Nebraska was down to its very last play.
Down 24-21 to Northwestern with just four seconds left in regulation, the Cornhuskers were in complete desperation mode and dialed up a Hail Mary. From the Northwestern 49-yard line, Huskers backup quarterback Ron Kellogg III, a former walk-on, dropped back to pass, rolled right, stepped up and fired a bomb nearly 60 yards through the air toward the end zone as the clock ticked down to zero.
The ball approached a crowd of Huskers and Wildcats near the goal line, deflected off a Wildcat defender and improbably fell right into the waiting arms of redshirt freshman Jordan Westerkamp for the winning touchdown, the first of Westerkamp’s career.
Northwestern led 21-7 late in the second quarter until Nebraska clawed back to within a touchdown with a Quincy Enunwa touchdown catch.
The Huskers defense struck in the third quarter when Avery Moss picked off a Trevor Siemian pass for a 25-yard touchdown to notch things up at 21-21. The fourth quarter was a defensive struggle before Nebraska starter Tommy Armstrong made what appeared to be a colossal mistake, throwing an interception to Northwestern’s Tyler Scott with 2:25 to go.
Scott returned the interception to the Nebraska 7-yard line, but the Husker defense stood tall, and limited the Wildcats to just a 21-yard Jeff Budzien field goal, which ultimately set up Kellogg and Westerkamp’s heroics.
The Huskers took over with just 1:20 to go with no timeouts remaining. Kellogg replaced Armstrong, but after a Max Chapman sack, Nebraska faced a fourth-and-15 from its own 24. Kellogg found Ameer Abdullah, who made a fantastic individual effort to dive for the crucial first down.
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