Nebraska Postgame Notes
*-Today’s victory improved Nebraska’s record to 9-3 overall and 6-2 in Big 12 Conference play. The victory gives Nebraska its 35th nine-win season in the last 38 years and the first since 2003.
*-The victory is Nebraska’s seventh straight against Big 12 North Division opponents, including wins over Kansas State and Colorado to end last season. Nebraska’s 5-0 record in the North Division this season is the Huskers’ first perfect divisional record since 1999.
*-Nebraska was 3-0 in the month of November this season and has won five straight games in November, its longest winning streak in the month since winning its final 1998 November game, all three in 1999 and its first game in November of 2000.
*-The win ended a streak of four straight road victories by the visiting team in the Nebraska-Colorado series. Nebraska’s 23-point margin of victory today was its largest over Colorado in Lincoln since a 52-7 victory in 1992.
*-Nebraska finished 6-1 at home in 2006, marking NU’s first six-win home season since 2003 and the 22nd time in 25 years Nebraska has lost one or no home games.
*-Today’s crowd of 85,800 was a Memorial Stadium record, bettering the crowd of 85,197 against Missouri on Nov. 4. On the season, NU averaged a school-record 85,044 fans per game in 2006, breaking the previous mark of 77,878 set in 2000.
*-Nebraska senior quarterback Zac Taylor completed 19-of-28 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns in today’s game. Taylor’s two touchdowns in today’s game give him 24 passing touchdowns this season, extending his own school record, and 43 in his career. His 43 career touchdown passes tie Tommie Frazier (1992 to 1995) for the most career touchdown passes in school history.
?Taylor threw for 249 yards in today’s game, giving him 2,789 passing yards this season, establishing a Nebraska season passing yards record, bettering his 2,653 yards a year ago. Taylor broke the single-season record on a 31-yard pass play to Maurice Purify in the third quarter. Taylor has thrown for 200 or more yards nine times this season, including each of his last five contests. He has 15, 200-yard passing days in his career.
?Taylor finished today with 260 yards of total offense, pushing his season total to 2,746, just 28 yards behind season record holder Jammal Lord who had 2,774 yards of total offense in 2002. Taylor has 5,358 career total offense yards, just 118 yards from second place on the Husker career charts.
?Junior wide receiver Terrence Nunn caught four passes for 52 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. Nunn’s four receptions today give him 96 career receptions moving him past Matt Davison into second place on the Nebraska career receptions list. Nunn now has 96 career receptions, moving past Davison’s 93 catches from 1997 to 2000. 1972 Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers holds the Nebraska career receptions record with 143 catches from 1970 to 1972.
?Nunn has 37 receptions this season, moving him into the top 10 on the single season chart. Nunn is one of only two players with two of the top 10 single-season reception effort in school history, joining Rodgers who owns the top two season reception totals in school history. Nunn has now had at least one reception in each of Nebraska’s past 25 games, the second-longest streak in school history, behind Rodgers’ 37 straight games. Nunn’s 25-game streak started against Colorado two seasons ago.
?Junior wideout Maurice Purify had three receptions for 51 yards in today’s game. Purify had a spectacular 31-yard grab in the third quarter on a Nebraska scoring drive. Purify has 13 receptions of 20 yards or longer, and has picked up a first down or a touchdown on 26 of his 30 receptions this season.
?I-back Brandon Jackson rushed a career-high 34 times for 142 yards in today’s game, pushing his season rushing total to 881 and becoming just the second player to rush for 100 or more yards against Colorado this season. Jackson now has 1,323 career rushing yards. Jackson finished Big 12 play averaging 94.4 yards rushing per game in conference games only.
*-Jackson caught a career-high six passes for 42 yards and has 26 receptions this season, including an 18-yard touchdown reception from Taylor, marking Jackson’s second touchdown reception of the season (49-yarder vs. Texas). His 41 all-purpose attempts broke the Nebraska record for all-purpose attempts, which was 40 by Lawrence Phillips at Iowa State on Nov. 12, 1994.
*-Sophomore defensive end Barry Turner caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from Joe Ganz on a fake field goal in the second quarter of today’s game to give Nebraska a 14-7 lead. The catch is the first of Turner’s career. Turner played tight end in high school and had 20 catches for 290 yards and three touchdowns. Turner also downed the ball at the 1-yard line, leading to NU’s safety.
*-The touchdown pass from Ganz to Taylor marked the fourth time in six games Nebraska has scored a touchdown on a trick play, and the third straight home game the Huskers scored in an unconventional manner. Nebraska had a TD pass on a fake field goal at Kansas State (Holder Jake Wesch to Hunter Teafatiller); a halfback pass for a TD against Texas (Marlon Lucky to Nate Swift); and a reverse pass for a TD against Missouri (Maurice Purify to Terrence Nunn). Nebraska also had a completed pass for a first down on a fake punt at USC (Dan Titchener to Todd Peterson).
*-Senior defensive end Adam Carriker had a nine-yard sack in the second quarter of today’s game and a nine-yard sack in the fourth quarter, giving him a team-leading six this season. Carriker has totaled five sacks in the past four games, and has 19.5 career sacks, sixth on the Nebraska career list. Carriker had three tackles for loss in today’s game, giving him 40 career TFL, good for fifth on the Nebraska career list. Carriker was the leading tackler on a one-yard stop in the end zone for a safety in the third quarter, giving Nebraska a 23-14 lead.
*-The tackle for loss by Carriker and Corey McKeon for a safety marked the Huskers’ first safety since a McKeon sack at Kansas last season.
*-Senior defensive tackle Ola Dagunduro completed his home career in strong fashion. Dagunduro had a seven-yard sack and a quarterback hurry on Colorado’s first series of the game. Dagunduro now has 3.5 sacks this season and has had a hand in a sack each of the past two games.
*-Freshman safety Major Culbert partially blocked a Colorado punt in the first quarter, setting up the Huskers’ opening scoring drive. Culbert’s blocked punt was Nebraska’s fourth blocked kick of the season, joining a blocked field goal against Texas A&M and blocked extra points against Texas and Oklahoma State. Nebraska had seven blocked kicks last season.
*-Nebraska scored first for the 11th time in 12 games this season on a 15-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.
*-Nebraska continued to perform well on third downs. The Huskers converted 8-of-15 third down conversions in today’s game, including 4-of-6 attempts in the first half. Nebraska ranked 14th nationally in third down conversions entering today’s game. NU was also a perfect 3-of-3 on fourth down in today’s game.
*-The third-quarter touchdown run by Brandon Jackson marked Nebraska’s first points in the third quarter since the Kansas State game. Nebraska did not score in the third quarter against Texas, Oklahoma State, Missouri or Texas A&M. The Huskers did score touchdowns in the first minute of the fourth quarter against both Texas and Missouri.