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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

Nebraska vs. Purdue, 10/28/17

Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee (left) hugs wide receiver Stanley Morgan, who caught the Huskers' game-winning pass against Purdue on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Nebraska football writer Parker Gabriel offers his extra points from Nebraska's 25-24 win over Purdue on Saturday night at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Turning point: When the Blackshirts took the field with 3:44 remaining, the Boilermakers didn’t want to give the ball back. After two D.J. Knox runs for 12 yards, it didn’t look like they would. But the Huskers got off the field in three more plays, setting up Tanner Lee’s big moment.

It was over when: Lee and Stanley Morgan read a Boilermaker cover-2 coverage the same way. Morgan ran a post to the goal line and Lee put a perfect throw on the junior for the game-winning touchdown.

Quotable: “I think it was a little disappointing to not get it done on the drive before. But when it mattered most, the defense got a stop, did their job and got us the ball. We knew it would be tough with no timeouts, but I think everybody wanted to get it done and everybody knew we could.” – Lee on the final drive

Game ball: Easy. No. 13. Lee smiled when he said he thought it was the most yards he’d ever thrown for. There’s no thinking to be done. Quarterbacks always know that number.

Notable performance: Jaylin Bradley had the best game of his freshman season by a long shot, compiling 73 total yards on 10 touches. He ripped off a 20-yard run en route to rushing seven times for 42, and also hauled in three catches for 31.

Deep connection: Stanley Morgan hauled in a 46-yard catch on NU’s first play from scrimmage. He also had a 29-yarder early in the fourth quarter before the winning score with :14 remaining.

Numbers for the road

308: Average passing yards per game for Tanner Lee over the past four. Lee’s also completing 61.1 percent in that span, generating 8.6 yards per attempt and has eight touchdowns against one interception.

2: Tackles for reserve sophomore outside linebacker Jacob Weinmaster, his first two of the season.

5.5: Tackles for loss for Purdue’s Gelen Robinson. It’s easy to look past, but NU had real trouble with Purdue’s front for the first three quarters.

83.3: Drew Brown’s field goal percentage this fall. The senior has hit 10 of 12.

8, 7, 0: Number of punts from Purdue’s Joe Schopper, number of De’Mornay Pierson-El fair catches, number of NU punt return yards.

Contact the writer at or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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