LINCOLN, Neb. — There were moments of doubt for Nebraska against Rutgers, but the Huskers managed to secure a 27-17 win on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Here are three things we learned from Nebraska’s win against Rutgers:
Tanner Lee has to improve his passing
Lee threw his eighth interception of the season early in the second quarter against Rutgers. It ultimately led to a Scarlet Knights field goal, which gave Rutgers a 10-7 lead with 10 minutes, 20 seconds left in the second quarter.
Lee then threw his ninth interception of his season to start the second half, which provided Rutgers with a 17-14 lead. It was Lee’s third pick 6 in just two weeks.
The interception situation with Lee has to be addressed. With Lee now throwing at least one in Nebraska’s last three games, it has proven to be an issue, but a solution has yet to be implemented.
Offensive line looks better
With that said about Lee, the offensive line did what was asked after a rough week against Northern Illinois — for the most part. It wasn’t perfect, but Lee did have more time in the pocket to make passes this week versus last.
There still are areas needing improvement, though. For instance, the offensive line wasn’t always consistent in providing room to run in the third quarter. That’ll likely be something the coaches address over the coming weeks, but for now, it seems like the line accomplished what was expected of it.
“I thought they bounced back well,” offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said after the game. “I think the challenge was there to definitely protect better and be able to run the ball successfully and consistently, and I thought that they showed up. They responded great.”
One thing to note is that Brenden Jaimes started at right tackle. With both David Knevel and Matt Farniok out with injuries, the true freshman stepped up and had a nice game overall. Sophomore Michael Decker also was in for Cole Conrad at center.
Devine Ozigbo still has it
It’s been a topic of discussion the last few weeks. Where’s running back Devine Ozigbo? On Saturday, he made a strong case for himself.
Ozigbo was not only Nebraska’s leading rusher on the day, but he was very successful in doing so. He had 101 yards on 24 attempts, with an average of 4.2 yards per carry. He did have 1 fumble, but Nebraska was able to recover.
All in all, he showed up on a day Nebraska needed him most.