The Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated Wyoming 52-17 on Saturday and there were a few players on both sides of the ball that stood out. Here is this week’s Most Valuable Player awards:
Offense: Tommy Armstrong
This one is pretty easy considering Armstrong just broke Taylor Martinez’s record at Nebraska. He now holds the record for the most touchdown passes at Nebraska. Armstrong started the game with his feet, he rushed for a 7 yard touchdown to give the Huskers an early 7-0 lead. The coaching staff has done a much better job incorporating the quarterback run game this season. In the second quarter Armstrong threw a beautiful pass to Alonzo Moore for a 62 yard touchdown pass, making the score 17-0. Armstrong’s final big play came in the fourth quarter with a 34 passing touchdown to Jordan Westerkamp. Armstrong's finished the day 20-34 for 377 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception.
Honorable Mention: Jordan Westerkamp
Mike Riley wanted to see a better passing game this week, and he wasn’t disappointed! Wyoming’s game plan coming into the game was to stop the run, and they did just that. The problem with that though was that they couldn’t figure out how to stop the pass. Riley used a lot more fly sweeps and screen passes for big gains on offense. Westerkamp had some clutch catches in this game. “The Roommate Duo” really shined in this game. The game was close going into the fourth quarter with the Huskers only winning 24-17. Westerkamp changed that with a 34 yard touchdown catch as well as a 9 yard touchdown catch to put the game out of reach for the Huskers. Weskerkamp finished with 105 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns.
Defense: Nate Gerry
The Nebraska secondary was huge in this game, coming up with 5 interceptions. This was also against a pretty good quarterback in Josh Allen. I truly believe Allen is going to be one of the best Mountain West quarterbacks the next few years. Nate Gerry got the start at safety this week after not playing last week, due to a one game suspension. Let’s just say he didn’t disappoint! Gerry finished this game with 7 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 2 interceptions. Talk about a break-out game! Gerry also added some senior leadership on the field, helping young guys like Kieron and Aaron Williams out on the field. This will be huge going forward for that Blackshirt defense. The Huskers are now +7 on the season. This can be monumental with Oregon coming to Lincoln next week. Force turnovers, and the Huskers have a great shot knocking off the Ducks. Nate Gerry could be the key to that too.
Honorable Mention: Kieron Williams
Kieron Williams may have had the biggest play in the game on Saturday afternoon. The Huskers were only winning 17-10 in the third quarter when Williams made a huge play. Josh Allen and the Cowboys were starting a drive from their own 10 yard line when Allen tried forcing a ball to his receiver. It was tipped and intercepted by Williams and he weaved his way to the end zone for a pick six, making the score 24-10. This play was huge. Wyoming had all of the momentum and could have drove down the field to tie the game. But instead Williams made the big play helping the Huskers pull away for the victory.
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