Nebraska Postgame Notes vs. Kansas State
Nebraska Football Postgame Notes
vs. Kansas State
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)
- Nebraska’s victory today marked the Huskers’ third straight win over Kansas State and the 19th in the past 20 meetings between the two schools at Memorial Stadium.
- The win today gave Nebraska a 4-3 home record in 2007, marking the 39th consecutive season the Huskers have finished with a winning home record.
- Nebraska’s 73 points in today’s game marked its most ever against Kansas State, bettering the 62 points against the Wildcats in 1984. The 73 points were the most by a Nebraska team since the Huskers scored 77 against Iowa State in 1997.
- Junior quarterback Joe Ganz completed 30-of-40 passes for 510 yards and seven touchdowns in today’s game. His passing total set a school record, bettering the 438 yards by Sam Keller earlier this season against Ball State. It marked the ninth 300-yard passing day in school history (4 in 2007) and the fourth 400-yard passing day in school history (3 in 2007). Ganz threw for 405 yards last week at Kansas, marking the first time in school history a player has posted back-to-back 400-yard passing efforts.
- The seven touchdown passes set a Nebraska school record, bettering the mark of five held by Eric Crouch (2000 vs. Iowa), Steve Taylor (1987 vs. Oklahoma) and Joe Dailey (2004 vs. Baylor).
- Ganz totaled 528 yards of total offense, breaking the previous school record for total offense of 433 yards by Zac Taylor in 2005 against Iowa State.
- Nebraska amassed 702 yards of total offense, the most in Bill Callahan’s four seasons as head coach, bettering a 625-yard effort in this year’s season opener against Nevada. The Huskers also topped the 700-mark for the first time since totaling 776 against Iowa State in 1995.
- Ganz had 12 pass plays of more than 20 yards in today’s game and has had 18 completions of 20 or more yards in the past two games. At one point early in the third quarter, eight of Ganz’s 15 completions had covered 20 or more yards and 14 of the 15 completions had covered 10 or more yards.
- Senior wide receiver Frantz Hardy had three touchdowns in today’s game, a 36-yarder in the second quarter and TDs of 8 and 39 yards in the third quarter. The three touchdowns marked the second straight week Nebraska has had a player with three touchdown catches (Maurice Purify at Kansas). Four of Hardy’s seven career touchdowns have covered at least 36 yards. Four of Hardy’s 14 receptions this season have covered 24 yards or more, including two receptions of more than 50 yards.
- Senior wide receiver Maurice Purify caught six passes for 108 yards in today’s game. Purify upped his season receiving yardage total to 678, putting him in fourth place on the season receiving yardage list and giving Purify two of the top seven single-season yardage totals in Nebraska history.
- Purify pushed his career receiving yardage total to 1,308 moving him into fourth place on the Nebraska career receiving yards list. Purify has 46 receptions this season, fourth on the single-season list and 80 in his career, sixth on the Nebraska career list.
- Nebraska senior cornerback Cortney Grixby returned a first-quarter kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, giving Nebraska its first kickoff return for a touchdown since Joe Walker returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown in the 1998 season opener against Louisiana Tech (8-29-1998).
- Grixby’s kickoff return for a touchdown in today’s game marked Nebraska’s 14th unconvential score against Kansas State in the past 13 games between the two schools. Nebraska has scored 74 points via non-offensive touchdowns since 1995 against Kansas State. Today’s kickoff return for a touchdown was the first in that stretch for Nebraska against Kansas State. Nebraska has scored points by fake field goal, fumble return, interception return, punt return and blocked punt against Kansas State in the past 13 seasons.
- Junior running back Marlon Lucky caught six passes for 78 yards in today’s game, pushing his Nebraska season record receptions total to 67. Lucky has 101 career receptions. Lucky has caught at least three passes in 14 of Nebraska’s past 17 games dating back to last season, and he has had four or more receptions in nine of the past 10 games.
- Lucky has 976 career receiving yards and needs just 24 more yards to become the first player in school history to post 1,000 career yards rushing and receiving.
- In addition to his 78 receiving yards, Lucky rushed for 103 yards in today’s game, giving him 181 all-purpose yards in the contest. Lucky pushed his season all-purpose yards total to 1,559, the best season all-purpose yardage total by a Husker since Ahman Green had 1,982 all-purpose yards in 1997.
- Lucky’s 103 rushing yards in today’s game pushed his season total to 950, leaving him 50 yards shy of posting the 28th, 1,000-yard rushing season in school history. The 103 yards also marked Lucky’s fifth 100-yard rushing game this season and sixth in his career.
- Senior wide receiver Terrence Nunn caught five passes in today’s game, giving him 132 career receptions, 11 behind Johnny Rodgers' Nebraska record of 143 career receptions. Today’s game marked Nunn’s 18th career game with four or more receptions, including three times in 2007.
- Junior wide receiver Nate Swift had two catches in today’s game, giving him 101 career receptions. He and teammate Marlon Lucky became the third and fourth Huskers with 100 career receptions.
- Junior wide receiver Todd Peterson caught four passes for 85 yards in today’s game, a new career receiving yardage high, bettering his 82 yards at Texas A&M in 2006.
- Senior cornerback Andre Jones returned a second-quarter punt 47 yards, marking a season-long punt return for the Huskers. The previous long was Jones’ 24-yard return in the season opener against Nevada.
- Redshirt freshman place-kicker Alex Henery connected on a 27-yard field goal in the second quarter to give Nebraska a 24-10 lead. Henery also made all 10 of his PAT attempts today. He is now 8-of-8 on field goal attempts this season and 40-of-40 on PAT attempts.
- Nebraska’s 24 points in the second quarter of today’s game, the most by the Huskers in a quarter since scoring 24 in the second quarter of a 2004 win over Baylor in Lincoln. The Huskers’ 38 first-half points were the most by Nebraska since scoring 42 points in the first half of the 2004 season opener against Western Illinois.
- Nebraska senior safety Ben Eisenhart and freshman cornerback Anthony Blue made their first career starts in today’s game.
- Eisenhart served as today’s game captain, alongside 2007 senior captains Brett Byford, Zack Bowman and Bo Ruud.