Skip to main content

Mike Riley Gives Explanation For Pass Play On Late Third Down Play vs. Illinois

Nebraska lost another close one Saturday night, and this time around, it was a questionable decision that did the Cornhuskers in. With 55 seconds to play, a 13-7 lead and the ball on Illinois' 27-yard-line, quarterback Tommy Armstrong threw an incomplete pass, stopping the clock for the Illini. Armstrong then threw another incomplete pass on fourth down, and Illinois got the ball back with 51 seconds to play. The Illini then drove down the field and scored the game-winning touchdown with 10 seconds to play.

Why didn't Nebraska choose to run the ball on third down and run off 40 seconds? According to head coach Mike Riley, it was supposed to be a bootleg and throwing the ball wasn't even an option. Essentially, he placed the blame on Armstrong.

">October 4, 2015

">October 3, 2015

">October 4, 2015

If Nebraska had chosen to run the ball, Illinois would have gotten the ball back with, at best, 15 seconds to play and 73 yards to go. Nebraska fans are having a tough time swallowing this one.