Nebraska Postgame Notes
Nebraska vs. Iowa State
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006
Jack Trice Stadium
- Nebraska improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in Big 12 Conference play. This marks the first time the Huskers have started 2-0 in Big 12 play since 2001. The victory was Nebraska’s first in Ames since 2000 and NU’s second straight win in a Big 12 road opener (2005 at Baylor). Nebraska is 7-4 in Big 12 road openers since the inception of the Big 12 Conference in 1996.
- Nebraska’s win in tonight’s game was the Huskers’ 799th all-time win, leaving the Huskers one victory shy of becoming the fourth program in Division I to collect 800 all-time victories.
- Nebraska’s victory marked the Huskers’ eighth win in their past nine games overall dating back to last season.
- Nebraska quarterback Zac Taylor completed 17-of-21 passes for 131 yards and one touchdown in tonight’s game. Taylor pushed his career passing total to 4,051, becoming the fourth player to pass for 4,000 yards in Nebraska history. Taylor is 430 yards behind Eric Crouch, who ranks third on the Nebraska career passing list with 4,481 yards.
- Taylor has now thrown for 1,398 yards this season and is 56 yards from cracking the top 10 on the Nebraska single-season passing list.
- Taylor now has 13 touchdowns this season and 32 in his two-year Nebraska career, 11 shy of the Nebraska career record of 43 touchdown passes by Tommie Frazier.
- Taylor completed 5-of-7 passes for 60 yards in the final 1:12 of the first half, including a 27-yard touchdown pass to Maurice Purify with three seconds left, giving Nebraska a 21-7 lead at intermission.
- With his 17-of-21 passing effort tonight, Taylor is now 95-of-143 on the year for a 66.4 completion percentage.
- Junior I-back Brandon Jackson rushed 22 times for 116 yards and a touchdown in tonight’s game. The 116 yards is a career high for Jackson, bettering the 89 yards he gained against Baylor as a freshman. His 22 carries also set a career high, bettering his 18 carries against Baylor in 2004. Jackson has scored three touchdowns against the Cyclones in his career, as he scored two touchdowns two seasons ago against the Cyclones in Ames.
- Sophomore I-back Cody Glenn rushed 19 times for 148 yards in tonight’s game -- career highs in rushing yards and attempts -- along with two touchdowns. The mark bettered his previous career best of 88 yards against Louisiana Tech earlier this season.
- Jackson and Glenn became the third and fourth Husker I-backs, respectively, to surpass the 100-yard rush mark in a game this season, joining Marlon Lucky and Kenny Wilson. Nebraska now has had a total of five individual 100-yard rushing games, including two by Lucky (Nicholls State, Troy), and one each by Wilson (Troy), Jackson (Iowa State) and Glenn (Iowa State).
- The 100-yard rushing games tonight marked the first time a Husker has rushed for 100 yards in a Big 12 game since Cory Ross rushed 30 times for 130 yards at Oklahoma in 2004. It was the first time since the 2003 contest at Missouri that the Huskers have had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same conference game.
- Glenn had a career-long 36-yard run on Nebraska’s first drive of the game. His previous career-long run was 18 yards earlier this season against Louisiana Tech.
- Senior tight end Matt Herian caught two passes in tonight’s game, giving him 63 career receptions. With his first reception tonight Herian broke a tie with Jerry List (1968-70) and became Nebraska’s career receptions leader among tight ends. Herian moved within three receptions of the top 10 on the overall receptions list (66).
- Nebraska junior wide receiver Terrence Nunn caught two passes for 11 yards in tonight’s game. His two receptions moved his career total to 78 receptions, six short of Jeff Kinney who is in third place on the Husker career list with 84 receptions. Nunn’s 11 receiving yards pushed his career yardage total to 1,031, good for 13th on the Nebraska career yardage list, 14 yards behind 12th place (Junior Miller, 1,045).
- Nunn has now had at least one reception in 19 straight games, tying the third-longest streak in Nebraska history, along with Junior Miller, and trailing Johnny Rodgers (37) and Matt Davison (20).
- Nebraska scored a touchdown on its first drive of the game for the third straight game and the fourth time in the past five games with a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive to open the game. It also marked the second straight week Nebraska has marched 80 yards for a touchdown on its opening drive.
- Junior wide receiver Maurice Purify caught two passes for 35 yards in tonight’s game, including a 27-yard touchdown with three seconds left in the first half. Purify now has 11 receptions this season, with his first 10 receptions going for a first down, and 9-of-11 covering at least 12 yards. Purify is averaging 23.6 yards per reception on the season.
- The Nebraska offense held the ball for 36:55 in tonight’s game, including 18:58 in the first half of the game. Tonight marked the fourth time in six games Nebraska has held the ball for at least 33:44.
- Sophomore place-kicker Jordan Congdon connected on all four of his extra-point tries in tonight’s game and has made 63 straight since missing the first PAT of his Nebraska career.
- Junior cornerback Cortney Grixby picked off a third-quarter Bret Meyer pass, marking Grixby’s first career interception.
- Nebraska had five plays of more than 20 yards in tonight’s game, including four by rush and one pass. Nebraska now has 34 plays of more than 20 yards in 2006, after picking up a total of 39 plays of 20 yards or more in 12 games in 2005. Nebraska has 12 rushes of more than 20 yards this year, after totaling six rushes of longer than 20 yards in 2006.
- Nebraska limited Iowa State to 53 rushing yards in tonight’s game, marking the third opponent Nebraska has held to less than 100 yards this season. The total marked the fifth time in the last 10 conference games dating to the start of the 2005 Big 12 season that NU has held an opponent to less than 60 yards rushing. Last season in Lincoln, Nebraska held the Cyclones to a total of 57 rushing yards.