Huskers Host Jaguars at 7 p.m. on BTN
GAME 2: NEBRASKA vs SOUTH ALABAMA
SEPT 12, 2015 | MEMORIAL STADIUM
LINCOLN, NEB. | 7 p.m. (CT)
TV - BTN (Eric Collins, Glen Mason, Rick Pizzo)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 135, XM 195
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com
Record: 0-1, 0-0
Last Game: BYU, L, 33-28
Coach: Mike Riley
Career/NU Record: 93-81 (15th Year)/ 0-1 (1st Year)
vs. South Alabama: 0-0
Record: 1-0, 0-0 Sun Belt
Last Game: G.-Webb, W, 33-23
Coach: Joey Jones
Career/So. Ala. Record: 42-35 (9th Year)/39-28 (8th Year)
vs. Nebraska: 0-0
Nebraska remains at home this weekend to take on the South Alabama Jaguars at Memorial Stadium. The game is set for a national telecast on BTN with kickoff set for shortly after 7 p.m.
The Huskers come into the game after a heartbreaking 33-28 loss in the season opener against BYU. The Cougars pulled out the victory with a Hail Mary pass on the game's final play, ending Nebraska's streak of 29 straight season-opening victories.
Nebraska put itself in position to win by rallying from a 10-point deficit to take a 28-24 second half lead. The NU offense picked up 445 yards of total offense, including 319 passing yards by Tommy Armstrong Jr.
South Alabama enters the game with a 1-0 record following a 33-23 victory over Gardner-Webb on Saturday night. The Jaguars are in their seventh season of football and their fifth year in the FBS ranks.
This weekend will also feature the induction of the 2015 class of the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame. The 1965 Cornhusker team will also have a reunion this weekend, honoring the team's 10-0 regular season and Orange Bowl berth.
Nebraska Football Top 10
• Nebraska is 874-362-40 all-time, one of only 10 schools with 800 wins.
• The Cornhuskers rank fourth all-time with their 874victories.
• Nebraska has won five national titles (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997).
• The Huskers have won 43 conference championships.
• Nebraska’s 51 all-time bowl appearances rank third nationally.
• Three Huskers have won the Heisman Trophy (Rodgers, Rozier, Crouch).
• Nebraska’s 107 football Academic All-Americans lead the nation.
• The Huskers have 110 first-team All-Americans in school history.
• Nebraska football is the only team in any sport in NCAA history to total 100 athletic and academic All-Americans.
• Memorial Stadium has been sold out every game since Nov. 2, 1962, a streak of 342 consecutive sellouts.
NU to Meet Second First-Time Opponent
Nebraska will square off against a first-time opponent for the second straight week when South Alabama comes to Lincoln. The 2015 season marks the first time NU will face back-to-back first-time opponents to open the season since 2011. The Huskers opened with Chattanooga and Fresno State in 2011.
Last Saturday's game with BYU also marked the Huskers first meeting with the Cougars.
Nu vs. Sun Belt Conference
Nebraska has faced numerous Sun Belt Conference opponents in recent years. The Huskers own an 11-0 all-time record against schools that are currently members of the Sun Belt Conference.
Nebraska is 4-0 against Troy, 3-0 vs. New Mexico State, 2-0 against Arkansas State and 1-0 against both Idaho and Louisiana-Lafayette.
Nebraska has been extremely tough at home in night games at Memorial Stadium. The Huskers have won 15 straight home night games in Lincoln. NU is 41-5 all-time in Memorial Stadium night games.
• The Huskers’ dominance at night in Lincoln has been impressive, as 31 of the home night wins have been by at least 13 points.
• Nebraska’s five losses in home night games have all come against teams that won at least 10 games in that season (Washington, 1991; Texas, 2002; USC, 2007; Virginia Tech and Missouri, 2008).
Nebraska Football Hall of Fame Class
The 2015 class of the Nebraska Football Hall will be recognized this weekend. The group includes five former Huskers, including a member of the 1965 Orange Bowl team, a national championship winning quarterback, and three Blackshirt standouts.
Recent NFL defensive standouts Demorrio Williams and Josh Bullocks headline the group. The duo were Blackshirts together at Nebraska in 2002 and 2003, with Bullocks earning All-America honors in 2003.
Scott Frost guided the Huskers to the 1997 national championship topping 1,000 yards both passing and rushing. Jeff Krejci was an All-Big Eight safety in the 1980s, while Harry Wilson earned All-Big Eight honors as a halfback in 1965.
In addition, quarterback Brook Berringer, who was a key player on Nebraska’s 1994 and 1995 national championship teams, will receive an honorary posthumous induction into the Hall of Fame.
Midland University All-America offensive tackle Brad Colburn adds a state college flavor to the 2015 induction class.
1965 Team to Be Honored This Weekend
In addition to recognizing the 2015 Nebraska Football Hall of Fame Class at Saturday’s game, Nebraska will honor the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Big Eight champion Huskers, who went 10-0 in the regular season before losing to Alabama in the Orange Bowl.
Hall-of-fame inductee Harry Wilson will be a part of both celebrations, as he was the Huskers’ leading rusher in 1965, with 672 yards on only 120 carries. Coming off a second straight Big Eight championship in 1964, Nebraska opened 1965 as the nation’s top-ranked team, earning the first No. 1 ranking in school history. The Huskers outscored their opponents 321-90 during a 10-0 regular season, never allowing more than 17 points while winning by an average of more than 23 points per game.
Nebraska took aim at its first national championship in the Orange Bowl in its first-ever meeting against Alabama. Playing in the first night bowl game in school history, the Crimson Tide claimed the national title with a 39-28 victory.
Although the loss spoiled NU’s perfect season, the 1965 Cornhuskers left a lasting legacy on Husker football. Seniors on the 1965 team represented Bob Devaney’s first recruiting class at Nebraska. NU won four Big Eight titles in Devaney’s first five seasons, and six years after the Orange Bowl loss to Alabama, Nebraska got revenge with a 38-6 thrashing of the Crimson Tide to complete a second straight undefeated national championship season in 1971.
First-Time Starters Make Impact in Week One
Nebraska's starting lineup for game one against BYU featured seven first-time starters, including a pair of true freshmen defenders.
First-Time Starters in Opener
• Chongo Kondolo, RG
• Nick Gates, RT
• Terrell Newby, IB
• Lane Hovey, WR
• David Sutton, TE
• Dedrick Young, LB
• Aaron Williams, S
Williams and Young joined an exclusive group of true freshmen to start in a season opener, becoming just the fourth and fifth true freshmen position players to start a season opener since freshmen regained NCAA eligibility in 1972.
True Freshman to Start a Nebraska Season Opener*
• Dedrick Young, LB (2015)
• Aaron Williams, S (2015)
• Tyler Moore, RT (2011)
• Terrence Nunn, WR (2004)
• Ralph Brown, CB (1996)
*since 1972 when freshmen were made eligible
Husker Youth Hits Field Against BYU
In addition to Williams and Young earning a spot in the starting lineup in the opener, four other true freshmen made their NU debuts against the Cougars.
• Tyrin Ferguson, LB
• Stanley Morgan Jr., WR
• Jordan Ober, LS
• Antonio Reed, S
Morgan saw action on offense, with the other three seeing action on special teams. In addition, eight redshirt freshman saw their first action as Huskers on Saturday, including starting offensive tackle Nick Gates.
Tommy Armstrong Jr. in Third Season Under Center
Junior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. is in his third season guiding the Nebraska offense. The Cibolo, Texas, native has a 16-6 record as the Husker starter, including starting each of the past 15 games.
Armstrong passed for 2,695 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2014, while rushing for 705 yards and six touchdowns. He accounted for 3,400 yards of total offense, the third-best total in NU history. His 261.5 yards of total offense per game ranked second in the Big Ten and 35th nationally. Armstrong also ranked eighth nationally by averaging 14.65 yards per completion.
Westerkamp Looks to Build on First Two Seasons
Junior receiver Jordan Westerkamp is the leader of the Husker receiving corps and one of six team captains for 2015. Westerkamp has had a productive first two years in the Husker program, putting him in a position to make a strong impression on the NU record book.
• Westerkamp opened the season with seven receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown. The 100-yard receiving game was the fourth of Westerkamp's career, tying him for sixth on the NU 100-yard receiving game list.
• Westerkamp's season-opening effort moved him up the NU charts. Westerkamp is now 15th on the NU career receiving yardage list with 1,137 yards. He moved up eight spots on the list against BYU. He is less than 250 yards from cracking the top 10.
• Westerkamp is now 17th on the NU career receptions list with 71. He is 20 catches from cracking the top 10 on the NU career list.
• Westerkamp caught 44 passes last season, ranking just outside of the Nebraska single-season top 10 in receptions.
• Westerkamp averaged 17.0 yards per catch last season, with 747 receiving yards on his 44 receptions. The 747 yards were the 11th-best season total in school history.
• His career average of 16.0 yards per reception ranks among the top five in school history for players with at least 60 receptions.
* Check out the attached Nebraska Games Notes PDF for more notes