Plenty still on table
It’s hard to know who will play quarterback next weekend against Minnesota, but it won’t matter if we see another effort like this one. Wisconsin has the inside track on the Big Ten West now, but there’s still plenty for NU to play for these last three weeks. A double-digit win total and a shot at a New Year’s Day-type bowl would ease the pain from these last two weeks. None of the remaining three are exactly gimmes, and I especially don’t think a loss to Iowa would sit well.
NU a no-show
The sure sign that this team did not come to play Saturday night was the poor tackling and coverage. Ohio State’s offense looked like it got well, but much of that was the Blackshirts’ lack of execution. So much arm tackling, grabbing around the shoulders. And Buckeye receivers open all night. Polar opposite of that defensive gem last weekend at Wisconsin. How does that happen?
Why not run ball, clock?
It’s hard to call plays when the execution and effort are so poor — and the starting quarterback gets hurt — but it looked like NU’s game plan was to throw deep and hope for a play or a flag. Continuing to throw while down 40 and 50 in the second half? At some point, run it and get out of town. It was that kind of night.
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Jill Foltz, left, and Gerald Foltz, parents of late Husker punter Sam Foltz, shake hands after OSU presented a special helmet to them before the game.
Nebraska kicker Spencer Lindsay looks at a helmet given to the team by Ohio State. It has 27 stickers on it in honor of late Husker punter Sam Foltz, who was killed in a car accident in July.
The Huskers take the field at Ohio State.
Nebraska linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey, No. 15, kneels during the national anthem.
Ohio State safety Damon Webb steps in for an interception, which he returned for a touchdown, early in the first quarter.
Nebraska wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp can't pull in this first quarter pass, but a pass interference call gave the Huskers a first down.
Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong tosses a pass.
Ohio State returner Parris Campbell eludes a tackle by Nebraska's Luke McNitt while returning a kickoff.
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett shrugs off an attempted tackle by Husker linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey in the first quarter.
The Ohio State student section honors the late Sam Foltz with an "SF 27" sign during the first quarter.
Nebraska receiver Stanley Morgan drops a pass as Ohio State's Marshon Lattimore defends in the first quarter.
Nebraska receiver Stanley Morgan and Ohio State's Marshon Lattimore watch an incomplete pass bounce away in the first quarter.
Nebraska corner Chris Jones breaks up a pass but is flagged for pass interference in the end zone.
Ohio State running back Mike Weber shrugs off a tackle attempt by Nebraska safety Kieron Williams en route to a touchdown in the second quarter.
Nebraska corner Joshua Kalu tackles Ohio State receiver Parris Campbell after he caught a pass in the second quarter.
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett throws a completed pass to Parris Campbell.
Nebraska coach Mike Riley watches a replay on the scoreboard as Ohio State moved into the red zone in the second quarter.
A group of Ohio State defenders tackles De'Mornay Pierson-El for a loss in the second quarter.
Nebraska wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp can't catch this second quarter pass.
Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong eludes an attempted tackle by Ohio State's Jerome Baker.
Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong gets tackled by Ohio State's Malik Hooker. Armstrong would leave the field in an ambulance after the play.
Tommy Armstrong's head hits the turf after this tackle. Armstrong would briefly lose consciousness and be taken to the hospital for further evaluation, but returned to the sidelines later in the game.
Tommy Armstrong Sr., the father of Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong, gives a thumbs up while carrying his son's cut up jersey after his son was carted off the field with a head injury.
Teammates talk to Tommy Armstrong as he is carted off the field and into an ambulance.
Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong gives a thumbs-up sign as he is loaded into an ambulance.
Tommy Armstrong Sr. salutes the fans who were chanting his son's name after the quarterback left the game in a ambulance. Armstrong, who had his son's jersey in his hands, also rode in the ambulance.
Jaylyn Odermann, Tommy Armstrong's fiancee, leaves the field after Armstrong was taken in an ambulance.
The Ohio State marching band forms a tribute to fallen Nebraska punter Sam Foltz during halftime.
Ohio State's Curtis Samuel celebrates his touchdown run during the second quarter.
Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong returns to the field after being taken to the hospital for further evaluation after hitting his head and briefly losing consciousness.
Nebraska receiver Stanley Morgan can't catch this third quarter pass as Ohio State's Denzel Ward defends.
Ohio State running back Mike Weber carries the ball after a missed tackle by Josh Banderas, No. 52, during the third quarter.
Nebraska offensive lineman Cole Conrad welcomes Tommy Armstrong back to the field.
Nebraska's Tommy Armstrong runs back onto the field after returning from the hospital.
Nebraska defensive lineman Kevin Maurice sits on the bench during the third quarter.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer watches the clock during the third quarter.
Nebraska defensive line coach John Parrell watches in shock as Ohio State continues its third-quarter dominance.
Nebraska coach Mike Riley gives a fist bump to left tackle Nick Gates.
Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong returned to the field in street clothes after leaving in an ambulance.
Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst doesn't have much to smile about during Nebraska's 62-3 loss.
Nebraska defensive end Freedom Akinmoladun watches the last few minutes of the game on the bench during the 62-3 loss.
Nebraska corner Chris Jones sits on the bench at the end of the 62-3 loss.