Tonight's attendance was 92,000, tying for the third-largest crowd ever to see Nebraska play, and the second-largest in a regular-season game, trailing only 110,763 at Penn State in 2002. Among tonight's crowd were an estimated 25,000 Husker fans.
The 28-10 loss ended Nebraska's five-game overall winning streak and was Nebraska's first loss in its past eight non-conference games since a 2004 loss to Southern Miss.
Nebraska's loss was just its third in its past 11 games against Pac-10 opponents. Nebraska's other recent losses to Pac-10 foes came at Arizona State in 1996 (19-0) and against Arizona in the 1998 Holiday Bowl (23-20). Nebraska dropped to 2-5-1 all-time in games played in the Los Angeles area, and is 0-1-1 against USC at the Coliseum.
Tonight's game marked the first time in the Bill Callahan era that Nebraska has lost when scoring first. Nebraska was previously 10-0 in such games under Callahan. Nebraska took a 3-0 first-quarter lead on a 38-yard field goal by Jordan Congdon.
Nebraska senior quarterback Zac Taylor completed 8-of-16 passes for 115 yards in tonight's game. Taylor pushed his career passing total to 3,257 yards and moved up to sixth place on the Nebraska career passing list. In tonight's game, Taylor passed Vince Ferragamo, who had 3,224 yards in 1975 and 1976. Taylor trails Turner Gill's 3,317 yards from 1980 to 1983 for fifth place on the NU career charts.
Senior tight end Matt Herian caught a season-long 36-yard reception from Zac Taylor to end the third quarter. Herian's reception was his 15th career reception of 25 yards or more and his second in 2006.
Herian's catch was the 61st of his Nebraska career, tying him for the Nebraska career recrod for receptions by a tight end with Jerry List. Herian pushed his career receiving yardage total to 1,228, first among NU tight ends and third on the Nebraska career receiving yardage list for all players. In tonight's game, Herian passed Irving Fryar, who had 1,196 career receiving yards from 1980 to 1983.
Junior I-back Brandon Jackson entered tonight's game with four career receptions for 30 yards. In tonight's game he caught four passes for 36 yards, including a career-long 22-yard catch. Both his receptions and receiving yardage were team highs against USC.
Nebraska sophomore place-kicker Jordan Congdon connected on a 38-yard field goal in the first quarter to open the scoring in tonight's game. Congdon has made one field goal this season and is now 20-of-25 in his career.
Nebraska junior wide receiver Terrence Nunn finished tonight's game with two receptions for 32 yards. Nunn has caught at least one pass in 16 straight games dating back to his freshman season. He also moved up to seventh on the Nebraska career receptions list with 69, trailing former Husker Cory Ross who 71 to place sixth all-time.