By NU Athletic Communications
Nebraska Post-Game Notes
· Junior I-back Cory Ross rushed for a career-high 169 yards on 27 carries in today’s game. His 169 yards today pushed his career total to 1,053 rushing yards, making him the 54th Husker to rush for 1,000 career yards. Ross eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark on Nebraska’s first offensive play of the second half when he broke a career-long 52-yard rush to push his career rushing total to 1,001 yards. Today’s game also marked the fifth time in Nebraska’s six games dating back to last season that Ross has topped 100 yards. Ross now has 730 rushing yards in his last six games and an average of 121.7 yards per contest in that stretch.
· Ross’ 52-yard run was the longest by a Nebraska I-back since Dahrran Diedrick had a 53-yard rush against Kansas on Nov. 9, 2002. Ross’ 169 yards are the most by a Husker since I-back Josh Davis had 179 yards against Penn State on Sept. 13, 2003. Nebraska finished with 274 rushing yards and now has 637 yards in two games, an average of 318.5 rushing yards per game.
· Ross and redshirt freshman I-back Tierre Green combined to rush for 235 yards in today’s game, marking the second straight week the duo has combined for more than 200 yards on the ground. A week ago, Ross (125) and Green (112) combined for 237 rushing yards.
· Returning All-Big 12 tight end Matt Herian hauled in eight passes for 71 yards and one touchdown. Last week, Herian caught seven passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns. After two games, Herian has 15 receptions for 169 yards and three touchdowns. Herian’s eight receptions tied the Husker single-game record for receptions by a tight end, also held by Dennis Morrison who caught eight passes for 108 yards at Colorado on Oct. 22, 1966. The Nebraska season record for receptions by a tight end is held by Johnny Mitchell who caught 31 passes in 1991.
· Nebraska sophomore quarterback Joe Dailey completed 22 of 42 passes in today’s game for 202 yards and two touchdowns. The 42 attempts tied the Nebraska single-game record for pass attempts, matching the mark set by Dave Humm against Iowa State on Nov. 11, 1972. Dailey’s 22 completions were just three off the Nebraska record of 25 by Humm in 1973 against Wisconsin.
· Dailey has thrown six touchdowns in Nebraska’s first two games of the season, marking the most touchdowns in a two-game stretch since Eric Crouch had seven in consecutive games against Iowa (5) and Missouri (2) in 2000.
· Eight Huskers made their first career start in the season opener last week against Western Illinois. In today’s game against Southern Miss, senior linebacker Chad Sievers made his first career start as the WILL linebacker. Sievers missed last week’s game because of an injury.
· Senior linebacker Barrett Ruud made eight tackles in today’s game to become just the second player in Nebraska history to surpass 300 career tackles. Ruud now has 307 career tackles, 35 behind NU career leader Jerry Murtaugh who recorded 342 tackles in his Husker career.
· Southern Miss converted five Nebraska turnovers into 18 points in today’s game. The Husker defense held the Golden Eagles to a pair of field goals after first-quarter interceptions allowed USM to begin drives on Nebraska’s 33 and 27 yard line. The Southern Miss victory was the first non-conference home loss for Nebraska since 1991, when the Huskers dropped a 36-21 contest to Washington.
· The third-quarter interception by junior strong safety Daniel Bullocks was his second of the season and the fourth of his career, all in the past six games. The Bullocks’ twins have now combined for 15 career interceptions, including 11 by Daniel’s brother, Josh.
· Nebraska held Southern Miss to 97 rushing yards in today’s game (2.9 ypc), marking the fourth straight game Nebraska has limited the opposition to less than 100 yards on the ground. The Huskers held Western Illinois to minus-three yards rushing last week, while limiting Michigan State (45) and Colorado (64) below 100 yards on the ground in the final two games of last season.
· Three Nebraska true freshmen made their Husker debuts in today’s game. Linebackers Michael Keenan and Lance Brandenburgh played extensively on special teams, while receiver Santino Panico saw action as a punt returner. Nebraska has played a total of seven true freshmen this season. Four made their debut last week, including running back Brandon Jackson, quarterback Ryan Goodman, receiver Terrence Nunn and cornerback Cortney Grixby.