LINCOLN, Neb. — At points during fall camp, both Nebraska coach Mike Riley and offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf called the two-minute drill a mess and a total disaster.
After five weeks, Riley likes what he sees.
“It’s remarkably better,” Riley said after practice on Wednesday.
Nebraska has thrived in the fourth quarter this season. The Huskers lead their opponents 78-6 in the final quarter and have come back to win in the fourth quarter twice already this year against Illinois and Oregon.
Against Oregon, Nebraska’s two-minute drill was put to test for the first time when the Huskers trailed in the final five minutes. The Huskers scored on a Tommy Armstrong rushing touchdown and went on to win.
Riley credits Armstrong, Nebraska’s senior quarterback, for success in the two-minute drill, but said he’s getting plenty of help.
“I think everybody’s doing better, everybody is more comfortable with it,” Riley said.
The main thing, Riley said, is understanding the two-minute drill and recognizing that you don’t have to always throw the ball down the field.
“You watch a lot of the stuff on TV on the NFL and those guys really utilize the backs well in the two-minute drill,” Riley said. “So making the throws or using the back or figuring out how to best move the ball.”
The Huskers are moving the ball so well during the two-minute drill that they practiced Wednesday with a no-huddle offense.
They did it in part because the defense sees so much of the no-huddle offense, but Riley said they also wanted to see how it would translate to the regular offense.
“I think just getting a better of idea of taking what you can get and being methodical about it, it forces you to sometimes execute those simple things,” Riley said.