Nebraska vs. Troy
Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006
- Troy won the opening coin toss and deferred the choice. It is the second straight week the Trojans won the opening flip after losing it the first two weeks.
- Troy opened the game in a 5-2 defense, a change from its standard 4-3. The switch involved DT Marcus Pittman opening in place of SLB Randy Underwood. Cornelius Williams and Adrian Vera made their first collegiate appearances
- The shutout ended a 29-game scoring streak. The last time Troy failed to score was against Arkansas on Nov. 2, 2002. The Trojans have been held scoreless only five times during Coach Blakeney’s 16-year tenure.
- The 56 points allowed were the most during Troy’s Division I-A era (five years). Montana tallied 70 against the Trojans on Dec. 14, 2002 during the Division I-AA semifinals. Tonight’s game marked the worst shutout loss since a 61-0 drubbing at the hands of Marion Military Institute (Marion, Ala.) in 1970.
- Troy fell behind 14-0 with 4:30 left in the first after Nebraska scored touchdowns on its first two drives of the contest. The opening march marked the first time the Trojans allowed a score on the opponent’s first touch since Oct. 29, 2005, when UL-Lafayette marched 87 yards on eight plays (3:31) after receiving the opening kickoff. The Cornhuskers match the Ragin’ Cajuns, who added a 56-yard drive to the endzone on their next possession.
- Saturday marked the fifth straight game (four in 2006, one in 2005) that the Trojans have failed to score in the first quarter. Their last points in the first 15 minutes came on a 33-yard Greg Whibbs’ field goal against Arkansas State. The last touchdown was in the game before against Florida Atlantic, a six-yard Kenny Cattouse run with 5:53 into the period.
- Today’s attendance of 84,799 was the second-largest ever to see a Troy football game. The largest was 89,493 at LSU on Oct. 23, 2004.
- Nebraska’s 28 first-half points were the most allowed by the Trojans since Kansas State tallied 34 in the opener 30 minutes on Aug. 30, 2003. The 28-0 deficit was also the most since that day, when Troy trailed 34-5 deficit at intermission.
- Troy allowed 597 yards of total offense, the most since Middle Tennessee gained 641 against the Trojans on Sept. 8, 2001. The 316 rushing yards allowed were the most since Nebraska gained 330 yards on the ground on Sept. 1, 2001 (their first game in Division I-A history).
- This is the second straight season Troy has suffered three straight losses after an opening day win. Last year the progession went Cal Poly, UAB, Missouri and South Carolina. This is the fifth time in Head Coach Larry Blakeney’s career that the Trojans have lost three straight.
- Cornhusker Marlon Lucky posted the longest run against Troy this season three different times during the game. He started with a 34-yard touchdown run on the opening drive before a 45-yard run to paydirt in the second quarter. He added a 51-yarder in the third quarter. Last week, a Georgia Tech running back rushed for 26 yards on a single attempt.
- The 67-yard Nebraska completion from Zac Taylor to Terrence Nunn was the longest since Troy’s last visit to Lincoln. On Oct. 4, 2003, Jammal Lord tossed a 77-yarder to Matt Herian. The previous long of the season was a 61-yarder last week by Georgia Tech.
- Defenders Justin Bray and Martin Teal enjoyed career firsts on Saturday. Bray made his first career interception during the second quarter, while Teal registered his first career sack on the final play of the third quarter.
- Brannon Condren led the team in tackles for the second straight week with a career-high 13 (12 solo). He had the exact same numbers – team season highs -- against Georgia Tech.
- Saturday marked the fifth straight game (four in 2006, one in 2005) that the Trojans have failed to score in the first quarter. Their last points in the first 15 minutes came on a 33-yard Greg Whibbs’ field goal against Arkansas State. The last first-quarter touchdown was in the game before against Florida Atlantic, a six-yard Kenny Cattouse run with 5:53 into the period.