Nebraska 35
Oregon 32

Sept. 17, 2016 • 2:36 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • ABC
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De’Mornay Pierson-El

De’Mornay Pierson-El sets up Nebraska’s late second-quarter TD with a 45-yard punt return. | Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
1st quarter
UO: Tony Brooks-James 20 run (Charles Nelson pass from Aidan Schneider) 8:19
NU: Jordan Westerkamp 22 pass from Tommy Armstrong (Drew Brown kick) 2:05  
2nd quarter	
UO: Brooks-James 2 run (pass failed) 5:56
UO: Taj Griffin 50 run (run failed) 2:30
NU: Westerkamp 3 pass from Armstrong (Brown kick) 0:05 
3rd quarter
NU: Bryan Reimers 22 pass from Armstrong (Brown kick) 11:48 
NU: Devine Ozigbo 7 run (Brown kick) 6:13 
UO: Kani Benoit 41 run (pass failed) 2:42
4th quarter
UO: Brooks-James 1 run (run failed) 10:31
NU: Armstrong 34 run (Brown kick) 2:29 

                             ORE      NEB
FIRST DOWNS.................. 20       26
  Rushing.................... 14       12
  Passing..................... 5       10
  Penalty..................... 1        4
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)....... 47-336   47-228
PASSING YDS (NET)........... 146      200
  Att-Comp-Int. ........ 23-14-0  35-17-0
TOTAL OFFENSE ........... 70-482   82-428
Fumble Returns-Yards....... 1-34      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards.......... 1-5     3-42
Kickoff Returns-Yards...... 4-70     2-40
Int. Returns-Yards.......... 0-0      0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)....... 6-36.8   5-47.2
Fumbles-Lost................ 1-0      3-1
Penalties-Yards.......... 13-126     7-55
Possession Time........... 24:55    35:05
Third-Down Conv. ....... 5 of 14  5 of 13
Fourth-Down Conv. ....... 2 of 3   2 of 3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances..... 3-3      2-3
Sacks By: Number-Yards...... 1-4      1-5

UO: Kani Benoit 6-100; Dakota Prukop 20-97; Taj Griffin 8-68; Tony Brooks-James 7-37; Royce Freeman 5-31; Devon Allen 1-1; Brady Aiello 0-2.
NU: Devine Ozigbo 21-95; Tommy Armstrong 16-95; Terrell Newby 7-42; Tre Bryant 1-4; TEAM 1-minus 2; De'Mornay Pierson-El 1-minus 6.

UO: Dakota Prukop 14-23-0-146.
NU: Tommy Armstrong 17-33-0-200; Ryker Fyfe 0-1-0-0; TEAM 0-1-0-0.

UO: Nelson, Charles 8-80; D. Carrington 3-36; D. Stanford 1-23; Taj Griffin 1-6; Pharaoh Brown  1-1.

NU: Cethan Carter 5-48; Jordan Westerkamp 3-39; Alonzo Moore 3-37; Stanley Morgan 3-35; Bryan Reimers 1-22; Pierson-El 1-11; Devine Ozigbo 1-8.

Attendance: 90,414


Stats & Recap
Complete Stats

Armstrong leads Huskers to upset over Ducks

A gritty performance by Tommy Armstrong Jr., a divine second half by Devine Ozigbo and some big-time stops by Nebraska’s Blackshirt defense gave the Huskers a 35-32 win over No. 21 Oregon.

In an entertaining back-and-forth game that offered a little bit of everything, Nebraska rallied from a 13-point second-quarter deficit to take a 28-20 lead in the third quarter. Oregon bounced back with back-to-back scores to take a 32-28 edge before Armstrong’s fourth-quarter heroics.

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Pregame & team info
2016 schedule
04/16White 46, Red 41
09/03Fresno St.W 43-10
09/10WyomingW 52-17
09/17OregonW 35-32
09/24@ NorthwesternW 24-13
10/01IllinoisW 31-16
10/15@ IndianaW 27-22
10/22PurdueW 27-14
10/29@ WisconsinL 17-23
11/05@ Ohio St.L 3-62
11/12MinnesotaW 24-17
11/19MarylandW 28-7
11/25@ IowaL 10-40
12/30@ TennesseeL 24-38
Westerkamp scores 5 seconds before halftime.



A program that had developed a gruesome habit of beating itself with turnovers and untimely penalties, played a cleaner game.


Saturday was about Riley finally beating Oregon. ... But also, it was about the multitude of ways that Oregon has stopped being Oregon.

The Oregonian

Are we jumping to conclusions? Perhaps. But, on this day, the possibilities seem endless for the Cornhuskers and their rabid fan base.


Call this a barometer for Nebraska’s progress, or a checkup on the program’s mental health – a between-the-ears test. The Cornhuskers passed.


The most impressive accomplishment by NU’s special teams was stopping the Ducks on 4-of-5 two-point conversion plays.


Banker only rushed three defenders on the BYU Hail Mary and lost because of it. This time he trusted his secondary.

Omaha World-Herald

Was the Oregon State good guy overmatched on this stage? On the biggest stage of his Nebraska career, the answer was a resounding ‘No.’

Omaha World-Herald

Players gain belief in each other, and in their coaches, by closing out wins like this.

Lincoln Journal Star

Is the win over Oregon the trigger to bring back the toughness, together­ness and cohesion that was inherent in the Huskers’ fabled Pipeline?

It was a little of the new wave that allowed Nebraska to go old school in the second half. Ironic, huh? Spreading Oregon out to run it?

Hail Varsity

The Ducks, on both sides of the ball, played well enough to win in a very tough environment. It’s a shame that the coaching staff wasn’t disciplined.

Salem Statesman Journal

At fault was some poor extra-point strategy after scoring touchdowns, 13 penalties and terrible clock management in the last 90 seconds of the first half.

Eugene Register-Guard
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