Huskers Blank Red Raiders, Move to No. 1
Lincoln (Oct. 18, 1997) - Texas Tech brought one of the Big 12’s stingiest defenses to Lincoln in hopes of ruining Nebraska’s Homecoming party. However, it was the Blackshirt defense that showed its strength, shutting out Texas Tech in a 29-0 Husker victory.
The Red Raiders held Nebraska scoreless until late in the first quarter, when a Kris Brown 32-yard field goal gave the Huskers a 3-0 edge. In the second quarter Nebraska added 10 points on a pass from Scott Frost to Joel Makovicka and another Brown field goal, this time from 41 yards. Brown added a third field goal in the third quarter and offensive guard Jon Zatechka scored his first career touchdown by recovering a fumble in the end zone. Ahman Green closed out the Husker scoring with a seven-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
The story of the day was the Husker defense, which limited Texas Tech to six first downs and 127 yards of total offense. Leading the way for the Blackshirts was rover Mike Brown who had nine tackles, while Jason Peter, Jason Wiltz and Octavious McFarlin each added six stops.
The Nebraska defense also picked up four sacks for the second consecutive game. The Husker offense also posted impressive numbers against the Tech defense. Green picked up his fifth-straight 100-yard rushing game with 178 yards on 24 carries, becoming the first player to rush for 100 or more yards against Tech. Frost rushed for 83 yards on 19 carries, while Makovicka added 57 yards on nine carries to go along with his first career touchdown reception.
The win gave Coach Tom Osborne 248 career victories in his 300th game as Nebraska’s head coach. It was also Nebraska’s 29th straight Homecoming victory, dating back to 1968. The Husker victory influenced pollsters enough to move the Huskers to the top of the polls, marking the fifth straight season Nebraska had spent time atop of one of the two major polls.