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2015 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 2015 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by first-year head coach Mike Riley and played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. They were members of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference.

2015 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Logo of the Nebraska athletic teams 2004–
Foster Farms Bowl champion
Foster Farms Bowl, W 37–29 vs. UCLA
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionWest Division
2015 record6–7 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coachMike Riley (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorDanny Langsdorf (1st season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorMark Banker (1st season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 86,047)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 6 Michigan State xy$^   7 1         12 2  
No. 4 Ohio State x   7 1         12 1  
No. 12 Michigan   6 2         10 3  
Penn State   4 4         7 6  
Indiana   2 6         6 7  
Rutgers   1 7         4 8  
Maryland   1 7         3 9  
West Division
No. 9 Iowa xy   8 0         12 2  
No. 23 Northwestern   6 2         10 3  
No. 21 Wisconsin   6 2         10 3  
Nebraska   3 5         6 7  
Minnesota   2 6         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         5 7  
Purdue   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Michigan State 16, Iowa 13
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Nebraska struggled with many close losses in the 2015 season and finished the regular season with a 5–7 overall record, but was able to hand a playoff-bound and Big Ten champion Michigan State team their only loss of the regular season. Nebraska still qualified for a bowl game, one of three teams to do so with a 5–7 record (the others being in-conference rival Minnesota and San Jose State). This was due to the lack of six-wins teams to fill the 80 bowl slots in the FBS and because of their APR score in relation to other FBS teams that also had a 5–7 record.[1] The Huskers took on the UCLA Bruins in the Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara, California and won 37–29 to end the season with a 6–7 record.

Before the seasonEdit

RecruitingEdit

Scholarship recruitsEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Alston, Lavan
WR
Ventura, CA St. Bonaventure 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 173 lb (78 kg) 4.43 Jan 31, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 78
Anderson, Avery
CB
Colorado Springs, CO Pine Creek 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Feb 2, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 80
Barnett, Jalin
OG
Lawton, OK Lawton 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 303 lb (137 kg) 5.2 Jan 14, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 84
Barry, Mohamed
LB
Loganville, GA Grayson 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 4.50 Jan 29, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 76
Davis, Alex
DE
West Palm Beach, FL Dwyer 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Feb 1, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: NR
Davis, Carlos
DT
Blue Springs, MO Blue Springs 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 270 lb (120 kg) Mar 1, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 80
Davis, Khalil
DT
Blue Springs, MO Blue Springs 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 270 lb (120 kg) Mar 1, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 77
Decker, Michael
OG
Omaha, NE Omaha North 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 288 lb (131 kg) 5.3 Apr 9, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 77
Ferguson, Tyrin
LB
New Orleans, LA Edna Karr 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Dec 6, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 76
Gaylord, Christian
OT
Baldwin City, KS Baldwin 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 290 lb (130 kg) 5.1 Feb 3, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 78
Lee, Eric
CB
Highlands Ranch, CO Valor Christian 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 184 lb (83 kg) Feb 1, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 82
Morgan, Stanley
WR
New Orleans, LA St. Augustine 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Nov 7, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 81
Neal, DaiShon
DE
Omaha, NE Omaha Central 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 4.8 Apr 9, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 75
Ober, Jordan
LS
Las Vegas, NV Bishop Gorman 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.8 Feb 1, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: NR
Ozigbo, Devine
RB
Sachse, TX Sachse 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 4.7 Jan 9, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 78
Reed, Antonio
S
Southaven, MS Southaven 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 4.5 Apr 9, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: NR
Snyder, Matt
TE
San Ramon, CA California 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Dec 30, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 76
Stevenson, Jordan
RB
Dallas, TX South Oak Cliff 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jul 30, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 80
Talan, Adrienne
LB
Pembroke Pines, FL Flanagan 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.5 Feb 4, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 72
Williams, Aaron
S
Atlanta, GA Carver 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) May 15, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 78
Young, Dedrick
RB
Peoria, AZ Centennial 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Dec 15, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 76
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 33   Rivals: 31  ESPN: 31
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Yahoo Sports: Rivals.com 2015 Nebraska Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  • "Scout.com 2015 Nebraska Commitments". Scout.com. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  • "ESPN 2015 Nebraska Commitments". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 8, 2015.

Walk-on recruitsEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Anderson, Fyn
OT
Lincoln, NE Lincoln Southeast 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 247 lb (112 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Brugmann, Jared
LB
Gretna, NE Gretna 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 225 lb (102 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Cleveland, Brody
LB
Ogallala, NE Ogallala 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Hemphill, Austin
FB
Gretna, NE Gretna 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 220 lb (100 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Karel, Reid
QB
Seward, NE Seward 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Johnson, Noah
RB
Sutton, NE Sutton 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Mazour, Wyatt
ATH
Albion, NE Boone Central 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 190 lb (86 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Weinmaster, Jacob
LB
Loveland, CO Loveland 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 200 lb (91 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Young, Conor
ATH
Cozad, NE Cozad 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendanceSource
September 52:30 p.m.BYU*ABCL 28–3389,959[2]
September 127:00 p.m.South Alabama*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
BTNW 48–989,822[3]
September 192:30 p.m.at Miami (FL)*ABC/ESPN2L 33–36 OT53,580[4]
September 2611:00 a.m.Southern Miss* 
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
ESPNewsW 36–2889,899[5]
October 33:00 p.m.at IllinoisBTNL 13–1440,138[6]
October 102:30 p.m.Wisconsin
ABC/ESPN2L 21–2389,886[7]
October 172:30 p.m.at MinnesotaESPN2W 48–2554,062[8]
October 2411:00 a.m.Northwestern
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
ESPN2L 28–3089,493[9]
October 3111:00 a.m.at PurdueESPNUL 45–5531,351[10]
November 76:00 p.m.No. 6 Michigan State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
ESPNW 39–3890,094[11][12]
November 142:30 p.m.at RutgersBTNW 31–1445,606[13]
November 272:30 p.m.No. 3 Iowa
ABCL 20–2890,830[14]
December 268:15 p.m.UCLA*ESPNW 37–2933,527[15]
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

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Roster and coaching staffEdit

2015 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 7 Taariq Allen Sr
WR 3 Lavan Alston Fr
QB 4 Tommy Armstrong Jr. (C) Jr
WR 33 Christian Bailey So
OL 74 Jalin Barnett Fr
WR 40 Ty Betka Jr
QB 9 Tyson Broekemeier Sr
QB 6 AJ Bush RFr
TE 11 Cethan Carter Jr
WR 43 Brett Classen So
OL 62 Cole Conrad RFr
TE 84 Sam Cotton Jr
IB 32 Imani Cross Sr
QB 2 Zack Darlington RFr
OL 79 Michael Decker Fr
OL 63 Tanner Farmer RFr
OL 67 Jerald Foster RFr
TE 42 Trey Foster Jr
OL 51 Ryan Freudenburg RFr
QB 17 Ryker Fyfe Jr
OL 68 Nick Gates RFr
OL 56 Christian Gaylord Fr
OL 73 Sam Hahn Jr
OL 72 Zach Hannon So
FB 49 Austin Hemphill Fr
WR 25 Blake Holtmeier RFr
TE 88 Tyler Hoppes So
WR 13 Lane Hovey Jr
FB 35 Andy Janovich Sr
OL 76 Dwayne Johnson Jr. So
RB 27 Noah Johnson Fr
FB 38 Harrison Jordan So
ATH 36 Reid Karel Fr
TE 89 Connor Ketter So
FB 30 Bo Kitrell RFr
OL 77 David Knevel So
OL 70 Chongo Kondolo Sr
OL 71 Alex Lewis (C) Sr
OL 75 Chris Long Sr
RB 37 Wyatt Mazour Fr
FB 44 Mitch McCann Jr
TE 41 Luke McNitt So
WR 82 Alonzo Moore Jr
WR 8 Stanley Morgan Jr. Fr
IB 29 Graham Nabity Jr
IB 39 Jordan Nelson Jr
IB 34 Terrell Newby Jr
RB 22 Devine Ozigbo Fr
OL 54 Robby Painter Jr
WR 26 Brady Pelzer RFr
WR 15 De'Mornay Pierson-El So
WR 48 Gabe Rahn So
OL 65 Ryne Reeves Sr
WR 87 Brandon Reilly Jr
TE 45 Bryan Reimers RFr
IB 23 Austin Rose RFr
TE 85 Matt Snyder Fr
OL 57 Zach Sterup Sr
TE 86 David Sutton Sr
IB 28 Adam Taylor So
OL 55 Paul Thurston Jr
WR 10 Jamal Turner Sr
OL 66 Dylan Utter Jr
WR 1 Jordan Westerkamp (C) Jr
OL 58 Corey Whitaker Jr
IB 21 Mikale Wilbon RFr
WR 31 Conor Young Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 91 Freedom Akinmoladun RFr
DB 4 Avery Anderson Fr
DL 75 Fyn Anderson Fr
LB 52 Josh Banderas Jr
LB 18 Mohamed Barry Fr
LB 53 Alex Boryca RFr
LB 51 Jared Brugmann Fr
LB 59 Brody Cleveland Fr
DB 28 Byerson Cockrell Sr
DT 7 Maliek Collins (C) Jr
LB 26 Thomas Connely RFr
CB 23 Daniel Davie Sr
DE 32 Alex Davis Fr
DL 96 Carlos Davis Fr
DL 94 Khalil Davis Fr
DE 88 Ross Dzuris Jr
DE 48 Erik Evans So
LB 43 Tyrin Ferguson Fr
DE 95 Jack Gangwish (C) Sr
S 25 Nate Gerry (C) Jr
LB 12 Luke Gifford RFr
DB 29 Nolan Graham RFr
DB 21 Charles Jackson Jr
DE 47 Matt Jarzynka RFr
DL 50 Garret Johns Jr
DB 8 Chris Jones So
DB 1 Boaz Joseph So
DB 10 Joshua Kalu So
DE 19 Joe Keels Sr
DE 17 Sedrick King RFr
DB 42 Creighton Koley RFr
LB 37 Noah Lazaro Fr
DB 6 Eric Lee Jr. Fr
DL 58 Joel Lopez So
DT 55 Kevin Maurice Jr
LB 33 Garrett McKay Jr
DE 90 Greg McMullen Jr
DB 2 Trai Mosley RFr
DE 45 A.J. Natter So
DE 9 DaiShon Neal Fr
LB 3 Marcus Newby So
DL 99 Peyton Newell RFr
DL 76 Dylan Owen RFr
LB 54 Garrett Poppen RFr
DT 78 Givens Price Sr
DT 97 Logan Rath Jr
DB 16 Antonio Reed Fr
DB 22 Anthony Ridder Sr
CB 14 Jonathan Rose Sr
LB 15 Michael Rose-Ivey Jr
LB 56 Brad Simpson Jr
DL 44 Mick Stoltenberg RFr
LB 13 Adrienne Talan Fr
DT 98 Vincent Valentine Jr
LB 49 Chris Weber So
LB 57 Jacob Weinmaster Fr
DB 24 Aaron Williams Fr
DT 92 Kevin Williams Sr
S 27 Kieron Williams So
LB 5 Dedrick Young Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 34 Drew Brown So
P 27 Sam Foltz Jr
PK 95 Spencer Lindsay Jr
LS 40 Jordan Ober Fr
PK 26 Jamie Sutcliffe Jr
LS 92 Chase Urbach Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Danny Langsdorf
       10th season as OC/QB coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Linfield
  • Mark Banker
       26th season as DC coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Springfield
  • Bruce Read
       7th season as STC coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Portland State
  • Trent Bray
       6th season as LB coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Oregon State
  • Mike Cavanaugh
       27th season as OL coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: S Conn St
  • Reggie Davis
       7th season as RB coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Washington
  • Hank Hughes
       27th season as DL coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Springfield
  • Brian Stewart
       11th season as DB coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Northern Arizona
  • Keith Williams
       16th season as WR coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: San Diego State

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster
Last update: November 6, 2015

Game summariesEdit

BYUEdit

BYU at Nebraska
1 234Total
BYU 7 1709 33
Nebraska 14 0140 28
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
First meeting

BYU snapped Nebraska's 29 game season-opening winning streak on a last-second 42-yard Hail Mary pass from backup quarterback Tanner Mangum to Mitch Mathews. This was Nebraska's first season opening loss since 1985. BYU outgained Nebraska in total offense 511 yards to 445 yards. Nebraska was led by Tommy Armstrong who went 24-of-41 through the air for 319 yards with three touchdown passes and 1 interception. Terrell Newby was the team's leading rusher with 46 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown and Jordan Westerkamp was the top Husker receiver with seven catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. Taysom Hill was 21-of-34 for 268 yards with a touchdown and an interception before being knocked out of the game. His backup, Tanner Mangum was 7-of-11 for 111 yards with the game-winning hail mary touchdown pass. Hill was the leading Cougar rusher with 83 yards and two scores and Nick Kurtz was the top BYU receiver with five catches for 123 yards.

South AlabamaEdit

South Alabama at Nebraska
1 234Total
South Alabama 0 036 9
• Nebraska 14 10717 48
  • Date: September 12
  • Location: Memorial Stadium
    Lincoln, NE
  • Game start: 7:00 p.m. CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:22
  • Game attendance: 89,822
  • Game weather: 69 degrees, Wind: SE @ 4 mph, clear
  • Referee: Todd Geerlings
  • TV announcers (BTN): Eric Collins, Glen Mason, Rick Pizzo
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
First meeting

Nebraska used a balanced offensive effort and a stingy defense to put together four solid quarters of football in a 48–9 victory over South Alabama on Saturday night. Junior I-Back Terrell Newby raced to career highs with 28 carries for 198 yards and two touchdowns on the night, he also hauled in two catches for 38 yards and another score in the win. Tommy Armstrong was 21-of-30 for 270 yards and two scores. Nebraska totaled 561 yards of offense in the game with 258 yards on the ground and 303 in the air. The Huskers held South Alabama to 332 total yards, with 313 through the air and limiting the Jaguars to just 19 total yards rushing.

Miami (FL)Edit

Nebraska at Miami (FL)
1 234OTTotal
Nebraska 0 37230 33
• Miami 17 31033 36
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
6–5 September 20, 2014 Nebraska, 41–31

Tommy Armstrong Jr. and the Huskers orchestrated a fourth-quarter comeback, erasing a 23-point deficit in the final 8:36 of regulation, but Miami escaped with a 36–33 overtime win on Saturday at Sun Life Stadium. Trailing 33–10 after Miami's Michael Badgley connected on his fourth field goal of the game. Armstrong led Nebraska to 23 unanswered points to send the game to overtime tied at 33. Nebraska's comeback included a trio of fourth quarter touchdown passes from Armstrong to Alonzo Moore, Brandon Reilly and Stanley Morgan Jr., and a pair of two point conversion passes to Jordan Westerkamp and Cethan Carter. In overtime Armstrong opened the extra period with an interception on the first play. Miami took over and kicked a 28-yard field goal to end the game. Armstrong ended the day going 21-of-45 for 309 yards with 4 TDs and 3 INTs. Terrell Newby was the top Husker rusher with 14 carries for 82 yards and Jordan Westerkamp led Nebraska's receivers with five catches for 95 yards and a touchdown. The Huskers gained 462 yards in the game and allowed 511 to the Hurricanes. Nebraska fell to 1–2 for the first time since 1981.

Southern MissEdit

Southern Miss at Nebraska
1 234Total
Southern Miss 0 0721 28
• Nebraska 10 1277 36
  • Date: September 26
  • Location: Memorial Stadium
    Lincoln, NE
  • Game start: 11:01 AM CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:40
  • Game attendance: 89,899
  • Game weather: 69 degrees, Wind ENE @ 2 mph, Sunny, Clear
  • Referee: Tim O'Dey
  • TV announcers (ESPNews): Eamon McAnaney, Rocky Boiman
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
4–1 September 7, 2013 Nebraska, 56–13

Tommy Armstrong, Drew Brown, Andy Janovich, Brandon Reilly and Jordan Westerkamp all produced career days to lead Nebraska to a 36–28 win over Southern Miss on Homecoming at Memorial Stadium. Brown tied an NCAA record by kicking five field goals in the first half to help Nebraska jump to a 22–0 halftime lead. He also tied the Memorial Stadium record for field goals made in a game. Westerkamp notched a career-high with 11 receptions for 118 yards and Reilly notched a career-high with 112 yards. Andy Janovich notched career highs rushing and receiving from the fullback position and Tommy Armstrong notched a career-high with 431 yards of total offense. The Husker defense for the fourth game this year allowed 300+ yards passing as Southern Miss threw for over 400 yards. The Golden Eagles mounted a comeback in the second half, but came up short as the Huskers held on for the 36–28 win to end the non-conference season.

IllinoisEdit

Nebraska at Illinois
1 234Total
Nebraska 0 1030 13
• Illinois 0 0014 14
  • Sources:*Sources:[21]
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
9–2–1 September 27, 2014 Nebraska, 45–14

For the fourth time in five contests, the outcome of Nebraska's game was not decided until the opponent's final offensive play, and for the third time, Nebraska walked away on the short end of the stick with a 14–13 loss to Illinois to open the Big Ten season. The game was decided on a one-yard touchdown pass from Wes Lunt to Geronimo Allison with 10 seconds remaining to complete the Illini's 13-point fourth quarter deficit. Nebraska gained 292 yards on the day, and allowed 382 yards. Tommy Armstrong had his worst passing day of the year, going 10-of-31 for 105 yards with an interception in the loss. Linebacker Chris Weber led the Blackshirts with a career-high 17 tackles, with three tackles for loss.

WisconsinEdit

Wisconsin at Nebraska
Freedom Trophy
1 234Total
Wisconsin 0 7313 23
Nebraska 0 1407 21
  • Date: October 10
  • Location: Memorial Stadium
    Lincoln, NE
  • Game start: 2:30 PM CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:26
  • Game attendance: 89,886
  • Game weather: 76 degrees, Wind SSW @ 7–10 mph, Sunny
  • Referee: John O'Neill
  • TV announcers (ABC/ESPN2): Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Harlan
  • Sources:*Sources:[22]
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
4–5 November 15, 2014 Wisconsin, 59–24

For the fourth time this season, Nebraska lost a game in the final seconds on the opponent's last offensive possession as Wisconsin kicked a 46-yard field goal with 0:04 remaining to seal a 23–21 win in Lincoln. With the loss, Nebraska drops to 2–4 for the first time since 1959. It is the seventh time in the last eight Nebraska games that the final outcome has been decided by a single score. Wisconsin outgained the Huskers 469 yards (147 rush, 322 pass) to 325 yards (196 rush, 129 pass). Tommy Armstrong was 11-of-28 for 129 yards with a touchdown pass. Andy Janovich had three carries for 59 yards and a touchdown and Terrell Newby had 15 carries for 59 yards to lead the rushers, while Tommy Armstrong had 50 yards on eight carries and a score. Alonzo Moore was the top receiver with one catch for 41 yards and the touchdown. Byerson Cockrell lead the team in tackles with 10.

MinnesotaEdit

Nebraska at Minnesota
$5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy
1 234Total
• Nebraska 14 10717 48
Minnesota 7 7011 25
  • Sources:*Sources:[23]
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
22–31–2 November 22, 2014 Minnesota, 28–24

Nebraska clinched their first Big Ten victory under Mike Riley with a 48–25 win over Minnesota in Minneapolis. Nebraska jumped to a 17–7 lead and then scored 21 unanswered to secure the win. Tommy Armstrong was 18-of-26 for 261 yards and had eight carries for 38 yards to lead the Huskers. Terrell Newby rushed 13 times for 116 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win with the Huskers gaining 464 total yards of offense while Blackshirts held Minnesota to 366 yards and forced three turnovers.

NorthwesternEdit

Northwestern at Nebraska
1 234Total
Northwestern 7 10310 30
Nebraska 5 779 28
  • Date: October 24
  • Location: Memorial Stadium
    Lincoln, NE
  • Game start: 11:00 AM CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:30
  • Game attendance: 89,493
  • Game weather: Sunny, 53 degrees, Wind WNW @ 15 mph
  • Referee: Jerry McGinn
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcattera
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
6–2 October 18, 2014 Nebraska, 38–17

In another game that went down to the wire, Nebraska watched a two-point conversion attempt fall incomplete with 4:23 left, allowing Northwestern to escape Memorial Stadium with a 30–28 win. With Nebraska's fifth loss of the season by five or fewer points, the Huskers slip to 3–5 overall and 1–3 in the Big Ten. Nebraska's five losses have come by a total of 13 points. Nebraska outgained Northwestern in total offense 373 yards (291 pass, 82 rush) to 333 yards (177 pass, 156 rush). Tommy Armstrong was 24-of-48 for 291 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT in the loss. Terrell Newby was the top rusher with 16 carries for 53 yards and Jordan Westerkamp the top receiver with five catches for 92 yards.

PurdueEdit

Nebraska at Purdue
1 234Total
Nebraska 3 6729 45
Purdue 7 142113 55
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
2–1 November 1, 2014 Nebraska, 35–14

Nebraska turned the ball over five times and suffered a 55–45 loss to Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium. The Huskers slipped to 3–6 overall and 1–4 in the Big Ten. Ryker Fyfe made his first career start at quarterback in place of injured starter Tommy Armstrong and threw for 407 yards and four touchdowns despite also throwing four interceptions and losing one fumble. The five turnovers were converted into 28 points by the Boilermakers. The Huskers were also without receivers Alonzo Moore and De'Moarnay Pierson-El and running back Terrell Newby to injury as well. Nebraska outgained Purdue in total offense with 484 total yards compared to Purdue's 457 yards. Nebraska rallied with 29 fourth quarter points, the second-best point total in the quarter in school history, trailing only 30 points scored at Hawaii in December 1982. Jordan Westerkamp hauled in nine passes for 123 yards and a touchdown in the loss to help lead the Huskers. The loss marked the 1st time in Huskers football history that they lost 6 games before the start of November.

Michigan StateEdit

Michigan State at Nebraska
1 234Total
#6 Michigan State 3 14147 38
Nebraska 10 3719 39
  • Date: November 7
  • Location: Memorial Stadium
    Lincoln, NE
  • Game start: 6:00 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:38
  • Game attendance: 90,094
  • Game weather: 49 degrees, Wind Calm, Clear
  • Referee: John O'Neill
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, Tom Luginbill
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
7–2 October 4, 2014 Michigan State, 27–22

Nebraska scored two touchdowns in the final 1:47 of the game to rally for a 39–38 upset over #7 ranked Michigan State. The Huskers' 12-point rally in the fourth quarter tied for the largest fourth quarter rally in school history. Nebraska outgained MSU in total offense 499 yards to 491 yards. Tommy Armstrong finished the day going 19-of-33 for 320 yards with 2 TDs and 2 INTs. He also added 19 yards rushing and two scores on the ground. Imani Cross had 18 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown while Jordan Westerkamp had the top day for the receivers with 9 catches for 143 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Reilly added three catches for 87 yards and the game-winning touchdown. It was the first time an unranked Nebraska team beat a Top 10 ranked opponent since 1977.

RutgersEdit

Nebraska at Rutgers
1 234Total
• Nebraska 14 773 31
Rutgers 0 770 14
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
2–0 October 25, 2014 Nebraska, 42–24

Nebraska jumped out to a 21–0 lead and never looked back in a 31–14 victory over Rutgers at High Point Solutions Stadium. The Huskers wasted little time, marking 78 yards in eight plays to score on the game's opening drive. The Blackshirt defense played its most complete game of the year, coming up with six sacks, 10 tackles for loss and 2 interceptions in the win. The Huskers held the Scarlet Knights to just 259 yards of offense. Nebraska gained 362 total yards on the day (174 rush, 188 pass). Tommy Armstrong was 14-of-21 for 188 yards with 3 TD passes and 3 INT. Cethan Carter was the top receiver with four catches for 57 yards and a touchdown while Imani Cross led the Huskers on the ground with 20 carries for 94 yards.

IowaEdit

Iowa at Nebraska
Heroes Trophy
1 234Total
• Iowa 0 14140 28
Nebraska 0 1073 20
  • Date: November 27
  • Location: Memorial Stadium
    Lincoln, NE
  • Game start: 2:30 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:23
  • Game attendance: 90,830
  • Game weather: 24 degrees, overcast, Wind N @ 13 mph
  • Referee: Ron Snodgrass
  • TV announcers (ABC): Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Harlan
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
29–13–3 November 28, 2014 Nebraska, 37–34 OT

Despite outgaining Iowa in total yardage, time of possession and plays run, the Hawkeyes held on for a 28–20 win over Nebraska in the HyVee Heroes Game on Black Friday. Nebraska's defense held Iowa to 0-of-9 on third downs, but four interceptions by the Huskers and untimely penalties doomed Nebraska. Nebraska outgained Iowa 433 yards (296 pass, 137 rush) to 250 yards (97 pass, 153 rush). Tommy Armstrong was 25-of-45 for 296 yards with 4 INT. Imani Cross was the leading rusher with 19 carries for 58 yards and two TDs. Terrell Newby had a team-high five receptions for 22 yards in the loss, while Cethan Carter caught four passes for a team-high 76 yards.

Foster Farms BowlEdit

UCLA vs. Nebraska
Foster Farms Bowl
1 234Total
UCLA 7 1480 29
Nebraska 7 1497 37
  • Date: December 26
  • Location: Levi's Stadium
    Santa Clara, CA
  • Game start: 8:15 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:18
  • Game attendance: 33,527
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy, 46 degrees, Wind N @ 7 mph
  • Referee: Ron Cherry
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Shelley Smith
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
6–6 September 14, 2013 UCLA, 41–21

Tommy Armstrong threw and ran for touchdowns to help Nebraska cap its season on a bright note with a 37–29 win over UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl. Nebraska scored 30 straight points after falling behind 21–7 early on. The Huskers rushed for a season-high 326 yards (151 in the third quarter alone) in the win and ended the game plus-one in turnover margin. Armstrong ended the night going 12-of-19 for 174 yards with a touchdown pass and added 76 yards rushing on 10 carries with a score on the ground. Freshman Devine Ozigbo led all rushers with 20 carries for 80 yards. Jordan Westerkamp was the top receiver for Nebraska with two catches for 44 yards. For his effort, Tommy Armstrong was named Offensive MVP of the Foster Farms Bowl. Also, head coach Mike Riley became the first coach to win this bowl game twice, after also having won the game in (2007)

Big Ten awardsEdit

Player of the Week HonorsEdit

Week Award Player Position
Week 2[30] Offensive Terrell Newby RB
Week 4[31] Offensive Tommy Armstrong Jr. QB
Week 5[32] Special Teams Sam Foltz P
Week 10[33] Offensive Tommy Armstrong Jr. QB

All Conference HonorsEdit

2015 Big Ten All-Conference Honors[34]

Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year
Sam Foltz

NFL DraftEdit

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Coaches RV RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

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