Greg Bartram, USA Today Sports

Ohio State Flexes Muscles Over Nebraska, 62-3

No. 10 Nebraska loses an ugly one in Columbus and suffers its second loss of the season in a lopsided one to Ohio State.

Ohio State: 62 Nebraska: 3

 Offensive Player of the Game: Jordan Westerkamp

The captain from Illinois stood out the most in this low-scoring offensive display tonight. Westerkamp finished the game with four catches for 51 yards, including a 32-yard diving catch. Even though Nebraska didn’t get it done, the senior wide out seemed to give Nebraska its best chance on the offensive side of the ball. 

Defensive Player of the Game: Josh Banderas

Though there was not a candidate that really stood out in this defensive meltdown, Banderas was tied for leading the team in tackles with nine tonight. The senior captain was also in good position for the majority of the game, and hopefully can use this game to continue his momentum he has built up this season.

The Moment It Was Over:

As soon as it happened, Nebraska fans’ hearts sunk as Tommy Armstrong Jr. went down in the second quarter with an injury. The senior was hit out of bounds and landed awkwardly on his head, which knocked him out cold. As the Texas native was carted off to the hospital, it was clear that senior Ryker Fyfe would not be able to lead this Huskers squad to a victory.

Quote To Note: 

“I thought we were tight early. But the fact of the matter is, we couldn’t do a lot offensively and we couldn’t get them off the field defensively…We were beaten thoroughly in all phases. It really didn’t remind me of our team.” - Nebraska HC Mike Riley 

What A Nebraska Loss Means:

Nebraska’s loss is their second of the season and quite possibly erased any playoff dreams they had going into this matchup. More importantly, this is their second Big Ten loss. The Huskers are now tied with Wisconsin in the Big Ten West with two losses apiece, but if each team wins out, the Badgers own the tiebreaker.

Donuts:

* Tommy Armstrong Jr. went down with what looked like a season-ending injury. After getting hit and landing awkwardly out of bounds, the senior was knocked unconscious for quite sometime. His jersey and pads were cut in half and the senior was carted off in an ambulance and was sent to the hospital. After being cleared from the hospital, the Texas native rushed back to the stadium and joined his teammates on the sideline just minutes after being released from the hospital.

* “Lockdown U” did not make the trip to Columbus. Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett went 26-38 through the air and finished with four touchdowns and 290 yards. The Huskers’ secondary allowed four touchdowns through the air, including a 75-yard score to open the second half.

* The Blackshirts were absent tonight. They allowed 62 points, but more importantly did not force an Ohio State punt. The Buckeyes finished the game going 11-15 on third downs and were a perfect 6-6 in the red zone. The Buckeyes also finished with 590 total yards and averaged 7 yards per play. Missed tackles were an obvious factor, but this Ohio State team just played better in every category possible. The biggest stat to stick out from this game is that Ohio State did not punt the ball once.

* Armstrong  pick six on the third play of the game sucked most of the life out of this Husker squad right away. Nebraska responded with a field goal after that play, but never did seem to find a rhythm offensively, putting up just three points on the scoreboard.

* Caleb Lightbourn shanked a punt early in the second quarter. The punt was from the Huskers end zone and only made it out around their 35-yard line. It could’ve been nerves for the true freshman, but this problem needs to be fixed going forward. The Huskers really need some consistency in their special teams, starting with their punter.

* If Armstrong is not good to go next week (or longer), Nebraska is in serious trouble. Backup quarterback Ryker Fyfe just is not going to get it done offensively, as he is now 0-2 in his Nebraska career. The Huskers might need to look at the big picture and they could burn Patrick O’Brien’s redshirt. If they don’t want to go that route, they could utilize wide out Zack Darlington in at quarterback. Darlington played quarterback in high school and later converted to wide receiver in Lincoln.

* Offensively, Nebraska was shut out. Armstrong and Fyfe collectively ended the game just 9-of-33 through the air, each responsible for a pick six as well. The Huskers finished with just 204 yards total offensively, and were held to 78 on the ground. Nebraska only managed to put up three points and did not reach the end zone. 

* Nebraska’s loss was one point shy of being the largest loss in school history.

* Armstrong's 93 yards offensively today was enough for him to become Nebraska’s all-time leader in career yards offensively.


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