The Nebraska Cornhuskers pulled off the big upset defeating the UCLA Bruins in the Foster Farms Bowl.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers came into the Foster Farms Bowl with only five wins. The team was allowed to play in a bowl because there simply weren’t enough teams with six wins in the NCAA.
Despite playing a heavy favorite in UCLA, the Cornhuskers brought a big fight to the Bruins in the Foster Farms Bowl.
At first it looked Nebraska was going to bring the effort of a five-win team to the court on Saturday night. Paul Perkins got the Bruins started off early with a touchdown run, and while Nebraska responded with a score of their own, the Bruins quickly jumped out to a 21-7 run behind two touchdown passes from quarterback Josh Rosen.
With a chance to roll over, the Cornhuskers didn’t quit with their effort. They put together a great drive and pulled within seven, when Terrell Newby scampered into the end zone.
The Cornhuskers would then tie the game on an Andy Janovich run into the end zone to tie the game at 21-21. The Cornhuskers would sort of become galvanized toward the end of the first half when Nate Gerry was ejected for what looked like a clean tackle.
After seeing their teammate ejected, Nebraska came out strong in the second half. Tommy Armstrong Jr. got Nebraska on the board again with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Stanley Morgan Jr., as Nebraska went on top 27-21.
The Nebraska would cap their 30-0 run, when they added a field goal and an Armstrong Jr. run for a touchdown. Up 37-21, the Cornhuskers had suddenly stolen the show. Josh Rosen did his best to not let the game get away from his team by taking UCLA down the field for a touchdown pass to Jordan Peyton, but the Bruins would miss a big field goal late in the game.
Their defense came through and stopped Nebraska, which set the Bruins up for one last chance on offense to tie the game down eight. The Bruins would get into Nebraska territory, but a desperation heave by Rosen resulted in a Nebraska interception.
Nebraska would run out the clock with some first downs and officially won the 2015 Foster Farms Bowl.
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3. Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA
The UCLA running back put on a good effort, despite being on the losing side of things. He got the Bruins started off early with a big touchdown run and averaged 5.7 yards per carry on the ground.
2. Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
The UCLA quarterback impressed with a strong bowl showing. He did everything that he could to make his team win. He had three big touchdown throws and his one of his interceptions came off a desperation heave. He was a warrior in a losing effort.
1. Tommy Armstrong Jr., QB, Nebraska
Armstrong Jr. really was the key to the comeback for Nebraska. He did what he needed to do and that was protect the football. With smart throws in the game, Armstrong Jr. threw for a touchdown and also ran for one, as he averaged over seven yards a carry.
UCLA came into the game as 4.5-point favorites. By getting beat by Nebraska, they did not cover the spread.
The Bruins finish the season with an 8-5 record. Nebraska finishes their schedule with a win at 6-7.