Miami started out scoring 17 points in the first quarter while Nebraska's defense floundered. Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya was on fire, with one incompletion in his first 11 attempts. Kaaya finished the half 14-for-23 for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Miami receiver Rashawn Scott has five receptions for 114 yards.
Nebraska settled into the game in the second quarter, getting on the board with a 49-yard field goal by Drew Brown. Nebraska's offense has been mired by non-typical receiver drops, three of which would have resulted in Nebraska first downs. Penalties have plagued the Huskers; two penalties negated large gains by Jordan Westerkamp. Tommy Armstrong Jr is 7-for-15 for 65 yards. Terrell Newby has eight carries for 47 yards.
Nebraska threatened late in the first half, but Tommy Armstrong threw an interception to the one-yard line to kill the drive.
Miami could have put the game away early, but Nebraska's defense started playing better, with Freedom Akinmoladun with a 12-yard sack to effectively kill a Miami drive. Nebraska's defense held Miami to two field goals in the second quarter, otherwise the game would be a blowout in the 'Canes favor.