In the first game of the 2016 football season the Nebraska Huskers took on the Fresno State Bulldogs at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. If anything, this game will be remembered for #27, Nebraska's kicker Sam Foltz who was killed in a car crash returning home from Wisconsin earlier this summer. Sam's family was on hand and received a standing ovation from the 93,000+ crowd.
During Nebraska's first punt of the game, the kicking team lined up without a kicker. The crowd stood and responded with loud cheers and applause as the play clock wound down, with Fresno State's players joining them in the salute. When Nebraska was flagged for delay of game after the play clock expired, Fresno State declined the penalty."It was an incredible feeling, knowing how much he meant to the team and the community and all the fans out there," quarterback Tommy Armstrong said. "It touched my heart a bit, just looking out there."
The game plan was perfect against an opponent that ranked 117th against the run last year, and once quarterback Tommy Armstrong and the Huskers got going in the second half, they were nearly unstoppable. Nebraska, which finished with 292 yards on the ground, ran on 20 of its first 21 plays, and Coach Mike Riley made good on his plan to get Armstrong more carries.