Five keys from Nebraska's 62-3 loss to Ohio State on Saturday, including a questionable call, a top performer and more.
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Peculiar play: Tommy Armstrong’s first tipped pass produced an Ohio State pick-six. His second tipped ball — on the following drive — was far luckier for NU. Armstrong overthrew Jordan Westerkamp, who got a paw on the ball. Stanley Morgan reeled in the deflection for a 26-yard gain, setting up a Husker field goal.
Questionable call: Nebraska’s third-down defense was abysmal, but it could’ve been a tiny bit better had officials cut Chris Jones some slack on a second-quarter deep ball. Jones was flagged for pass interference, and the Buckeyes punched it in from there.
Questionable call II: Down 24-3, the Huskers had a window to get back in the game following Armstrong’s injury. But a fourth-and-1 at the Buckeye 15 fooled nobody. Ryker Fyfe faked a give and rolled out, hoping to hit Morgan. Ohio State devoured the play, forcing an incompletion.
Notable: Nebraska’s continued deficiency in the pass rush, especially the front four. The Huskers could’ve blitzed more, yes. But those defensive linemen needed to pressure J.T. Barrett to take some pressure off the secondary. Didn’t happen.
Rave review: Westerkamp’s sure hands. The Huskers will miss them when they’re gone.