Nebraska’s Comeback Stuns #7 Michigan State 39-38 to Win the Academy’s Game of the Week

By November 9, 2015News & Events
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DAPHNE, Ala. – The University of Nebraska’s quarterback, Tommy Armstrong, drove the Cornhuskers 91 yards in the final minute, hitting Brandon Reilly with a 30-yard touchdown pass with 17 seconds left to hand the #7 Michigan State Spartans a devastating 39-38 loss on Saturday night.

Starting at his own nine-yard line, Armstrong hit Jordan Westerkamp for passes of 28 and 33 yards. Two plays later, Armstrong threw the winning pass to Reilly, who had gone out of bounds and came back in to make the catch. In a video review, officials ruled it was legal catch because Spartans’ cornerback Jermaine Edmonson forced Reilly out.

For its impressive performance against Michigan State, the University of Nebraska has been voted this week’s winner of the United States Sports Academy’s Game of the Week.  Arkansas’ 53-52 victory over #18 Ole Miss came in second and #4 Alabama’s 30-16 win over #2 LSU was third.

An eminent national panel of 17 former and legendary coaches and administrators, chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy, selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Award by ballot.

At the end of the season, the best College Football Game of the Year is chosen from the pool of weekly winners. Past winners of these memorable games have included stunning upsets, conference championships, and BCS National Championship games.

Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the winning school.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit