College Football
Nebraska 30, Penn State 23
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 14, 2020
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska
Temperature: 52°
Head Official: Larry Smith
Attendance: 0

Freshman quarterback Luke McCaffrey went 13-of-21 passing for 152 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 67 yards and a score on 13 carries, to lead Nebraska to a 30-23 home win over Penn State in a battle of Big Ten teams on Saturday.

The Cornhuskers (1-2, 1-2 Big Ten) prevailed despite being outgained 501-298.

Will Levis passed for 219 and Pat Freiermuth caught seven passes for 113 yards for the Nittany Lions (0-4, 0-4). It's the first 0-4 start for Penn State since 2001.

Nebraska jumped on Penn State early, taking a 27-6 lead at halftime.

The Cornhuskers opened the scoring with 11:25 left in the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by McCaffrey, and then took a 10-0 lead more than five minutes later on a 22-yard field goal by senior Connor Culp.

Following a second-quarter field goal by Penn State's Jake Pinegar that made it 10-3, Nebraska took a 17-3 lead with 14:01 remaining in the quarter on a 45-yard touchdown pass from McCaffrey to Zavier Betts.

Nebraska then took a 24-3 lead with 11:29 to go in the second quarter when Deontai Williams sacked Sean Clifford, forced a fumble, and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown.

In the second half, Penn State benched Clifford in favor of Levis, and he provided the Nittany Lions a spark.

The Nittany Lions cut Nebraska's lead to 27-16 on a 31-yard touchdown run by Keyvone Lee with 7:51 left in the third and on a 27-yard field goal by Pinegar with 1:01 remaining.

Nebraska did respond, going on a 10-play, 63-yard drive and taking a 30-16 lead with 10:34 remaining on a 30-yard field goal by Cupp.

Penn State answered back, cutting its deficit to 30-23 with 9:20 left on a 5-yard touchdown run by Devyn Ford.

The score was set up by a 74-yard pass from Levis to Freiermuth.

Penn State drove down to the Nebraska 9-yard line with under a minute left, but two incompletions, a sack and another incompletion ended Penn State's hopes of tying the game.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Penn State   Nebraska
Devyn Ford Player Luke McCaffrey
16 Attempts 13
66 Yards 67
4.1 Avg Yards 5.2
1 Touchdowns 1
0 Long 0
Penn State   Nebraska
Pat Freiermuth Player Zavier Betts
7 Receptions 2
113 Yards 54
16.1 Avg Yards 27.0
0 Touchdowns 1
0 Long 0
Team Stats Summary
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Penn State 501 245 256 2 3 1 1.0 0
Nebraska 298 146 152 3 3 1 2.0 1