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Tom's Takes: Tommy Armstrong, John Parrella's coaching, Punting escapades

Tom's Takes: Tommy Armstrong, John Parrella's coaching, Punting escapades

Three quick takes by World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel following Nebraska's 52-17 victory over Wyoming on Saturday.

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Taking to the air

Wyoming sent a blitzkrieg to stop the run and force Tommy Armstrong to beat the Cowboys with his arm. The senior quarterback generally responded: 20 for 34 and 377 yards and three touchdowns and a handful of successfully executed screens. Of course on the day No. 4 set the school record for touchdown throws, many focused on the interception he threw near the goal line. He can change that narrative next week.

D-line does work

I’m very impressed with John Parrella’s work with the defensive line. Minus run-plugger Mick Stoltenberg on Saturday, the front four played stellar. They helped sack Josh Allen once, chased him out of the pocket other times and had an assist in the five interceptions. Now, about those personal foul penalties on the sideline.

Dubious decision

The Punt Escapades were back. This time, freshman punter Caleb Lightbourn called his own fake punt and was stopped short in the third quarter at midfield with the score 17-10. Mike Riley said Wyoming’s punt return team stopped rushing in order to hold up Nebraska’s pursuit, and Lightbourn was told to delay the punt when they did that. Riley said he was as surprised as anyone to see Lightbourn take off. Well, at least they didn’t block it.