Foster Farms Bowl: Nebraska post-game notes

A look at the post game notes for Nebraska from Saturday's Foster Farms Bowl.


52 –– Tonight’s Foster Farms Bowl against UCLA marked the 52nd bowl game in school history. The 52 bowl games ranks third in the nation. The Huskers are 26-26 in bowl games after  tonight’s victory. The 26 bowl victories are the seventh most in NCAA history.

7 –– Nebraska Head Coach Mike Riley improved to 7-2 all-time in bowl games with tonight’s victory. Riley entered the game tied for fifth in the FBS ranks with a .750 career bowl winning percentage and was one of 11 active FBS coaches with six or more bowl victories entering the bowl season. 

14 – Nebraska trailed 21-7 before scoring 30 straight points en route to tonight’s victory. The 14-point deficit was the largest deficit Nebraska has overcome in a bowl victory. The previous largest deficits were comebacks from 11 points down against Michigan in the 2005 Alamo Bowl (32-28 victory) and vs. Clemson in the 2009 Gator Bowl (26-21 victory). 

326 –– Nebraska posted a season-high 326 rushing yards in tonight’s game, bettering the previous high of 258 yards against South Alabama. The rushing total is the highest for Nebraska since rushing for 458 yards against Illinois in 2014. Tonight’s game marked the fourth time this season Nebraska rushed for more than 200 yards (South Alabama, Southern Miss, Minnesota). 

3,000 –– Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. passed for 174 yards in tonight’s game, pushing his season passing total to 3,030  yards. Armstrong’s passing total marks just the third 3,000-yard passing season in Nebraska history.

8,000 –– Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. accounted for 250 yards of total offense. With his 250 yards, Armstrong increased his career total offense total to 7,998, moving him ahead of Eric Crouch (7,915 yards) into second place on the NU career total offense list.

87 –– Freshman I-back Devine Ozigbo rushed for a season-high 87 yards on 21 carries. His previous season high was 70 yards on seven carries at Illinois.

28 –– Senior I-back Imani Cross scored on a one-yard TD run in the first quarter. The touchdown run was the 28th touchdown run of Cross’ career and his sixth of the 2015 season. Cross finished the game with 15 carries for 55 yards and completes his Nebraska career with 1,599 rushing yards to rank 35th on the Nebraska career rushing list.

918 –– Nebraska junior receiver Jordan Westerkamp caught two passes for 44 yards. With his 44 receiving yards, Westerkamp increased his season receiving yardage total to 918 yards to rank third on the NU single season list. Westerkamp increased his season receptions total to 65 to finish second on the NU single-season receptions list, trailing only Marlon Lucky’s 75 catches in 2007.

Other Notes...

* Nebraska improved to 2-5 all-time in bowl games against Pac-12 schools. The other victory was a 33-0 shutout of Arizona in the 2009 Holiday Bowl.

* Nebraska took a 7-6 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools with tonight’s victory, and ended a two-game UCLA win streak in the series. 

* Sophomore place-kicker Drew Brown connected on a 20-yard field goal in the third quarter, marking his 11th consecutive made field goal. Brown made 21 field goal this season, the second-most in school history.

* Brown finished the season with 107 points this season, just outside of the top 10 on the single-season scoring list (110).

 * Safety Nate Gerry finished the night with four tackles (all in first half), giving him a team-leading 79 tackles on the season.

* Sophomore cornerback Joshua Kalu had an interception in the second quarter marking his third INT of the season (also vs. Miami, Minnesota).

* Freshman wideout Stanley Morgan Jr. had a 22-yard TD reception in the third quarter for his third touchdown catch of the season. 

*Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. was named the 2015 Foster Farms Bowl Most Outstanding Offensive Player.

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