Top Nebraska performers in its 23-20 overtime win over Penn State on Saturday at Beaver Stadium:
QB Ron Kellogg III: Just when you thought we'd seen the last of the former walk-on and fifth-year senior -- his place in school history secured by the Hail Mary completion to beat Northwestern -- Kellogg re-emerged to take over for Tommy Armstrong Jr. after three series on Saturday. With the Huskers down 6-0, Kellogg led a quick touchdown drive and played the rest of the way, showing guts and guile. It wasn't always pretty, but he finished 20 of 34 for 191 yards. His presence, as usual, appeared to have a calming effect on offensive teammates.
CB Ciante Evans: The Huskers did a decent job on All-American Allen Robinson, holding the 6-foot-3 junior to eight catches for 106 yards. Stanley Jean-Baptiste and the undersized Evans shared time in coverage against Robinson. Thanks to the corners' work, when Robinson got the ball, he usually had little room to run. Evans also contributed a key interception of Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg near midfield in the third quarter as the Huskers led 14-13.
WR Kenny Bell: Thought was given here to place-kicker Pat Smith for his game-winning heroics, and to receiver Brandon Reilly, who seemingly came out of nowhere to catch two passes and block a punt in the second quarter. But you can't overlook Bell, who returned a third-quarter kickoff 99 yards after Penn State took a 13-7 lead. His return equals the fifth longest in Nebraska history and the first returned for a touchdown since Ameer Abdullah went 100 yards in 2011. Bell also caught five passes for 33 yards.