Huskers win their first under Mickey Joseph beating Indiana 35-21

Published: Oct. 1, 2022 at 7:36 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - Mickey Joseph wins his first as the Huskers Interim head Coach, 35-21 against Indiana. The defense shutout the Hoosiers in the second half and only allowed 71 yards.

In the first quarter Nebraska struck first with a 34 yard touchdown pass to Oliver Martin on the Huskers opening drive. That came a play after Casey Thompson found Trey Palmer for a 34 yard play. The Nebraska defense also started strong forcing the Hoosiers into back-to-back three and outs.

Indiana’s defense tied the game at seven in the second quarter, the Hoosiers defense recovered a Chubba Purdy fumble in the endzone. The Huskers countered with a special teams touchdown, a punt blocked by Chris Kolarevic and returned by Malcom Hartzog. That made it 14-7 Nebraska, Hartzog made his first career start as a true freshman. The Huskers then scored another touchdown on a one-yard run by Jaquez Yant, that made it 21-7. The Hoosiers scored their first offensive touchdown with 3:09 to go in the first half, a 13-yard pass to Emery Simmons from Connor Bazelak. The Huskers have struggled at times at the end of halves, it happened again, Indiana tied the game at 21 with a Shaun Shivers one-yard touchdown run with only :15 to go.

After a wild second quarter, neither team scored in the third quarter. Nebraska broke the drought early in the fourth quarter with a go ahead 71 yard touchdown pass to Trey Palmer. Thompson threw it deep, Trey beat the defense and went in untouched for a 28-21 lead. That turned out to be the game winner. Then on a 12-play drive Thompson scored a short rushing touchdown to put the Huskers up 35-21 with 6:53 left, eight of those 12 plays were runs.

Nebraska has now won nine of 12 Big Ten home openers. The team heads to Rutgers next on a short week, they play Friday night.