Armstrong looking to move on

Appearing in front of the media on Monday, Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong took a lot of the blame for Saturday's loss to Michigan State.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini says he worries about quarterback Tommy Armstrong – the freshman can sometimes be hard on himself. On Monday, we possibly saw signs of it, when the youngster took responsibility for the majority of Saturday's loss to Michigan State after turnovers piled up.

"I have to take the blame for it. I just have to take care of the football. You can't win the game when you have turnovers," said Armstrong. "I thought I prepared the right way, I just didn't hold onto the ball. We made little mistakes here and there, and most of those were my fault."

Shortly after Saturday's contest, offensive coordinator Tim Beck said Armstrong often times struggles trying to recover from a mistake – saying he looks to get "everything back on the next play."

The freshman admits on Saturday the Huskers' first turnover within the opening minute of the game slightly rattled him.

"It got to me a little bit, but at the same time you just have to move on to the next play," said Armstrong. "Our defense got us some stops, we just have to control our own destiny. I felt like we were in control the whole game, we just shot ourselves in the foot and gave them points. That's how it was the whole game. Up front, we created blocks for Ameer (Abdullah) and we were in control the whole game. But when you have five turnovers, you can't expect to win the game against a team like that."

Pelini says Armstrong will remain the starter and the Huskers game plan at quarterback this weekend in Penn State will be similar to the way it's been since Taylor Martinez went down with his injury.

"He's young. He's a freshman. He's not going to be perfect. He was disappointed yesterday but because of that experience, that will make him better down the line," said Pelini. "Our approach is no different. Tommy and maybe some Ron (Kellogg III) and just dictate it by how the football game goes.

"Let me tell you, he's (Armstrong) a competitor. He's down because he's a competitor. He wasn't feeling sorry for himself or anything else. I think he responded the right way. He's going to respond the right way. He's a tough guy. He's a leader. He's a competitor...I think you'll see him respond the right way this week."

And it's not just the coaching staff that has confidence in Armstrong.

"These guys trust me no matter what," said Armstrong. "Imani (Cross) sent me a text message a few days ago saying, ‘It doesn't matter if you're a quarterback who throws 100 touchdowns and zero interceptions or one who throws zero touchdowns and 100 interceptions. We're still going to trust you, and we're still going to have your back.' That touched me a lot and told me that no matter what the outcomes of our games are, I know my teammates trust me and have my back. No matter what goes on, they're going to be there for me. It helps me move on and helps me focus on next week."

In six games as the Nebraska starter, Armstrong is 5-1, but thrown just seven touchdowns to seven interceptions.

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Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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