Nebraska Alamo Bowl Postgame Notes
By NU Athletic Communications
- The win over Michigan lifted Nebraska to 8-4 overall on the 2005 season. The Huskers improved to 22-21 all-time in bowl games and won for the third straight appearance in the Alamo Bowl. The Huskers are now 3-1 against Big Ten opponents in bowl action, with the only loss against Michigan in 1986.
- Nebraska improved to 2-3-1 in six all-time meetings against Michigan.
- Nebraska senior I-back Cory Ross rushed 28 times for a season-high 161 yards in tonight’s game. Ross finished his senior season with 883 rushing yards and finished his Husker career with 2,743 rushing yards to finish in ninth place on the Nebraska career rushing list, two yards behind eighth-place Dahhran Diedrick (2,745 in 1999-2002). The 161 yards rushing marked Ross’ 12th career 100-yard rushing game, his third of the 2005 season and his first since rushing for 153 yards against Pitt on Sept. 17.
- In two Alamo Bowl appearances, Ross has rushed a total of 65 times for 299 yards, including a school-record 37 carries for 138 yards against Michigan State in the 2003 Alamo Bowl.
- Ross caught three passes for eight yards in tonight’s game, pushing his season total to 43, tying for the fourth-most receptions in a season in school history with Terrence Nunn, and a Nebraska running back receptions record. Ross’ 43 receptions passed Jeff Kinney’s previous school running backs receptions record of 41 set in 1969.
- Nebraska redshirt freshman wide receiver Nate Swift caught three passes for 31 yards in tonight’s game, including a 14-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter to tie the game at 14-14. The TD reception was Swift’s seventh of the season the most by a Husker player since tight end Gerald Armstrong also had seven touchdowns in the 1992 season.
- Swift finished the 2005 season with 45 receptions, extending his own Nebraska freshman record. Swift’s 45 receptions are the third-most in school history and his 641 receiving yards this season are the fifth-highest single-season total in school history, and the most since Irving Fryar had 40 receptions for 780 yards in 1983.
- Nebraska sophomore wide receiver Terrence Nunn caught four passes for 91 yards in tonight’s game, including a 52-yard touchdown in the first quarter to give Nebraska a 7-0 lead and a 13-yard TD in the fourth quarter to give Nebraska a 32-28 lead. Nunn’s 91 receiving yards were a career high, bettering his 69 yards against Colorado in 2004. Nunn’s 52-yard TD catch was a season-long reception and tied for the sixth-longest reception in a bowl game by a Nebraska player, and marked the third-longest touchdown reception in a bowl game for Nebraska.
- Nunn’s four receptions against Michigan pushed his season total to 43 and into a tie for the fourth-highest pass reception total in school history with Cory Ross. Nunn pushed his career receptions total to 59, good for 14th position on the Nebraska career receptions list. Like Swift, Nunn finished the season with seven touchdown receptions.
- With Nunn’s 52-yard reception tonight, four of the eight longest receptions in Nebraska bowl history have been in the Huskers’ three Alamo Bowl appearances.
- Nebraska junior quarterback Zac Taylor completed 14-of-31 passes in tonight’s game for 167 yards. Taylor threw a career-high and NU bowl-record tying three touchdown passes, while being intercepted two times by the Wolverine defense. Taylor’s 167 passing yards pushed his Nebraska season record total to 2,653. Taylor has thrown for 19 touchdown passes this season, and has had at least two passing touchdowns in eight of the final nine games of the season.
- Nebraska finished tonight’s game with four sacks, pushing its season sack total to 50, a total that leads the nation and ranks second in school history behind a school-record 53 sacks in 1999. It is only the second time in school history the Blackshirts have recorded 50 or more sacks in a season.
- Nebraska sophomore middle linebacker Corey McKeon finished tonight’s game with 11 total tackles to equal his career high and push his team-leading total to 98. McKeon also had three tackles for loss in tonight’s game, giving him 22 tackles for loss this season. McKeon’s 22 tackles for loss this season are the second-most in school history, trailing only the school-record 25 tackles for loss by Jim Skow in 1985. McKeon’s total is a linebacker record, breaking the previous record of 21 by Demorrio Williams in 2003.
- McKeon also recovered a fourth-quarter Michigan fumble for his first career fumble recovery. McKeon has also picked off a team-leading three interceptions in 2005.
- Senior linebacker Adam Ickes caused the fourth-quarter fumble by Michigan, tying for the team lead with his third fumble caused of the season.
- Nebraska senior defensive tackle Le Kevin Smith finished the game with six total tackles, including three tackles for loss. Smith finished the season with 6.0 sacks and 13 tackles for loss. Smith’s 13 tackles for loss are the most by a Nebraska interior defensive lineman since Steve Warren finished the 1999 season with 15 tackles for loss. Smith finished his Nebraska career with 36 tackles for loss, good for eighth place on the Nebraska career chart and second among interior linemen, trailing only the 44 career tackles for loss by former Husker All-American Jim Skow (44 TFL from 1982-85).
- Nebraska junior cornerback Zack Bowman unofficially finished tonight’s game with five pass breakups, including four before halftime. The five breakups are a Nebraska bowl record, breaking the previous record of three set on five previous occasions, most recently by Keyuo Craver in the 2000 Alamo Bowl. Bowman also picked off his second pass of the season late in the third quarter. Bowman nabbed his first career interception at Baylor.
- Nebraska senior punter Sam Koch punted eight times for a 51.5-yard average in tonight’s game. Koch finished the year averaging 46.51 yards per punt, a Nebraska single-season record for punting average. Koch broke the old record of 45.12 yards per punt set by Kyle Larson in 2003. Koch had five punts of 50 yards or more tonight, including a 59-yard punt on his first attempt of the night. Koch finished the year with 28 punts of 50 yards or more.
- Koch’s 51.5 average in tonight’s game set a Nebraska record for punting average in a bowl game, bettering the 44.8 yards per punt by Mike Stigge in the 1993 Orange Bowl.
- Nebraska freshman place-kicker Jordan Congdon connected on a 20-yard field goal in the third quarter of tonight’s game to give the Huskers a 17-14 advantage. The field goal was Congdon’s 19th of the season, setting a new Nebraska season record for field goals, bettering the previous record of 18 field goals by Kris Brown in the 1997 season.