Rapid reaction: Nebraska rally falls short in OT
Final: Miami 36, Nebraska 33 (OT)
Telling stat: Brad Kaaya’s 379 passing yards
Here’s a fact Husker fans don’t want to hear. The Miami sophomore quarterback has two games of his young career in which he has surpassed 350 yards. Both were against Nebraska. Kaaya picked apart the Husker secondary like Taysom Hill did in the opener. Nebraska was facing a tough task in shutting down one of the top emerging passers in the country. But without a pass rush and good open-field tackling, the Huskers had no shot of slowing Kaaya down early.
Key play: Tommy Armstrong’s OT interception
After that unbelievable 23-point, fourth-quarter comeback, the Nebraska signal-caller had a chance to cap off an incredible rally with an overtime touchdown. Instead, he was picked off on an under-thrown ball for his third interception of the day. All the momentum the Huskers furiously rallied to gain was out the windown. He was visibly frustrated on the sideline following his pick, because it was a throw he definitely didn’t need to make rolling out of the pocket.
-That rally was insane
I don’t think I’ve talked enough about that fourth-quarter comeback. Brandon Reilly and Alonzo Moore came up with big late touchdowns from a more-relaxed Armstrong. He couldn’t shake the Miami pass rush in the first half, and as a result, Nebraska was held without a first-half score. Armstrong looked much more comfortable in Danny Langsdorf’s system down the stretch. That two-point conversion was as clutch as it gets. It’s a shame it was washed away with his overtime interception.
-Terrell Newby is still the guy
We questioned how Newby would look in his first game starting against a Power Five defense. Limited usage or not, that question was answered. He was held to 14 carries, but that was because of game flow. The junior I-back still racked up 82 yards on 14 carries and could’ve been in position for an even bigger day had Nebraska not fallen behind three scores early in the second half.
What it means: This team has fight
This game felt an awful lot like last year at Michigan State, where Nebraska overcame a three-score deficit and nearly upended the Spartans on the road. Once again, the Huskers fought, which will surely be the focus of Mike Riley’s postgame presser. It’s tough to look at the positives of that one considering how bad the Blackshirts were for three quarters. It’s a 1-2 record, which is all Nebraska fans are going to want to talk about. Still, don’t dismiss Riley yet.