LINCOLN, Neb. – In front of over 72,000 fans, Nebraska held it’s annual Red-White spring game – the final touches to the spring practice session.
Choosing to play offensive versus defense due to depth concerns at multiple positions, the Nebraska defense won on the last play of the game – an interception by newest Husker Kyle Kasun, who just made the team a few weeks ago.
Nebraska used a modified scoring system.
“I thought that today was a good day to finish it like this. Everybody got to play as the thing went on,” said head coach Mike Riley. “That was the first time we ever used that scoring system and it was pretty equitable, I think it worked out OK and so we might do that in the future. It's a lot easier to try and orchestrate that way instead of trying to divide into two teams. That part of it was good.”
Senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong, returning for fourth-year as a starter, finished the day 8 of 15 for 80 yards in the air, but picked up 120 yards on the ground including a touchdown.
"I thought it went well. Run game went well, pass game could've been a little bit better. A few drops here and there, a few over throws. We didn't play to win as well as I wanted to personally, quarterback as a whole,” said Armstrong. “I think we didn't play to win as well as we thought we could, but in certain situations you gotta be able to judge the wind the right way, deliver the ball on time and get the ball in the guy's hands. We had a few guys that were open but we were overthrowing or underthrowing in certain aspects, the ball is behind them. Coach W always says we gotta make catches but we also gotta make throws.”
Armstrong’s backup, Ryker Fyfe, finished 15 of 21, for 127 passing yards, despite playing against the first-team defense much of the day.
Senior running back Terrell Newby rushed six times for 48 yards and a touchdown. The Huskers ran with the senior before sophomore Devine Ozigbo and sophomore Mikale Wilbon.
Nebraska defensive players have stressed their increased comfort level throughout the spring and it was on display Saturday.
“I thought we did pretty well,” said safety Nate Gerry. “I know the first unit did pretty well eliminating deep balls, but I think throughout the spring all groups have done well doing that. We go up against a real competitive offensive unit with our wide receivers, so we get good looks every day. Overall, I thought that was a big emphasis for us including the D-line with pass rushing. Now that we’ve put it all together in the spring, we’ve improved from night to day from last year.”