Nebraska Postgame Notes vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Nebraska 55, Louisiana-Lafayette 0
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009
Memorial Stadium - Lincoln, Neb.
* Tonight’s game marked the 300th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium, a streak that dates back to Nov. 3, 1962. Nebraska improved to 261-39 in the 300 game sellout streak, including 6-0 in the milestone sellout games. Nebraska is 119-10 in the streak against non-conference opponents.
* The crowd of 86,304 was a Memorial Stadium record crowd, bettering the 85,831 fans who saw the Nebraska-Virginia Tech game on Sept. 27, 2008. The game also marked the fifth-largest crowd ever to see Nebraska play at any location.
* Nebraska won for the sixth straight time at Memorial Stadium, including a 3-0 record in 2009. This marks the first time since 2006 Nebraska has completed non-conference home play with a perfect record. However it is the 15th time in the past 18 seasons Nebraska has gone undefeated at home in non-conference play.
* Nebraska completed non-conference play with a 3-1 record, marking the 28th straight season Nebraska has had a winning record in non-conference play.
* Tonight’s shutout is the first by Nebraska since a 56-0 blanking of Troy on Sept. 23, 2006. The 55-point victory was Nebraska’s most lopsided since that Troy game.
* Nebraska has allowed 27 points in the first four games of 2009, an average of 6.75 points per game. The 27 points through four games is the fewest allowed by Nebraska in the first four games since allowing 21 points in 1990. It is the fewest through four games since allowing 21 points in the first four games in 1990. Nebraska has allowed 16 or fewer points in each of the first four games, marking Nebraska’s first streak of allowing 20 points or less in four straight games since allowing no more than 14 points in each of the first five games in 2003.
* Junior quarterback Zac Lee completed 15-of-18 passes for 238 yards and one touchdown in tonight’s game. Lee has completed 76.0 percent of his passes in Nebraska’s three home games (57-of-75).
* Nebraska junior place-kicker Alex Henery connected on field goals of 39 and 46 yards in the first quarter of tonight’s game, giving him 21 straight made field goals from inside 50 yards (33-of-34 overall in career). Henery improved to 8-of-9 on field goals this season and is 34-of-38 in his career.
* Henery moved into the top 10 on the Nebraska career scoring list. He finished the game with 222 career points, good for a tie for eighth position on the career scoring list.
* Henery also punted three times for an average of 45.7 yards, with two of his punts downed inside the ULL 3-yard line.
* Junior I-back Roy Helu Jr. rushed 15 times for 83 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Helu had 79 yards before halftime, before adding just four second-half carries.
* Helu moved up four spots on the Nebraska career rushing list. After his 83 yards tonight, Helu has 1,476 career rushing yards good for 35th on the NU career list.
* Senior safety Larry Asante returned an interception 74 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, marking his second career interception. It was Nebraska’s first interception for a touchdown since Ndamukong Suh returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown against Colorado last season. Asante’s INT return for a score was the first by a Nebraska defensive back since Fabian Washington returned an interception for a touchdown against Arizona State in 2002.
* Sophomore wide receiver Curenski Gilleylen had receptions of 42 and 43 yards in tonight’s game. Gilleylen has had at least one reception of 35 yards or more in each of Nebraska’s first four games and five total receptions of more than 35 yards (six of more than 25 yards). Gilleylen is averaging 31.9 yards on eight receptions this season.
* Senior wide receiver Chris Brooks caught three passes for 50 yards and a four-yard touchdown in the game. Brooks’ receptions and receiving yardage totals were both career bests and the TD was the second of his career (2008 vs. Kansas).
* Senior defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh finished tonight’s game with six tackles, one TFL and one PBU. Suh pushed his career tackle total to 156, moving him into the top 50 on the Nebraska career tackle list. Suh is just the 10th interior defensive lineman among NU’s top 50 career tacklers. Suh has made at least five tackles in nine of the past 10 games.
* Suh pushed his career tackle for loss total to 39, moving him into a tie for seventh on the Nebraska career list. He has at least one tackle for loss in 14 of his past 15 games.
* Suh has six PBU this season, already tying the NU season position record for defensive tackles (Jeremy Slechta, 2000). He also tied the Nebraska career position record with 11 PBU, matching the total of Steve Warren from 1996 to 1999.
* Nebraska was 4-of-4 in the red zone in tonight’s game, scoring four touchdowns. The Huskers are 16-of-17 in the red zone this season.
* Nebraska recorded at least one touchdown in all four quarters tonight and has scored a touchdown in all 12 quarters at home this season.
* Nebraska had three takeaways in tonight’s game, matching the season-high also against Florida Atlantic. Nebraska was a season best +3 in the turnover department. Nebraska’s +3 in the turnover department was NU’s best since also being +3 against Wake Forest in a 2005 victory.
* Tonight’s Nebraska game captains were sophomore offensive tackle Marcel Jones, senior receiver Chris Brooks, sophomore defensive tackle Jared Crick and redshirt freshman defensive back P.J. Smith.