The Nebraska Cornhuskers have found out their bowl destination.
The Huskers will be taking on the UCLA Bruins in the Foster Farms Bowl, which will be held on Saturday, December 26th, with a 8:15 Central kickoff. The game is held at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Nebraska, even though they finished the regular season with a 5-7 record, will move on to a bowl game due to not only the Football Bowl Association not having enough qualifying teams (77 qualified, 80 spots) with 6 wins, but also having the highest Academic Progress Rate (APR) of those teams that do not qualify for bowls, which is the tie-breaking mechanism that the NCAA uses.
The Huskers will be taking on a Bruins team that finished the year 8-4 on the season, with a 5-4 record in Pac-12 play, good for 3rd place in the South Division behind USC and Utah. Their best win was against then-16th-ranked Arizona, who they beat 56-30 back in September.
The Bruins and Huskers have one common opponent in BYU. The Huskers lost on the final play of the game to the Cougars 33-28 to open the season. The Bruins defeated BYU two weeks later in the Rose Bowl by the score of 24-23.
The Bruin offense is led by freshman quarterback Josh Rosen, who threw for over 3300 yards with a 60% completion percentage, with 20 touchdowns to 9 interceptions. Paul Perkins, who is the leading rusher for UCLA, has amassed 1,275 yards for 13 TD's.
The Foster Farms Bowl has been in existence since 2002, where it was originally named the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl. It then became the Emerald Bowl, then the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. The game was played for its first 12 years at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants baseball club. Levi's Stadium, which has hosted the past 2 Pac-12 Championship Games, will host Super Bowl 50 this season and is the home to the San Francisco 49ers.
In last year's game, the Stanford Cardinal laid the foundation for their Pac 12 title run this year with 21 points in the 2nd Quarter as they defeated the Maryland Terrapins 45-21.
The game will be broadcast by the ESPN family of networks. Ticket prices range from $44 to $179 dollars, and can be purchased through the Foster Farms Bowl site here.
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