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The Fifth Best Moment of the Decade: 2015 Upset of MSU

One of the few wins versus top 10 teams this decade is something to be celebrated, even with controversy.

Michigan State v Nebraska Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images

Mike Riley’s first year as Nebraska’s head coach was much like his tenure, disappointing.

By the time the Huskers reached their game versus Michigan State in early November, they had only won three games: South Alabama, Southern Miss, and Minnesota.

Michigan State came into the game with a top ten ranking and were undefeated. They would become the eventual Big Ten Champion that year.

Nebraska started out strong, scoring first and not allowing Michigan State to score until they hate a field goal late in the first quarter.

By halftime the Huskers were down 17-13 after a Connor Cook pass with just seconds left on the clock.

In the third quarter MSU pulled even further ahead and things were not looking good for the Huskers.

With just 4:16 left in the game the Spartans scored their final touchdown pulling ahead 38-26. This is when Tommy Armstrong Jr. and Co came alive. Armstrong used his arm (hehe) to move the Huskers down the field and his feet to punch it in and bring the score to 33- 38 with 1:47 left.

Nebraska had managed to get the ball back and Armstrong was almost intercepted in the end zone, but the ball was dropped. Then, with 17 seconds left he found Brandon Reilly along the sideline and Reilly hauled in the 30 yard pass for a score. But would it stand?

Reilly had stepped out of bounds before catching the ball. The officials on the field ruled he was forced out and the touchdown stood. The Husker’s 2-pt conversion failed, but MSU couldn’t get down the field to kick a field goal.