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Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Preview and Predictions 09-14-2019


Six of the nine losses Nebraska has suffered under Scott Frost have been by five or fewer points, leaving the second-year coach and his staff once again talking about the importance of finishing their opponent. The Cornhuskers attempt to rebound from a deflating road defeat Saturday when they close out their non-conference schedule at home against Northern Illinois.

Nebraska held a 17-0 lead at Colorado - holding the Buffaloes to only eight first downs and 115 total yards through the first 41:25 of the game - before the offense began to short-circuit and defense fall apart, giving up 349 yards over the remainder of the contest en route to a 34-31 overtime loss. "I don't think there's a fear of failure right now, I just think that the knife was in and we have to twist it. That's the part we've got to get better at. These guys are not afraid to fail ... it's just learning how to put a team away once you're up," defensive coordinator Erik Chinander told the Lincoln Journal Star. Although it didn't happen under Frost's watch, the Cornhuskers are unlikely to look past the Huskies, who became the first non-Power Five opponent or major independent to win in Lincoln in 13 years when the teams last met in 2017. Northern Illinois trailed by only four points at halftime at No. 12 Utah last week before getting shut out in the second half in a 35-17 setback.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1. LINE: Nebraska -14.

ABOUT NORTHERN ILLINOIS (1-1): Tyrice Richie (102 yards versus Illinois State) and Spencer Tears (112 yards against Utah) have each enjoyed 100-yard receiving games, marking the first time since 2015 that the Huskies have had a 100-yard receiver in the first two games of the season. Tears' 112 yards receiving versus the Utes was a career high and pushed him over 1,000 for his career, making him the first Northern Illinois player to reach that milestone since Kenny Golladay in 2015. First-team All Mid-American Conference linebacker Antonio Jones-Davis is five tackles away from 200 for his career, but starting safety Mykelti Williams will be forced to sit for the first half of this game after a targeting call in the second half of last week's contest.

ABOUT NEBRASKA (1-1): Sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez accumulated 356 yards of total offense against the Buffaloes - marking the eighth time in 13 career games he has topped 300 - while his 290 passing yards allowed him to become only the 12th player in school history to top 3,000 for his career. Junior receiver JD Spielman opened the scoring last week with a 65-yard TD catch - his sixth career touchdown of at least 65 yards - and finished with 112 yards receiving, giving him 1,796 for his career to move him into sixth place on the program's all-time list. Sophomore Maurice Washington caught four passes for a career-high 118 yards, becoming only the third Nebraska running back with multiple 100-yard receiving games.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Cornhuskers have won 20 of their last 22 home games played at night.

2. The Huskies, who have won four of their last six games against Big Ten opponents, have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in their last 17 contests.

3. Nebraska has forced seven turnovers through two games after creating only 20 takeaways in 2018.

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Stadium

Memorial Stadium
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.
Capacity: 81,067

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Last Injuries

Nebraska Cornhuskers

  • Kade Warner

    Hand
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Warner has been held out of the last three contests with a hand injury, and it is not known if he will be available Saturday against Illinois.

  • Maurice Washington

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Washington is bothered by an injury to an unannounced location. His availability against Illinois on Saturday is in question.

  • Chris Hickman

    Shoulder
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Hickman has missed the previous three games while on the mend from an offseason shoulder procedure. His status against Illinois on Saturday is in question.

  • Brenden Jaimes

    Leg
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Jaimes is nursing a leg injury, and it is uncertain if he will be active Saturday against Illinois.

  • Cam Taylor

    Shoulder
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Taylor is battling a shoulder injury, and it is unknown if he will face Illinois on Saturday.

  • Christian Gaylord

    Knee
    out for season | out

    Gaylord is expected to miss the entire 2019 season due to a torn ACL.

  • Deontai Williams

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | out

    Williams will miss an undetermined length of time due to shoulder surgery.

  • Myles Farmer

    Poss. Suspension
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Farmer got caught up in an off-field incident, and his availability against Northern Illinois on Saturday is hazy.

nebraska-cornhuskers-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Adrian Martinez 3 0 153.467 0 75 45 2 0 0 4 725
Noah Vedral 1 0 110.400 0 5 3 0 0 0 0 30
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Dedrick Mills 3 0 184 0 34 3
Maurice Washington 3 0 179 0 25 1
Adrian Martinez 3 0 116 0 43 3
Wan'Dale Robinson 3 0 30 0 8 0
Wyatt Mazour 2 0 15 0 5 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
JD Spielman 3 0 224 0 11 0 1
Maurice Washington 3 0 149 0 8 0 2
Wan'Dale Robinson 3 0 116 0 9 0 0
Jack Stoll 3 0 108 0 7 0 0
Kanawai Noa 2 0 51 0 3 0 1
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Mohamed Barry 3 0 15 13 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1
Will Honas 3 0 11 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 3
Eric Lee Jr. 3 0 10 1 0 0 2 38 1 0 0 0
Marquel Dismuke 3 0 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Collin Miller 3 0 8 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Isaac Armstrong 3 0 2 5 36 7 6
Dylan Jorgensen 1 0 0 1 0 5 5
Lane McCallum 1 0 0 0 0 3 3
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Wan'Dale Robinson 3 0 3 0 39 77
Wyatt Mazour 2 0 1 0 18 18
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Adrian Martinez 3 0 3 2 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Adrian Martinez 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
Dedrick Mills 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Isaac Armstrong 3 0 0 640 0 54 14 0 0
JD Spielman 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Kanawai Noa 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
JD Spielman 3 0 6 0 76 91
Isaiah Stalbird 3 0 1 0 9 9

northern-illinois-huskies-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Ross Bowers 3 0 126.494 0 106 65 3 0 0 3 776
Marcus Childers 2 0 97.943 0 7 4 0 0 0 0 34
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Tre Harbison 3 0 161 0 41 0
Jordan Nettles 3 0 82 0 21 0
Rahveon Valentine 1 0 9 0 2 0
Marcus Childers 2 0 6 0 3 0
Spencer Tears 3 0 6 0 1 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Daniel Crawford 3 0 195 0 11 0 0
Tyrice Richie 3 0 175 0 11 0 2
Spencer Tears 3 0 141 0 9 0 1
Cole Tucker 3 0 96 0 9 0 0
Mitchell Brinkman 3 0 92 0 10 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Devin Haney 1 0 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mark Aitken 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Mykelti Williams 2 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Quintin Wynne 2 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 2
Antonio Jones-Davis 2 0 4 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
John Richardson 3 0 4 5 46 5 5
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Marcus Jones 3 0 4 0 27 68
Brett Bostad 1 0 1 0 6 6
Cole Tucker 3 0 1 0 17 17
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Ross Bowers 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Matt Ference 3 0 0 794 0 57 18 0 0
Ross Bowers 3 0 0 89 0 46 2 0 4
Spencer Tears 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Tyrice Richie 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Cole Tucker 3 0 4 0 8 17