Banged-up Husker football team sneaks by Minnesota

Photography and Story by Evan Hummel, NewsNetNebraska
An injury riddled Husker football team led by hobbled quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr., carved out a gritty victory late Saturday. On a chilly November night, the Big Red ended a two-game losing streak by defeating Minnesota 24-17 before an NCAA record 353rd consecutive Memorial Stadium sellout.

Guts and defense

With Tommy Armstrong returning from a concussion protocol last week, and in and out of the game because of ankle and hamstring injuries, the Cornhuskers relied heavily on defense. It took a late game interception by safety Kieron Williams to ice the game.

Armstrong had a solid, if not gutsy night, completing 19 of 27 passes for 217 yards. He added another 61 yards on the ground–including a 17-yard scamper with 7:17 left in the game. It was the Huskers last touchdown en route to a victory. During the score, Armstrong’s hamstring gave way and he had to be carried off the field by his teammates.

While Armstrong shined on offense, the defense came up big in the second half. Limiting the Gophers to 93 yards on offense and holding Minnesota scoreless for the rest of the game.

Still in Big Ten title play

The victory felt good for the team after a humiliating 62-3 defeat at the hands of Ohio State the weekend before. At 8-2, the Huskers season has been more good than bad. Winning scrappy, has been the team’s motto throughout the season. If Wisconsin loses and Nebraska wins its final two games (against Maryland and Iowa), the Huskers will go to the Big Ten Title Game.

Nebraska hopes to build on its successful season in its final home game next week at Memorial Stadium against the Maryland Terrapins.

See also: Tommy Armstrong has guts, but Blackshirts control Nebraska’s destiny

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