LINCOLN, Neb. - Despite strong winds which made downfield throws harder than normal, Nebraska decided to go deep often against Illinois on Saturday.
The Huskers were ineffective, completing just 10-of-31 throws.
“We took what they gave us," said quarterback Tommy Armstrong. "They played their safeties low. We have guys that are talented out wide and all they had to do was win 1-on1’s and me being able to deliver the ball and get a little protection here and there. We failed on all cylinders when it came to offense and executing.”
Now Nebraska waits to see what Wisconsin will give them.
"They are really athletic," said Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf. "Their outside linebackers in their 3-4 are a combination or size and speed...they are a veteran group back there (secondary)...they have been stout on defense. Everyone they have played has been given a hard time moving the ball."
* Nebraska went in half-pads on Tuesday and practiced for nearly two hours. "I thought we did a great walkthrough yesterday and a good, sharp-spirited practice today. They've got great intentions and are practicing hard." Langsdorf said.
* Look for De'Mornay Pierson-El to be more involved in the offense on Saturday against Wisconsin according to offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf. "We'd like to get him going fast. We don't want to overdo it and rush it with him, but we'd like to use him. I think he's a valuable receiver. He's a great returner. I think we can do some things with him handing him the ball. He's kind of still recovering, and we're making sure we're not rushing him that way." Langsdorf said.
* It sounds like Nebraska's running back situation could be by committee on Saturday against the Badgers. "I think you'll see that combination (Devine Ozigbo-Andy Janovich) probably again. I thought it was a good change of pace for us. We want (Terrell) Newby in there a little bit too. We're not just shelving him. He's got some specific plays that we like (like him in)." said Langsdorf.
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