Huskers use big first half to pick up road win over IL

Huskers use big first half to pick up road win over IL”

"It should make you feel really bad". The Huskers out-gained IL 238-153 in total offense and racked up 12 first downs on their 25 plays in the half. A week after playing backup quarterback Jeff George the second half against South Florida, Smith let Crouch play out the game.

Nebraska took a 21-3 lead into the half, the largest lead at halftime in Big Ten play in the Mike Riley era.

Lee finished with the best marks of his Husker career: 24 passes, 17 completions, 246 yards, three touchdowns, in a 28-6 win. Stille notched a sack on first down, Crouch ran for no gain on second down before Carolos Davis delivered a 12-yard sack on third down to force a punt.

Smith said the Illini are "not a passing team".

The Huskers put the game out of reach with a 14-play, 93-yard march spanning the third and fourth quarters. "It wasn't a time there (to make a change)". IL fell to South Florida, 47-23, on September 15 but that was their last contest so they'll bring a rested squad to Friday's kickoff with the Huskers.

"Passing game-wise ... we're just not set up ... we're not a passing team, it's as simple as that, as far as protection, accuracy throwing the ball and catching it".

The Illini defense made Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee look elite.

Nebraska running back Devine Ozigbo (22) dives into the end zone for a touchdown against IL linebacker Del'Shawn Phillips (3) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Champaign, Ill.

Nebraska improves to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference, and has regained a little confidence that was lost in the past two weeks, in which the Cornhuskers split a pair of games, losing to Northern Illinois, but hanging on to defeat Rutgers.

The Scarlet Knights got on the board first with an 11-play drive, followed by a Cornhusker seven-play drive to tie it 7-7. That left IL with third-stringer Julian Hylton for the first half. Nebraska faces the Badgers next week under the lights and will need to leave all their off-field drama in the locker room if they hope for an upset.

"Nothing went well", he said.

Nebraska's defense last allowed six points or less on the road in 2006 when the Huskers beat Kansas State in Manhattan, 21-3. It got fans talking about whether Riley could handle the pressure in Lincoln. "I've never been told anything about a quarterback controversy or anything like that. I don't think any of that was said or has been said or anything like that".

Kick return issues: Kendrick Foster, who has slipped on the depth chart as a running back, struggled returning kicks against Nebraska. He let two almost slip away misjudging them before recovering the ball.

Smith said George would continue to be the Illini's "relief hitter". "He didn't catch the ball well".

Nebraska's offense got the ball back and Lee again led a scoring drive, and he was a ideal 5-for-5 on the drive for 52 yards.

Illinois' ensuing possession was also extended with a penalty. You can't hit in the neck and head area.

It's Week 5 of the college football season and we are knee deep in Big Ten conference play. "The looks we were expecting are the looks we got, the plays we were running were things we practiced all week at practice".

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