The Nebraska Cornhuskers have been dogged by heartbreaking finishes all season long, but they finally got to dish one of those heartbreakers out in a jaw-dropping 39-38 win over #7 Michigan State on Saturday. When everything seemed loss, QB Tommy Armstrong went into full gut-check mode and led the team to victory in lightning-quick fashion. This win means something. Something big. Here's 3 Reasons Why Nebraska's Win Over Michigan State Salvaged Their Season.
A number of key recruiting targets were on campus in Lincoln for this one, and many more were watching the game on television at home. Completing an epic comeback against a College Football Playoff contender and Big Ten rival was the best possible way to showcase this program to top recruits around the nation. Any time you can knock a rival from the ranks of the unbeaten in such a fashion, you've added major points to your marketability ledger.
2. Late Impressions Are The Best Ones
Nebraska still faces an uphill battle to make a bowl. That's undeniable, considering they still have to travel to Rutgers before coming home for the regular season finale against a currently-undefeated Iowa squad. Regardless, this win is one of those highlight reel triumphs which Huskers fans, players and coaches alike can hold onto while building optimism for 2016. Making a bowl remains the #1 priority right now. However, this is a win that can turn a program's mentality completely around.
We knew things were going to be a little bit screwy this year as the program made its transition from the iron-fisted rule of former head coach Bo Pelini to a more laid-back approach by Mike Riley. We had no idea how snake-bitten this team would be, however, losing four games on the final play and five games by a total of 13 points. Yes, the Purdue loss was bad. But, this gutsy win over Michigan State proves there's progress being made.
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