Huskers rally to beat Rutgers on the road
Despite trailing 13-0 at halftime, Nebraska scored its first road win in nearly two years on Friday.
The Huskers outscored Rutgers 14-0 in the second half to claim a 14-13 win over the Scarlet Knights. It was Nebraska's first win away from Lincoln since beating Rutgers on Dec. 18, 2020. It was also the last time Nebraska had won a one-possession game. The Huskers had lost their last 10 games decided by eight points or fewer.
The win gives interim head coach Mickey Joseph two wins, giving him as many wins in three games as Scott Frost had in his final 10 contests.
Former Husker Noah Vedral, a Bishop Neumann grad, led an early scoring drive for the Scarlet Knights, capping it with a 22-yard touchdown run. Nebraska limited Rutgers to just two field goals the rest of the half, though the Huskers were unable to find paydirt until the second half.
Nebraska came out swinging after halftime, scoring on its opening drive. Travis Vokolek capped the scoring drive with a 7-yard touchdown reception from Casey Thompson.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Nebraska took its first lead of the game on 27-yard scoring strike from Thompson to Trey Palmer. The drive was set up by a short field after Myles Farmer picked off Evan Simon, one of three Husker interceptions on the night.
“It was a two-score game, and we knew we had to play four quarters," Jospeh said. "We knew coming in here that this team was going to be tough, and that we were going to have to play four quarters. In the second half, we were really confident that we could come back and win the game.”
Nebraska is 6-0 all-time against Rutgers.
The Huskers will look to claim a third straight win for the first time since starting the 2016 season 7-0 when they travel to take on Purdue next week.
“We take it one game at a time with them," Joseph said. "Our goal was to be 1-0 this weekend, and now we are, so we have won two straight. I will tell you this, I think everyone is starting to believe and they are starting to see it. They haven’t done this, this is kind of strange for them. You can see that they’re playing hard, they’re playing fast, and they’re not giving up."