In the end, it’s a loss. But the result was much more in question in the final moments of Nebraska’s first road game of the season than it was after Miami jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter.
Trailing 33-10 midway through the final period of play, the Huskers mounted a comeback for the ages. After two touchdown drives in the final eight minutes, Nebraska again drove down the field and scored with just 33 seconds remaining. A two-point conversion tied the game at 33-33.
“These guys are competitive,” said Coach Mike Riley following the game. “They never quit.”
In overtime, quarterback Tommy Armstrong threw an interception on Nebraska’s first play. Miami was able to kick a field goal on their overtime possession to win the game 36-33.
But Riley points to plenty of areas the team needs to address going forward, “We can’t let any of ourselves off the hook.” Nebraska committed 12 penalties in the game for a total of 98 yards. Miami was penalized 13 times in the game for 114 yards.
Quarterback Tommy Armstrong threw four touchdown passes in the game and 309 yards. 244 of those yards and all four touchdowns came in the second half.
With the loss, Nebraska falls to 1-2 on the season, with both losses coming on the final play of each game.
The Huskers return home to Memorial Stadium for the final non-conference game of the season next Saturday. Nebraska and Southern Miss kick off at 11:00 a.m. next Saturday.