The hits just keep on coming. For the fourth time this season, Nebraska has fallen to defeat on the last opponent snap of the game.
“I don’t think there’s necessarily a common thread between every game,” said Head Coach Mike Riley following Nebraska’s 23-21 loss to Wisconsin. Nebraska fell to 2-4 on the season with the loss, and 0-2 in Big Ten play.
The Huskers held the lead with 3:38 to go in the game after fullback Andy Janovich rumbled 55 yards for the go-ahead touchdown on a third down play. Memorial Stadium was as loud as it’s been all year following that run, which gave Nebraska a 21-20 lead.
“It was great,” said quarterback Tommy Armstrong. “Andy made one guy miss and then he was one-on-one with the safety and made that guy miss also and went down and score. It was a great run.”
Wisconsin took their next possession into field goal range, but Rafael Gaglianone’s 39-yard attempt hit the upright and was no-good. Nebraska took over with less than two minutes left, but was unable to run out the clock as Wisconsin used all three timeouts.
After the Badgers got the ball back with 1:03 left on the clock, they quickly marched into field goal range again and this time Gaglianone connected on a 46-yard attempt with just :04 remaining. The kick propelled Wisconsin back into the Big Ten West race, and sent Nebraska to loss number four on the season.
“It was a big roller coaster,” said defensive end Jack Gangwish. “When they missed the field goal I about tackled Mark Banker to the ground. Obviously then we were back out there with a lot of time left.”
“We’re a team for a reason,” said Armstrong. “We’re a family. We’ve got to all stick in this together.”
Armstrong struggled through the air for the second straight game, completing only 11 of 28 pass attempts for 129 yards and one touchdown. With the loss, Nebraska will have to search for answers before next week’s road game against Minnesota.
“We really didn’t think that we would have a season like this,” said Armstrong. “It’s heartbreaking to look at it this way, but we’ve just got to stick together and drive on to next week.”