Nebraska Postgame Notes vs. Missouri

By NU Athletic Communications
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*-Today’s victory improved Nebraska to 7-3 overall and 4-2 in Big 12 Conference play. The victory gives Nebraska a one-game lead over Missouri in the Big 12 North. The Huskers need to win one of their final two games (at Texas A&M, Colorado) to advance to the Big 12 Championship game for the first time since 1999.

*-The victory today marked Nebraska’s 15th straight victory over Missouri in Lincoln, dating back to a 35-31 loss to the Tigers in 1978. During Nebraska’s 15-game win streak over the Tigers in Lincoln, Nebraska has won 12 of the games by double digits.

*-Nebraska’s win marked its 37th win in its last 38 Homecoming contests, with the only setback a 34-31 loss to Texas Tech last season.

*-Today’s victory was the Huskers’ sixth straight against North Division opponents, dating back to last year’s loss at Kansas. This marks Nebraska’s longest win streak against North Division opponents since winning nine straight against divisional foes from 1998 to 2000.

*-Nebraska senior quarterback Zac Taylor threw for two touchdown passes in today’s game, giving him 20 this season, surpassing the previous season record of 20 held by Vince Ferragamo in 1976. Taylor now has 39 career touchdown passes, four shy of the Nebraska record of 43 career touchdown passes by Tommie Frazier from 1992 to 1995.

*-Taylor threw for 208 yards in today’s game. The 208 yards gives him 2,273, good for second place on the NU season list, trailing only his own Nebraska record 2,653 yards last season.

*-Taylor now has 4,926 career passing yards, just 109 yards behind Dave Humm’s career record of 5,035 yards from 1972 to 1974.

*-Junior wide receiver Maurice Purify caught two passes for 21 yards in today’s game, including a seven-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter to give Nebraska a 7-0 lead. Purify has caught six touchdown passes this season, including five in Big 12 Conference games, four in the past three weeks. Purify’s six touchdowns are one shy of the seven touchdowns by both Nate Swift and Terrence Nunn last season, which marked the most TD receptions by a Husker since 1992.

*-Purify also threw his first career pass, resulting in 28-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Nunn in the first quarter. The play marked the third touchdown pass and fourth completed pass of the season by a non-quarterback. Holder Jake Wesch (Kansas State) and running back Marlon Lucky (Texas) had thrown touchdown passes coming into the game.

*-The touchdown reception by Terrence Nunn was the ninth of his Nebraska career and second of the 2006 season. Nunn finished the day with two receptions for 35 yards, pushing his career receptions total to 89, four receptions behind Matt Davison, who had 93 receptions from 1997 to 2000 and sits in second place on the NU career receptions chart.

*-Nunn extended his receptions streak to 23 straight games, the second-longest in Nebraska school history.

*-Senior defensive end Adam Carriker collected his first career interception in the first quarter of today’s game, setting up Nebraska on the Mizzou 22-yard line. The Huskers converted on a seven-yard TD pass from Taylor to Purify, giving Nebraska a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter.

*-Nebraska junior I-back Brandon Jackson rushed a career-high 32 times for 111 yards in today’s game, marking his third 100-yard rushing game in the past five weeks, including 116 yards at Iowa State and 182 yards at Oklahoma State. Jackson’s 32 carries bettered his previous career high of 22 at Iowa State.

*-Jackson finished the game with 172 all-purpose yards, including 111 rushing and 61 receiving. Jackson had three receptions for 61 yards, including a 48-yard first quarter reception, the second-longest of his career, trailing a 49-yard touchdown two weeks ago against Texas. Jackson has 10 receptions in the past four games, and 18 this season.

*-Fellow I-back Marlon Lucky caught a career-high four passes for 46 yards in today’s game, including a career-long 26-yard reception in the third quarter. Lucky has 20 receptions this season, and has caught a pass in every game this year.

*-Junior linebacker Bo Ruud intercepted a second-quarter Tiger pass, marking his second interception of the season and the third of his Nebraska career. Ruud’s 40-yard interception return was the longest by a Nebraska player this season. Ruud also recovered a fumble on Missouri’s final possession to seal the victory.

*-Tight end Hunter Teafatiller caught a 17-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of today’s game, his third catch and third touchdown catch of the season. Nebraska tight ends have caught nine touchdown passes this season. Husker tight ends did not have a touchdown reception last season.

*-The Nebraska offense had five plays of 20 yards or more in today’s game, with all five by pass, giving the Huskers 59 plays of 20 yards or more this season. Last season Nebraska finished with 39 plays of 20 yards or more.

*-Nebraska scored first for the ninth time in 10 games, with a 40-yard field goal by Jordan Congdon with 4:53 to play in the first quarter.

*-Nebraska took a 10-0 lead after the first quarter of the game. Nebraska has outscored the opposition 96-10 in the first quarter this season.

*-Nebraska’s 27 points in the first half of today’s game were its most points in a half in a Big 12 game since scoring 31 in the first half against Baylor in 2004. Nebraska scored 24 points in the first half at Missouri last season, but was scoreless in the second half.

*-Nebraska scored 34 points in today’s game, marking the ninth time in 10 home games Nebraska has scored at least 24 points. Nebraska scored at least one touchdown in three quarters today, and has scored at least one touchdown in 20 of 24 quarters at home this season.

*-Nebraska held the ball for 35:11 in today’s game, marking the seventh time in 10 games Nebraska has had at least 33:44 in time of possession. Nebraska entered the game ranked 12th nationally in time of possession.

*-Nebraska converted 11-of-17 third-down conversions in today’s game, while limiting Missouri to just 3-of-13 third-down conversions, including just 1-of-6 in the first half. The Tigers entered the game ranked eighth nationally in third-down conversions at 52 percent. In Nebraska’s seven wins, the Huskers have allowed opponents to convert on 24 percent of their third-down attempts. In its three losses, NU opponents have converted 50 percent on their third downs


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