Madison, Wis. – In an intense overtime battle at Camp Randall Stadium, the Nebraska football team fell short against Wisconsin, losing 24-17 on Saturday night. This loss moves Nebraska to a 5-6 overall record and 3-5 in the Big Ten, while Wisconsin improves to 6-5, 4-4 in conference play.
Early Husker Momentum
The game began with Nebraska seizing a commanding 14-0 lead in the first quarter, ignited by Chubba Purdy’s electrifying 55-yard touchdown run. The momentum continued as Purdy connected with Jaylen Lloyd for a 58-yard touchdown, showcasing the Huskers’ offensive prowess.
However, Wisconsin fought back, scoring 17 unanswered points. This included Tanner Mordecai’s 26-yard touchdown pass to Jackson Acker and a crucial field goal by Nathaniel Vakos. Braelon Allen’s two-yard touchdown run gave the Badgers a 17-14 edge in the third quarter, turning the tide of the game.
In a thrilling final drive, Nebraska tied the game at 17 with Tristan Alvano’s 30-yard field goal, sending the game into overtime. Despite the Huskers’ valiant effort, Wisconsin scored in the first overtime possession, and the game ended with a Wisconsin interception on Nebraska’s subsequent drive.
Purdy’s Standout Performance
Making his first start of the season, sophomore quarterback Chubba Purdy was a standout, completing 15-of-23 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown. He also led the game with 105 rushing yards on 14 carries. Purdy’s dual-threat capabilities were on full display, although his turnover-free game was marred by the final play in overtime.
Nebraska outgained Wisconsin 364-315, with Purdy’s dynamic play being a significant factor. Emmet Johnson added 50 rushing yards for the Huskers, contributing to the team’s solid ground game.
For Wisconsin, Mordecai completed 18-of-28 passes for 160 yards, adding 51 rushing yards. Allen finished with 62 yards and two touchdowns, while Will Pauling led the Badger receivers with eight receptions.
The Nebraska defense, led by Marques Buford Jr. with 10 tackles and Isaac Gifford with eight stops, showed resilience throughout the game. They held Wisconsin’s high-powered offense in check for significant stretches.
Nebraska now turns its focus to the season finale, the annual Black Friday game against Iowa. Set for an 11 a.m. kickoff at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, this game will be crucial for the Huskers as they look to close their season on a high note. The matchup promises to be an intense Big Ten rivalry game with live national television coverage on CBS.
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