Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr., one of the best signal-callers in the Big Ten, suffered what appeared to be a very serious injury in the second quarter of his team’s contest against Ohio State on Saturday night. Armstrong, while rushing for an 11-yard gain, landed awkwardly out of bounds. His head snapped back a bit, and he immediately laid motionless.

The senior took what appeared to be a legal hit along the sideline after scrambling for a first down in the second quarter of the crucial Big Ten matchup. On a third-and-7 from the 35-yard line, Armstrong scrambled 10 yards for a first down before getting hit out of bounds by Ohio State’s Malik Hooker.

Armstrong appeared to hit his shoulder and head on the ground, and was down for several minutes while being attended to by trainers.

After being evaluated for more than 10 minutes, having his helmet, jersey and pads removed by attending personnel and then being strapped to a backboard, Armstrong was carted to a waiting ambulance behind the south endzone and taken from the stadium.


Armstrong was able to give a thumbs-up sign with his left hand after being placed on the cart. He left the field to chants of "Tommy" from the crowdShortly after, Nebraska’s athletics department released a statement on Armstrong’s status:

“According to Nebraska medical personnel, quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr.

was briefly knocked unconscious. He was moving all extremities and talking while on the field. He is being taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.”

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Armstrong went airborne and appeared to land hard on his neck/head. He set the career record for total yards by a Nebraska player earlier in the game.

He eventually returned to the Horseshoe still wearing pants from the hospital after an additional examination. After changing into a black tracksuit, Armstrong came down the tunnel from the locker room, jogged across the field and was hugged by teammates on the sideline.

Ryker Fyfe came on in relief for the all-time leader in passing yards in Nebraska's history.

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