54 remaining, Thompson connected with Palmer for a touchdown and a 14-13 advantage. First time Nebraska has led. Rutgers still had a chance in the last minute of the game, but the Huskers’ Malcom Hartzog intercepted the ball for the third time and ended the contest.

Mickey Joseph stated, “The coaches did their job with the game plan, and they prepared themselves for the short week. It was an excellent game. At halftime, we asked them to fight, and in the fourth quarter, we asked them to finish. We requested completion, and they complied.”

Friday’s game also marked the conclusion of Matt Davison’s 19-year radio career calling Huskers games. Davison is the analyst who collaborates with Greg Sharpe as the lead announcer.

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