On the first offensive series, Nebraska’s offense moved the ball with ease. Running back Terrell Newby took off on a 49-yard run and in nearing the end zone tried to stretch the ball to score, but instead fumbled into the end zone and out for a touchback.
Nebraska’s second big missed opportunity came on a drive in the second quarter. Tight end Sam Cotton got his first reception of the season, then Tommy Armstrong ran for 38 yards down to the Northwestern two yard line. On the next carry, Devine Ozigbo tried to run up the middle, but was stopped just short of the goal line. He stayed there, stopped for a while. Meanwhile, wars were declared, kingdoms fell, and then the ball was ripped loose and recovered in the end zone by Northwestern for another touchback.
The Wildcats went three-and-out after getting the ball on the 20. Nebraska’s next offensive play was a 59-yard pass from Armstrong to Alonzo Moore, then on the next play Newby ran and twisted his way into the end zone
Northwestern’s touchdown came after a Nebraska three-and-out and subsequent punt gave the Wildcats good field position at the Nebraska 42. One play later, Wildcat quarterback Thorson took off on a quarterback counter for Northwestern’s only score of the half.