The Wyoming Cowboys galloped into Lincoln with all the swagger of a Frontier Days champion and left town with as much confidence as a rodeo clown who is bad at his job.
(Did I just write that? Holy crap. I might be ready for a career in mediocre sports writing.)
In all seriousness though, for three quarters the Wyoming Cowboys gave the Huskers fits… wait… scratch that.
For three quarters, the Huskers gave themselves and Husker Nation fits as miscues took points off the board and kept Wyoming within striking distance to ruin everyone’s day.
Then the 4th quarter started and Nebraska slammed the door on Wyoming by scoring 28 unanswered points in one of the most crowd pleasing 15 minutes in recent Husker history.
Meanwhile, it was a quarter to forget for Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen. He had a run where three out of four pass attempts were picked off by the Blackshirts and contributed to another turnover with an errant backwards pass that was smartly scooped up by Dapper Ross Dzuris.
The most memorable play of the final period was Nate Gerry’s first interception on the day. After he was brought down by Allen, Gerry handed the ball back to him and was promptly flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.
It’s hard to think of an example of trolling as masterful as giving the ball you just picked off back to the quarterback.
The refs clearly suspected Gerry of malice and promptly flagged him but I like to think Nate was just being helpful and wanted to make sure Wyoming didn’t leave a football behind in Lincoln.
Let’s break it down.
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For a while there, it looked like we overshot the mark but we’ll gladly be wrong when the final score is 52-17.
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3: When he joined the 4th quarter interception party with a pick of his own, Chris Jones extended his INT streak to three games.
5: Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen threw his first five career interceptions on Saturday.
28: To find the last time the Huskers broke off 28 points in a 4th quarter, you gotta go back to 1996 when they rolled Oklahoma 73-21. They also put up 28 in the final period against Kansas in 1991 and Iowa State in 1984
More numerical surprises I found while looking through the box scores of every high scoring game from the last four decades:
29: Apologies in advance for the trigger warning but if you may recall, the Huskers did have a 29 point rally in the 4th against Purdue last year to bring the final score within 10 points. For everyone’s sanity and peace of mind we won’t mention that final score.
30: In 1982, the Huskers played their final game of the regular season at Hawaii on December 4. The Big Red entered the 4th quarter down 16-7 and would end up winning 37-16 thanks to what was surely a motivational pep talk from Tom Osborne.
48: In 1984 the Huskers broke the back of the Colorado Buffaloes with a 48 point 3rd quarter. There’s no reason for sharing this other than it’s awesome and is probably some sort of record.
Hope you enjoyed walk down memory lane and yes, I should probably get a new hobby.
57: In case you missed it, Tommy Armstrong now holds the Nebraska record for touchdown passes with 57.
105: Jordan Westerkamp returned to form with 105 receiving yards on just four catches. Westy’s career yardage now stands at 2,059 only 631 yards short of breaking Kenny Bell’s career record.
Finally, in case you missed it, Armstrong and Westerkamp are roommates.