GREEN BAY, Wis. — A 30-point fourth-quarter wasn’t enough for the Nebraska Danger as its furious rally came up short in a 60-50 road loss at Green Bay on Saturday night.
Trailing 38-20 after three quarters, the Danger (3-4) used four fourth-quarter touchdown passes from Tommy Armstrong to cut their deficit to 53-50 on Armstrong’s 24-yard scoring pass to Johnny Jackson and Jeremy Reynolds’ point-after kick with 15.5 seconds to play. However, Nebraska’s on-side kick attempt failed and Rameses Owens iced the Blizzard victory with a 5-yard TD run with 5.8 seconds left.
Danger assistant coach Damon Ware said he was glad to see Nebraska “come to life” in the fourth quarter, but added that it was too little, too late.
“I thought we played great in the fourth quarter, but you just can’t be that far down in a game and expect to come out on top,” Ware said in a postgame radio interview. “It was a great way to finish a game and I think we can bring a lot of positives things out of what happened in the fourth quarter, but we have to execute better, offensively.”
Green Bay (5-2) outgained the Danger 237-224 in total offense and enjoyed a 164-37 advantage in rushing yards. Nebraska entered the contest averaging 120 yards rushing per game, but running back Davonte Sapp-Lynch was limited to 28 yards on 10 carries with one TD and Armstrong rushed five times for just 13 yards and two TDs.
“Our identity is to run the ball … and we didn’t run it very well,” Ware said. “(Green Bay) had a good defensive game plan, so hats off to their staff for a good game plan, coming into this game.”
After taking a 14-10 lead on Sapp-Lynch’s 3-yard TD run with 10:28 remaining in the second quarter, the Danger didn’t score again until Armstrong reached the end zone on a 1-yard run with three minutes left in the third quarter. The Blizzard scored 21 unanswered points during the drought, pulling ahead 31-14 on quarterback Lenorris Footman’s 32-yard TD run with 5:42 to play in the third quarter.
Armstrong finished 16 of 29 passing for 187 yards and four TDs with one interception. All four of the former Nebraska quarterback’s TD passes came in the final 13:57, including scoring strikes of 13, 20 and 6 yards to wide receiver Greg Dent. Dent finished with eight receptions for 81 yards.
However, Armstrong’s lone interception was costly. Down 45-35 with possession at the Green Bay 16-yard line after a blocked field-goal attempt by Levarious Varnado, Blizzard defensive back Bakari Triggs intercepted an Armstrong pass and returned it 40 yards for a TD.
“Tommy had a tough game and you’re going to have some of those games with a rookie quarterback. Unfortunately, it just keeps happening on the road,” Ware said. “We’ve got to fix some things and coach them up better to get a better outcome on our next road game.”
Footman continued to haunt the Danger defense, rushing for 118 yards and four TDs and now has nine rushing scores against Nebraska this season. Footman was also 7 of 13 passing for 78 yards, while Owens added 39 yards and two TDs rushing on seven carries for Green Bay.
The Blizzard improved to 2-0 against the Danger this season, winning 53-52 in the previous meeting on March 1, also at Green Bay. Nebraska will try to snap a four-game losing streak to Green Bay in the series when it hosts the Blizzard at 7:05 p.m. next Saturday in the Heartland Events Center.