Live updates: Nebraska thumps Maryland 54-7, sets up Black Friday showdown for bowl game eligibility
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Live updates: Nebraska thumps Maryland 54-7, sets up Black Friday showdown for bowl game eligibility

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Nebraska at Maryland, 11.23

Nebraska running back Dedrick Mills (26) leaps over Maryland Terrapins defender Antone Brook Jr. to score in the first quarter Saturday at Maryland Stadium in College Park, Md.

Final: Nebraska 54, Maryland 7

5:38 p.m. Believe it or not, the Terrapins have scored. Leake breaks free for a 58-yard touchdown to ruin Nebraska's shutout efforts with just over three minutes remaining.  

5:30 p.m. It's a 50-spot in Maryland. McCaffrey scampers in for a score, and the Huskers are leading 54-0 with 5:10 left. 

5:17 p.m. The kicking carousel lands on Harrison Martin, who sneaks an 18-yard field goal through to extend Nebraska's lead to 47-0. Martin is a senior from Lincoln Lutheran who joined the Huskers during this season. 

5:03 p.m. First career touchdown alert. Nebraska freshman running back Rahmir Johnson is on the board, capping a scoring drive with a 1-yard finish. It appears that Johnson is going out with a bang, as he is expected to be shut down for the rest of the season to preserve his redshirt. 

Oh, yes, the score. It's 44-0 Huskers. 

4:44 p.m. How about Matt Waldoch? The Nebraska walk-on kicker is 3-for-3 on field goals this afternoon, each from 29 yards. His latest gave the Huskers a 37-0 lead.

Halftime: Nebraska 34, Maryland 0

4:04 p.m. The rout is on in College Park. Nebraska coach Scott Frost said this week that 31 points is his target, or "magic number," for his offense every game, and the Huskers have reached that figure in the first half.

Martinez finds Spielman, who beats the Terrapins to the pylon for the duo's second scoring connection this afternoon. Huskers lead 31-0 with 3:54 left before the intermission. 

3:35 p.m. There's the freshman. Buzz surrounded the Nebraska camp before the game as third-string quarterback Luke McCaffrey was seen taking reps at receiver in warmups. McCaffrey took a reverse from Martinez and fired a strike to a wide-open Spielman down the sideline for 28 yards to the Maryland 24. 

However, Martinez missed an opportunity to give the Huskers a resounding lead, throwing an interception in the end zone. The sophomore quarterback appeared to have an open target but under-threw the pass. 

3:27 p.m. Nebraska can do no wrong, and Maryland can do no right. Martinez lofts a ball into the end zone, which is tipped by two Terrapins and falls into JD Spielman's hands to swell the Huskers' lead to 24-0. 

3:14 p.m. No touchdown this time, but the Huskers don't leave empty-handed, as Matt Waldoch knocks a 29-yard field goal through the uprights to give Nebraska a 17-0 lead. Waldoch started the fall on the club soccer team. 

3:10 p.m. Maryland has committed its third significant miscue. It's the first quarter. The Terrapins fumble the kick return after the Martinez touchdown, again handing premier field position to the Huskers, who take over at the MU 22, already leading by two touchdowns.

3:05 p.m. The Huskers are rolling -- and taking advantage of Maryland's early lapses. The Terrapins forced a punt but committed a personal foul to allow Nebraska to retain possession, plus 15 yards into Maryland territory. Adrian Martinez capped the drive with a quarterback sneak from the goal line to extend the Huskers' lead to 14-0 with 5:39 left in the opening period. 

2:48 p.m. Nebraska strikes first, forcing a turnover on Maryland's first play from scrimmage and cashing in moments later on Dedrick Mills' 6-yard run. Husker defensive back Dicaprio Bootle knocked the ball from Javon Leake, and Marquel Dismuke snared it in the air to set NU up at the Maryland 13.

Setting the table

The Nebraska football team's struggles this season have been well-documented. But, even at 4-6 (2-5 in the Big Ten), the Huskers still have plenty to play for in a trip to Maryland. 

NU running backs coach Ryan Held said this week that the team was adopting a Super Bowl mentality for the final two weeks of the season, a stretch that requires back-to-back victories to sneak into a bowl game. 

But first the Huskers have to beat Maryland. The Terrapins have been one of the larger disappointments in the Big Ten this season and enter the Saturday clash with only one win in the conference (Rutgers). 

An offensive shootout is expected, but scoring could be stifled by a dreary weather forecast in College Park, placing an even higher premium on the turnover battle. 


Kickoff: 2:30 p.m.  |  TV: BTN  | Listen here

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