Offensive Player of the Game: Alonzo Moore
I have to give it to Moore this week because last week he played great, and today was no difference. The explosive wide out started out hot and has shown consistently that he is a big-play guy, scoring on a 63-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Moore finished the game with three catches for 109 yards and one touchdown.
Defensive Player of the Game: Nate Gerry
In his first game back, Gerry clearly showed emotion and energy in his performance today. He led the team in tackles with seven, four of which were solo, and he also picked up two interceptions.
The Moment It Was Over:
Kieron Williams’ pick six late in the third quarter completely swayed the momentum. Prior to the interception, the Huskers were only up 17-10 and Wyoming had scored on their last two drives. Williams ran in his interception to make it a 24-10 lead. Nebraska went on a 28-point run after that to finish with a 52-17 win.
Quote to Note:
“There was a tipping point in the game and sometimes games can get out of hand. This one certainly did. For us to win we were going to need to play error free, create some turnovers and certainly take care of the football. Nebraska did an excellent job of defending our running game, which made us one dimensional, and when you get that one dimensional a lot of bad things happen.” – Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl
What A Nebraska Win Means:
Nebraska won their second game of the year and improved to a 2-0 record. The Huskers stressed that they needed to take care of these first two games before their matchup against Oregon, and carrying the momentum of two wins by such a large margin will help their confidence against a ranked opponent.
* Tommy Armstrong Jr. had a good game, despite making a few mistakes. The senior finished 20-34 for 377 yards and three touchdowns. His third touchdown put him as Nebraska’s all-time leader in career passing touchdowns. Despite the milestone, the Texas native did throw an interception in the red zone, and missed some wide-open targets. His good outweighed his bad today.
* Penalties. The Huskers did improve slightly in their behavior from the previous week, but still managed to earn seven penalties for a total of 93 yards. Much like last week, the majority of these flags were self-inflicted wounds like unsportsmanlike conduct and personal fouls. Nebraska desperately needs to clean things up to stand a chance against Oregon.
* The Huskers switched their offensive identity from last week, as they finished with 412 yards through the air and just 138 yards on the ground. Their offensive line could not get things going on the ground, and Devine Ozigbo finished as their top rusher with 44 yards in 15 attempts. In the passing game, they ended up 21-35, four touchdowns and only one interception (Fyfe was 1-1 with a touchdown).
* Special teams are still a work in progress, but it’s getting better. After a disastrous start in their opening week, there were no turnovers or blocked punts. However, freshman punter Caleb Lightbourn finished the day with an average of 31.3 yards on his three punts. They also had a fake punt end up that was not a success, to which head coach Mike Riley said, “That was probably as surprising to me as it was to you.”
* Nebraska’s run defense continues to shine. Last week, the blackshirt defense allowed just 31 rushing yards, and this week they allowed only 131 yards on the day. They excelled on third and shorts, as Wyoming was just two for 10 on third down conversions. Their passing game needs cleaned up a little bit, but for the most part, defensive coordinator Mark Banker should be happy.
* The Davis twins played a lot of snaps and played well. With sophomore defensive lineman Mick Stoltenberg out of the game with a knee injury, freshmen Carlos and Khalil Davis saw a lot of action today. Carlos ended up with five tackles and his brother had two, but they were prominent in stopping the run. Senior defensive end Ross Dzuris added that he was especially impressed with Carlos’ performance. “Carlos played great. It was good to see him making plays and doing his job.”
* Nebraska’s defense finished with five interceptions from Kieron Williams, Aaron Williams, Chris Jones and Nate Gerry, who had two on the day. Tommy Armstrong Jr. did throw a pick himself, but Nebraska is still +7 on turnovers on the year.
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* Drew Brown played a great game on both the kickoff and as a place-kicker. He booted most kickoffs into the back of the end zone and didn’t give Wyoming a chance to return any kicks. He also hit a 29-yard field goal and punched in seven PAT’s to put him into the top ten scoring list at Nebraska. Pretty neat to see him have a great game after such an emotional week last week.