Early analysis: Nebraska falls to Miami in overtime, 36-33

Nebraska falls 36-33 to Miami in South Florida. Come inside as Scout.com's Josh Harvey gives his early thoughts on the game.

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* Nebraska fell to 8-2 all-time in overtime games. The Huskers had won three straight overtime games dating back to a loss at Texas Tech on Oct. 11, 2008.

* Nebraska fell short of what would have been the largest comeback in school history. The Huskers trailed by 23 points (33-17) with less than nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter before scoring three consecutive touchdowns and converting a pair of two-point conversions to tie the game at 33-33. The record for the largest comeback in school history is 21 points vs. Ohio State in 2011, and the Nebraska record for largest fourth-quarter comeback is 12 points, accomplished three times.

* Tommy Armstrong Jr. accounted for 358 yards of total offense in today’s game. With the 358 yards, Armstrong moved past Jerry Tagge, Jammal Lord, Joe Ganz and Tommie Frazier to climb to fourth on the NU career total offense list. Armstrong now has 5,521 career total offense yards and six career games with 300 yards of total offense.

* Armstrong passed for 301 yards today, giving him six straight games with at least 200 yards passing. It was his third career 300-yard passing game - all in Nebraska’ last four games, including twice in three games this season.

* After halftime, Armstrong threw for 244 yards and four touchdowns. In the fourth quarter, Armstrong completed 11-of-20 passes for 184 yards and four touchdowns. He accounted for 204 yards of total offense in the fourth quarter alone, adding 20 rushing yards, including a 16-yard gain on a 3rd-and-13 play that set up his game-tying touchdown pass to Stanley Morgan Jr. two plays later.

* Armstrong rushed for 49 yards, moving him within 38 yards of reaching 1,000 career rushing yards (962). Armstrong would be the 10th Nebraska quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards in a career. 

* Junior wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp had a 22-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. Westerkamp has had a touchdown reception in four consecutive games, including last year’s Holiday Bowl.

* Westerkamp finished with five receptions for 95 yards. With his 95 receiving yards, Westerkamp increased his career yardage total to 1,263 and moved up two spots to 11th on the Nebraska career receiving yardage list. He passed Irving Fryar (1,196) and Matt Herian (1,243) in today’s game.

* Westerkamp had a 24-yard punt return in the second quarter. The return was a career long, bettering his 19-yard return at Minnesota in 2013. 

* Stanley Morgan Jr. set career highs with four catches for 78 yards and one touchdown. His first career touchdown catch helped Nebraska tie the game at 33-33 with 33 seconds remaining in regulation.

* Drew Brown’s 49-yard field goal in the second quarter was a career long, bettering a 44-yarder against Florida Atlantic in the 2014 season opener.

* Redshirt freshman defensive end Freedom Akinmoladun had a 12-yard sack in the second quarter, his second career sack. Akinmoladun has had at least one tackle for loss in all three games this season.

* Junior running back Terrell Newby rushed 14 times for 82 yards. Newby moved within 54 yards of reaching 1,000 career yards (946).

* Miami’s victory evened the all-time series between the schools at 6-6. The Hurricanes have a 5-1 lead in games in Miami. 

* Today’s game was Nebraska’s first regular-season game in the state of Florida since a 1951 loss to the Hurricanes. 

* Nebraska dropped its road opener for the first time since 2012, after winning its road opener each of the past two seasons.

* Nebraska dropped to 1-2 for the first time since 1981. The Huskers won their final eight regular-season games that year to finish 9-2. 

* Nebraska scored at least three touchdowns for the 17th consecutive game.

 


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