Nebraska vs. Wisconsin, college football, 10.6.18

Nebraska wide receiver JD Spielman (10) pulls in a one-handed catch for a first down in the fourth quarter against Wisconsin's Eric Burrell (25) at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday in Madison, Wis.

Well, it's over already.

Scott Frost's first season as the Nebraska head coach is in the books.

As the season went along, the Journal Star tracked several stats, including receiving targets, chunk plays, 20-plus-yard rushes and more.

Below, see some of the data. Overall, the Huskers racked up 151 "chunk" plays, defined as rushes of 10-plus yards and passes of 15-plus.

Not surprisingly, Stanley Morgan and JD Spielman dominated NU's passing targets. Nebraska threw the ball 404 times in 12 games and more than half (206) went toward either No. 8 or No. 10. Freshman back Maurice Washington finished with the third-most receiving yards and the third-most chunk plays on the team.

Those insights and more can be found in the charts below. Have at it.

There's a small bit of subjectivity in these numbers. Game stats don't count interceptions as targets, so those have been added in based on who the ball was going to. If a pass was thrown away but clearly in the direction of a player, that got tallied as a target. That left three throwaways with nobody even close to the ball. 

Now, let's add in the running game. Here are the chunk play totals for the Huskers. These numbers are a little hard to picture without some context. NU's 151 is among the most in the country. The Husker defense, which is going to finish in the lower third of the country by most metrics, allowed 137 (60 rushing, 77 passing). 

Of NU's 61 chunk passing plays, Adrian Martinez was the quarterback for 53. Then 7 for Andrew Bunch and one for Noah Vedral. 

Nebraska scored 22 touchdowns on chunk plays this season. They break down like this: 

20-plus yards: 18

30-plus: 12

40-plus: 9

50-plus: 6

60-plus: 4

70-plus: 1

That one, of course, was a 75-yard scoring strike from Martinez to Spielman against Wisconsin. 

Nebraska's six longest plays of the season all went for touchdowns. After Spielman's touchdown were a 67-yard Morgan catch against Minnesota, Devine Ozigbo rushes of 67 (Minnesota), 66 and 60 (Illinois) and a 57-yard Spielman touchdown grab against Colorado. 

OK, one more chart. 

In 2017, Nebraska had just 10 rushes of 20 or more yards. Its longest rush of the season was a 40-yarder by Spielman.

This year was a completely different story. The Huskers had 31 rushes of 20-plus yards and they came from seven different players. 

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