Nebraska vs. Troy
Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006
- Nebraska improved to 4-0 all-time against Troy with tonight’s win, also picking up wins in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
- The Huskers are now 23-2 all-time in night games at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska plays host to Kansas in a 6:10 p.m. game next Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
- Nebraska improved to 3-1 overall on the season, marking the 25th straight season the Huskers have started with a 3-1 or 4-0 record through four games. The victory was also Nebraska’s 38th win in its last 39 non-conference home games.
- Nebraska’a shutout tonight was its first since a 28-0 shutout of Iowa State in 2003. Nebraska had two shutouts that season, also blanking Troy 30-0. The 56-0 victory was Nebraska’s most lopsided win since a 59-0 win at Baylor during the 2000 season.
- Nebraska senior quarterback Zac Taylor completed 14-of-17 passes for 268 yards and one touchdown in tonight’s game. In the process, Taylor moved into fourth place on the Nebraska career passing list with 3,525 yards. In tonight’s game, Taylor moved past Turner Gill (3,317 yards, 1980-83) and Tommie Frazier (3,521 yards, 1992-95).
- Taylor connected on his first seven pass attempts of the night and was 6-for-6 for 108 yards and a touchdown on Nebraska’s first two drives of the evening.
- Taylor saw a streak of 83 straight passes without an interception end late in the second quarter of tonight’s game. Taylor’s first interception of the season came on his fourth pass attempt of the opener against Louisiana Tech.
- Taylor’s 67-yard second-quarter pass to Terrence Nunn was Nebraska’s longest offensive play of the season and the second-longest pass play of Taylor’s career, trailing only a 73-yard pass to Frantz Hardy against Maine last season.
- Sophomore I-back Marlon Lucky rushed 10 times for a career-high 156 yards and three touchdowns in tonight’s game. Lucky broke a career-long 34-yard touchdown run to open the scoring in the first quarter. Lucky rushed five times for 51 yards on Nebraska’s scoring drive to open the game. On his subsequent carry, Lucky unleashed a 45-yard touchdown run to give Nebraska a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter, then established a career-long rush for the third time on the night with a 51-yard sprint to the end zone.
- Kenny Wilson finished with 106 yards on 19 carries for his first career 100-yard game. It marked the first time that Nebraska has had two 100-yard rushers since the 2004 season opener (Cory Ross and Tierre Green vs. Western Illinois) and the 64th time in school history that NU has had double 100-yard rushers in one game.
- Nebraska had eight plays of more than 20 yards in the first half of tonight’s game, three by rush and five through the air. Of those plays, eight covered at least 30 yards and the eight plays covered nearly 300 yards. Before tonight’s game, Nebraska had a total of 12 scrimmage plays of 20 yards or more, including two rushes. The Huskers finished tonight’s game with 10 plays of at least 20 yard (5 rushing, 5 passing)
- Nebraska rolled up 406 yards of total offense in the first half–154 rushing and 252 by passing. The total offense figure is the most in a half under Head Coach Bill Callahan, and Nebraska’s most in the first half of a game since rolling up 416 yards on 40 plays in the first half of a 59-0 win over Baylor in 2000. The school record for most total offense in the first half is 508 against Arizona State in a 77-28 NU victory in 1995.
- Nebraska finished tonight’s game with 597 yards of total offense, marking the second time this year Nebraska has topped 500 yards of total offense (also 584 yards vs. Louisiana Tech). Nebraska has produced three of the five-highest total offense outputs in Bill Callahan’s three seasons as head coach in the first four games of the 2006 season.
- Nebraska totaled at least 250 yards rushing and 250 yards passing for the second time this season with 316 yards rushing and 258 yards through the air. Prior to accomplishing the feat twice this season, NU had gone 10 years without rushing and passing for at least 250 yards in the same game.
- Nebraska’s 316 rushing yards tonight marked its highest single-game rushing total since rushing for 363 yards against Western Illinois in 2004.
- Nebraska junior wide receiver Terrence Nunn caught four passes for a career-high 102 yards in tonight’s game. Nunn’s previous career high in receiving yards was 91 yards against Michigan in the 2005 Alamo Bowl. Nunn had a 67-yard reception late in the second quarter, his longest career reception and the longest play by the Husker offense this season. Nunn’s previous career-long reception was 55 yards at Kansas State in 2004.
- Nunn has now had at least one reception in 17 straight games, the third-longest such streak in Nebraska history, trailing Johnny Rodgers (37) and Matt Davison (20).
- With his four receptions tonight, Nunn moved up three spots to fifth on the Nebraska career receptions at 73 career receptions. In tonight’s game, Nunn passed Cory Ross (71 receptions, 2002-05) and Tim Smith (72, 1977-79). Nunn is one reception behind fourth place Guy Ingles and 11 behind No. 3 Jeff Kinney.
- Sophomore receiver Nate Swift caught three passes for 79 yards in tonight’s game. Swift caught a career-long 49-yard reception from Taylor on Nebraska’s second scoring drive of the night, bettering his previous career-long catch of 34 yards against Kansas State last season. On the first-quarter scoring drive, Swift had two catches for 77 yards.
- Nebraska has scored 14 rushing touchdowns in four games this season, including six in tonight’s game. Last season, Nebraska had a total of 10 rushing tochdowns on the season.
- Nebraska scored 14 points in each quarter of tonight’s game, giving the Huskers a streak of nine straight quarters at home with 14 or more points, including 21 in the final quarter against Louisana Tech and 14 points in each of the four quarters of a 56-7 win over Nicholls State.
- Nebraska has scored at least 49 points in three straight home games to open the season. The last time Nebraska scored 49 or more points in three straight home games was in 1996, when NU defeated Baylor (49-0), Kansas (63-7) and Missouri (51-7).
- Fullback Matt Senske caught a touchdown pass in the third quarter of tonight’s game on the first offensive touch of his Nebraska career.