Nebraska lost their first game of the season to rival Wisconsin in OT. It was a close game throughout, where the Huskers had multiple opportunities to win the game. But they came up short in a tough road atmosphere. But there were some players that played well in the game, particularly on defense.
Offense: Tommy Armstrong
Tommy Armstrong fought hard in this game. The senior leader made some plays that kept Nebraska in this game. His stats were not great though. He finished 12/31 passing for 153 yards and 2 interceptions. Sure those stats aren’t great, but he still kept Nebraska in the game at Camp Randall. I think that he was the main reason Nebraska played so well. He stepped up when Nebraska needed it in the second half. Of course, Husker fans wish he could have made more plays in overtime to win the game, and rightfully so. But Armstrong showed some serious heart on the road. This should be good news for Husker fans as Nebraska has another tough road game this week. Ohio State will be even a tougher matchup than Wisconsin was. But I really think with the leadership of Tommy Armstrong, Nebraska can play well in this game. Hell, if he makes a few plays down the stretch, don’t be surprised if the Huskers walk out of the Horseshoe with a huge win.
Defense: Nate Gerry
This one is really easy. Nate Gerry played arguably his best game of his career last week. Gerry finished with 7 total tackles and 2 interceptions. He and the Nebraska defense kept the Huskers in this game. The Nebraska secondary has been better this season, especially compared to last season. If Gerry and the Blackshirts can keep that up, look for the Huskers to make it to the B1G Championship game. This team needs the defense to help the offense, especially when they're struggling. If the defense can keep forcing turnovers, it will put Nebraska in the right situations on offense to win these games down the stretch. Key games against Minnesota and Iowa are left on the schedule for the Huskers. Nebraska needs to win those games in order to win the B1G West. The defense is the first step to making that happen.
So what do you think? What other players stepped up in the game? Let me know in the comments below.