Nebraska hits the road for the final time in the 2015 regular season when the Huskers travel to New Jersey for a matchup with East Division opponent, Rutgers. The Huskers come into the contest with a 4-6 record and a 2-4 mark in the Big Ten. Injuries have hit Nebraska particularly hard this season.
Games Lost By Injury in 2015* (52)
De'Mornay Pierson-El, WR 7
David Sutton, TE 6
Michael Rose-Ivey, LB 5
Kevin Williams, DT 5
Daniel Davie, CB 4
Josh Banderas, LB 4
Jack Gangwish, DE 3
Vincent Valentine, DT 3
Kevin Maurice, DT 3
Nick Gates, OT 3
Chris Weber, LB 3
Freedom Akinmoladun, DE 2
Tommy Armstrong Jr., QB 1
Alonzo Moore, WR 1
Dedrick Young, LB 1
Sam Foltz, P 1
* Projected starters or key reserves only; includes all games for season-ending injuries
Rutgers comes into the contest with a 3-6 record and a 1-5 mark in Big Ten play. The Scarlet Knights fell to 17th-ranked Michigan last Saturday in Ann Arbor. Coach Kyle Flood's team features a balanced offense, averaging better than 165 rushing yards and 200 passing yards per game.
The game is Nebraska's first ever trip to Rutgers and marks the Huskers' first trip to the state of New Jersey since playing in three Kickoff Classic games at the Meadowlands between 1983 and 1994. The 1994 game was a shutout win against West Virginia.
For more on this matchup, check out Husker Mike's review and Brian's Q&A.
Date/Time: November 14, 2015, 2:30 p.m.. CDT
Location: High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, NJ. Capacity 52,454
Surface: Field Turf
Series Record: The Huskers hold a 2-0 series edge, winning in Lincoln in 2014, and defeating Rutgers in 1920 at the New York Polo Grounds.
TV: BTN. Josh Lewin, Play-by-Play; J Leman, Analyst; Tina Cervasio, Sidelines. With a login from your TV provider, you can stream the game online at BTN2GO.
Radio: Huskers sports radio network with Greg Sharpe, Play-by-Play, Matt Davison, Analyst, Steve Taylor Sideline and Lane Grindle. The audio can also be streamed through the Huskers app or searching for the HSN on TuneIn. National Simulcast on Sirius: 81 XM: 81
Weather:. It will be cold, around 48 degrees at kickoff with clear skies and a breeze at 14 mph from the northwest.
Odds: Nebraska is favored by 8
Coach Riley on Jordan Westerkamp
"A lot of years of coaching, he is one of those unique guys that wants back in and seems to be unaffected by whatever has happened and makes plays. I think that is as much a mental toughness as it is physical. He is totally engaged in the football. He is a really easy guy to coach and he has some unique talent to make some plays. I think he would be probably what we would call, for us, a prototype slot back. The things he can do, we play him some as a wide receiver, but that position holds a lot of interpretation, and he's smart so that is a good thing for him in there."
Coach Riley on the offensive line being more physical against Michigan State than it's been all year
"We certainly hope that (we continue that the rest of the season). I think that our guys knew the challenge ahead and were well prepared and then had to play physically all the way across the front. It was a really, really good microcosm of the game in the trenches there, probably both sides of the ball. It was really good football by both sides. Like I said, we knew we had to have really good interior blocking against that front and to block effectively, we needed our tight ends to block the edge and our receivers do what they're supposed to do on the perimeter. It all had to fit together. I thought we kept competing in all those areas and did a nice job. That's a really well-coached, disciplined team in general and particularly defensively upfront, it was tough."
Walking out of the office on Friday... ⚪️ #GBR #Huskers https://t.co/oHBE86iYCM— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) November 13, 2015