World-Herald correspondent Steve Beideck takes a look at some of the key moments that helped shape NU’s 59-20 win over South Dakota State.
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With less than a minute to go in the first half and no timeouts, Nebraska wide receiver Tyler Wullenwaber caught a first down pass from Ron Kellogg. Looking both for extra yardage and to get out of bounds, Wullenwaber changed direction and raced toward the east sideline. The play went for 24 yards to the South Dakota State 6-yard line and led to a 22-yard field goal by Mauro Bondi as time expired.
What was that?
Wullenwaber’s heads-up move was followed by a 1-yard run by Kellogg, who then lined the Huskers up to spike the ball and stop the clock. With that done, NU players headed toward the sideline while other coaches and players came onto the field to discuss the next play. Only problem — no timeouts. The play clock began to run and the Huskers quickly regrouped and ran one more play before Bondi’s field goal.
It wasn’t a wishbone or even the broken bone (with the left halfback lined up a few steps outside), but fans of football games past had to appreciate seeing three Nebraska running backs in the game on the same play. In a diamond-shaped formation with Imani Cross behind the quarterback, Terrell Newby to his right and Ameer Abdullah to the left, the Huskers had a pair of big gains with extra blockers to help on the edges.
Nebraska’s two-headed quarterback monster of Tommy Armstrong and Kellogg made fans cheer and maybe even a coach or two smile with their performance filling in for injured senior captain Taylor Martinez. Armstrong and Kellogg combined to complete 20 of their 25 passes for 305 yards and two TD passes and ran seven times for 45 yards.