By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On December 30, 2016 at 11:48 am EST
On Friday afternoon, the #16 Nebraska Cornhuskers faces the #21 Tennessee Volunteers in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, TN. The game will be on ESPN at 3:30 pm EST.
The Cornhuskers are 9-3, while the Volunteers are 8-4. Both teams were 2-3 on the road this season.
“We’re coming here to win the football game, and that’s what we talked about,” Tennessee head coach Butch Jones said. “It’s a reward for our seniors. There’s a lot of great things that come with playing in this bowl game, but the bottom line is to come here and know how to manage your time and to win the football game.”
This is the third meeting between these two teams. They haven’t played each other since Jan. 2, 2000 when Nebraska won 31-21.
In their initial meeting, Nebraska also won 42-17.
Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. is not expected to play in his game. He owns the team’s all-time passing record with 8,871 yards and total yards in 10,690.
He suffered a left hamstring injury in the Nov. 12 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers. He’s expected to be replaced by Ryker Fyfe.
“Ryker’s been practicing, he looks good, I’m excited about his preparation and Zack Darling is backing him up,” Cornhuskers head coach Mike Riley said.
Tennessee is 27-24 in their last 51 bowl games. They have won their last bowl games.
The Volunteers have not lost a bowl game since Dec. 30, 2010 when they lost 30-27 to the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Music City Bowl.
Nebraska is 26-26 in their previous 52 bowl games. They won their last bowl game.
The Cornhuskers have not lost a bowl game since Dec. 27, 2014 when they lost 45-42 in the Holiday Bowl to the USC Trojans.
Nebraska is coming off of a loss in their last game to the Iowa Hawkeyes. They haven’t won a game since Nov. 19 when they defeated the Maryland Terrapins 28-7.
Tennessee also lost their last game to the Vanderbilt Commodores. They haven’t won a game since Nov. 19 when they defeated the Missouri Tigers 63-37.
Tommy Armstrong Jr. leads the Cornhuskers attack with 2,180 passing yards. He has 14 touchdown passes and eight interceptions.
Terrell Newby has 864 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Jordan Westerkamp has 526 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
Joshua Dobbs leads the Volunteers attack with 2,655 passing yards. He has 26 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions.
Dobbs also has 713 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Josh Malone has 852 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.
“Oh, my goodness, he is so versatile,” Riley said. “Talking about a guy run-pass. Very, very versatile. Great player. We have a lot of respect for that.”
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