Nebraska returns to the postseason once again in 2015 with a trip to the Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara, Calif., to take on the UCLA Bruins. The Huskers played their best football of the season in the final month, but closed the regular season with a tough 28-20 loss to No. 3 Iowa in Lincoln. Nebraska is playing in its 52nd bowl game in school history. The 52 bowl appearances rank third among all FBS programs, trailing only Alabama and Texas.
Nebraska will be looking to even its all-time bowl record at 26-26. Nebraska had upped its bowl record to 24-22 after the 2009 season, but has dropped four of its past five bowl games.
- Mike Riley is the ninth Nebraska coach to guide the Huskers in a bowl game. By coach in bowl games, Nebraska was 0-1 under Biff Jones, 0-1 under Bill Glassford, 6-3 under Bob Devaney, 12-13 under Tom Osborne, 2-3 under Frank Solich, 1-1 under Bill Callahan, 4-3 under Bo Pelini, and 0-1 under Barney Cotton.
UCLA heads into the Foster Farms Bowl with an 8-4 overall record, including a 5-4 record in the Pac-12 Conference. The Bruins rose as high as No. 7 in the Associated Press Poll early in the season. UCLA has defeated four opponents who were ranked at game time during the 2015 season.
Nebraska's matchup with UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl will be the Huskers' seventh all-time meeting with a Pac-12 opponent in a bowl game. Nebraska is 1-5 against the Pac-12 in bowl games.
Date/Time: December 26, 2015, 8:15 p.m.. CDT
Location: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA. Capacity, 68,500
Series Record: UCLA is a familiar non-conference opponent for the Huskers, with the Foster Farms Bowl being the 13th all-time meeting between the two schools, with the series tied at six wins apiece. It will be the first matchup of the schools in a bowl game.
TV: ESPN. Jason Benetti, Play-by-Play Rod Gilmore, Analyst Shelley Smith, Reporter. With a login from your TV provider, you can stream the game on WatchESPN.
Radio: Listen via the 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.
ESPN radio - Bill Rosinski, Play-by-Play David Norrie, Analyst Joe Schad, Sidelines.
Weather: At kickoff it is expected to be around 42 degrees, clear, and negligible winds (2 mph).
Odds: UCLA is favored by 6.5-7 points depending on which site you visit.
Huskers wideout Jordan Westerkamp needs 126 yards receiving to eclipse the 1000 yard mark.— Ralph D. Brown II (@RalphDBrown) December 16, 2015
This is how the Huskers spent Christmas....
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and Go Big Red!!