SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Nebraska's 37-29 win against UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl ensures that teams which entered the bowls with losing records will finish bowl season with a combined winning record in the postseason. Three teams entered the bowls with a losing record, and following San Jose State's lead, the Cornhuskers improved to 6-7 behind an impressive game on the ground in which they finished with 326 yards on 62 carries.
What the win means for Nebraska: The Huskers avoided their first eight-loss season since finishing 1-9 in 1957. It's not exactly something to celebrate, but the way they played was special. After falling behind 21-7, Nebraska flipped the switch and turned in one of its most impressive stretches of the season. It scored 30 consecutive points to take control and held on with a late stop.
What the loss means for UCLA: At this point, it doesn't really mean much. It was clearly a disappointing ending to a disappointing season, but that was already the case once the Bruins lost to USC and missed out on a trip to the Pac-12 title game. A win against a 5-7 Nebraska team wouldn't have changed that. Still, quarterback Josh Rosen (319 yards passing, 3 touchdowns) showed more reason to be excited about his future and, as a result, UCLA football.
Player of the game: Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. He was efficient as a runner (10 carries and a season-high 76 yards with one touchdown) and completed important passes when he needed to (12-of-19, 174 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions) as the Huskers moved the ball at will for most of the game.
Stat of the game: These two discrepancies stood out: Nebraska held the ball for 38 minutes, 14 seconds compared to UCLA's 21:46 and outgained the Bruins on the ground 326-67.