@Gary: Langsdorf said after the game that the draw play had worked previously. As for the passes, it looked like Jordan Westerkamp may have been interfered with on the third-down play. As for the final pass, Langsdorf thought Stanley Morgan actually broke open for a splint second. There was pressure on Armstrong from T.J. Watt, which affected the throw.
@CDS: I think it was interference.
@Calihusker: I like your idea about running Tommy on every play until a touchdown is scored. I think we make this stuff way too difficult. LOL. As for the 30 for 30, I have heard nary a word as to when it will be aired.
@Robin: I think Nebraska's lack of consistency on offense can be traced to a lot of elements, but line injuries have played a major role. Bottom line, the key numbers on offense -- points and yards per game -- have dropped precipitously in the last four games.
@John: Wisconsin had the nation's 10th-ranked rushing defense, so Riley and everyone else knew it was going to be tough sledding, as he calls it. Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh said inconsistency was an issue against Purdue. His guys have to finish blocks, he said. There simply haven't been many running lanes since the Northwestern game, and that's primarily a line issue.
@Buster: If the fullback is a good blocker, yes.
@Robin: The B1G seldom releases information of that sort.
@Matt: There is no doubt Armstrong struggled in that game (12-for-31, with two picks). He needed to play well for his team to win, and didn't. But he did make a few clutch plays, and he was far from the only issue. As has been pointed out, he seldom has had much time to throw in recent games.
@Zadi: The game is moving quickly. Our vantage point is obviously much different than the quarterback's. Watch tape of an NFL game. You'll see that quarterbacks failing to see open receivers is more common than many people think.
@Merle: I'm not going to call you crazy because I also believe it could happen. Both Penn State and Northwestern showed Ohio State is flawed and very beatable. I like the Huskers' chances.
@Trashman: The women's team isn't involved. I know that for sure. I'm guessing there will be elements to the production other than straight scrimmaging.
@Aaron: I was also very surprised by that early line, but I think you'll see it's already been reduced significantly. Is the game more winnable than the Wisconsin game? I wouldn't go that far, in large part because of my regard for J.T. Barrett. He obviously poses a much more significant threat than, say, Wisconsin's two ordinary quarterbacks. Along those lines, Ohio State is averaging 46.2 points per game, while Wisconsin is averaging only 24. The Buckeye offense is much more formidable.
@SteveUofN1964: @Steven M. Sipple: I think the chances of Nebraska finishing first in the Big Ten West will increase dramatically Saturday when Wisconsin loses at Northwestern and falls to 3-3 in the league. I saw signs Saturday of the Badgers wearing down. What's more, Clayton Thorson, the Northwestern quarterback, is playing exceptionally well right now. If the Wildcats win, they would stand a decent chance of finishing 7-2 or 6-3 in the league.
@NewportRed: I did see that. He's playing the best football of his college career.
@Richard: I like your idea of a quarterback draw in that situation, although it was clear that Wisconsin was very mindful of Armstrong's running ability. I have a hard time criticizing/second-guessing play-calls without asking the coordinator what he was thinking in a particular situation. I often find that if you ask a play-caller why he went with a certain play, he'll tell you something that makes sense -- i.e., something I never would have thought of. I also feel uncomfortable about second-guessing play-calls because there is so much we (fans, media) don't know about what the defense is doing and what might be affecting the offense at a given time (injuries, certain players not responding well in a particular game, et al).
@Tone: The reason is Mick Stoltenberg, Kevin Maurice and Carlos Davis -- the top three tackles -- are playing at a pretty high level, especially Maurice. At the end position, I'm a little surprised we haven't seen more of A.J. Natter, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound junior. As for Alex Davis, a redshirt freshman, he has played organized football for only a few years and would be squaring off against battle-tested veterans in the Big Ten most of the time. We're talking about guys with families of their own in some cases. He also could stand to add size and strength. He obviously has the requisite quickness and athleticism.
@Wondermonds: Good question. I got the sense that Nebraska remains hungry and eager to prove themselves -- really not much different than its demeanor entering Camp Randall. This is a team with a great attitude and excellent unity/chemistry. The Huskers may be even hungrier this week, come to think of it.
@JimNE: Jim, Nebraska is 7-1 (4-1 Big Ten). The Huskers have been sputtering on offense the last four games, but it's hardly a train wreck. They're 48th nationally in average yards per game (429.6) and 49th in points (32.0). With due respect, it seems a bit over-the-top to suggest firings.
@PTHUSKER: You mean Iowa isn't a cupcake? ... Kidding.
@Trashman: None that I'm aware.
@MattKfromWA: Interestingly, Wisconsin put up 450 yards against Ohio State (236 rushing). Northwestern put up 406 (258 passing). If Nebraska can shake out of its funk, the Huskers can move the chains in this game and perhaps score 24 points or more.
@BojiHusker: Such a scenario is indeed plausible.
@JimNE: I sort of figured that's what you meant. I wouldn't say that's out of the question, but I'd be very surprised if Mike were to make that move right now.
@Tone: I have to admit I was startled by Nebraska's ultra-conservative approach right before halftime.
@BojiHusker: Pasadena is as gorgeous a "consolation prize" as you'll ever find.
@NewportRed: That's a valid question. I never felt for a second that Collins lacked commitment and focus. Valentine was injured much of last season. I'm not ducking your question, but I think it would've been hard to get an accurate read on Valentine/Collins' relationship with the new staff without being around the team on a regular basis -- as in daily.
@Steve: Thank you for the kind words. It's all about context. In 1997, I never would've dreamed I'd be writing a column heaping praise on a Nebraska football coaching staff and team in general ... after a loss. But in the context of the past dozen years, which included so many embarrassments on big stages (dating to before the Pelini years, in fact), such a response to this particular loss seems to make sense.