The best sight all night for Nebraska was when Tommy Armstrong came strolling back into Ohio Stadium, hospital scrubs and all.
The team’s star quarterback was knocked out briefly after his head hit the turf hard midway through the second quarter. Armstrong was taken to a local Columbus emergency room but returned to the sidelines to plenty of cheers after being checked out and cleared to rejoin his teammates on the sideline.
That was about the lone bright-spot for the Cornhuskers otherwise, as they were streamrolled by Ohio State 62-3 in an impressive statement from the home team many questioned after a shaky month of October.
J.T. Barrett was once again the catalyst for the offense, throwing for 290 yards and four touchdowns while adding another 39 yards with his legs in just three quarters worth of work. After repeated cries from Buckeyes fans to get Curtis Samuel involved more, he responded with 13 touches for 178 yards and found the end zone twice times.
Tailback Mike Weber also chipped in with several tough runs between the tackles and helped Ohio State starters score on every drive they had. Coordinator Greg Schiano’s defense had equally an impressive outing, returning two interceptions to the house and bottling up (and outscoring) Nebraska’s offense all night.
Ryker Fyfe took over for Armstrong at quarterback but was equally ineffective against the swarming Buckeyes and did well not to get sacked.
The win was undoubtedly an impressive statement by Ohio State to the rest of the Big Ten and to the College Football Playoff Selection Committee in particular. The Buckeyes were already sitting pretty in the top six and are all but certain to be the top one-loss team on Tuesday following Texas A&M’s loss to Mississippi State.
More importantly, they put several questions to rest after that kind of performance after several mediocre performances in the past three weeks and a late loss to Penn State.
As for Nebraska, the Cornhuskers will head home to regroup after back-to-back losses on the road to top 10 teams. They remain tied atop the Big Ten West standings but need some help to reach the conference title game as Wisconsin owns the tie-breaker based on their head-to-head win last Saturday.
The 12th Man is a big, big deal at Texas A&M. In fact, it’s pretty much the brand of not just the football program, but the entire athletics department. Case in point, A&M’s athletics department website is 12thman.com.
For the uninitiated, in 1922 the Aggies found themselves short of players in a football game against Center College, the No. 1 team in the country at the time, after multiple players sustained injuries over the course of the game. Down to just 11 players, A&M student E. King Gill volunteered to suit up and stand on the sidelines in case the team needed him. Gill now has a statue outside of Kyle Field, and A&M’s student section is collectively referred to as the 12th Man.
As such, it’s a tremendous honor for an active Aggie player to be awarded the No. 12 and, after fullback Cullen Gillaspia donned the jersey for a record-tying 39 games, it’s time to hand it off to a new player.
On Tuesday, Jimbo Fisher awarded the No. 12 jersey to Braden White, a walk-on linebacker from Florence, Ala.
“I’m honored just to be able to represent this great university and everything about it,” White said. “It’s a true blessing.”
White is a redshirt junior who has checked all the boxes of a player who checks all the 12th Man boxes. He was named Defensive Scout Team MVP during his redshirt year of 2016 and was honored as the Top Conditioned Athlete at the Aggies’ 2018 team banquet. He has appeared in 18 career games, recording 16 career tackles playing primarily as a special teams contributor.
White will wear No. 12 for the first time next when Texas A&M — ranked, ironically, No. 12 in the preseason AP poll — hosts Texas State next Thursday night (8:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network).
Until they tell us otherwise, Connecticut is going to try to make it as an FBS independent. This upcoming season will be the Huskies’ final one as a member of the American Athletic Conference, as the Huskies’ Olympic sports will return to the Big East and the football team will go it alone.
This will require lots (and lots and lots) of scheduling work, and quickly. As of now, the Huskies have four games on the schedule for a season that begins 12 months from now.
While it does nothing to help the 2020 slate, UConn began chipping away at the mountain in front of it on Wednesday by announcing a home-and-home with Boston College. The first game will be Oct. 29, 2022 in Storrs, with the return game going down Oct. 28, 2023 in Chestnut Hill.
The two programs have met 14 times previously; BC leads the series 12-0-2. The Eagles took the most recent meeting 39-16 in 2017.
Additionally, BC announced a 2023-28 home-and-home with Army and a Sept. 9, 2023 home game with Holy Cross.
Penn State safety Johnny Petrishen has left State College for Pittsburgh, where he is now a Panther.
Petrishen announced the transfer on Tuesday evening, and Pitt confirmed his addition on Wednesday morning.
Petrishen has two years of eligibility remaining thanks — if you want to use that term — to two medical redshirts.
A Lower Burrell, Pa., native, Petrishen appeared in 17 career games as a Nittany Lion, including all 13 last season. Primarily a special teams player, he posted eight career tackles and one TFL in State College.
Hugh Freeze may be dealing with what was a significant health issue, but he’s still working his first-year roster at Liberty.
On his personal Twitter account Tuesday evening, Tim Kidd-Glass announced that he “would like to thank God for allowing me to have another opportunity to further my football career… at Liberty University.” The announcement comes a couple of weeks after the safety triggered a move from North Carolina State by entering his name into the NCAA transfer database.
As a graduate transfer, Kidd-Glass will be eligible to play for the Flames in 2019.
The past three seasons, the Virginia native played in 33 games for the Wolfpack. He started nine of those contests, all of which came during the 2017 season.