A career performance from Nebraska I-Back Terrell Newby lifted the Huskers to a strong win over South Alabama in front of 89,822 fans at Memorial Stadium Saturday night in Lincoln.
Newby’s 198 yards rushing far surpassed his previous career high, and clearly defined his role as the lead running back for Nebraska going forward.
“He was the guy we thought was our first-string back, and we though one thing that we needed to do better was give him the ball,” said Coach Mike Riley following the game.
Newby scored Nebraska’s first three touchdowns Saturday evening: two on the ground and another through the air on a reception of a pass from quarterback Tommy Armstrong.
By the time the third touchdown had been scored, the outcome of the game was no longer in doubt. The Huskers continued to score and eventually won the game 48-9 over the Jaguars.
Following the contest, the players awarded Coach Riley a game ball for his first win as Nebraska’s Coach.
“I’m very excited. It’s just an amazing scene out there in that stadium,” Riley said of his first win. “It came one week late but I’m glad to get here.”
Armstrong threw for 270 yards and completed 70 percent of his passes in the game. With the effort, Armstrong reached two major milestones: 4,000 yards passing and 5,000 yards of total offense. He’s just the seventh Husker to reach 4,000 yards passing and only the ninth to record 5,000 yards of total offense.
Defensively, the Huskers were paced by linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey, who was playing his first game in two calendar years. Rose-Ivey has had to battle multiple injuries to get back on the field. He also served a one-game suspension last week for violating team rules. Rose-Ivey led the team in tackles with ten.
Rose-Ivey says it was great to get back on the field. “I think I was a little too jacked up before the game. I guess that comes with not being able to play for almost two years.”
With the win, Nebraska improved to 1-1 on the season with two non-conference games remaining.
Nebraska now turns their attention to the first road test of the season. The Huskers take on Miami next Saturday at 2:30pm. Nebraska beat Miami last season in Lincoln.