Nebraska Postgame Notes

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Nebraska vs. Kansas State
Nebraska Post-Game Notes

  • The victory marked Nebraska’s fourth straight win over Kansas State, including the Huskers’ second straight win in Manhattan. Nebraska improved to 76-15-2 all-time against Kansas State, including 34-7-2 in Manhattan.
  • With its seventh win today, Nebraska ensured a winning season for the 44th time in the past 47 seasons.
  • The Nebraska offense continued to run the ball well. Nebraska ran for 340 yards on 53 carries in today’s game, NU’s highest rushing total of the season, surpassing the 330 rushing yards against New Mexico State. The Huskers have run for at least 160 yards in each of the past five games. In the first quarter alone, Nebraska ran 15 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Nebraska’s 340 rushing yards were its most in a Big 12 game since posting 352 yards against Kansas in 2002. Overall, it is the Huskers’ most rushing yards since gaining 413 rushing yards against Nevada in 2007.
  • The Husker offense gained more than 400 yards for the eighth time in 11 games this season, including each of the past six games. Dating back to last season, NU has topped 400 yards of total offense in 13 of 16 games. Nebraska has passed for at least 200 yards in 16 straight games.The 610 yards was the most total offense yards since posting 610 against Colorado in the final game last year. NU had 702 yards of total offense vs. Kansas State last year in Lincoln.
  • Nebraska topped 250 yards in both rushing and passing today, the first time the Huskers have accomplished that feat since posting 316 rushing yards and 281 passing yards against Troy in 2006.
  • Nebraska scored more than 30 points for the ninth time in 11 games this season. Today’s 56 points were a season-high and the second straight game NU has topped 45 points.
  • I-back Roy Helu Jr. rushed 13 times for 72 yards and two tochdowns. He has produced five rushing touchdowns in the past three games, including one at Oklahoma and two last week against Kansas and two today.
  • Nebraska senior quarterback Joe Ganz completed 16-of-25 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns in today’s game. The two touchdown passes pushed Ganz’s season total to 21 touchdown passes, second on the NU season list behind Zac Taylor’s 26 touchdown passes in 2006. He passed Vince Ferragamo’s 20 TD passes in 1976 in today’s game.
  • Ganz’s 16 completions today give him 247 pass completions in 2008, good for a new Nebraska record. Zac Taylor held the previous record of 237 competions in 2005.
  • Ganz accounted for 365 yards of total offense, including 270 passing and 95 rushing. His 365 yards of total offense today moved his season total to 3,351 yards, good for a Nebraska season record. The previous record was 3,165 yards by Zac Taylor in 14 games in the 2006 season.
  • Ganz became the second player in school history to pass for 3,000 yards in a season. He pushed his season total to 3,103, trailing only Zac Taylor’s NU record 3,197 yards in 2006. Ganz moved past Eric Crouch (4,481) into No. 4 on the career passing list with 4,660 career yards.
  • Ganz rushed for a career-high 95 yards on 11 carries. Ganz bettered his previous career high of 69 yards against New Mexico State. The 95 rushing yards for Ganz are the most by a Nebraska quarterback since Jammal Lord ran for 109 yards against Texas A&M in 2003.
  • Senior receiver Nate Swift caught four passes for 98 yards. Swift’s first four receptions today all covered more than 20 yards. Swift pushed his season receptions total to 58, good for second on the NU season list. Swift passed Johnny Rodgers (55 in 1972) and Maurice Purify (57 in 2007) on the single-season receptions list. Swift trails only Marlon Lucky’s NU record 75 receptions in 2007.
  • Swift moved his receiving yardage total to 899, moving him into second place on the NU single-season receiving yardage list. In today’s game, Swift passed Maurice Purify (814 in 2007) and Johnny Rodgers (872 in 1971), and is just 43 yards from Rodgers’ NU record of 942 yards in 1972.
  • Swift increased his career receiving yards total to 2,434 and is just 45 yards shy of Rodgers’ career receiving record of 2,479 yards.
  • Senior receiver Todd Peterson caught four passes for 47 yards. Peterson has at least three receptions in all 11 games this season and has 54 catches this fall to rank fifth on the NU season list. Peterson’s four catches today also made him the fifth player in school history with 100 or more receptions as he has exactly 100 in his career.
  • Nebraska controlled the football for 36:35 in today’s game, marking the seventh straight game Nebraska has had an edge in time of possession, including 18:55 in the first half. Nebraska has also held the time of possession advantage in 13 of the past 14 halves. Nebraska has had at least 16:30 in time of possession in 12 of the past 13 halves. The Huskers entered the game ranked second nationally in time of possession.
  • Nebraska receiver Niles Paul had three receptions in today’s game, giving him 20 catches this season. Paul is the seventh Husker receiver to have at least 20 receptions this season.
  • The Nebraska defense registed 4.0 sacks for 49 yards in today’s game, pushing its season total to 25 sacks. Nebraska finished the 2007 season with 13 total sacks. The Huskers have produced 9.0 sacks in the past two weeks, totaling 91 yards lost.
  • Junior nose tackle Ndamukong Suh had 1.0 sack and 1.5 tackles for loss in today’s game, giving him 5.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss this season. Senior defensive end Zach Potter had 1.0 sack and one tackle for loss giving him 5.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss this year.
  • Sophomore linebacker Blake Lawrence, a Kansas native, made his first career start and finished the game with five tackles.
  • Nebraska’s game captains for today’s game were: sophomore I-back Roy Helu Jr., sophomore linebacker Blake Lawrence, senior cornerback Armando Murillo and sophomore place-kicker Alex Henery.


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