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Taylor took control of the quarterback job in the spring and started all 12 games. Taylor played every snap at quarterback in the first nine-plus games, before missing the latter part of the fourth quarter against Kansas State. Taylor continued to progress throughout the season and capped the year by guiding the Huskers to three straight victories. Taylor finished the season among the top passers in the Big 12 Conference and set numerous school passing and total offensive records.
Taylor was at his best in Big 12 Conference play. After completing 42 percent of his attempts in non-league play, Taylor connected on 59.4 percent of his passes in Big 12 games. He also threw for 260.9 yards per game in Big 12 play, ranking second only to Texas Tech’s Cody Hodges.
Taylor posted the top two single-game passing efforts in school history, including the 431 yards against Iowa State and torching Colorado for 392 yards in the regular-season finale. Taylor threw for more than 200 yards six times in 2005, and had two touchdown passes in seven of eight Big 12 games. He finished the season with 19 touchdown passes, the most by a Husker quarterback in 16 seasons and just one off the school single-season record.
Taylor capped the regular season with four touchdowns and no interceptions in victories over Kansas State and Colorado, then threw for a career-best three touchdown passes in the Alamo Bowl victory over Michigan. Taylor was also excellent at distributing the ball. Five Husker receivers caught 25 or more passes in 2005, and Taylor connected with a total of 14 receivers on the season.Taylor’s 2005 Game-by-Game
Maine–Taylor compiled 192 passing yards in his debut as Nebraska’s starting quarterback, completing 15-of-36 attempts. He connected with wide receiver Frantz Hardy on a career-long 73-yard completion in the second quarter.
Wake Forest–Against his former team, Taylor threw his first career touchdown pass on a four-yard strike to Hardy to finish off the Huskers’ opening drive of the second half. He completed 14-of-33 attempts for 114 yards with one interception.
Pittsburgh–Taylor scored the game’s only touchdown on a one-yard run in the second quarter of a tough 7-6 defensive victory. Through the air, he completed 10-of-20 passes for 93 yards.
Iowa State–Taylor set single-game school records for pass attempts (55), completions (36), yardage (431) and total offense (433) in the Huskers’ double-overtime win. He added two touchdown passes, including the game winner in double-overtime to I-back Cory Ross. Taylor earned Big 12 Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors for his performance.
Texas Tech–Taylor helped fuel a furious Husker comeback that fell just short with 229 yards on 21-of-35 passing and two touchdowns. He connected on a pair of scores to wide receiver Terrence Nunn just over five minutes apart to give NU a fourth-quarter lead after trailing 21-0 midway through the second quarter.
Baylor–Taylor notched another efficient game, throwing for 168 yards and two scores with no interceptions on 18-of-32 passing. He added a career-high 30 yards rushing in engineering a 23-14 Nebraska victory.
Missouri–Taylor completed 22-of-43 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns.
Oklahoma–Against his hometown school, Taylor completed 25-of-45 attempts for 249 yards and two touchdowns.
Kansas–Taylor connected on 14-of-26 passes for 117 yards and one touchdown.
Kansas State–Taylor broke NU’s 33-year-old single-season passing record with 220 yards on a 21-of-31 performance. He set the record on a 34-yard touchdown pass to Nate Swift, one of two scoring strikes to Swift during the game. He connected with eight different receivers without throwing an interception, before leaving the game with a concussion in the fourth quarter.
Colorado–Taylor put together the second-best passing day in Nebraska history with 392 yards passing against the Buffs. Taylor completed 27-of-43 passes in the game, including touchdown passes of 19 yards to Cory Ross and 21 yards to Nate Swift. He also helped Nebraska by scrambling for 16 yards in the game. His performance earned him National Player-of-the-Week honors from SI.com.
Michigan–Taylor guided Nebraska to a 32-28 victory, throwing for 167 yards and a season-high three touchdowns. Taylor capped his junior season by rallying Nebraska from a 28-17 fourth-quarter deficit, capped by a 13-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Nunn with 5:56 remaining in the game.
Before Nebraska (Norman HS/Wake Forest/Butler County CC)
Taylor began his collegiate career at Wake Forest. After redshirting in 2002, Taylor served as the Demon Deacons' backup quarterback in 2003. He played in three games and completed the only pass he attempted.
Taylor passed for 1,950 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior at Norman High. Taylor earned first-team all-district and all-conference honors in high school, where he was coached by Butch Peters. Taylor set 12 school records at Norman High, including career passing yards and career touchdowns. Taylor chose Nebraska after also visiting Memphis and Marshall.
Taylor spent part of his 2005 summer as an intern in the Huskers' Athletic Development Office, learning the administrative side of collegiate athletics. In addition to assisting with Nebraska’s team hospital visits, Taylor has volunteered his time with numerous outreach activities, including being a volunteer with the Special Olympics, and serving as a speaker at Nebraska’s 2006 "School is Cool" Celebration, a motivational program for all Lincoln eighth graders.
Rushing: 129-(-59)-2 TD; long-24 vs. Kansas State, 2006