- Mitch Sherman, ESPN Staff Writer
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Top performers in Nebraska’s 55-19 win on Saturday over Fresno State:
Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. The sophomore accumulated 325 yards of total offense, his third straight game over 300, including 260 through the air on 12-of-21 passing. His 258 rushing yards this season rank fifth among FBS quarterbacks, and his 18 yards per completion are 17th.
Wide receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El. The true freshman injected life into the Huskers’ once-dormant punt-return game to earn recognition as the Big Ten's special teams player of the week. Pierson-El raced 86 yards for a score in the second quarter, the longest ever by a freshman at Nebraska, and nearly broke another, settling for 50 yards. Nebraska, as a team, totaled 70 yards in punt returns all of last season.
Defensive end Randy Gregory. Though slowed by the oppressive heat and a sick stomach, the junior changed the game in his return from a knee injury that caused him to miss most of the first two games. In limited time, Gregory reminded us that he can rush the passer better than anyone at Nebraska, cover a wide receiver and blitz like a linebacker.
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