Nebraska celebrated it’s 350th consecutive sellout Saturday, in a streak dating back to 1962. There have been many thrillers in that time, and Saturday’s win over #22 Oregon was no exception.
The Huskers rallied from a 13-point deficit in the first half, and again when trailing in the fourth quarter to win the game 35-32. Nebraska is now 3-0 on the season heading into Big Ten play next week.
“I think that was a great football game,” said Coach Mike Riley after the win. “Just talking about our team, I am so proud of them.”
Nebraska seized momentum in the third quarter with a pair of touchdowns. Tommy Armstrong Jr. threw a touchdown pass to Bryan Reimers on the Huskers’ first drive of the second half. Nebraska followed that up with a Devine Ozigbo touchdown run to take a 28-20 lead.
But Oregon responded with back to back touchdown drives to regain a 32-28 lead.
Nebraska then drove 80 yards on 11 plays to score the game’s final points on a 34-yard touchdown run by Armstrong.
“I found myself one-on-one with the safety, made him miss, and tried by best to get in the end zone,” said Armstrong.
Armstrong had previously left the game with leg cramps. He said he definitely felt it during the touchdown run, “It felt like Jell-o honestly.”
Oregon’s offense racked up 482 total yards against the Blackshirt defense, but the
Huskers were up to the challenge in the final minutes. Oregon had driven inside Nebraska territory on their final possession before failing on a fourth down conversion attempt.
“I was just proud of the guys for fighting until the end,” said senior safety Nathan Gerry. “That was the one thing we worked on all week and that was one thing we prepared for was to mentally strong and physically strong.”
The Huskers now head into Big Ten play unbeaten. The team says they will stay focused on playing one game at a time.
“It was awesome to come out on top of this one, beating a great program in Oregon,” said senior wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp. “It will give us so much momentum here going into the Big Ten play.”