Nebraska Postgame Notes
Nebraska vs. Nicholls State
Nebraska 56, Nicholls State 7
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006
Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb.
- Today’s victory was Nebraska’s seventh straight win against non-conference opponents and marked the Huskers’ 37th win in its last 38 non-conference home games.
- The 56-7 win over Nicholls State marked Nebraska’s fifth straight win overall dating back to last season, the Huskers’ longest win streak since winning the first five games of the 2003 season.
- Nebraska has scored at least 49 points in back-to-back games to open the 2006 season. The previous time Nebraska had scored 49 or more points in consecutive games was in 1995, when the Huskers scored 49 or more points in four straight games at mid-season (Oklahoma State, Michigan State, Arizona State and Pacific). Nebraska’s 105 points in the first two games of the 2006 season are the most by a Husker team to open a season since NU’s 114 points against Oklahoma State and Michigan State in 1995.
- Nicholls State did not complete a pass in today’s game, marking the 10th time in school history an opponent has not completed a pass against Nebraska. The previous time an opponent had zero passing yards was Oklahoma State in 1992.
- Nebraska senior quarterback Zac Taylor passed for 202 yards in today’s game and became the seventh Husker player to surpass 3,000 career passing yards. Taylor ranks seventh in school history with 3,142 career passing yards, 175 yards from the top five on the career list.
- Taylor threw for a career-high four touchdowns in today’s game, eclipsing his three TD efforts in the previous two games (Alamo Bowl vs. Michigan, Louisiana Tech). It was also Taylor’s 11th straight game with at least one touchdown pass. In two games this season Taylor has thrown for seven touchdowns and one interception. In Nebraska’s five-game winning streak dating back to last season, Taylor has thrown for 14 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
- Taylor’s first pass attempt of the day was incomplete, but he completed his next 12 pass attempts before an incompletion late in the second quarter. The 12 straight completions were three off the Nebraska school record. A week ago against Louisiana Tech, Taylor had a streak of 11 straight completions spanning the second and third quarters.
- Taylor connected on 19-of-23 pass attempts in today’s game and his pass efficiency rating of 213.77 ranks as the eighth-best single-game effort in Nebraska history.
- Sophomore I-back Marlon Lucky rushed 18 times for a career-high 103 yards in today’s game. Lucky set the tone for his afternoon on Nebraska’s first series, rushing six times for 40 yards. Lucky had surpassed his career highs for both carries and rushing yards by hafltime with 15 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown. His previous career bests were 13 carries for 78 yards a week ago against Louisiana Tech.
- Nebraska marched 53 yards for a touchdown on the game’s opening drive, picking up all of the yardage on the ground.
- Nebraska rushed for 261 yards in today’s game after opening the year with 252 yards rushing against Louisiana Tech. Today marked the first time since the opening two games of the 2004 season that Nebraska posted back-to-back games with more than 200 rushing yards. The Huskers opened 2004 by rushing for 363 yards against Western Illinois and 274 yards vs. Southern Miss.
- Senior fullback Dane Todd caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Zac Taylor in the first quarter to give Nebraska a 14-0 advantage. The score marked Todd’s first career touchdown.
- Nebraska senior tight end Matt Herian caught four passes for 38 yards in today’s game. Herian now has 60 receptions in his career, just one reception shy of the Nebraska tight end record of 61 receptions by Jerry List from 1970 to 1972. A week ago, Herian became Nebraska’s career leader for receiving yardage among tight ends.
- Herian caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Taylor in the second quarter of today’s game to give Nebraska 21-0 advantage. The touchdown catch was Herian’s second of the season and the 12th of his career, two shy of the Nebraska tight end record of 14 by Todd Millikan from 1985 to 1988.
- Nebraska junior receiver Terrence Nunn caught three passes in today’s game. With his three receptions, Nunn moved into the top 10 on the Nebraska career receptions list with 67 catches, tying Irving Fryar for eighth place on the career chart, just five catches from fifth place.
- For the second straight week, Nebraska scored seven touchdowns, with those scores coming from seven different players. In two games, Nebraska has had 11 different players reach the end zone, including four I-backs and four tight ends.
- Senior linebacker Stewart Bradley recovered two fumbles in today’s game, tying a Nebraska linebacker position record. Troy Branch also had two fumble recoveries in Nebraska’s 1992 victory over Colorado.
- In the first half of today’s game 41 of Nebraska’s 43 offensive snaps occurred in Nicholls State territory. At the same time, Nicholls State did not have a snap from scrimmage in Nebraska territory in the first half.
- Nebraska had a 20-yard advantage in starting field position in today’s game. Nebraska’s average drive start was its own 44 compared to Nicholls State’s average starting field position at its own 24.
- Nebraska forced three Nicholls State turnovers (all fumbles) in today’s game, while committing just one turnover. The Huskers are now plus-three in turnover margin this season.