Husker Comeback Falls Short
Dailey finished the day with 306 yards passing, going 29-for-55 to break NU single-game records for attempts and completions. Dailey’s 306 yards marked the second time in 2004 that he threw for over 300 yards, as he is the only quarterback in Husker history to surpass the barrier. Dailey’s 29 completions broke David Humm’s record of 25 set in 1973. Dailey ended his first year as a starter with 2,025 yards to rank third on the NU single-season charts.
Dailey had a hand in all three of the Huskers’ touchdowns against the Buffaloes (7-4, 4-4 Big 12), scoring first on a 2-yard run that capped an 80-yard scoring drive in the first quarter, and later with a 4-yard touchdown passes to senior fullback Steve Kriewald, with 3:53 remaining in the game, and Ross Pilkington with 1:38 left.
Before the start of the game,
“The seniors gave it their all,” Nebraska Coach Bill Callahan said. “I’m really proud of them, and I’m sorry and disappointed that it had to end this way. They’re a great group of guys, and I feel fortunate and privileged to be with those guys. I’m proud of the way our kids fought and came back. With a break here or there, it could have been a different ball game. We set a foundation with the things we did this year, and I think we’ll have success in the future.”
The Blackshirts stopped CU on its ensuing possession and got the ball back on their own 12-yard line. After freshman running back Brandon Jackson picked up a key first down with a 20-yard run down the sideline, Dailey completed four straight passes for 47 yards to put the Huskers at the
CU tailback Bobby Purify totaled 130 yards and surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season and the 3,000-yard mark for his career. Purify became the 11th player in Big 12 history to record 3,000 rushing and 500 receiving yards in a career. Klatt ended the game with 222 yards passing on 19-for-28 passing and one touchdown.
“We fought to the end,” Dailey said. “We know there are things we need to work on. I struggled. I need to work on my accuracy, my footwork, operating under pressure...you have to step up and make plays. But I think we showed a lot about our team and our character.”
On the Huskers’ ensuing possession, Pilkington bobbled a pass from Dailey, and Thaddaeus
Down 17-0, Nebraska finally responded. Ross opened the 80-yard scoring drive with a 10-yard run. Dailey picked up three first downs with completions to Terrence Nunn, Willie Amos and Pilkington. A 12-yard pickup by Ross gave Nebraska a 1st-and-goal situation at the 4. Dailey eventually scored on a 2-yard run to cut the Buffaloes lead to 17-7.
NU had one more chance to score after stopping Colorado with the help of an Ira Cooper sack. Dailey complete three straight passes of 15 yards or more to Grant Mulkey, Horne and Kriewald to put the Huskers at the Colorado 28. Horne ran right for six, but Dailey was sacked on the next play, and then missed Amos in the end zone. David Dyches missed on a 51-yard field goal attempt.
Colorado took over with 50 seconds left in the half, but that was all it needed to drive 44 yards and kick a 39-yard field goal, ending the half with a 20-7 lead. CU added another field goal on its first possession of the second half, as Crosby hit from 46 yards after Lorenzo Sims intercepted Dailey’s first throw of the half.