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Brigham Young's Mitch Mathews comes down with the winning catch.
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BYU Spoils Riley’s Debut with Hail Mary: In arguably the most exciting season-opening game in Nebraska football history, BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum’s 42-yard Hail Mary pass to Mitch Mathews as time expired gave the Cougars a 33-28 win.
   In a back-and-forth game, the Huskers led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter, but trailed 24-14 at halftime before retaking the lead with two third-quarter touchdowns.
   Tommy Armstrong Jr. finished with his second career 300-yard passing game, completed 24-of-41 passes for 319 yards with three touchdowns.
 
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Jordan Westerkamp heads for the end zone in the first quarter.
COMMENTARY

Johnson

Biggest gut-punch loss since ... probably Texas 2005.”

Derek Johnson
HuskerMax

Stryker

Outside of his boss, offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh has the most scrutinized job in Nebraska for the next 90 days.”

Tad Stryker
HuskerMax

Sipple

All in all, Nebraska played about how you would expect. You saw flashes of potential, but also evidence of a coaching transition.”

Steve Sipple*
Lincoln Journal Star

Chatelain

One second. One play. A day littered with mistakes could’ve been cured with one more BYU incompletion.”

Dirk Chatelain*
Omaha World-Herald

Vogel

How much of Nebraska’s struggles in the run game ... were due to BYU and how much wasn’t?.”

Brandon Vogel
Hail Varsity

York

A negative finish can transform itself into a positive lesson.”

Randy York
Huskers.com

Shatel

The reality of Riley’s situation came into better focus on Saturday.”

Tom Shatel*
Omaha World-Herald

Pernell

I would like to see the coaches continue to incorporate more of the zone-read with Armstrong. ... He needs more than six carries in a game.”

Jeremy Pernell
HuskerMax

Hamar

The Huskers did some good things, but they failed to execute too many times. The last play was just one example of that.”

Bob Hamar*
Grand Island Independent

Callahan

Say what you want about Armstrong, he’s gotten better.”

Sean Callahan
HuskerOnline

 
 

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BYU 33
Nebraska 28
Sept. 5, 2015 — 2:36 p.m. CDT
Memorial Stadium, Lincoln | ABC | Game on DVD


               1    2    3    4   -  Final 
BYU            7   17    0    9   -   33
Nebraska      14    0   14    0   -   28


1st quarter
NEB - J. Westerkamp 14 pass from T. Arm-
      strong (D. Brown kick) 8:10 
BYU - T. Hill 3 run (T. Samson kick) 2:50
NEB - A. Moore 22 pass from Armstrong
      (Brown kick) 0:16 
2nd quarter
BYU - Hill 21 run (Samson kick) 13:13
BYU - Samson 41 field goal, 5:42
BYU - M. Mathews 15 pass from Hill
     (Samson kick) 3:48
3rd quarter
NEB - T. Newby 10 run (Brown kick) 
      10:39 
NEB - T. Foster 9 pass from Armstrong
     (Brown kick) 5:31 
4th quarter
NEB - Samson 35 field goal 7:57
BYU - Mathews 42 pass from T. Mangum, 0:00 
 
                             BYU      NEB 
FIRST DOWNS.................. 21       25 
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)....... 26-132   37-126 
PASSING YDS (NET)........... 379      319 
Passes Att-Comp-Int..... 46-28-1  41-24-1 
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YDS...72-511   78-445 
Fumble Returns-Yards........ 0-0      0-0 
Punt Returns-Yards......... 1-11      1-5 
Kickoff Returns-Yds........ 1-19     1-19 
Int. Returns-Yds............ 1-0     1-43 
Punts-Avg)............... 5-51.0   6-44.2 
Fumbles-Lost................ 0-0      1-1 
Penalties-Yards............ 4-30    12-90 
Possession Time........... 27:07    32:53 
3rd-Down Conversions.. ..3 of 14  6 of 13 
4th-Down Conversions..... 2 of 4   0 of 0 
Red-Zone Scores-Chances..... 4-4      3-3 
Sacks By-Yds............... 3-24     3-11

RUSHING
BYU: Hill 9-72, Hine 4-37, Mangum 5-26, 
     Juergens 1-7, Brown 3-1, Carter 
     4-(-11)
NEB: Newby 10-43, Cross 7-34, Moore 2-24,
     Wilbon 6-14, Reilly 1-11, Armstrong
     9-2, Turner 2-(-2)

PASSING
BYU: Hill 21-34-1-268, 131.80
     Mangum 7-11-0-111, 178.40
NEB: Armstrong 24-41-1-319, 143.16

RECEIVING
BYU: Kurtz 5-123, Blackmon 5-43, Houk 
     4-59, Juergens 4-30, Mathews 3-69,
     Pearson 3-28, Brown 2-9, Laulu-
     Pututau 1-10, Henderson 1-8
NEB: Westerkamp 7-107, Reilly 5-70, Moore
     3-48, Wilbon 2-28, Turner 2-21, 
     Morgan 2-19, Hovey 2-17, Foster 1-9

Attendance: 89,959
 
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