Nebraska dropped its fourth consecutive game to open the Scott Frost era, falling 42-28 to Purdue at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
The Huskers had a first-quarter lead for the first time this season, taking the opening drive of the game 75 yards capped off by an 18-yard run by Devine Ozigbo. The senior running back would finish with a career high 170 yards on 17 carries, including another touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Down 7-0 to start the game, Purdue (2-3, 1-1) ran off 20 straight points over the next 26 minutes of game clock to take a 20-7 lead to the locker room at halftime. The Boilermakers stretched the lead to 27-7 early in the third quarter before Nebraska (0-4, 0-2) started to click offensively.
The Huskers responded with three straight touchdown drives, but never got the Purdue lead under 13 points as the Boilermakers kept pace. For the game, Nebraska held an edge in total yards (582-516) and first downs (31-27), but yet again in 2018 a first-quarter deficit, this one coming after an early lead, proved too much to overcome.
The loss was Nebraska's eighth straight dating back to last year, the first time in program history the Huskers have lost eight consecutive games. Nebraska's last win came against Purdue on Oct. 28, 2017.