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Northwestern falls to Nebraska on ‘Hail Mary’

“When [teams] bring lot pressure you’re not going have time sit back there let your receivers get downfield” KaColter said.

“When [teams] bring a lot of pressure, you’re not going to have time to sit back there and let your receivers get downfield,” Kain Colter said. | AP

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Updated: November 2, 2013 7:52PM

LINCOLN, Neb. — Northwestern lost 27-24 at Nebraska after a completed “Hail Mary” attempt was tipped and caught by Huskers receiver Jordan Westernkamp in the end zone.

Northwestern defensive end Tyler Scott returned an interception 29 yards to the Nebraska 7-yard line with 2:25 left in the game, setting up a 21-yard field goal from Jeff Bundzien that gave the Wildcats a 24-21 lead.

Northwestern running back Treyvon Green was by far the team’s best offensive weapon, running for 149 yards and three touchdowns.

The Wildcats had seven players suffer injuries, including Green, who was helped off in the fourth quarter after appearing to injure his ankle. He was able to return to action.

Stephen Buckley, whom coach Pat Fitzgerald called the team’s best running back, was hurt after a 17-yard reception. Buckley was carted off the field, taken to a hospital at halftime for tests and returned to the Wildcats’ sideline by the fourth quarter dressed in scrubs and on crutches.

Cornerback Nick VanHoose suffered what appeared to be a head injury in the second quarter and was taken to the sideline for evaluation. Right before the end of the first half, VanHoose was taken to the locker room and ruled out for the game.

Others players who suffered injuries were left tackle Jack Konopka, wide receiver Tony Jones, defensive tackle Will Hampton and linebacker Collin Ellis, who was injured on the last drive of the game.

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