Tre Harbison had the Huskies’ only touchdown, a one-yard run with 30 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Big-game forecast for Wisconsin-Michigan, Georgia-LSU, Washington-Oregon and more. Also: Notre Dame, Northwestern, Illinois, NIU picks.
The Huskies (2-1) became the first non-Power Five conference member or major independent to win in Lincoln since 2004.
Northern Illinois had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds, but Christian Hagan’s 39-yard field-goal attempt hit the crossbar.
The game was delayed one hour, 50 minutes by thunderstorms. Kickoff didn’t occur until 11:20 p.m. (Central time) and the contest ended at 3:34 a.m.