Purdue beats Nebraska, 28-23

(10/11 NOW/Brett Baker)
Published: Oct. 29, 2021 at 10:24 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 30, 2021 at 10:19 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -Aidan O’Connell threw for two touchdowns, Purdue intercepted four of Adrian Martinez’s passes, and the Boilermakers beat Nebraska 28-23. Purdue bounced back from last week’s home loss to Wisconsin to move within one win of bowl eligibility for the first time in four years.

Nebraska lost its third straight game and would have to win out against Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa to get to a bowl for the first time in five years. The Huskers entered the game as a touchdown favorite, The loss is certain to ratchet up the pressure another notch on fourth-year coach Scott Frost.

With Saturday’s Purdue victory, the all-time series between the schools is now tied at 5-5. Nebraska holds a 5-4 edge in games as Big Ten opponents.

Quarterback Adrian Martinez completed 14-of-29 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns in the game. With his 14 completions, Martinez now has 631 career completions, a NU career record, passing the previous record of 625 completions by Tommy Armstrong Jr.

Martinez rushed 10 times for 18 yards and one touchdown. With his one rushing touchdown Martinez increased his career total to 33, sixth in Big Ten history among quarterbacks. Martinez is also sixth in school history in rushing touchdowns.

Martinez accounted for 287 yards of total offense in the game to increase his career total to 10,119, making him the third Husker with 10,000 yards of career total offense, joining Tommy Armstrong Jr. (10,690) and Taylor Martinez (10,233).

Martinez increased his season passing total to 2,264 yards. He is the fourth Husker with two 2,000-yard passing seasons, joining Tommy Armstrong Jr., Taylor Martinez and Zac Taylor.

Martinez increased his career scoring total to 204 points. He is the third Husker quarterback to score 200 career points, joining Eric Crouch (368) and Tommie Frazier (222). He is the 19th Husker overall with 200 career points.

Running back Rahmir Johnson rushed 13 times for 52 yards, marking his fifth straight game with at least 50 rushing yards. He also added a 12-yard touchdown reception.

Omar Manning tied his career high with four catches and had a career-high 75 receiving yards, eclipsing his previous high of 54 yards against Fordham. He opened the scoring with a 16-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter.

Senior receiver Levi Falck had a 43-yard reception in the second quarter, bettering his previous career long catch of 40 yards at Missouri State in 2018, while Falck was playing at South Dakota.

Nebraska passed for 269 yards, marking its 10th straight game with at least 200 passing yards. That is the second-longest streak in school history (20 consecutive games from 2007 to 2009).

Sophomore place-kicker Chase Contreraz saw his first action as a Husker. Contreraz connected on a 33-yard field goal in the second quarter and was 2-for-2 on extra-point attempts.

Linebacker Luke Reimer recorded his fourth double-figure tackle game of the season with a career-high 19 stops. He also had double-digit tackle games against Buffalo, Michigan State and Michigan, including a then-career-high 16 vs. Buffalo.

Reimer’s 19 tackles were the most by a Husker in a Big Ten Conference game and ranked in a tie for seventh overall in Nebraska history. Reimer’s 19 tackles were the most since Lavonte David had 19 tackles against South Dakota State on Sept. 25, 2010.

Senior nickel back JoJo Domann made 13 tackles in the game, including 10 before halftime. Domann’s 13 tackles were a career high, bettering 12 on two previous occasions. Today’s game marked his third double-figure tackle game of the season.

Domann increased his career tackle total to 200, and he became the 39th Husker to reach 200 career tackles.

Linebacker Nick Henrich had 14 tackles in the game, increasing his career tackle total to 106 career stops.

Nebraska held Purdue scoreless in the first quarter and has allowed just seven points in the first quarter of five home games this season.

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