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USC cornerback Josh Shaw makes a diving attempt to bring down Ameer Abdullah in the fourth quarter.

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Huskers come up short in high-scoring Holiday Bowl: Tommy Armstrong racked up 422 yards of total offense, but Nebraska came up short on its final two drives of the fourth quarter in a 45-42 loss to Southern California in the Holiday Bowl.
   Armstrong set NU bowl records for yardage, completions and attempts, but his Hail Mary attempt on the game's final play was batted to the ground to seal the USC victory.
 

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Tommy Armstrong passes as USC defensive tackle Claude Pelon closes in.
COMMENTARY

Sipple

Nebraska didn’t lose this game for lack of effort or lack of heart.”

Steve Sipple*
Lincoln Journal Star

Shatel

Mostly, they went out swinging. Did you expect anything less?”

Tom Shatel*
Omaha World-Herald

Johnson

At least Nebraska can head into the Mike Riley era on a good foot. ”

Derek Johnson
HuskerMax

Callahan

To mentally have this team prepared on Saturday says a lot about this coaching staff and the job they did.”

Sean Callahan
HuskerOnline

Vogel

There is no bigger question facing Nebraska in 2015 than this one: Can the Huskers stop the run?”

Brandon Vogel
Hail Varsity

Stryker

In the end, the Blackshirts were gouged too often by the Southern Cal running game.”

Tad Stryker
HuskerMax

 
 

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Southern Cal 45
Nebraska 42
Dec. 27, 2014 — 7:10 p.m. CST
Holiday Bowl, San Diego | ESPN | Game on DVD


                 1    2    3    4   -  Final 
Nebraska        17    0   17    8   -   42
Southern Cal    10   14   21    0   -   45

1st quarter
NEB - Drew Brown 29 field goal, 11:05
USC - Adoree’ Jackson 98 kickoff return 
     (Andre Heidari kick) 10:54 
NEB - Kenny Bell 18 pass from Tommy Armstrong Jr. 
     (Brown kick) 8:23
USC - Heidari 42 field goal, 6:05
NEB - De’Mornay Pierson-El 9 pass from Armstrong 
     (Brown kick) 1:25
2nd quarter
USC - Nelson Agholor 17 pass from Cody Kessler 
     (Heidari kick) 13:11
USC - Javorius Allen 2 run (Heidari kick) 6:39
3rd quarter
USC - Jackson 71 pass from Kessler (Heidari kick) 12:01 
NEB - Ameer Abdullah 20 run (Brown kick) 9:41 
USC - Allen 44 run (Heidari kick) 8:06 
NEB - Brown 25 field goal, 2:28
USC - Bryce Dixon 20 pass from Kessler (Heidari kick) 2:03 
NEB - Jordan Westerkamp 65 pass from Armstromg 
     (Brown kick) 0:24
4th quarter
NEB - Armstrong 15 run (Armstrong pass to Bell) 6:52 
 
                              NEB      USC
FIRST DOWNS...............     28       22
  Rushing.................      9        9
  Passing.................     16       13
  Penalty.................      3        0
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)........ 43-144   34-194
PASSING YDS (NET).........    381      321
Passes Att-Comp-Int.......51-32-1  39-23-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YDS... 94-525   73-515
Fumble Returns-Yards......    0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards........   2-24      1-6
Kickoff Returns-Yards.....  8-191    8-211
Interception Returns-Yds..    1-0      1-0
Punts (Number-Avg)........ 7-44.7   9-34.8
Fumbles-Lost..............    0-0      1-0
Penalties-Yards...........   7-45    12-97
Possession Time...........  34:26    25:34
Third-Down Conversions....7 of 20  3 of 14
Fourth-Down Conversions... 1 of 3   1 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances...    6-7      3-3
Sacks By: Number-Yards....   2-15     3-23

RUSHING
NEB: A.Abdullah 27-88; T.Armstrong 12-41;
     T.Newby 4-15. 
USC: J.Allen 26-152; J.Davis 4-45; 
     N.Agholor 1-0; C.Kessler 3-minus 3.

PASSING
NEB: T.Armstrong 32-51-1-381
USC: C.Kessler 23-39-1-321.

RECEIVING
NEB: D.Pierson-El 8-102; K.Bell 7-71;
     A.Abdullah 6-61; B.Reilly 4-36; 
     J.Westerkamp 3-81; C.Carter 2-25;
     T.Newby 2-5.
USC: N.Agholor 7-90; B.Dixon 4-44; 
     A.Jackson 3-73; J.Smith 3-66;
     R.Telfer 2-18; D.Rogers 2-10; 
     J.Allen 1-16; G.Farmer 1-4.

Attendance: 55,789

 
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