– After being written off by many two weeks ago after losing to Purdue, Nebraska is suddenly a win away from a bowl bid.

Tight end Cethan Carter rambled 32 yards for a touchdown on his first career carry and caught one of three touchdown passes by Tommy Armstrong as the Cornhuskers kept its bowl hopes alive with a 31-14 victory over Rutgers.

All Nebraska (5-6, 3-4 Big Ten) has to do after a bye week is knock off No. 8 Iowa at home on Nov. 27.

"It feels good and I know the players feel good about that," Cornhuskers coach Mike Riley said. "This certainly sets up that game with Iowa and it's a big game for a lot of reasons, but for us, it's really obvious. It's a bowl opportunity, playing another top-ranked team."

Nebraska, which lost its first five games by a total of 11 points, has rebounded from the loss to Purdue with wins over previously unbeaten Michigan State and now Rutgers.

Nebraska led from start to finish against Rutgers (3-7, 1-6), getting contributions from all three phases.

"It's just another opportunity for us to go show what the 2015 Huskers are all about," safety Nate Gerry said. "People were counting us out but we are going to show how much character this team has."

Associated Press