Published Saturday, November 9, 2013 AT 10:12 AM / Updated at 3:13 PM
Game Day: Another fast start would help Huskers
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Tommy Armstrong will put a streak on the line Saturday when the redshirt freshman quarterback makes his fifth career start for Nebraska.

In the previous four, Armstrong has led the Huskers to touchdowns on their first offensive series (all have eventually ended in wins, by the way, so there’s that streak, too).

A recap:

>> vs. South Dakota State: four plays, 66 yards, 1:31

>> vs. Illinois: seven plays, 57 yards, 2:16

>> at Purdue: 11 plays, 76 yards, 4:07

>> vs. Northwestern: eight plays, 76 yards, 2:46

Armstrong had his biggest impact in the fast start against Northwestern last week, completing 3 of 3 passes for 36 yards and running three times for 24 yards and a touchdown.

He also scored the first touchdown against Purdue. And his only pass on the first series against South Dakota State was a 28-yard completion to I-back Ameer Abdullah.

Armstrong tried to explain the fast starts this week.

“I honestly just think it’s just we want to put our defense in the right position and we want to make a statement,” Armstrong said. “That’s what we always strive to do every game, and the offense just clicks. Coach always tells us, play like that the whole game … play like that first series the whole game. That’s what we’re trying to do.”

Armstrong and Nebraska will try for another Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium. The Huskers and Wolverines kick off at 2:30 p.m. CST.

Also important for the NU offense will be getting Abdullah going. We wrote about the junior in today’s paper.

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Video: Nebraska prepares for the game with Michigan

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Rich Kaipust is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska football. You can follow Rich on Twitter (@RKaipustOWH) or email him at