BOULDER, Colo. — A closer look at the defining stats and figures from the Huskers' 34-31 overtime loss to Colorado on Saturday.
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2016: The last time Nebraska pitched a shutout in the first half was three seasons ago against Maryland at Memorial Stadium.
367: Yards allowed by Nebraska in the second half. It’s practically an entire game, and if NU’s offense is going to hang the defense out to dry like this, so often, the Huskers may have to reconsider their formula. NU faced 44 plays in the second half, it dragged on and on for the Blackshirts, and they simply ran out of gas.
100 seconds: The duration of Nebraska’s first scoring drive, which covered 96 yards on five plays. While Adrian Martinez’s 65-yard touchdown pass to JD Spielman accounted for the speed of the drive, NU’s tempo was quick and its aim to crack a big play was aggressive. That’s how coach Scott Frost wants his offense to look.
40: Yards for Nebraska’s offense in the third quarter. And, unlike last week, NU’s defense and special teams weren’t scoring touchdowns to keep the offense off the field. The Huskers had four possessions. The first three were awful. Third quarters were big problems for Nebraska’s offense last season — 66 points in 12 games — and it hasn’t changed yet.
Six: JD Spielman’s 65-yard score was the junior’s sixth career TD of 65 yards or more.
Five: Nebraska has lost five straight overtime games. Its last win in extra time was Nov. 28, 2014, at Iowa.
2-12: Nebraska has lost 12 of its past 14 games on the road. The Huskers have yet to win on the road under Scott Frost.
Zero: Yards rushing in the first half for CU’s offense. The Buffaloes lost 25 yards in sacks, but the run game was a nonstarter with the way Nebraska defended it. NU used three down linemen, but arrayed them in what amounted to a four-man front once outside linebacker Alex Davis or Tyrin Ferguson came down to the line of scrimmage. It worked, too, as NU defensive linemen consistently got penetration in the backfield.
Zero: Incompletions for quarterback Adrian Martinez in the first half. Martinez took what CU’s zone defense gave him: namely, crossing routes over the middle. A 21-yard throw to Spielman was particularly nice as Martinez fit it in between two defenders.