Nebraska Postgame Notes

By NU Athletic Communications
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* Today’s game marked Nebraska’s 45th all-time bowl appearance and its first ever Gator Bowl. The Huskers now stand at 23-22 all-time in bowl games. The win improved Nebraska to 1-1 against Clemson in bowl games, following a loss in the 1982 Orange Bowl.

* Nebraska trailed 14-3 at half and 21-10 in the third quarter. The 11-point deficit Nebraska overcame ties for the largest comeback by Nebraska in a bowl game, matching the 11-point comeback against Michigan in the 2005 Alamo Bowl when NU trailed 28-17 in the fourth quarter.

* Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini picked up his ninth win in today’s game, tying for the most wins by a Nebraska first-year head coach. He joined Bob Devaney (9 in 1962), Tom Osborne (9 in 1973) and Frank Solich (9 in 1998) with nine wins in their first season leading the Cornhuskers.

* Pelini’s ninth win also tied him for the most victories by any of the 18 first-year head coaches in the Division I ranks this season.

* Nebraska senior receiver Nate Swift caught three passes for 32 yards and one touchdown. With his 32 receiving yards, Swift finished second in the Nebraska record book for season and career receiving yardage. Swift finished his senior season with 941 receiving yards, just short of Johnny Rodgers’ 943 yards in 1972. Swift ran his career receiving yardage total to 2,476 yards, also just shy of Rodgers’ 2,479 receiving yards from 1970 to 1972.

* Swift caught a 17-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter today, giving him 10 touchdown receptions in 2008, good for second on the NU season list behind Rodgers’ 11 in 1972. Swift’s 22 career touchdown receptions ranked second behind Rodgers’ 25 career receiving scores.

* Swift finished the season with 63 receptions, the second-highest total in Nebraska history, trailing only Marlon Lucky’s 75 receptions last season. Swift’s 166 career receptions are a Nebraska record.

* Senior receiver Todd Peterson had four receptions for 96 yards. Peterson finished the season with 62 receptions, good for third on the NU single-season list, trailing only Marlon Lucky’s 75 catches last season and Nate Swift’s 63 this year. Peterson finished his career with 108 receptions, good for fifth on the NU career chart.

* Peterson pushed his season receiving yardage total to 786, good for fifth on the NU single-season list. He finished his career with 1,602 receiving yards, good for fourth on the career receiving yardage list. His 96 receiving yards today rank fifth in Nebraska bowl history.

* Nebraska senior quarterback Joe Ganz completed 19-of-36 passes for 237 yards. With his 237 passing yards, Ganz increased his season passing total to 3,569 yards, building on his Nebraska season passing record. Ganz finished his Husker career with 5,126 passing yards, good for second on the NU charts. In today’s game he passed Dave Humm (5,035) to move into second place, trailing only Zac Taylor’s 5,860 career passing yards.

* Ganz accounted for 239 yards of total offense, increasing his final career total to 5,468. He moved up two spots to fourth on NU’s career total offense list. In today’s game Ganz passed Jerry Tagge (5,283) and Jammal Lord (5,421) while falling just short of Tommie Frazier (5,476) on the list.

* With his two touchdown passes, Ganz pushed his season touchdown pass total to 25, just one shy of Zac Taylor’s NU season record of 26 touchdown passes in 2006. Ganz finished with 44 career touchdown passes, also one behind Taylor’s NU career passing touchdown record of 45 in 2005 and 2006.

* Ganz was named the 2009 Gator Bowl Most Valuable Player.

* Nebraska nose tackle Ndamukong Suh blocked a second-quarter Tiger FG attempt, his second blocked kick of the season. Nebraska’s Rickey Thenarse added blocked punt as the Huskers finished with six blocked kicks on the year (3 by Zach Potter). The six blocked kicks are the most by Nebraska since the Huskers blocked seven kicks in the 2005 season.

* Suh finished the game with a team-best eight tackles, including sacks of 12 yards in the second quarter and seven yards in the third quarter. Suh finished the 2008 season with 76 tackles and became the first defensive lineman to lead Nebraska in tackles since 1973. Suh totaled 7.5 sacks sacks and 19 tackles for loss this season.

* Senior defensive end Zach Potter finished the game with four tackles, including two tackles for loss of four yards. He also had one pass breakups and one quarterback hurry. Potter finished his senior season with 16 tackles for loss and 28 TFLs in his career.

* Sophomore I-back Quentin Castille rushed 18 times for a career-high 125 yards, including a career-long 58-yard rush in the third quarter. His previous long rush was a 37-yard touchdown run at Kansas State earlier this season. The 58-yard run also tied the season long rush for Nebraska (Marlon Lucky 58 yards vs. New Mexico State).

* Sophomore tight end Mike McNeill had three receptions for 27 yards in today’s game. McNeill finished the season with 32 catches, breaking Johnny Mitchell’s Nebraska position record of 31 catches in 1991.

* Clemson scored on a second-quarter fumble return, marking the seventh non-offensive score by Husker opponents this season, including the fourth in the past three games.

* Sophomore place-kicker Alex Henery connected on field goals of 48, 28, 28 and 22 yards, tying the Nebraska bowl record with four made kicks in a game. Nebraska’s first points of the game came on Henery’s seventh field goal of 40 yards or more this season (he is 7-of-9 from that distance). Henery improved to (18-of-21) on field goals this season and (26-of-29) in his Husker career.

* The Nebraska defense registered five sacks for 44 yards, pushing its season total to 35 sacks, more than double the Huskers’ 2007 total of 13 sacks. The Huskers produced 19 sacks for 169 yards in the final four games of the season.

* Nebraska held Clemson to 208 yards of total offense in today’s game. The Nebraska bowl record for yards allowed is 174 vs. Michigan State in 2003, Bo Pelini’s game as interim head coach. In two bowl games with Pelini as head coach, Nebraska has allowed an average of 191 total yards


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