Players and fans celebrate after the improbable victory.

Nebraska 39
Michigan St. 38

Nov. 7, 2015 • 6:05 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • ESPN
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1st quarter
NEB: Drew Brown 44 field goal 12:50
NEB: Jordan Westerkamp 38 pass from Tommy Armstrong (Brown kick) 2:07 
MSU: Michael Geiger 46 field goal, 1:37
2nd quarter
MSU: Macgarrett Kings 34 pass from Connor Cook (Geiger kick) 11:35
NEB: Brown 43 field goal, 4:21
MSU: Kings 18 pass from (Geiger kick) 0:17
3rd quarter
NEB: Imani Cross 1 run (Brown kick) 12:31
MSU: Aaron Burbridge 33 pass from Cook (Geiger kick) 9:13
MSU: Jamal Lyles 16 pass from Cook (Geiger kick) 2:14
4th quarter
NEB: Armstrong 2 run (pass failed) 13:06
MSU: Gerald Holmes 1 run (Geiger kick) 4:13
NEB: Armstrong 1 run (Brown kick) 1:47
NEB: Brandon Reilly 30 pass from Armstrong (pass failed) 0:17 

                             MSU       NEB
FIRST DOWNS.................. 25        24
  Rushing..................... 5        11
  Passing.................... 17        12
  Penalty..................... 3         1
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)....... 34-143    36-179
PASSING YDS (NET)........... 348       320
  Att-Comp-Int.......... 39-24-1   33-19-2
TOTAL OFFENSE .........   73-491    69-499
Fumble Returns-Yards........ 0-0       0-0
Punt Returns-Yards.......... 1-9       0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards...... 4-66     5-123
Interception Returns-Yds... 2-31      1-12
Punts (Number-Avg)....... 3-45.0    2-35.0
Fumbles-Lost................ 1-0       0-0
Penalties-Yards............ 8-76      5-55
Possession Time........... 32:25     27:35
Third-Down Conv. ....... 8 of 14   6 of 12
Fourth-Down Conv. ....... 1 of 2    1 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances..... 3-3       3-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards...... 0-0       0-0

MSU: Holmes 22-117; Shelton 2-10; Cook 4-7; Scott 3-5; Terry 1-3; Williams 1-1; Lyles  1-0. 

NEB: Cross 18-98; Janovich 4-26; Armstrong  7-19; Reilly 1-17; Moore 1-13; Newby 4-8; TEAM 1-minus 2.

MSU: Cook 23-37-1-335; Terry 1-2-0-13.
NEB: Armstrong 19-33-2-320.

MSU: Burbridge 10-164; Kings 4-97; Shelton 4-41; Price 2-21; Pendleton 2-8; Lyles 1-16; Holmes 1-1.

NEB: Westerkamp 9-143; Reilly 3-87; Moore 3-65; Morgan 3-27; Allen 1-minus 2.

Attendance: 90,094

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Stats & Recap
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Huskers Take Down No. 6 Spartans: In a season of unbelievable endings, the Nebraska football team finally had one go its way, pulling a 39-38 upset of previously unbeaten Michigan State.

Nebraska’s two touchdowns in the final 1:47 rallied the Huskers from a 38-26 deficit to match the largest fourth-quarter comeback in school history.

The game-winner was a 30-yard pass with 17 seconds left from Armstrong to Brandon Reilly, who made a terrific adjustment on the ball after being forced out of bounds by a Spartan defender.

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Pregame & team info
2015 schedule
04/11Whites 15, Reds 24
09/05BYUL 28-33
09/12South AlabamaW 48-9
09/19@ MiamiL 33-36
09/26S. MissW 36-28
10/03@ IllinoisL 13-14
10/10WisconsinL 21-23
10/17@ MinnesotaW 48-25
10/24NorthwesternL 28-30
10/31@ PurdueL 45-55
11/07Michigan St.W 39-38
11/14@ RutgersW 31-14
11/27IowaL 20-28
12/26UCLAW 37-29
Jordan Westerkamp scores on a first-quarter catch.



The night showed us once again Nebraska is a special place and the football program will be forever special, if cared for correctly.

Lincoln Journal Star

It was a vintage Armstrong performance, ad-libbing big plays, making questionable decisions, then bailing himself out with more big plays.


Finally after nine agonizing games, football was fun again.

Grand Island Independent

This will go down as a coaching loss because Dantonio’s conservative nature again prevented his team from standing on an opponent’s throat.

Omaha World-Herald

This was a stadium, a state, in sync. And that was the best thing about what happened here, the game and the play and the scene that nobody will forget.

Omaha World-Herald

The program of ‘Chase it’ and ‘Reach higher’ played not to lose and lost so much.

Lansing State Journal

I think it’s safe to say moving Zach Sterup tonight to guard was the move this offensive line needed quite some time ago.


It wouldn’t be Nebraska football without fretting about the future, but for one night it can go away.

Hail Varsity

Michigan State’s Year of Living Dangerously continued. But a night of playing aggressively didn’t.

Detroit Free Press

Michigan State couldn’t stop Nebraska. Couldn’t sack Tommy Armstrong. Couldn’t cover the Cornhuskers’ receivers.

Detroit Free Press

It came down to the final minute for the same reason as the others before it – because the Spartans choose to win games with their defense, and not their offense.

Grand Rapids Press

Tommy Armstrong Jr. ... continues to show incredible nerve and a winner’s mindset.
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