For the most part, Wyoming went just as we discussed last week. The Cowboys hung around for a while, selling out to stop the run for as long as they could before Nebraska’s perimeter players and Tommy Armstrong took over. Major hat tip to the Blackshirts as well, who came through with the first 5 turnover performance since Idaho in 2010.
Though the aggregate numbers were perfectly balanced against the Cowboys, Nebraska put it to Wyoming through the air early in the first half. The Huskers hit four passes of at least 28 yards in the first half, with two of them going for 50+. That’s what happens when you don’t have anyone more than 8 yards off the line of scrimmage for a substantial portion of the game. Play both safeties down long enough and you can stuff the run, but you’re going to get burned through the air if you don’t have talent to match the other team’s receivers man to man. You also better tackle well because there is no deep support.
Let’s take a look at what did and didn’t work for Nebraska this game.