It could have been much easier if Nebraska football could have taken care of the ball, but the Huskers offense was still impressive in a road win.
The win by Nebraska football over Rutgers Friday night wasn’t a work of art or anything. It included four turnovers, including two first-quarter fumbles.
But despite those issues, Nebraska football simply kept coming and the Huskers kept making plays. Adrian Martinez could have hung his head — but he didn’t. And he wound up throwing just four incompletions and accounting for three total touchdowns as Nebraska football closed out the regular season with a victory over Rutgers, which finished the season at 3-6.
Beating Rutgers isn’t a signature achievement for head coach Scott Frost or anything, but a win is a win and the Big Red faithful will certainly appreciate it, especially if that’s the final game of 2020. There has been talk of a bowl game but who knows at this point.
As far as the 28-21 win in Piscataway, here are three takeaways.
A breakout game for Dedrick Mills
Nebraska football definitely had its best day on offense this season as both Dedrick Mills and Martinez rushed for over 100 yards. Martinez had a long of 41, while Mills ripped off a 50-yard run. Combined, they ran the ball 48 times for 348 yards and scored three rushing touchdowns.
For Mills, it was a true breakout performance. He’s battled injuries all season long and upped his season average per attempt from 3.5 to 4.7 in one night. Prior to Friday night, he didn’t have a run longer than 16 yards all season.
Mills said he will decide between going to the NFL and returning to Nebraska for another season and with the youth in the backfield, another season would be ideal and if he could put together more games like the one against Rutgers, he’d likely catch the eye of NFL scouts too.