Video: Breaking down Nebraska's win over Rutgers

The Blackshirts put together their best performance of the year. How well prepared was the defense?

NU MEDIA RELATION GAME NOTES:

–– Nebraska improved to 3-0 all-time against Rutgers, including 2-0 as members of the Big Ten. Nebraska’s victory was its first-ever game on the Rutgers campus.

32 –– Junior tight end Cethan Carter had a 32-yard touchdown run to open the scoring in the first quarter. The 32-yard rush was the longest by a tight end in the FBS ranks this season. Carter’s rushing touchdown is the first carry for a touchdown by a Husker tight end since at least 1971. The last Husker tight end to score a touchdown on a non-passing play was Ben Cotton against Louisiana-Lafayette in 2009, when Cotton recovered a fumble on a Nebraska rushing attempt for a touchdown.

     * Carter added an 11-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter, marking his second receiving touchdown of the season and the third of his career. 

11 –– Nebraska recorded a season-high 11 tackles for loss totaling 51 yards, bettering eight tackles for loss against both BYU and Illinois.

–– Nebraska also recorded a season-high six sacks, topping the Huskers’ previous high of four sacks vs. Southern Miss.

     *Junior defensive end Greg McMullen had a career-high 2.0 sacks, while also totaling a career-high three tackles for loss. 

259 –– Nebraska allowed 259 yards of total offense to Rutgers, marking a season low for the Blackshirts. The previous opponent season low was 332 yards by South Alabama. 

28 –– Nebraska scored 31 points in today’s game, marking its fifth straight game with at least 28 points. This is the first time Nebraska has scored 28 or more points in five straight conference games since scoring at least 28 in seven straight Big 12 games in 2008. 

50 –– Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. became the second Husker to pass for 50 or more touchdown passes in his career. Armstrong connected for the 50th touchdown pass of his career on a 15-yard first-quarter strike to Jordan Westerkamp. He added his 51st (44 yards to Alonzo Moore) and 52nd (11 yards to Cethan Carter) later in the game for his fourth game this season with at least three touchdown passes. Armstrong is within four touchdown passes of Taylor Martinez’s school record of 56 career touchdown passes. 

61 –– Junior receiver Jordan Westerkamp caught three passes to increase his season receptions total to 61. Westerkamp’s 61 receptions are the third-most ever by a Nebraska receiver and leave Westerkamp just two catches shy of tying Nate Swift’s receiver record (63 in 2008). Westerkamp’s 61 receptions are also 14 shy of running back Marlon Lucky’s  NU school-record 75 receptions in 2007.

     * Westerkamp had 32 receiving yards to increase his season yardage total to 833 receiving yards. He is now fifth on the season receiving yardage list and is 109 yards from Johnny Rodgers’ school record of 942 receiving yards in 1972.

     * Westerkamp has caught a pass in 24 straight games. 

44– Junior receiver Alonzo Moore had a career-long 44-yard reception for a touchdown in the second quarter. The 44-yard touchdown bettered his previous long receptions by one yards, with Moore recording 43-yard catches against Michigan State in both 2014 and 2015. Moore’s touchdown catch was his sixth of the season. 

 

Other Notes...

Nebraska had three rushes that covered 30 or more yards against Rutgers. Entering the game, Nebraska had only five carries that went for 30 or more yards in the first 10 games of the season.

* Sophomore cornerback Chris Jones had his first career interception in the second quarter. 

* Senior safety Nate Gerry recorded his team-leading fourth interception of the season in the fourth quarter. The interception was the ninth of Gerry’s career, including seven in his last 15 Big Ten games.

* Place-kicker Drew Brown connected on a 44-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. He has made eight consecutive field goals, all from beyond 40 yards. Brown has 12 field goals this season of at least 40 yards. Brown’s 18 field goals are tied for fifth on the single-season field goal list.  

* Punter Sam Foltz averaged 40.4 yards on his five punts. Four of Foltz’s five punts pinned the Scarlet Knights inside their own 15-yard line.


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