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Armstrong, Huskers dump 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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Jordan Westerkamp pulls in a touchdown pass with 5 seconds left in the first half.
COMMENTARY

Canzano

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

John Canzano
The Oregonian

Dienhart

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

Tom Dienhart
BTN.com

Myerberg

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.”

Paul Myerberg
USA Today

Stryker

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

Tad Stryker
HuskerMax

Callahan

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

Sean Callahan
HuskerOnline

Chatelain

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

Dirk Chatelain*
Omaha World-Herald

Shatel

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

Tom Shatel*
Omaha World-Herald

Sipple

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

Steven M. Sipple*
Lincoln Journal Star

York

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

Randy York
Huskers.com

Vogel

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?”

Brandon Vogel
Hail Varsity

Martini

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.”

Pete Martini
Salem Statesman Journal

Woody

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.”

Ken Woody*
Eugene Register-Guard

 
 

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Nebraska 35
Oregon 32
Sept. 17, 2016 — 2:36 p.m. CDT
Memorial Stadium, Lincoln | ABC | Game on DVD


               1    2    3    4   -  Final
Oregon         8   12    6    6   -   32
Nebraska       7    7   14    7   -   35 

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 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

RUSHING
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.

PASSING
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.

RECEIVING
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.

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