LINCOLN, Neb. – Conditions weren't optimal for Barret Pickering.
The Nebraska freshman had never kicked in the snow before, and the intensity was picking up as he was getting set to try a season-long 47-yard field goal with a swirling north wind at his back and a feel-like temperature of 15 degrees.
The ball off his foot started left and faded right — right between the goal posts for his third field goal of the fourth quarter and the go-ahead score in a 9-6 win over Michigan State (6-5, 4-4) on Saturday.
"We went out there like we do for any other kick," the native of Birmingham, Ala., said. "We cleared off the ground to make sure we get a good ball off."
It was the first time the Cornhuskers (4-7, 3-5) had won a game without scoring a touchdown since a 3-0 victory over Kansas State in 1937, according to Nebraska sports information officials.
Stanley Morgan caught four passes to become Nebraska's career leader in receptions with 182.