Tommy Armstrong Jr. threw a touchdown pass and ran for another, and Nebraska ran for 326 yards to cap a losing season with a 37-29 victory Saturday over UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara, Calif.
"It just felt like they could try to wear us out," UCLA coach Jim Mora said. "We're a little bit light on defense, as everybody knows, and they took advantage of that. It was tough to stop."
The Cornhuskers (6-7) scored 30 straight points after falling behind 21-7 early to overpower the Bruins (8-5) and provide a happy ending to coach Mike Riley's first season.
Josh Rosen threw for 319 yards and three touchdowns for the Bruins but shouldered some blame for the defense's woes.
"Our defense got the ball ran on them 62 times, but I feel it's kind of our responsibility as an offense to hold that ball a little bit longer," Rosen said.
Stanley Morgan Jr. gave Nebraska the lead for good with a one-handed, 22-yard catch in the third quarter.
"Like I always said, our 5-7 record doesn't speak about this team," Armstrong said. "We were just blessed enough to get another opportunity to prove to everybody why we should be in a bowl game."
Iowa's Duzey out
Iowa tight end Jake Duzey won't play in the Rose Bowl vs. Stanford on Friday after aggravating a knee injury in practice.
Duzey tore his patella tendon in spring practice and played in nine games on a limited basis. After posting 36 catches in 2014, most among Big Ten tight ends, he did not catch a pass this year.
• Arizona receiver Cayleb Jones announced on Twitter Sunday that he will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. The 6-3, 215-pound Jones caught 55 catches for 904 yards and five TDs last season.
• No. 19 Florida will be without starting right tackle Mason Halter in Friday's Citrus Bowl vs. No. 17 Michigan. The Gators announced Sunday that Halter and backup linebacker Anthony Harrell did not make the trip to Orlando.