Peculiar play: Kain Colter, once recruited by Nebraska, has given the Husker defense fits for three years now. But his best play came in the first quarter, when he avoided a sack, scrambled, avoided about seven tacklers and converted a third-and-6. Northwestern scored five plays later.
Questionable call: Twice putting Ron Kellogg in the game in the first half. Tommy Armstrong and Kellogg successfully rotated in Taylor Martinez’s absence. But you’re playing with fire when you pull Armstrong after a relatively good start, especially when trailing 14-7. Kellogg threw an interception that set up a Northwestern TD. The senior struggled again on the final NU series of the half.
Great call: Putting Kellogg in the game for the final drive. Armstrong wasn’t seeing coverages well. And Kellogg is generally a little more accurate. His 49-yard completion to Jordan Westerkamp won the game. But don’t forget the fourth-down conversion to Ameer Abdullah.
Noticed: Armstrong’s proficiency on the option. The redshirt freshman ran very little option in high school. Hard to believe, huh? He’s a natural. He juked a Wildcat defender on the opening drive, darting upfield for 14 yards. His pitches are accurate, too.
Noticed: After tossing the winning pass, but before heading to the locker room, Kellogg shared a giant hug with his roommate, Martinez.
Rave review: Ciante Evans rebounded from a subpar game at Minnesota and recorded five tackles for loss. Not bad for a defensive back.
Rave review: The maligned Nebraska defensive front producing a pair of gigantic plays — holding Northwestern to a field goal on its final drive and the interception return for a 25-yard touchdown by Avery Moss in the third quarter.
– Dirk and Chatelain and Steve Beideck
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