Nebraska held only a 7 point lead over Wyoming going into the fourth quarter, but in the end, the Huskers walked away with a 52-17 win to improve to 2-0 on the 2016 season.
“Just contagious as energy,” said Senior safety Nathan Gerry on the roll of momentum the Huskers built in the final period. “That’s one thing we talk about being a Blackshirt, providing energy. Its contagious. At practice you bring energy and people build off of it and today I think that we built off of that.”
In the final quarter alone, Nebraska out-scored Wyoming 28-0 while the defense forced four turnovers. In total, the Blackshirts forced six turnovers, five as interceptions. The five picks were the most in a game by Nebraska since 2010.
“We’ve got guys here with good ball skills and are getting some good vision on the ball,” said Head Coach Mike Riley following the game. “A couple of them were pressure interceptions and a couple of them were really good position interceptions.”
On the other side of the ball, Nebraska rolled up more than 400 yards passing, 377 of which came on the air of quarterback Tommy Armstrong. Armstrong completed 20/34 passes and threw three touchdown passes. Armstrong now has 57 career touchdown passes, breaking Nebraska’s all-time career TD pass record of 56, previously held by Taylor Martinez.
“Those guys work their tails off to help me get that goal,” Armstrong said of the Husker wide receivers’ part in reaching that milestone. “Those guys stepped up and said “hey give us a chance to the ball and go out there and get it”. That’s what they did so that record doesn’t do any justice for me. It just shows how much they work their tails off to help me out.”
Following the game, many of the Husker players and coaches had already turned their attention to the upcoming game against Oregon, but Coach Riley is keeping his game plan close to the vest.
“I am going to pull back here and say we need to clean some stuff up or we are not going to have a chance to beat Oregon, but if we do we will.”