Falling behind 14-0 in the first seven minutes, the Nebraska Cornhuskers came back to defeat the Illinois Fighting Illini, 42-38, on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.
Sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez was responsible for 445 of the Huskers’ 690 yards of offense. Throwing three touchdown passes, Martinez found freshman wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson on two occasions. While he did not have a touchdown reception in the game, junior JD Spielman was Nebraska’s leading receiver with 159 yards on seven catches.
Outgaining the Illini by 391 yards, the reason this game was so close was simple: Turnovers.
The Huskers lost four fumbles in the game, all in their own territory. Frustrated by the lack of ball security, head coach Scott Frost pointed out how much turnovers are biting his team.
Via the Big Ten Network:
"This team could easily be 4-0 right now; we could easily be 2-2. We can't do dumb things."
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 22, 2019
In addition to his two receiving touchdowns, Robinson carried the football 19 times for 89 yards and a score. Recording 168 yards from scrimmage, Saturday was the best game of the Frankfort, Kentucky native’s young career.
Improving to 3-1 with the win, Frost and the Huskers host No. 6 Ohio State on Saturday (7:30PM ET, ABC).
Dropping to 2-2 on the season, redshirt senior running back Reggie Corbin led the Illini with 134 yards and a touchdown. The 134 rushing yards give Corbin an even 2,000 for his Illinois career, becoming just the 18th player in program history to reach that mark.
Looking to get back above .500, Illinois is idle on Saturday before traveling to Minneapolis to face the Golden Gophers on October 5.