Nebraska Postgame Notes
#14 Nebraska 51, #17 Oklahoma State 41
Boone Pickens Stadium (Stillwater, Okla.)
Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010
-The win marked Nebraska's sixth straight road victory dating back to a 16-15 loss at Virginia Tech last season. The Cowboys were the highest ranked team Nebraska has defeated since a 20-10 victory over No. 2 Oklahoma in 2001 and the highest ranked team the Huskers have defeated on the road since a 27-14 win at No. 2 Washington in 1997. The win also marked Nebraska's first win in Stillwater since 1995, snapping a two-game losing streak. Nebraska is now 6-1 for the first time since the 2003 season.
-Senior receiver Niles Paul had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter of today's game, tying for the second-longest kickoff return in school history. The return is the longest for Nebraska since Ron Clark had a 100-yard return at Kansas State in 1949. The school record is a 105-yard return by Owen Frank against Kansas State in 1911.
-The kickoff return for a touchdown was the second of Paul's career. His other kickoff return for a touchdown was an 85-yarder against San Jose State in 2008. Paul also had a 59-yard punt return for a touchdown at Colorado in 2009.
-Paul also caught a career-high nine passes for 131 yards in today's game. With his 131 receiving yards, Paul moved into eighth place on the career receiving yardage list with 1,374 career receiving yards. Paul also moved his career receptions total to 90, moving him past Jeff Kinney (82) into eighth on the NU career receptions list. Paul has caught at least four passes in seven of the past 12 games. Paul's 131 receiving yards marked his fifth career 100-yard receiving day and the first in 2010.
-Paul accounted for a career-high 274 all-purpose yards in today's game, his fourth career game with at least 200 all-purpose yards (244 vs. KU, 237 vs. Arizona, 208 vs. ISU all in 2009). Paul pushed his career all-purpose total to 3,732, moving him into fifth place on the Nebraska career all-purpose yardage list.
-Senior Alex Henery converted a 4th and 8 on NU's first drive with a 27-yard run on a fake punt. The run set up a touchdown that gave NU a 7-0 lead. The run was the second of Henery's career. He rushed for nine yards and a first down on a fourth-quarter fake field goal against Kansas in 2008. Henery averaged 50.3 yards on his three punts today, the fifth straight game Henery has averaged at least 47 yards punting.
-Henery connected on a 52-yard field goal in the second quarter, a 32-yarder in the third and a 45-yarder in the fourth quarter. The field goals were the 57th, 58th and 59th of Henery's career, passing Kris Brown's previous school record of 57 career field goals. Henery has made 17 straight field goals, tying Brown's school-record of consecutive made field goals. Henery has 15 multiple FG games in his career, including the past three games.
-Henery improved to 4-of-9 in his career from 50 yards and beyond. The 52-yard field goal tied the longest ever by a Nebraska player away from Lincoln (Kevin Seibel, 52 at Colorado, 1980; Henery, 52 vs. Texas, 2009). Henery scored 15 points today to improve his career scoring total to 351.
-Nebraska scored a touchdown 3:40 into the game to take a 7-0 lead. The score continued an impressive trend for Nebraska away from Lincoln. The Huskers have scored in the first four minutes of the game in six of their past eight games away from Lincoln, including two of three games this season (Washington).
-Nebraska has scored on its opening possession in five of seven games this season, including touchdowns in all three road games. Overall, Nebraska has scored on its opening possession in seven of its last nine games.
-Nebraska redshirt freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez completed 23-of-35 passes for 323 yards and five touchdowns. The five touchdown passes marked a career best for Martinez and tied for the second highest total in school history. Martinez's 323 passing yards are the most ever for a Nebraska freshman (Eric Crouch 193 yards vs. Arizona in 1998 Holiday Bowl), and the five touchdown passes were also a Nebraska freshman record (Crouch, 3 at KSU, 1998, Tommie Frazier, 3 vs. KU, 1992).
-Martinez also carried the ball 19 times for 112 yards. Martinez pushed his season rushing total to 870 moving him to third on the Nebraska freshman rushing chart. In today's game he moved past DeAngelo Evans (776) and moved within 30 yards of Calvin Jones (900) for second place on the list. Martinez's 870 rushing yards are the eighth-most rushing yards in a season for a Nebraska quarterback. Today's game marked Martinez's fifth 100-yard rushing day of the season.
-Martinez's 435 yards of total offense set a Nebraska freshman record, bettering his 369 yards of total offense at Kansas State. Those are the only two games by a Nebraska freshman with more than 300 yards of total offense. His 435 yards of total offense marked the seventh time in school history that a player totaled 400 yards and his total ranked third in Husker history.
-With 323 passing yards and 112 rushing yards, Martinez became the first Nebraska player to pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards. It is also believed that Martinez was the first to pass for 200 and rush for 100 yards in a game, as no player had accomplished the feat since at least 1980.
-Junior Brandon Kinnie caught a 45-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to open the scoring. Kinnie's touchdown was the first of his career, and the 45-yard catch marked his second of 45 yards or longer this season, including his career-long 55-yarder at Washington. Kinnie added a nine-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter and an eight-yard TD reception in the fourth. He is the first player to catch three touchdown passes in a game since Maurice Purify had three touchdown catches at Colorado in 2007.
-Nebraska junior fullback Tyler Legate caught a one-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, marking his second career touchdown reception (3 yards vs. Arkansas State in 2009). Legate's catch was his first of the season and the fourth of his career.
-Nebraska senior safety Eric Hagg intercepted an OSU pass in the second quarter of today's game, his third interception of the season. Hagg also had picks in NU's other two road contests at Washington and at Kansas State.
-Sophomore tight end Kyler Reed caught a 41-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter for his third touchdown reception of the season. All three of Reed's touchdown catches have covered at least 33 yards (33 vs. SDSU, 79 vs. KSU).
-Junior defensive tackle Jared Crick recorded a 10-yard sack in the first quarter of today's game. The sack gave Crick 3.5 sacks this season and 13 in his career, three shy of the Nebraska career top 10.
-Oklahoma State's 41 points ended a streak of 14 straight Nebraska opponents who scored 21 points or fewer (Texas Tech, 31, Oct. 17, 2009). OSU's 41 points were the most by a Nebraska opponent since Oklahoma scored 62 points against Nebraska on Nov. 1, 2008.
-Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon had five catches for 157 yards, ending a streak of eight straight games in which NU had not allowed a 100-yard receiver. Cowboy quarterback Brandon Weeden accounted for 273 yards of total offense, improving the Huskers' streak to 24 straight games of not allowing an opposing player to total 300 yards of total offense (Kansas' Todd Reesing, 339 yards, Nov. 8, 2008).
-Today's game captains were junior C Mike Caputo, senior WR Mike McNeill, senior DB Eric Hagg and sophomore LB Graham Stoddard.