Huskers honor Sam Foltz and win season football opener
Photos and story by Wellesley Michael, NewsNetNebraska
On the fourth down of the University of Nebraska’s football team’s opening possession, 10 players lined up for the punt without a punter.
The crowd of 90,000 stood and cheered. Husker players pointed to the sky. It was all in memory of Sam Foltz, the Husker’s kicker who died in a July auto accident. The Fresno State University players clapped in support as the clock ran out. Nebraska was charged with a game delay penalty which Fresno State promptly decline. A Husker football memory to honor Sam Foltz was created and may not be forgotten for generations.
After a slow first half, Nebraska eventually defeated the Fresno State Bulldogs 43-10.
Running back Devine Ozigbo led the Huskers in rushing yards, finishing with 103 yards in 17 carries. The sophomore scored the only two Nebraska touchdowns of the first half.
FSU’s Chason Virgil threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Peck put the Bulldogs on the board.
With a targeting call on Nebraska linebacker Luke Gifford, FSU took the final minutes to push down the field. A 26-yard field goal closed the scoring gap to 14-10 at halftime.
In the second half, senior Husker quarterback Tommy Armstrong helped secure the Nebraska win. His nine-yard touchdown run put Nebraska up 21-10 in the third quarter.
A touchdown pass from Armstrong to senior wide out Alonzo Moore opened the fourth quarter. This 57-yard pass made for the game’s longest play.
Armstrong pushed the lead further with a 4-yard run followed by Zach Darlington’s two-point conversion run.
Freshman Tre Bryant closed the night with a 3-yard run bringing the Huskers to a 43-10 lead.
With 4:20 left to play, FSU’s last scoring opportunity was ended with an interception by Husker junior Chris Jones who picked off a Virgil pass and secured the Husker win.