LINCOLN — Tommy Armstrong was always going through the quarterback drills during Nebraska practices, but Keith Williams would notice from time to time just how naturally Armstrong would handle the football or catch it when thrown his way.
LINCOLN — When Indiana’s last-ditch shot went wayward and the final horn sounded, Nebraska women’s coach Amy Williams crouched near midcourt in a double-fisted celebration. Her team had just broken an eight-game losing streak.
“Relief,” Williams said she felt in that moment. Relief for her players, Williams added. But a 67-64 upset of Indiana will probably provide the coach with some relief, too.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Consider any debts of Nebraska guard Glynn Watson paid in full after he produced the winning 3-point play Saturday night with 11.3 seconds left in the Huskers’ 58-57 victory over Ohio State.
One month earlier in Lincoln against OSU, the sophomore guard slipped and fell on defense, allowing the Buckeyes to pull out a one-point victory on a wide-open layup with 0.6 seconds left.
TEMPE, Arizona — Nebraska used a pair of lengthy offensive innings and survived two late UC Riverside pushes to hold on for a 5-4 victory in the second game of Friday’s baseball doubleheader at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Down 2-0 into the top of the fifth inning, four straight Cornhuskers reached base to create three runs. After a Brady Childs single and Mojo Hagge walk, Jake Meyers sent a two-run double to right and Scott Schreiber followed with an RBI hit.
LINCOLN — Motivation shouldn’t be a problem Saturday for Nebraska (11-14, 5-8) when it plays Big Ten men’s basketball at Ohio State (15-12, 5-9).
“This is one of the few teams behind us in the standings,” NU coach Tim Miles said Friday, “so it’s important to come out and keep that separation.”
LINCOLN — Kade Warner lives only a few miles from the Arizona State campus. The Sun Devils wanted him on their football team, and most of his family resides in the surrounding Phoenix area.
Yet one thought stuck with the record-setting prep wide receiver all week — Nebraska feels more like home.
LINCOLN — One surefire way to know a player is impacting Big Ten men’s basketball is when opposing coaches offer praise. So Nebraska fans should rejoice over the feedback lately for freshman center Jordy Tshimanga.
“I like him,” said Penn State coach Patrick Chambers, who saw the 6-foot-11, 275-pound Tshimanga collect 12 points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes in NU’s 82-66 victory Tuesday. “He’s really talented big body, good feet, good hands. He is an elite finisher. He did some good things and hit us on a lot of rolls. Our ball screen defense needs work. But he had a great game, definitely a great first half.”
LINCOLN — Nebraska’s assistant football coaches are set to collectively earn nearly $4 million next season, according to recent updates to their contracts, and every assistant will eventually have a deal that runs through the 2018 season.
Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst in the last month extended the contracts of five assistants — Trent Bray, Mike Cavanaugh, Reggie Davis, John Parrella and Keith Williams — until Jan. 31, 2019. Of the quintet, Bray and Parrella got raises.
LINCOLN — Nebraska is one of many college baseball programs that choose not to release their situational statistics.
But NU coach Darin Erstad said that might be best for everyone when it comes to how the Huskers hit with runners in scoring position a season ago. Those figures aren’t suitable for family viewing.