SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2016
Photos by Kendall Webb
COLUMBUS, Ohio — With or without Tommy Armstrong, Jr., the Nebraska Cornhuskers were doomed.
Armstrong’s first pass attempt Saturday night was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Ohio State’s Damon Webb, and the Buckeyes were off and running in what would ultimately be a 62-3 rout of the ‘Huskers. By the time Armstrong was carted off the field in the second quarter with a head injury, the Buckeyes led 24-3, well on their way to a victory over their visitors from the Big Ten’s West Division.
Armstrong was briefly knocked unconscious by a big hit, and left the stadium on a backboard. The highlight of the day for the Cornhuskers was Armstrong giving a thumbs up to the Ohio State crowd who began chanting his name as he was loaded into an ambulance. He later returned to the stadium after being checked out at a local hospital, but he stayed on the sideline in street clothes.
Meanwhile, on the field, it looked basically the same without him. Ohio State put up 31 points in each half for the final tally, and after struggling for much of the past month, the Buckeyes again look like a team that could challenge for a national title.
Next up is a trip to Maryland next Saturday for the Buckeyes who need to keep winning to stay in the playoff picture. Nebraska will host Minnesota in a key West Division tilt that could figure into the final standings.
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