Nebraska running back Devine Ozigbo paces Huskers rushing attack against Illinois

Nebraska true freshman running back runs for 70 yards against Illinois.

On a day where wind gusts played a factor, Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong threw 31 times in the Huskers 14-13 loss to Illinois. Armstrong only completed 10 total passes for 105 yards - 55 of them coming on one play.

At the same time, Nebraska’s running game, which was 52 percent of the offense, averaged 5.5 yards per carry.

“We really had some things going in the passing game, we thought we had some open plays we didn’t connect on,” said Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf. “I like where we are with the run. We had good production there. We ran hard and stuck with it.”

Some Nebraska fans would say they didn’t stick with it enough.

Nebraska true freshman Devine Ozigbo, who only rushed two times in the Huskers first four games, carried the ball seven times for 70 yards – scoring the first touchdown of his career in the first half.

“I knew I’d play, but I was surprised by how much I played,” Ozigbo told the Lincoln Journal Star. “And I was happy that I played. 

Ozigbo actually carried the ball more than starting running back Terrell Newby, who was held in check by the Illini defense.

“Everybody is getting reps in practice and showing what they can do, so you just got to keep fighting for your time,” Ozigbo told the paper.

At 10 yards a pop, don’t be surprised to see Ozigbo get more carries in the future.

Don’t know much about the former three-star running back?

You can see his 2014 Husker profile HERE!

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