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2017 Schedule
1-2, 1st in Big Ten - West
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18hAdam Rittenberg and Mitch Sherman

What's wrong with Nebraska, and can Mike Riley fix it?

Coming off a disastrous loss at home to Northern Illinois has left the college football world, specifically Husker Nation, wondering how the Cornhuskers have fallen so far so fast.

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Nebraska AD voices frustration after second straight loss (0:52)
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Huskers AD backs Riley, but 'angry,' 'frustrated'

Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst said Saturday's loss to Northern Illinois was "not acceptable" and "we've got to get it fixed." Nebraska is 16-13 under coach Mike Riley.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

After Nebraska's surprising loss to Northern Illinois Saturday, the Cornhuskers have just a 34% chance of getting to six wins, down from 63% before kickoff.

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Riley era in Lincoln stuck in a rut

With Saturday's upset loss to Northern Illinois, Nebraska has now started 1-2 for the second time in three seasons under Mike Riley. In their previous 54 seasons, the Cornhuskers started 1-2 just once -- in 1981, a team that went on to win the Big 8 outright. (ESPN Stats & Info)

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NIU seals win against Nebraska with late INT (0:54)
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NIU responds with a quick TD (0:34)
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Nebraska takes their first lead of the game (0:21)
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Nebraska's Spielman catches the 36-yard pass deep into NIU territory (0:36)
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Nebraska gets on the board with a 4 yard TD (0:39)
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Nebraska catches a break with an NIU muffed punt (1:01)

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Another disastrous first half for Nebraska. It trails Northern Illinois 14-0 in Lincoln. QB Tanner Lee has held the ball too long and made poor decisions, two of which went for NIU scores. So Mike Riley is in a tight spot. Does he consider backup Patrick O'Brien or even true freshman Tristan Gebbia?

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

So you thought the first half went badly last week for Nebraska? Well, it did. But the Huskers trail 14-0 to Northern Illinois at home after one quarter -- on a pair of pick-sixes. NIU has gained 26 yards and possessed the ball for 3 minutes, 8 seconds. Penalties are making it worse for Nebraska.

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Jawuan Johnson gets NIU's second pick-six against Nebraska (0:41)
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NIU's Lurry returns Nebraska's pass 87 yards for the TD (0:36)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst says the school will "do everything possible" to keep playing games on Black Friday after the 2019 season. The Big Ten announced earlier this week that Nebraska will end the 2020 and 2021 seasons against Minnesota, not Iowa. Nebraska and Iowa have played the day after Thanksgiving since the Huskers joined the league in 2011.

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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee calls for more consistency from the Cornhuskers' offense and says he is encouraged by the spurts of strong play through two games.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

A major run-on sentence here from Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, but this quote illustrates well the complexity involved in building the confidence of a team:

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, on Tuesday as the Cornhuskers move forward from a 42-35 loss in Week 2 at Oregon -- in which the Ducks scored all of their points before halftime: "There's a gravity and a weight to this that I totally understand. It didn't look like it should look."

Team Stats

Passing Yards263.047th
Rushing Yards139.792nd
Points For31.7Tied-62nd
Points Against33.0Tied-101st

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