Nebraska-Northwestern post: Tommy Armstrong

Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong talked to the media after the Huskers 30-28 loss on Saturday.

On what kept the offense from getting into rhythm

"I think it was just one play at a time. One series we would have a drop. Another series we'd have a missed block. Another series, myself, in

general, may have overthrown a ball or just not a ball there. I think that's what kind of stopped us from getting into rhythm and finding rhythm.

Having miscues out wide, up front or in the backfield, you can't do that. I think we found a rhythm sometimes, but we couldn't really keep

ourselves into that. One series we may have a big play to a big run to a big down conversion to a first down drop, or an overthrown ball on a

first down and found ourselves in 2nd-and-12 or 3rd-and-long. We can't have those situations, where we put ourselves in hard situations to win

games. I think that's what we did. We couldn't find a rhythm. We put ourselves in tough situations at certain times of the game and that stopped

us from executing."

 

On what he saw on the two-point conversion

"It's kind of a certain read here and there. They took away our back. They took away our sit route. It was to find our basic route. They took away

my first and second read and that was either to go to the third guy, which was our "X" and I couldn't get to him. They kind of jammed him up a

little bit and I may have led the ball a little high. We couldn't come up with the catch. It kind of sucks when it comes down to it, but we've got to

make plays. I've got to put the ball on his body when it's a tough situation like that, where the guys holding up a bit. That's kind of what we saw

all game. We just couldn't find that rhythm to where we could make plays like that. When it got down to crunch time, we got down there and we

scored, but when it all mattered, and we only needed a two-point conversion to tie the game up, we couldn't execute."

 

On the touchdown before the two-point conversion attempt

"Honestly, I saw Jamal (Turner) getting held. He was my No. 1 guy on that. Terrell (Newby) did a heck of a job by cutting down that guy that was

just coming... I don't even think his intentions were to guard Terrell. He just cut him. Once I saw him cut him and I saw Jamal getting held down a

little bit and I had leverage on that linebacker I just took off and got as much as I could and it ended up being a touchdown."

 

On how often he felt under pressure

"They're a great defensive line. Like I said, we made mistakes all over the field. That could be out wide, up front, in the backfield in general.

Myself, just making play calls and things like that, that put ourselves in situations to where we may have a lot of pressure, but in certain situations

I've got to find my hot reads and be able to get the ball away. It's tough at some times, but when we're not running the ball well and all we're

doing is executing by passing, that's what's going to happen. They're going to force us to throw. They're going to stack the box. They're going to

make sure they get pressure up front and I think that's what they did. We weren't running the ball well and when we don't run the ball well that's

what happens. We just got to make sure to run the ball well, just to kind of equal that out 50-50, to where it opens some of the run gaps and it

opens up some of the passing game. I think we didn't do a good enough job running the ball well... just being able to get the ball down the field. I

think that's what kind of got us in certain pressure situations in the passing game."

 

On why the team struggled running the ball

"Like I said, it's just execution. We were one block away. Coach Langsdorf told us to keep forcing it, keep forcing it, keep running the ball. I

guarantee when we watch it on film we're probably one block away, one cut away. Like I said, we've just got to trust in the process. Sometimes

where certain guys just got to understand that you've got a guy there to block for a reason. We've got to understand that on third and short we've

got to get first downs. We did a great job third and short just tucking the ball away and getting those first downs, but like I said, we've got to have

that consistency each and every drive, each and every play, whether it's a run play or a pass play. We've just got to make sure that we take care

of the ball and that we're able to move the chains. I felt like we weren't able to do it on both sides; running and passing."

 

On what he saw on the interception

"I should've just thrown the ball away. I was looking for my check-down, which was my back. The corner kind of got a jump start on the ball. I

tried to get it out, and he made a great play. I just can't have that happen. If that wouldn't have happened we would've had three points and they

wouldn't have had seven. So we would've been sitting ourselves in a great situation to win that ball game."

 

On how his body is holding up physically

"It's fine. You know, you're going to have bumps and bruises here and there. I'm wearing a boot just for precautionary reasons, just to give my

leg a little bit of rest. I'm looking forward to next week. I just got to make sure that I rehab a little bit more and just being able to go out there and

practice a little bit more."

 

On how long he's been wearing the boot

"Honestly, probably, 10 minutes... (laughs)"

 

On if it's a foot or ankle injury

"It's just a foot, nothing big. I just got stepped on a little bit. It's just kind of bugging me a little bit now. I've just got to rest it a little bit. Sit and

elevate it while I'm watching a football game this afternoon."

 

On how to make sure the leadership keeps going and the team doesn't fall off

"You've got to have the right attitude. Sometimes it's not going as well as we want it to go, but we've just got to make sure we keep grinding. We

can either give up or we can keep grinding this season out and keep working together because, at the end of the day, we've got seniors on this

team that this is their last year. We don't want to give up on them just like they're not giving up on us. They want to go out the right way. We want

them to go out the right way. We play for these seniors. No matter the results, we want to fight to the end. No matter if we're on the sidelines

watching or we're on the field trying to make plays for them. I've got to say that I honestly don't think any team was capable of beating us, we

beat ourselves. Losing the last seconds of the game sometimes it was on the offense, sometimes the defense didn't give us the right looks, but

at the same time it's a team effort. We've beat ourselves. We put ourselves in right situations at times, but we've also bitten ourselves in the foot

a ton of times. It's came back to give us a 3-and-5 record. We can't have that happen."

 

On if guys are losing confidence in themselves

"No. At certain times, like I said before, you've got to have the right attitude. Like I told my team, like I told our offense, we can only improve.

We can't get any worse. We're losing games, but at the same time we're fighting. We've seen times where we've been great. We've seen times

where we've been bad. We've seen times where we've been good and bad at the same time. But, at that time, you've got to understand that

there's only room for improvement when you're doing bad at the same time. It's like I said, we can sit down and just accept what's happened

or we can move forward and just try to improve. Try to improve in practice, have the right mindset going into practice and just making sure that

we're looking out for the guys to our left and our right and that's our teammates. Like I told the defense we've just got to make sure that we look

out for each other. That we put each other in the right situation to win ball games."


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