Nebraska - Illinois post game notes

Post game notes from Nebraska's 14-13 loss to Illinois.


–– Nebraska’s 14-13 loss marked its third loss of the season on the opponent’s final play of the game. The Huskers’ first two losses came on the final play of the game, before Illinois scored the game-winning touchdown and extra point on its final offensive play with 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Nebraska had won three consecutive Big Ten Conference openers, including the past two seasons vs. Illinois.


5,000 –– Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. passed for 105 yards in today’s game, giving him 5,032 career passing yards. He is the fifth player in school history to pass for more than 5,000 yards.


6,000 –– Armstrong accounted for 143 yards of total offense, pushing his career total to 6,095 yards. Armstrong is the third player to surpass 6,000 career total offense yards, joining Taylor Martinez (10,233 yards) and Eric Crouch (7,915 yards). 


–– Nebraska held Illinois scoreless in the first half of today’s game. The Huskers have held each of their past two opponents scoreless in the first half, and three of five opponents without a first-half point in 2015. 


55 –– Tight end Cethan Carter’s 55-yard reception in the second quarter was a career-long catch, bettering a 34-yard catch at Iowa last season. Carter finished the day with three receptions for 63 yards, setting career highs in both categories.


1,000 –– Running back Terrell Newby surpassed 1,000 career rushing yards on his first carry of today’s game. Newby finished the day with 15 rushing yards to push his career total to 1,009, making him the 63rd Nebraska player with 1,000 career rushing yards.


105–– Nebraska passed for 105 yards in today’s game, ending its streak of five straight games with at least 300 or more passing yards. That streak had tied a school record.


Other Notes...

* Linebacker Chris Weber recorded a team-high 17 tackles, including four tackles for loss. Weber reached double figures in tackles for the second straight week after recording 12 stops against Southern Miss last week.


* Linebacker Dedrick Young joined Weber with double-figure tackles against the Illini, recording a career-high 11 tackles.


* True freshman I-back Devine Ozigbo had a 19-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, marking his first career touchdown. Ozigbo added a 31-yard run in the fourth quarter and finished with a career-high 70 rushing yards on seven carries.


* Punter Sam Foltz averaged 46.9 yards on nine punts and had five punts of better than 50 yards, including his first four of the game. Foltz also pinned the Illini inside their 10-yard line three times in today’s game.


Jordan Westerkamp caught one pass, increasing his career total to 91 and moving him into the top 10 on the Nebraska career receptions list. Westerkamp was held without a touchdown, ending a streak of five straight games with a touchdown catch, one shy of Johnny Rodgers’ school record streak. 


* Place-kicker Drew Brown connected on field goals of 39 and 28 yards in today’s game, marking his third time in four games with multiple field goals. 


* Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. saw his streak snapped at 10 consecutive games throwing a touchdown pass. He fell one shy of tying the school record of 11 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.


* Nebraska scored one touchdown in today’s game, ending a streak of 18 straight games with at least three touchdowns. That streak was tied for the second-longest in school history. 


* Nebraska fell to 9-3-1 all-time against Illinois, including a 2-2-1 mark at Illinois.

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