A pair of Nebraska players were honored for their efforts in the Huskers’ 17-13 win at Michigan on Saturday. Randy Gregory had three in the Michigan game and leads the Big Ten Conference in sacks with 7.5. As a defense, Nebraska ranks fourth nationally in sacks per game.
Tommy Armstrong Jr. was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. He was 11-of-19 passing in the game, including the game-winning five-yard touchdown pass to Ameer Abdullah with 2:03 to play. On that clinching drive, Armstrong completed 5-of-7 passes for 59 yards. Armstrong improved to 5-0 as Nebraska’s starting quarterback, matching Taylor Martinez for the best start to a career by a freshman quarterback.
As far as Martinez goes, have we seen the last of the senior quarterback? He’s got a nagging foot injury that won’t heal and Bo Pelini knows time is running out.
As good as Nebraska’s defense was this past week, much of the success of Michigan State goes to their defense. They’ve been playing at a high level all season. Michigan State is third overall in points allowed at 11.6 per game. The Spartans have given up a total of nine points in their last three games. Indiana is the only team that has scored more than 20 points. The Hoosiers scored 28 against Michigan State, but that was well below their season average of 43 points per game.
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