Tom Shatel, Omaha World-Herald: After sometimes cloudy journey, sun shines on Husker Seniors
Crazy, crazy day.
It was a day for all the dreamers on the playground at Gates Elementary school in Grand Island, specifically noted Gates alumnus Ryker Fyfe.
A day for long hugs with parents of the 28 Nebraska seniors — and with their new parents for life, Jill and Gerald Foltz.
A day for tears, like the ones running down Jordan Westerkamp’s face. Man, he just got here.
A day for a boring, old, mundane college football afternoon — for a group of seniors who have been through a revolving door of Hail Marys and coaching staffs and nonstop dramas.
And a day when we were introduced to the backup kicker, but not until the phrase he had imagined for four years arrived like a sledgehammer.
Steve Sipple, Lincoln Journal-Star: Fyfe’s poised presence perfect for Senior Day
You got the feeling Ryker Fyfe does this stuff all the time, even though you knew better.
Saturday afternoon, as his teammates strolled toward the locker room, the Nebraska senior quarterback signed a football for a wide-eyed grade-school boy. Then, Fyfe calmly handled a postgame interview for ESPNews. I can imagine kids in Grand Island jumping for joy and exclaiming, "There's Ryker! Hey, mom, Ryker's on TV!"
I can imagine Fyfe rolling his eyes.
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He's an understated sort.
But you couldn't overstate his importance on this day.
Maryland Coach DJ Durkin chucked his play sheet into the November wind during the third quarter of Saturday’s 28-7 loss to No. 18 Nebraska, unable to suppress his frustration after Cornhuskers quarterback Ryker Fyfe completed a 10-yard pass on third down and nine. The ball traveled through Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr.’s hands and into the stomach of wide receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El, and a few plays later, Huskers running back Terrell Newby walked into the end zone for a third time to make it a four-touchdown game.
“I wanted to puke on the sideline,” Durkin said.
Thomas Kendizora, Testudo Times: 3 things to know from the Terps 28-7 loss
It wasn’t as severe a blowout as the disheartening losses to Michigan and Ohio State, but it was still lopsided. The Huskers outgained Maryland 401-207, picked up 28 first downs while surrendering just nine, and held the ball for nearly 37 minutes of game time.
The Terps couldn’t stop Nebraska’s offense, which was led by backup quarterback Ryker Fyfe. Maryland has now allowed at least 400 yards to four straight opponents.
Nebraska’s seniors owned the stage on senior day in Lincoln. Running back Terrell Newby scampered for three touchdowns on the ground, while Fyfe completed 23 of his 37 passes. The former walk-on finished with 220 yards and a touchdown.
Dirk Chatelain, Omaha World-Herald: Ryker Fyfe’s big moment speaks volumes for quiet Husker senior on emotional day
For about 15 minutes, they shook the early-morning cobwebs, going over their formations and plays. Then they huddled for their customary “breakdown.” All hands come together and one senior says, “One, two, three, team!” You’ve seen it 100 times.
This time was different. The Huskers coaxed their starting quarterback to the center of the circle. Honestly, it was a little bit of a joke. In five years, you could count on one hand the times Ryker Fyfe raised his voice.
“He doesn’t get very excited about anything,” offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said.
But Senior Day brings out the heavy stuff in Husker hearts, especially the 2016 edition. Fyfe didn’t plan a pep talk; it just kinda happened. His blood started boiling. His veins started popping. An expletive or two might have slipped out. All before breakfast.
“We’re like, oh my gosh, YES!” tight end Trey Foster said. “He just flipped the script on us.”
Said holder Zack Darlington: “Everyone thought it was hilarious.”
Jack wanted to be a "real Nebraska football player."— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) November 19, 2016
We appreciate the help getting the win today Jack.
Here's some stat: This is the first time Nebraska has gone consecutive games without a turnover since 2003.— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) November 19, 2016
This still shocks me: Today’s win was the 1st by #Huskers QB other than Armstrong or Martinez since Cody Green against Colorado in 2010.— Michael Bruntz (@michaelbruntz) November 19, 2016
#Huskers win improvement from 2015 to 2016 is the biggest since 1961 to 1962.— Michael Bruntz (@michaelbruntz) November 19, 2016
Nebraska held the football for a season-best 38 minutes, 58 seconds today. #Huskers— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) November 19, 2016
Only scenario for Nebraska is to beat Iowa and Minnesota to beat Wisconsin. Anything else and Wisconsin goes to Indy #Huskers— John B (@JBhuskers22) November 19, 2016