NEBRASKA ELITE FOOTBALL

Cornhuskers Hold Off Southern Miss

By EFN Staff
Writer
Published: 09/28/2015

Nebraska 36 Southern Miss 28

Nebraska staved off a second-half rally by Southern Mississippi for a much-needed win at home. After trailing 22-0 at halftime, the Golden Eagles came on in the second half to make the game close.

Player of the game

  • Nebraska sophomore kicker Drew Brown bailed out the Cornhuskers’ offense in the first half, making five straight field goals, including a career-long 50-yard kick at the end of the second quarter. He finished the game converting five of seven field goal attempts and converted on all three of his extra-point attempts.

Key stats

  • Nebraska junior quarterback Tommy Armstrong, Jr., completed 23 of 35 passing attempts for 368 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception.
  • Cornhuskers junior running back Terrell Newby carried the load for the ground game, finishing with 76 yards on 18 carries
  • Nebraska held Southern Mississippi to minus-14 yards rushing in the first half and only 11 total yards rushing for the game.
  • Southern Mississippi junior quarterback Nick Mullens completed 26 of 41 attempts for 447 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Golden Eagles senior wide receiver Michael Thomas led the team with 121 receiving yards on five catches.
  • Golden Eagles junior linebacker D’Nerius Antoine finished the game with a team-high eight total tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.

Key play

  • Trailing 10-0 in the first quarter, Southern Mississippi had first-and-goal at the Nebraska 6-yard line, after a 56-yard drive. However, the Golden Eagles failed to score, and after a botched snap cost them 10 yards on third down, freshman kicker Parker Shaunfield missed a 33-yard field goal attempt.

Injuries

  • Southern Mississippi sophomore defensive lineman Draper Riley left the game in the second quarter with a right ankle injury.
  • Golden Eagles senior offensive lineman Rashod Hill left the game in the second quarter with an apparent knee injury.

Up next

  • Nebraska vs. Illinois (10/3)
  • Southern Mississippi vs. North Texas (10/3)