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Nebraska 35, Indiana 21

By ERIC OLSON
AP College Football Writer

LINCOLN, Neb. - Casey Thompson threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and Nebraska beat a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent for the first time in 364 days with a 35-21 victory over Indiana.

Thompson, benched for a series in the first half and shaken up on a big hit in the third quarter, threw a 71-yard touchdown pass to Trey Palmer early in the fourth to break a 21-all tie and followed with a 1-yard run to give the Cornhuskers a two-score cushion.

The win ended a nine-game losing streak against FBS opponents - the Huskers' previous one was against Northwestern on October 2, 2021 - and was Mickey Joseph's first since he was named interim head coach following the firing of Scott Frost on Sept. 11.

"I love Mickey. I want to ride with Mickey," defensive end Garrett Nelson said. "He was put in a tough situation and he's flourished in that spot."

The Huskers (2-3, 1-1 Big Ten) broke open the game in the fourth quarter as Thompson came through with big plays during what had been an up-and-down performance.

Palmer had a couple steps on Phillip Dunnam as he ran his post pattern on a third-and-9 and caught the ball in stride for a 28-21 lead with 13:43 left.

"My number got called. I made the play. That's what I'm here for," Palmer said.

The touchdown gave Palmer the first 100-yard receiving game of his career. The fourth-year player, who transferred from LSU after last season, finished with eight catches for 157 yards.

After Indiana (3-2, 1-1) went three-and-out, Thompson led a 12-play, 54-yard drive that chewed more than six minutes off the clock. He completed three short passes and handed off to Anthony Grant seven times for 31 yards before he ran in for the final margin. Grant finished with 136 yards on 32 carries.

The Huskers held Indiana to 290 yards and had three sacks and six quarterback hurries in Bill Busch's first game as interim defensive coordinator.

"We're finally realizing what we are as a defense," Nelson said. "Great win. We showed what we can do. Got to carry that over to the coming weeks."

Thompson gave the Huskers a scare in the third quarter when he held his right shoulder area after James Head Jr. put a big hit on him. Chubba Purdy, whose fumble in the end zone led to an Indiana touchdown in the first half, took over for one play on the next series and then Thompson returned.

Thompson was 18 of 27 for 270 yards with an interception to go with his two TD passes. Indiana's Connor Bazelak was 22 of 44 for 223 yards with a touchdown and interception.

The teams combined for 23 penalties for 202 yards, one of the most flag-filled FBS games of the season.

Indiana scored twice in the final 3:09 of the second quarter to go into halftime tied 21-all.

THE TAKEAWAY

Indiana: The Hoosiers were hamstrung on offense because their top two receivers, Cam Camper and D.J. Matthews, were out with injuries.

"Obviously, they're huge parts of our offense," Bazelak said. "So it was tough not having them, but we had some guys step up and we made some plays but we've got to find ways to make more."

Nebraska: The Huskers were able to win despite spurts of undisciplined play and periods of stagnant offense.

BAWLED OUT

Thompson got chewed out on the sideline by enraged offensive coordinator Mark Whipple after taking a drive-killing sack in the second quarter. Thompson was on the bench when Nebraska got the ball back at its 10.

Whipple was sending Thompson a message, but it came with a cost. On third down Purdy fumbled while a blitzing Louis Moore began pulling him down, and Myles Jackson recovered for a TD.

BLOCK THAT PUNT

Nebraska's Chris Kolarevic blocked James Evans' second-quarter punt and Malcolm Hartzog picked up the ball with a clear path to the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown. It was Nebraska's first blocked punt returned for a touchdown since 2009.

ROUGH STUFF

Nebraska offensive lineman Turner Corcoran was ejected late in the second quarter after getting called for unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct on consecutive plays.

Corcoran charged into the pile after Thompson's facemask was pulled while going down, negating the penalty on the Hoosiers. On the next play Corcoran punched Aaron Casey while the linebacker was on the ground.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter IndNeb
Neb TD 13:17 Oliver Martin 34 yd pass from Casey Thompson (Timmy Bleekrode kick) 0 7
Second Quarter IndNeb
Ind TD 12:17 Myles Jackson 0 yd fumble return (Charles Campbell kick) 7 7
Neb TD 10:03 Malcolm Hartzog 30 yd blocked punt return (Timmy Bleekrode kick) 7 14
Neb TD 5:54 Jaquez Yant 1 yd run (Timmy Bleekrode kick) 7 21
Ind TD 3:09 Emery Simmons 13 yd pass from Connor Bazelak (Charles Campbell kick) 14 21
Ind TD 0:15 Shaun Shivers 1 yd run (Charles Campbell kick) 21 21
Fourth Quarter IndNeb
Neb TD 13:43 Trey Palmer 71 yd pass from Casey Thompson (Timmy Bleekrode kick) 21 28
Neb TD 6:53 Casey Thompson 1 yd run (Timmy Bleekrode kick) 21 35
Team Stats
  Indiana Nebraska
First downs 14 22
  Rushing 2 7
  Passing 10 12
  Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Efficiency 2-15, 13% 7-16, 44%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 23-67 51-115
Passing Yards 223 270
Return Yards 21 78
Completions-Attempts-Int 22-44-1 18-27-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--26 4--48
Punts 11 8
Punts-Average 40.3 39.1
Fumbles Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties - Yards 11-92 12-111
Time of Possession 24:06 34:51
Indiana Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Bazelak 22 44 223 1 1
Nebraska Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Thompson 18 27 270 2 1
Indiana Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Lucas 3 39 13.0 0
S. Shivers 9 25 2.8 1
J. Henderson 5 22 4.4 0
D. McCulley 1 0 0.0 0
C. Bazelak 5 -19 -3.8 0
Nebraska Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Grant 32 136 4.3 0
G. Ervin Jr. 6 21 3.5 0
J. Yant 2 3 1.5 1
C. Purdy 2 -10 -5.0 0
C. Thompson 6 -32 -5.3 1
Indiana Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
E. Simmons 6 57 9.5 1
A. Coby 5 54 10.8 0
J. Henderson 3 44 14.7 0
J. Swinton 2 33 16.5 0
A. Barner 3 23 7.7 0
M. Holt-Bennett 1 7 7.0 0
S. Shivers 2 5 2.5 0
Nebraska Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Palmer 8 157 19.6 1
O. Martin 3 65 21.7 1
M. Washington 2 15 7.5 0
A. Brown 1 14 14.0 0
T. Vokolek 1 11 11.0 0
C. Brewington 1 5 5.0 0
B. Belt 1 2 2.0 0
A. Grant 1 1 1.0 0
Indiana Interceptions
Player Int Yards
B. Fitzgerald 1 0
Nebraska Interceptions
Player Int Yards
L. Reimer 1 0
Indiana Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Evans 10 443 44.3
Nebraska Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Buschini 8 313 39.1
Indiana Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Delp 1 0 0
Nebraska Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Palmer 3 37 12.3
C. Kolarevic 1 11 11.0
M. Hartzog 0 30
Indiana Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Lucas 1 21 21.0
Nebraska Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Indiana Missed FG
Player Length
Nebraska Missed FG
Player Length




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