Nebraska Postgame Notes vs. Western Michigan

By NU Athletic Communications
Alex Henery booted four 44-yard field goals and was a perfect 5-for-5 on PATs in Nebraska's win over Western Michigan.
Alex Henery booted four 44-yard field goals and was a perfect 5-for-5 on PATs in Nebraska's win over Western Michigan.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Nebraska vs. Western Michigan
Memorial Stadium
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008

  • The 47-24 win in tonight’s game marked the 23rd straight season Nebraska has won its season opener, dating back to a 1985 loss to Florida State at Memorial Stadium. The season-opening win streak is the longest in the nation. Nebraska has scored 40 or more points in 16 of the 23 games in the season-opening win streak.
  • Nebraska improved to 11-0 all-time in the month of August with tonight’s win, and the victory was the Huskers’ 42nd in its last 44 non-conference home games.
  • Nebraska coach Bo Pelini became the fifth straight Nebraska head coach to win his season opener.
  • Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz had a career-long 32-yard run in the first quarter of tonight’s game, setting up the Huskers’ first touchdown. The 32-yard run by Ganz was the longest by a Nebraska quarterback since Jammal Lord had a 66-yard run in the 2003 Alamo Bowl against Michigan State.
  • Ganz finished the night with 345 yards passing on a 20-of-36 performance, including four touchdowns. Ganz completed 8-of-10 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter of tonight’s game. Ganz completed six passes of 20 yards or more, including four in the first half.
  • Ganz became the first quarterback in Nebraska school history with four 300-yard passing games in a career, and he is averaging 436 passing yards per game in his four career starts. Ganz moved up four spots to 16th on Nebraska’s career passing list. He now has 1,902 career passing yards.
  • Ganz has thrown for 19 touchdown passes in his four career starts, with at least four touchdown passes in each game. He is the only quarterback in school history with four straight four-TD pass games.
  • Ganz’s 345 passing yards were the most ever by a Husker in a season opener, bettering Zac Taylor’s 287 yards against Louisiana Tech in 2006.
  • Senior receiver Nate Swift caught a career-long 61-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. His previous career long was 49 yards against Troy in 2006. Swift added a two-yard TD catch later in the second quarter. Tonight marked the fourth time in Swift’s career he has had two touchdowns in a game and his 14 career touchdown receptions rank in a tie for fourth on the Husker career list.
  • Swift finished the game with five receptions for 121 yards, marking his fifth career 100-yard receiving game, tying Irving Fryar for second place on that list, trailing Johnny Rodgers’ total of 10, 100-yard receiving games.
  • Nebraska senior linebacker Cody Glenn was impressive in his first game at linebacker. In the first quarter alone, Glenn had three tackles, including a tackle for loss and also added a pass breakup and a fumble caused. Glenn finished the game with 12 tackles, three tackles for loss and three pass breakups. His three breakups were just one shy of the Nebraska linebacker record of four pass breakups.
  • Junior receiver Menelik Holt caught five passes for 59 yards in tonight’s game, including four catches for 48 yards in the first half. Holt entered tonight’s game with four career receptions.
  • Sophomore running back Quentin Castille caught three passes for 38 yards. Last season he finished with three catches for 33 yards.
  • Nebraska allowed eight rushing yards in tonight’s game, the fewest by Nebraska since allowing -6 rushing yards against Maine on Sept. 3, 2005
  • Nebraska forced two turnovers in tonight’s game. Nebraska forced just one turnover in the final seven games of last season.
  • Sophomore place-kicker Alex Henery connected on four 44-yard field goals in tonight’s game, two in the second quarter, one in the third quarter and one in the fourth quarter. The 44-yard field goals were the longest of Henery’s career, bettering a 39-yarder last season at Missouri. His four field goals ranks second in school history and tied a Memorial Stadium record for field goals. The last Husker to kick four field goals in a game was Jordan Congdon against Maine on Sept. 3, 2005.
  • Henery maintained his perfect kicking career. He has now connected on all 50 of his PAT attempts and is 12-of-12 on career field goals. Nebraska has made its last 14 field goals dating back to Nov. 4, 2005 (17 games).
  • Huskers making their first career starts in tonight’s game: TE Mike McNeill, TE Dreu Young, LT Mike Smith, RT Marcel Jones, LB Cody Glenn, CB Prince Amukamara, CB  Eric Hagg, CB Anthony West, S Matt O’Hanlon
  • True freshmen playing in tonight’s game: LB Sean Fisher, S Mason Wald
  • Nebraska improved to 25-3 all-time in night games at Memorial Stadium.
  • Tonight’s game marked the 290th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium.


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