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Huskers Fall to Texas

By NU Athletic Communications
Nebraska Postgame Notes vs. Texas
The No. 12/9 (AP/Coaches) Nebraska Cornhuskers suffered their second Big 12 Conference loss of the season, losing to Texas at Austin, 31-7.  Nebraska drops to 7-2 overall, 3-2 in league action, while Texas improves to 7-2 and 4-1 in the Big 12.

*  Blocked Kicks...Nebraska rush end Trevor Johnson blocked Dusty Mangmum's 46-yard field goal attempt on the Longhorn's first drive.  Demorrio Williams returned the block 16 yards.  It was Nebraska's sixth blocked kick this season, all by different Huskers.  It was Johnson's first block of his career and NU's third blocked field goal this season.  Nebraska had a punt and a field goal blocked in the game.  Husker punter Kyle Larson had his first blocked punt of the season on a bad snap, but was still able to get off a 34-yard punt despite the partial block (charged to team).  Place-kicker David Dyches suffered his second blocked field goal of the season on a 21-yard field goal...NU's fourth kick blocked this season.  After NU went three and out on its second drive of the second half, Larson failed to punt and took a seven yard loss on a second bad snap off the ground.  UT took over on the NU 10-yard line and while the Blackshirts prevented a touchdown, UT scored three points on a Dusty Mangmum field goal to go up 17-0.

*  Turnovers Key...Nebraska won the turnover game, gaining three to UT's one, but failed to score on the first two.  Nebraska 1 (1 interception)...Texas 3 (3 interceptions)...Linebacker and Butkus semifinalist Demorrio Willliams hurried and batted up a Vince Young pass in the second quarter and rush end Titus Adams recorded his second straight interception.  Nebraska did not convert, as David Dyches field goal was blocked.  Lornell McPherson recorded Nebraska's 20th interception of the season just before halftime, picking off Chance Mock at the 1-yard line.  NU did not convert as time ran out.  With 13:23 remaining in the fourth quarter, NU free safety Josh Bullocks picked off his school-record eighth interception this season.  After a 20-yard return, NU took over at its own 27 yard line, but did not convert.  Jammal Lord was picked off by Derrick Johnson on NU's last drive, but UT did not convert.  Nebraska has recorded 35 takeaways this season, tying the most under a Solich-coached team (on 21 interceptions), and has turned them into 110 points, while opponents have gained 18 turnovers, resulting in 28 points.  Nebraska has gained at least two turnovers in nine-straight games and has had two-or-more interceptions in six straight games.

*  Bullocks sets interception record...Josh Bullocks picked off Vince Young with 13:23 remaining in the fourth quarter and broke the school record for interceptions in a season.  He now has eight in nine games to lead the nation, and passed Larry Wacholz, Dana Stephenson and Bill Kosch, who all had seven.  He now has nine in his career, to tie for ninth all time at NU.

*  NU Season-Low Rushing/Total Offense...Nebraska had just 20 yards rushing at half (compared to UT's 208) and 53 in the game.  Josh Davis was NU's leading rusher with 28 yards on 10 carries.  Nebraska has had at least 73 rushing yards in every game since at least 1979.  The 53 yards rushing is not on the NU top 10 lows (stops at 31 against Colorado on Nov. 18).  The last time NU had less than 100 yards rushing was against Kansas State in 2002 (97 yards).  NU's previous season rushing low was 141 at Southern Miss.  NU had a season-low 175 total-offense yards, the least since 1991 when NU had 171 vs. Miami in the Orange Bowl.  NU's previous season-low was 265 vs. Southern Miss.

*  Lord to Herian...Lord hit sophomore tight end Matt Herian on a 42-yard pass in the second quarter and on a 48-yard touchdown pass with 11:58 remaining to put the Huskers on the board. The two long receptions were Herian's 10th and 11th, in 24 career catches, of 28 yards or more.  Herian was the ABC/Chevrolet Nebraska Player of the Game.

*  NU Blackshirts...The Huskers were led by linebacker Barrett Ruud who had a career-high 15 tackles, including two tackles for loss and one pass breakup.  It marks the fourth straight game he has had double-digit tackles.  Daniel Bullocks had 10 tackles and a breakup and Demorrio Williams had seven tackles and an interception caused on a pass breakup.  NU held Longhorn All-American Roy Williams to five catches for 35 yards.  Ryon Bingham had seven tackles and was in on three tackles for loss.  The Blackshirts have given up just six third-quarter points this season.

*  UT quarterback Vince Young rushed for 174 yards on 28 carries, the most against the Huskers this season, bettering the 123 by Missouri QB Brad Smith.  Young also had the longest rush against NU this season, scoring on a 65-yard run.  As a team UT had a team-best 353 rushing yards, bettering the previous opponent high of 211 by Missouri.  Cedric Benson also had 100 yards rushing, marking the first time a team had two 100-yard rushers and two 150-yard rushers since Kansas State's Ell Roberson (228) and Darren Sproles (155) hit the mark on Nov. 16,  2002 (KSU had 415 as a team). UT had 484 yards of total offense vs. NU, the most since Kansas State had 507 last season.  UT is the second team to surpass the 450 total-offense mark against NU this season (MU had 452). 

*  NU QB Jammal Lord had 122 yards passing (5-of-14, no interceptions), marking the fourth time this season he has surpassed the 100-yard mark.  He was held to just 22 yards rushing. He threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Matt Herian, NU's longest play of the game.  He was intercepted on NU's last drive by Derrick Johnson.
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