Jordan Westerkamp caught Ron Kellogg III’s desperation Hail Mary with no time giving the Cornhuskers an improbable 27-24 victory over Northwestern.
The Wildcats took a three-point lead with 1:20 left. The Huskers started their final drive at their 17 with no timeouts.
Ameer Abdullah caught a short pass and just made it to convert on a fourth-and-15. Then, with four seconds left from midfield, Kellogg heaved a pass that was tipped by Northwestern’s Anthony Walker in the end zone. Westerkamp was there to snatch it, bringing the entire Nebraska bench running onto the field in celebration. The play was confirmed on video review.
Jeff Budzien had kicked a 21-yard, tiebreaking field goal with 1:20 left after defensive lineman Tyler Scott’s interception set up Northwestern inside the Nebraska 10.
Kellogg was 7 of 13 for 104 yards, with one interception and the winning touchdown. Tommy Armstrong who started was 15 of 29 for 127 yards. Abdullah ran 24 times for 127 yards. Northwestern was led by running back Treyvon Green, who ran for 149 yards and a career-high three touchdowns for the Wildcats.
The Blackshirts came up big after falling behind 21-7. The Huskers held the Wildcats to ten punts on their final 11 possessions. Plus, defensive end Avery Moss tied it 21-all in the middle of the third quarter, picking off Trevor Siemian and running 25 yards for a touchdown.