October 31, 2014

Armstrong doesn’t throw any touchdowns, but comes up big on third down plays

The first three meetings between Nebraska and Northwestern were all close and after the first half it looked like it would come down to the end again, but the Huskers scored 24 unanswered points in the second half for 38-17 win.   Bo Pelini was happy with the finish.

Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. completed 18-of-29 passes for 221 yards. He did not throw an interception or a touchdown pass, but he made a couple of big third down completions.  He was 5 of 6 passing on third down in the second half, able to convert and sustain drives.  He did haul in his first career touchdown catch, a 16-yard reception from freshman wide receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El after a reverse handoff from Abdullah.

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Beck claims protecting the ball a trademark of Nebraska football…really? (AUDIO)

I’m not sure I would call protecting the football a trademark of NU football under Bo Pelini and Tim Beck (a term he used the other day at practice)…turnovers have always been an issue, in my mind. I could be wrong, but turnovers have been an issue against Northwestern as well.Beck says he wants to see steady ball movement from the offense throughout the game against the Wildcats

Even if the Huskers aren’t getting touchdowns or field goals, a couple of first downs and a good punt, flip the field position…don’t give Northwestern short fields to work with.  If the Huskers don’t score on drives, punts are going to be better than turnovers…NU has to make Northwestern work a little bit for their yards and points…A good defense can start with a good offense.

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No Husker football to watch. We have a couple of games to keep your eyes on (AUDIO)

Of course it’s a bye week for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, but several games you need to keep your eyes on in terms of the standings in the Big Ten East. The first in Northwestern at Minnesota. The Wildcats host the Huskers next weekend and a win for them tomorrow over the Gophers would move them to 3-0 in conference play and give them a 2.5 game lead over the Huskers heading into next Saturday’s game. The Gophers also ahead of the Huskers, they are 1-0 in Big Ten play. That game will kick off at 11am and you can watch it on the Big Ten Network.

The other game of interest is Indiana at Iowa. The Hawkeyes also sit at 1-0 in Big Ten play, they are third team ahead of the Huskers in the standings. That game kicks at 11 on ESPNU.

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Pelini was tired of playoff talk back in August (AUDIO)

The Huskers have been practicing for the past couple of days, yesterday it was in full pads and the Big Red hit the field again today at 3:45, this bye week comes at nice time. They’ve played half of their schedule and now have an extra week to re-assess the team and where they’re heading for the second half of 2014. Pelini was asked about the talk of the four-team playoff. Pelini thinks it’s a major distraction, going all the way back to August and fall camp.

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Michigan State disappointed in their students and Wisconsin going dual QB (AUDIO)

Here’s a problem we never have a Memorial Stadium…filling it up. That was an issue for Michigan State in their win over the Huskers. In fact, it was such a problem the school’s athletic director Mark Hollis was on Twitter Sunday night expressing his embarrassment for the empty seats in the student section.

As I look at the Huskers schedule, still five weeks away is a game at Wisconsin on November 15th. While the Badgers look for answers to a struggling passing game, head coach Gary Anderson is planning on playing both Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy at quarterback this week vs. Illinois, possibly even at the same time.

Here’s our Big Red Report as we muddle through our bye week!