Santa Clara CA- The Nebraska Cornhuskers had a very disappointing regular season finishing with a losing record for just the third time since 1969. However the season did end with a game that has Husker fans counting down the days until kickoff of the 2016 College Football Season.
The Huskers squared off with the UCLA Bruins in the Foster Farms Bowl Nebraska coming in at 5-7 and UCLA heavy favorites at 8-4 was once a team thought to be PAC 12 favorites.
The game began as how most fans expected the game would go. UCLA opened the game by throwing all over a banged up Husker secondary setting up a one yard touchdown run for Bruin halfback Paul Perkins.
Nebraska however would respond on their ensuing possession. They began what would be the theme of the night running all over the Bruins defense. Running Backs, Imani Cross, and Devine Ozigbo ran all over the Bruins defense setting up a one yard Imani Cross touchdown run.
The Bruins would respond however using their passing attack to score 14 unanswered points. Quarterback Josh Rosen hit wide out Kenneth Walker for a 60 yard score and then Nate Starks for a 26 yard score. Putting UCLA up 21-7.
Nebraska however would not be discouraged sticking with their game plan running the ball down the Bruins throat. After Rosen hit Starks in the endzone to put the Bruins up 14 Nebraska drove 75 yards down the field in just a minute and 32 seconds. The biggest play of the drive was a throw by Quarterback Tommy Armstrong to Jordan Westerkamp for a gain of 28. However Jamal Turner took the ball 22 yards on the ground, and running back Terrell Newby finished the drive with a three yard touchdown making it a 21-14 game.
After a UCLA three and out Nebraska got the ball back and kept running. Imani Cross started the drive with a modest 5 yard run. That play was followed by the only throw of the drive as Armstrong found Tight End Cethan Carter for 24 yards. Fullback Andy Janovich then took the ball 12 yards setting the Huskers up at the UCLA 44. A few plays later Quarterback Tommy Armstrong used his legs to run for a gain of 26 setting up the Huskers in the red zone and an eventual game tying touchdown by Andy Janovich.
The teams went into halftime all knotted up at 21.
In the Second Half Nebraska kept the pedal to the metal. The Huskers run game continued to dominate as Cross, Janovich, and Armstrong continued to run the ball down UCLA defenders throats. The drive was capped off by a sensational one handed grab by wide out Stanley Morgan which put the Huskers up by a score of 27-21.
After anothor Bruin three and out the Huskers again ran the ball with ease the biggest run being a 23 yard gainer by Tommy Armstrong which set up the Huskers for a 20 yard field goal taking a 30-21 lead.
Nebraska would force yet anothor three and out and yet again rain the ball down the field. A nine play 51 yard drive where all but one play came on the ground ended with a Tommy Armstrong rushing touchdown putting the Huskers up 37-21 as the Huskers scored 30 unanswered points.
UCLA would respond however as Josh Rosen was able to lead his team down the field and hit Jordan Payton for a nine yard touchdown pass making the score 37-29 after a UCLA two point conversion.
UCLA would be unable to finish their comeback however after Kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn missed a field goal, and Josh Rosen threw an interception that Nebraska clinched the Foster Farms bowl.
Nebraska finished the game with an amazing 326 rushing yards. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong took Offense player of the game honors after throwing 174 Yards and a Touchdown, and rushing for 76 yards and a touchdown.