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Nebraska vs Colorado – Quick Recap

Nebraska drops opener to the Buffaloes – Recap

Nebraska’s history with Colorado is chalked full of terrific games and head coach Scott Frost’s first game as a coach was a back and forth affair. At the end of the day, the Huskers couldn’t pull a rabbit out of the hat and fell to the Buffaloes at home, 33-28.

Catch the recap here:

 

First Quarter

The game started off with a fizzle for the Huskers as they marched 62-yards down the field to the Buffaloes 13-yard line on their opening drive. Newcomer Greg Bell ripped off a few short 3-yard runs before a 10-yard run would end the drive in a fumble.

Colorado’s quarterback Steven Montez would take over at his own 13-yard line and lead the Buffs down the field on an 8 play, 86-yard drive, capped with a short touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Jay MacIntyre.

Looking for redemption, Husker QB Adrian Martinez started things off with a short 5-yard pass to Stanley Morgan Jr but would turn over the ball over in a fumble while diving for extra yards.

With an opportunity to take an early lead, Colorado QB Montez took over at the Huskers 24-yard line and led his troops down the field on a quick 4 play scoring drive to extend the Buffs lead to 14-0.

Letting the Buffs jump out to a fast early lead Frost turned to the ground game for redemption for the rest of the night. Rushing the ball consistently after that point, the Huskers answered back with 21 unanswered points until the buffs kicked a 40-yard field goal with 0:28 left in the first half.

Two Husker turnovers in the first half led directly to 14 of CU’s 17 points and the Huskers playing from behind for most of the half.  After giving up the first two scores, the Husker defense ratcheted down, allowing just 36 yards in the second quarter but would come out slow after halftime after leading 21-17.

Third Quarter

In the third quarter, the Buffaloes would grind out an opening drive of 12 play and 55-yards culminating in a 35-yard field goal from 31 yr old kicker James Stefanou.

After a couple of back and forth punts, Nebraska’s offense found its footing after a 57-yard bomb from Adrian Martinez to sophomore J.D. Spielman.  J.D. had beat the CU defender by a step and Martinez put the ball over his outside shoulder allowing him to catch the ball with ease and coast into the end zone.

The Huskers seemed to have grabbed the momentum at that point. On the previous CU drive, the Buffs netted -8 yards on 3 plays and the Husker defense appeared to being back to their ways of the second quarter.

Alas, it wasn’t to be. Montez would reel off an 11 play, 75-yard drive ending in a touchdown that would close the Huskers lead to a single point, 27-28.

Fourth Quarter

The fourth quarter would turn into a suspenseful one for the Huskers. Holding a 1-point lead, Nebraska had a chance to extend their lead to 4 points but a missed 43-yard field goal from freshman Barret Pickering would keep Colorado in the game.

What would a thriller with longtime rival Colorado be without a little drama? Colorado would put kicker James Stefanou in to try a 37-yard field goal from the right hash and a two-point lead. With Memorial Stadium rocking he would pull the kick hard to the left, missing it wide and letting the Huskers hold onto a lead.

With a chance to extend the lead, Adrian Martinez made his first true mistake of the game as he rolled to his left and threw an interception to a Colorado defender sitting back in a zone defense.

Colorado would take back over with great field position but another missed kick by James Stefanou gave the Huskers another chance to rally for the win.

With a 1-point lead, the Huskers lost quarterback Adrian Martinez for the rest of the game as he ran into one of his own linemen and got folded up. He would come out of the game with four and a half minutes left in the game, replaced by sophomore Andrew Bunch.With time becoming a precious commodity Andrew Bunch would find JD Spielman along the sideline in range of a first down and the ability to ice the game, but a bobbled ball led to an incompletion and punt by Caleb Lightbourne.

Feeling opportunity knocking, Colorado began to march down the field.  A big sack from linebacker Luke Gifford had the Huskers in great shape to take back the ball and burn the final two minutes of the clock off but an unnecessary roughness penalty would grant the Buffs new life.

Montez found wide receiver Lavis Shenault one play later on a perfectly thrown 40-yard bomb over the head of DiCaprio Bootle. The touchdown would grant CU a 33-28 lead after the Husker defense sniffed out the two-point conversion on the try.

Nebraska would get a final shot after a poorly squibbed kick and a nice 25-yard throw from Andrew Bunch to Stanley Morgan Jr would put the Huskers in the red zone with less than a minute to play.  A short pass to Greg Bell and three subsequent incomplete passes would seal the Huskers fate, 33-28

 

Stats Breakdown

Team Statistics(Final)
Colorado vs. Nebraska
(9/8/2018 at Lincoln, Neb.)

 

COLO NEB
FIRST DOWNS 26 25
Rushing 7 13
Passing 16 9
Penalty 3 3
NET YARDS RUSHING 44 329
Rushing Attempts 35 54
Average Per Rush 1.3 6.1
Rushing Touchdowns 1 3
Yards Gained Rushing 99 354
Yards Lost Rushing 55 25
NET YARDS PASSING 351 236
Completions-Attempts-Int 33-50-0 19-29-1
Average Per Attempt 7 8.1
Average Per Completion 10.6 12.4
Passing Touchdowns 3 1
TOTAL OFFENSIVE YARDS 395 565
Total offensive plays 85 83
Average Gain Per Play 4.6 6.8
Fumbles: Number-Lost 0-0 3-2
Penalties: Number-Yards 8-46 11-95
PUNTS-YARDS 5-217 3-128
Average Yards Per Punt 43.4 42.7
Net Yards Per Punt 43.8 39.3
Inside 20 1 1
50+ Yards 1 0
Touchbacks 0 0
Fair catch 1 1
KICKOFFS-YARDS 7-405 5-324
Average Yards Per Kickoff 57.9 64.8
Net Yards Per Kickoff 50.6 55.8
Touchbacks 3 3
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD 2-10-0 3–2-0
Average Per Return 5 -0.7
Kickoff returns: Number-Yards-TD 2-51-0 3-45-0
Average Per Return 25.5 15
Interceptions: Number-Yards-TD 1-22-0 0-0-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yards 2-0
Miscellaneous Yards 0 0
Possession Time 30:15 29:45
1st Quarter 06:02 08:58
2nd Quarter 06:38 08:22
3rd Quarter 09:26 05:34
4th Quarter 08:09 06:51
Third-Down Conversions 6 of 18 5 of 13
Fourth-Down Conversions 2 of 3 0 of 3
Red Zone Scores-Chances 4 of 5 2 of 3
Touchdowns 3 2
Field Goals 1 of 2 0 of 0
Sacks By: Number-Yards 2-12 7-43
PAT Kicks 3-3 4-4
Field Goals 2 of 4 0 of 1
Points off turnovers

 

Individual Statistics(Final)
Colorado vs. Nebraska
(9/8/2018 at Lincoln, Neb.)

 

Colorado Nebraska
Rushing No. Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg
Evans, Kyle 12 27 2 25 0 9 2.1
McMillian, Trav 8 29 4 25 0 12 3.1
Shenault, Lavis 2 5 0 5 1 3 2.5
Nixon, K.D. 2 2 6 -4 0 2 -2
Montez, Steven 11 36 43 -7 0 16 -0.6
Totals 35 99 55 44 1 16 1.3
Rushing No. Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg
Adrian Martinez 15 138 21 117 2 41 7.8
Greg Bell 13 105 1 104 0 45 8
Devine Ozigbo 14 61 1 60 1 8 4.3
M. Washington 8 36 2 34 0 10 4.3
Tyjon Lindsey 2 9 0 9 0 9 4.5
JD Spielman 1 4 0 4 0 4 4
Andrew Bunch 1 1 0 1 0 1 1
Totals 54 354 25 329 3 45 6.1
Passing C-A-I Yds TD Long Sack
Montez, Steven 33-50-0 351 3 40 7
Totals 33-50-0 351 3 40 7
Passing C-A-I Yds TD Long Sack
Adrian Martinez 15-20-1 187 1 57 2
Andrew Bunch 4-9-0 49 0 25 0
Totals 19-29-1 236 1 57 2
Receiving No. Yards TD Long Tgt
Shenault, Lavis 10 177 1 40 14
MacIntyre, Jay 8 45 2 12 12
Winfree, Juwann 5 48 0 20 8
Nixon, K.D. 5 39 0 17 8
Brown, Tony 2 28 0 17 2
McMillian, Trav 2 5 0 9 3
Evans, Kyle 1 9 0 9 1
Totals 33 351 3 40 50
Receiving No. Yards TD Long Tgt
Stanley Morgan 5 75 0 25 8
JD Spielman 3 67 1 57 7
Mike Williams 3 40 0 19 4
Devine Ozigbo 2 17 0 17 2
M. Washington 2 16 0 14 2
Greg Bell 2 3 0 6 2
Kurt Rafdal 1 14 0 14 1
Jack Stoll 1 4 0 4 2
Totals 19 236 1 57 28
Punting No. Yds Avg Long In20 TB
Price, Davis 4 163 40.8 48 0 0
Kinney, Alex 1 54 54.0 54 1 0
Totals 5 217 43.4 54 1 0
Punting No. Yds Avg Long In20 TB
C. Lightbourn 3 128 42.7 47 1 0
Totals 3 128 42.7 47 1 0
Punt Kickoff Intercept
Returns No Yds Lg No Yds Lg No Yds Lg
Blackmon, Ronni 2 10 7 1 27 27 0 0 0
Nixon, K.D. 0 0 0 1 24 24 0 0 0
Landman, Nate 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 22 22
Totals 2 10 7 2 51 27 1 22 22
Punt Kickoff Intercept
Returns No Yds Lg No Yds Lg No Yds Lg
Tyjon Lindsey 3 -2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
JD Spielman 0 0 0 2 35 20 0 0 0
Jack Stoll 0 0 0 1 10 10 0 0 0
Totals 3 -2 2 3 45 20 0 0 0
Field goals Qtr Time Dist Result
Stefanou, James 2nd 00:28 40 yards good
Stefanou, James 3rd 10:59 35 yards good
Stefanou, James 4th 09:56 37 yards missed
Stefanou, James 4th 04:49 43 yards missed
Field goals Qtr Time Dist Result
B. Pickering 4th 14:28 43 yards missed
Kickoffs No. Yards Avg TB OB
Price, Davis 7 405 yards 57.9 3 0
Kickoffs No. Yards Avg TB OB
C. Lightbourn 5 324 yards 64.8 3 0
All-purpose Run Rcv KR PR IR Total
Shenault, Lavis 5 177 0 0 0 182
Nixon, K.D. -4 39 24 0 0 59
Winfree, Juwann 0 48 0 0 0 48
MacIntyre, Jay 0 45 0 0 0 45
All-purpose Run Rcv KR PR IR Total
Adrian Martinez 117 0 0 0 0 117
Greg Bell 104 3 0 0 0 107
JD Spielman 4 67 35 0 0 106
Devine Ozigbo 60 17 0 0 0 77

FUMBLES: Colorado- . Nebraska- Adrian Martinez 2-1 Greg Bell 1-1 .

 

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