Nebraska Postgame Notes

By NU Athletic Communications
Joe Ganz threw for 336 yards against Baylor on Saturday and has completed nearly 75 percent of his passes over the past three games.
Joe Ganz threw for 336 yards against Baylor on Saturday and has completed nearly 75 percent of his passes over the past three games.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Nebraska Postgame Notes

Nebraska 32, Baylor 20
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008

Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb. 

  • Nebraska improved to 5-3 overall with today’s victory, including a 2-2 record in Big 12 Conference play. The Huskers improved to 10-1 all-time against Baylor, including 8-1 in Lincoln. Today was Nebraska’s ninth straight win over Baylor.
  • Nebraska senior wide receiver Nate Swift caught 11 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns in today’s game. The 11 receptions pushed Swift’s career receptions total to 146, establishing a Nebraska career receptions record. Johnny Rodgers previously held the record with 143 receptions from 1970 to 1972. Swift broke the record on a nine-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter that gave Nebaska a 24-20 lead. Swift tied the previous record earlier in the drive with a 15-yard reception on a 3rd-and-10.
  • Swift added a 53-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter to give NU a 30-20 lead. Swift has a team-leading six touchdown receptions this season and his 18 career touchdown receptions are second on the NU career charts, trailing only 25 career touchdown catches by Rodgers. Swift has five career games with two touchdowns, including earlier this season against Western Michigan.
  • Swift’s 11 receptions in today’s game set a career high. The 11 receptions tied Maurice Purify (at Colorado, Nov. 23, 2007) and Marlon Lucky (vs. Ball State, Sept. 22, 2007) for third on the Nebraska single-game receptions list. Swift’s previous career high in receptions was nine against both Missouri and Oklahoma as a redshirt freshman in 2005.
  • Swift’s 121 receiving yards marked his seventh career 100-yard receiving game, second only to Rodgers’ 10 games topping the century mark in receiving yards. Swift increased his career receiving yards total to 2,242. He is 237 yards from Rodgers’ school-record total of 2,479 career receiving yards.
  • Swift has caught a pass in 40 of 46 career games and has 12 career games with five or more receptions, including six in 2008.
  • Swift has 44 receptions this season, good for sixth on the Nebraska single-season list. Swift already owns the No. 5 total on the season receptions list with his 45 catches in 2005. Rodgers owns the No. 3 (55 rec., 1972) and No. 4 (53 rec., 1971) on the NU single-season chart.
  • Senior quarterback Joe Ganz completed 32-of-46 passes for 336 yards and three touchdowns. Today’s game marked the 10th time in 11 career starts Ganz has thrown for at least 200 yards and seventh career 300-yard passing game, including each of the past three weeks.
  • Ganz has completed 95-of-127 passes in the past three games, a completion percentage of .748.
  • Ganz increased his career passing total to 3,860 yards, moving him within 140 yards of becoming the fifth player in Nebraska history with 4,000 career passing yards. Ganz increased his season passing total to 2,303 yards, good for fourth on the NU season passing list. Ganz moved up four spots on the list in today’s game. He needs just 119 yards to catch Sam Keller (2,422, 2007) in the No. 3 spot on the NU single-season chart.
  • The three touchdown passes for Ganz today increased his career total to 34 moving him into a tie for fourth on the Nebraska career touchdown pass list, alongside Turner Gill. Today marked the fifth time in his career that Ganz has thrown three or more touchdown passes. Ganz passed Jerry Tagge and Vince Ferragamo in today’s game. Both players finished their careers with 32 career touchdown passes.
  • Senior I-back Marlon Lucky rushed 16 times for 83 yards and a touchdown. Lucky has at least one touchdown in five of eight games this season and has three games with multiple touchdowns (WMU, NMSU, ISU).
  • Lucky’s 83 rushing yards moved him up three places to 17th on the NU career rushing list. In today’s game, Lucky passed Bobby Reynolds, Doug DuBose and Jeff Kinney on the list. Lucky now has 2,331 career rushing yards.
  • In addition to his 83 rushing yards, Lucky caught three passes for 82 yards in today’s game, including a career-long 69-yard reception in the fourth quarter. Lucky accounted for 165 all-purpose yards today, increasing his career total to 4,179 yards. Lucky’s 69-yard reception from Ganz in the fourth quarter was Nebraska’s longest play from scrimmage this season.
  • Nebraska completed passes to eight receivers in today’s game. The Huskers have had at least seven different receivers catch a pass in all eight games this season.
  • The Huskers continued their red-zone efficiency in today’s game. Nebraska converted 4-of-5 red zone chances today and scored on 15 straight trips into the red zone before a fourth-quarter fumble.. For the season, Nebraska is 31-of-36 in the red zone.
  • Nebraska continued to control the clock against Baylor. Nebraska held the ball for 19:19 in the first half and 38:37 for the game. The Huskers have held the ball for 40:12 at Texas Tech two weeks ago and for 37:11 last weekend at Iowa State. The Huskers have had the ball for at least 16:30 in seven straight halves dating back to the second half of the Missouri game.
  • Nebraska ran 83 offensive plays in today’s game, while Baylor had just 53 snaps. Over the past three games, Nebraska has had 241 offensive snaps, compared to just 155 for the three opponents.
  • In the past three games, Nebraska has had nine scoring drives of 4:00 or longer, including two in today’s game. In the first five games of the season Nebraska had seven drives of 4:00 or longer.
  • Nebraska converted 11-of-17 third-down attempts in today’s game and has been efficient in that area the past three weeks. The Huskers have converted 25-of-42 third downs over the past three weeks for a .595 conversion percentage. Nebraska has converted 50 percent of its third-down attempts this season. On the flip side, the Husker defense held Baylor to 0-for-10 on third-down conversions today.
  • Nebraska passed for at least 200 yards for the 13th straight game, including seven 300-yard games in that stretch. The Husker offense has gained 400 total yards or more in 10 of the past 13 games.
  • Place-kicker Alex Henery missed an extra-point attempt in the fourth quarter ending a streak of 77 straight made to begin his career.
  • The Nebraska defense allowed Baylor to convert 0-of-10 third-down conversions in today’s game.
  • The Huskers also recorded three sacks for 22 yards in today’s game. The three sacks are the most by the Nebraska defense since also recording three against New Mexico State. Nebraska has 16 sacks this season after recording a total of 13 sacks in 12 games last season.
  • Nebraska blocked a second-quarter extra point (Ndamukong Suh), marking the Huskers’ third blocked kick of the season. Defensive end Zach Potter blocked a field goal against New Mexico State and an extra point at Texas Tech. The block was the second blocked extra point of Suh’s career (also vs. Texas A&M, 2007). 
  • Today’s game marked the 295th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium.
  • Nebraska’s game captains for today game were: senior receiver Nate Swift, senior defensive end Zach Potter, junior safety Matt O’Hanlon and junior safety Rickey Thenarse.


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