It was a tale of two quarters in Bloomington.
Nebraska was up 17-0 in the blink of an eye during the first quarter but Indiana clawed their way back into the game by mixing things up in the second quarter to cut the lead to 17-8 at halftime in an entertaining Big Ten game.
Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. was just four of 11 for the Cornhuskers in the first half and never could find a rhythm in the passing game. Tailback Terrell Newby was the Nebraska offense as a result, punching it in for a touchdown while averaging 4.5 yards a carry.
Chris Jones added the other score in the first quarter for Nebraska, racing 33 yards for a pick-six that looked more like a punt return the way it was set up.
Indiana clawed its way back into the game during the second however. Chase Dutra blocked a punt with the Cornhuskers backed up into its own end zone, with the ball rolling out of bounds for a safety. Griffin Oakes added a pair of field goals to cut into the lead even further.
Quarterback Richard Lagow (11-of-19, 89 yards) was under siege on just about every snap to contribute to the Hoosiers’ offensive struggles. They did rotate in backup Zander Diamont, who helped get things going by running the ball for 17 yards and provided a bit of a dual-threat out of the backfield that confused the Blackshirt defense.
You can count on both teams trying to make significant adjustments on offense after going just 5-of-16 on third down during a rather choppy first half of another Big Ten showdown.