Nebraska upsets No. 7 Michigan State at home

Nebraska upset No. 7 Michigan State to earn the biggest win in the Mike Riley era.

FIRST HALF

FIRST QUARTER:

3-0 Nebraska

9 plays, 38-yards, 4:01

44-yard field goal by Nebraska's Drew Brown

Key play: On third-down, Nebraksa quarterback Tommy Armstrong found wide receiver Alonzo Moore for 13-yards, extending the drive. 


SECOND QUARTER:

10-0 Nebraska

7 plays, 80-yards, 3:28

Nebraska 38-yard touchdown by Jordan Westerkamp on a pass from Armstrong

Key play: On 4th and one, river boat gambler Mike Riley went for it with a rush up the middle with runnng back Imani Cross. The senior picked up two extending the play. 

Note on the play: The 38-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, marking his longest reception of the 2015 season. Westerkamp has six touchdown receptions this season. He has now caught a pass in 23 straight games.


10-3 Nebraska

5-plays, 42-yards, 1:33

Michigan State 46-yard field goal by Michael Greiger 

Key play: Running back Gerald Rush hit a hole on the left-side and took a run for 25-yards into Nebraska territory. 


10-10 Tied

6-plays, 57-yards

Michigan State 38-yard touchdown pass from Connor Cook to M. Kings

Key play: Cook's touchdown was all about his receiver. Macgarrett Kings had a great cutback, making the Nebraska secondary look silly in the process. 


13-10 Nebraska

8 plays, 35-yards, 3:05

Nebraska kicker Drew Brown nailed a 43-yard field goal

Key play: The drive was setup by a Jonathan Rose interception, his first, against Michigan State senior quarterback Connor Cook. 


17-13 Michigan State

10-plays, 75-yards, 4:04

Michigan State wide receiver Macgarrett Kings catches a 18-yard touchdown pass from Connor Cook. 

Key plays: On 2nd down and 23, Connor Cook found Aaron Burbridge on a 25-yard throw, picking up a first down and putting the Spartans in field goal range. 


SECOND HALF

THIRD QUARTER:

20-13 Nebraska

6-plays, 69-yards, 2:26

1-yard touchdown run by Nebraska running back Imani Cross

Key play: Armstrong found Nebraska wide receiver Alonzo Moore for 43-yards. The junior was pulled down at the 1-yard line. 


24-20 Michigan State

6-plays, 84-yards, 3:13

Michigan State Connor Cook 34-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Burnbridge

Key play: Cook found  Macgarrett Kings on a 28-yard pass, putting Michigan State on the Nebraska side of the field again. 


31-20 Michigan State

10-plays, 83-yards, 4:19 

Michigan State Connor Cook 16-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Lyles

Key play: On 3rd and one, Cook found T. Pendelton on a five-yard pass extending the drive. The drive was set up by a Michigan State interception in the red zone. 


31-26 Michigan State

11-plays, 65-yards, 4:08

Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong with a 2-yard touchdown run. (Huskers two-point conversation failed)

Key play: From the Michigan State 40-yard line, Nebraska running back Imani Cross took it 21-yards, putting the Huskers inside Sparty's 20. 


38-26 Michigan State

16-plays, 75-yards, 8:50

1-yard touchdown run by running back  Gerald Holmes

Key play: On 4th down and 1, Cook rushed for four yards to pick up a first down. 


38-33 Michigan State

10-plays, 58-yards, 2:23 

1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Tommy Armstrong 

Key play: On 3rd and eight from the MSU 28 yard line, Armstrong found wide receiver Stanley Morgan for a 13-yard gain. 


39-38 Nebraska

4-plays, 91-yards, :38

30-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Armstrong to wide receiver Brandon Reilly

Key play: While Reilly's touchdown was the one that mattered, it was set up by back-to-back catches from wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp totaling 61-yards. 


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