“Hip Hip Hooray” shouts could be heard about 100 feet outside the Husker looker room following Nebraska’s 39-38 win over previously undefeated Michigan State.
“We did ten of them,” said defensive tackle Greg McMullen on the hip hip hooray chant.
Nebraska’s win over #6 Michigan State came after the Huskers fell behind by 12 points in 4:16 to go in the game. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong engineered two touchdown drives in the final four minutes, including a 91 yard drive in the final minute to give Nebraska the go-ahead touchdown.
Armstrong’s 30 touchdown pass to Brandon Reilly with 17 seconds remaining gave Nebraska a 39-38 lead.
“I thought that was a gutty, gutty performance,” Coach Mike Riley said of the Husker quarterback. “I think that pretty much describes Tommy. He’s a battler. He never stops.”
Armstrong threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more touchdowns after missing the Huskers’ last game against Purdue with a foot injury. He completed 19 of 33 pass attempts for 320 yards with two interceptions.
Nebraska wide receiver Brandon Reilly said Armstrong gave the team confidence going into the final drive, “Tommy just said, ‘let’s do it.’ We wanted the ball back and our defense got a stop and we just feed of of him and just let it work out the way it did.”
Reilly caught the game-winning touchdown after officials ruled he had been forced out of bounds by a Michigan State defender.
“We really thought initially it was going to be ruled out of bounds, so we were getting ready for another play from about the 30-yard line,” Coach Riley said. “Then we were actually surprised when they signaled touchdown.”
“After. He just said, ‘great catch,’ but nothing else about the out of bounds or anything,” Reilly said about the a official said to him after the play.
Nebraska’s win improves the Huskers to 4-6 on the season. The next game is against Rutgers next Saturday at 2:30 p.m.