Streaky might have been a good way to describe the Nebraska offense Saturday.
The Huskers had 180 total yards in the first quarter and 146 in the third, scoring all 28 points in those two periods. By comparison, they managed 58 yards in the second quarter and 61 in the fourth.
Tommy Armstrong also was at his best in the first and third, completing a combined 18 of 23 passes for 236 of his 319 yards.
“I think those good stretches we did have definitely helped to build some chemistry,” NU receiver Lane Hovey said. “And I think when we take a look and see those drives, it’ll give us a good idea of who we can be and what we can do. We just need to do it more consistently.”
Armstrong finished 24 of 41, with three touchdowns and one interception.
On the ground, just more than half of NU’s 126 rushing yards came in the third quarter, a stretch of promise in an otherwise disappointing performance in that area.
The Huskers’ second possession after halftime featured a 14-yard run by Imani Cross, an 11-yard reverse by receiver Brandon Reilly and a 10-yard touchdown run by Terrell Newby. There was also Newby’s 14-yarder and Armstrong’s 11-yard option keeper.
NU gained 66 yards on 11 carries in the third. The rest of the game, the Huskers managed 60 rushing yards on 26 attempts (2.3 yards per carry).