Nebraska Postgame Notes

By NU Athletic Communications
Marlon Lucky scored his sixth touchdown of the season on a 40-yard burst in the third quarter.
Marlon Lucky scored his sixth touchdown of the season on a 40-yard burst in the third quarter.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications
  • Nebraska improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in Big 12 Conference play. This marks the first time the Huskers have started 3-0 in Big 12 play since 2001. The victory ended a four-game Nebraska losing streak against Kansas State in Manhattan. The last Nebraska win in Manhattan before tonight was a 39-3 Husker win in 1996.
  • Nebraska's victory marked the Huskers’ ninth win in its past 10 games overall. Nebraska is one of just nine teams nationally with a 9-1 or 10-0 record in its past 10 games, including Texas in the Big 12 Conference.
  • Nebraska's win marked the Huskers' fifth straight over North Division opponents, marking Nebraska's longest winning streak against North foes since winning its final divisional game in 2000 and its first four North Division games in 2001.
  • Nebraska's victory marked the 800th win in the history of the program. The Huskers become the fourth program to win 800 games, joining Michigan (855), Notre Dame (816) and Texas (806).
  • Nebraska's game against Texas next weekend in Lincoln will be just the third-ever between teams with 800 wins, joining matchups between Michigan and Notre Dame in 2005 and 2006.
  • Tonight's win makes Nebraska eligible for its 44th all-time bowl appearance.
  • Nebraska scored a touchdown on the game’s opening drive for the fourth straight game and the fifth time in the past six games with a nine-play, 80-yard scoring drive. It also marked the third straight week Nebraska has marched 80 yards for a touchdown on its opening drive. Nebraska is averaging 10.1 yards per snap on 31 plays on game-opening drives in the past four games. 
  • Nebraska has scored first in all seven games this season.
  • Junior I-back Brandon Jackson rushed 16 times for 92 yards in tonight's game. Jackson got off to a strong start, breaking a career-long 48-yard run on Nebraska's game-opening touchdown drive. Jackson rushed for a career-high 116 yards last week at Iowa State.
  • Sophomore I-back Marlon Lucky rushed 12 times for 71 yards in tonight's game, including a 40-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to give Nebraska a 21-0 lead. Lucky has four touchdown runs of 34 yards or more this season, and a total of six rushing touchdowns on the year. 
  • Nebraska quarterback Zac Taylor completed 12-of-21 passes for 149 yards and one touchdown in tonight’s game. Taylor pushed his career passing total to 4,200 yards. Taylor is 281 yards behind Eric Crouch, who ranks third on the Nebraska career passing list with 4,481 yards.
  • Taylor has now thrown for 1,547 yards this season, a figure that ranks seventh on the Nebraska single-season passing list.
  • Taylor now has 14 touchdowns this season and 33 in his two-year Nebraska career, 10 shy of the Nebraska career record of 43 touchdown passes by Tommie Frazier.
  • Taylor’s 24-yard bootleg run in the second quarter was a career-long, bettering a 21-yard rush against Oklahoma last season. The 24-yard run tonight came on fourth-and-2 and set up a TD to give Nebraska a 14-0 lead.
  • Nebraska junior wide receiver Terrence Nunn caught one pass for 18 yards in tonight’s game. His one reception moved his career total to 79 receptions, five short of Jeff Kinney who is in third place on the Husker career list with 84 receptions. Nunn’s 18 receiving yards pushed his career yardage total to 1,049, good for 12th place on the Nebraska career yardage list, moving ahead of Junior Miller (1,045 yards). 
  • Nunn has now had at least one reception in 20 straight games, tying the second-longest streak in Nebraska history, along with Junior Miller and Matt Davison, and trailing Johnny Rodgers (37).
  • Junior wide receiver Maurice Purify caught four passes for 73 yards, including a 32-yard reception in the third quarter. Purify has four receptions of 32 yards or more and has picked up a first down on 14 of 15 receptions this season.
  • Sophomore tight end Hunter Teafatiller caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from holder Jake Wesch to open the scoring in the first quarter on a fake field goal attempt. Teafatiller has two receptions for 46 yards this season, both resulting in touchdowns. He caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from Joe Ganz in the season opener against Louisiana Tech.
  • Junior tight end Josh Mueller caught a three-yard touchdown pass from Taylor in the second quarter to give Nebraska a 14-0 lead. It was Mueller’s second touchdown reception of the season, giving Nebraska four different tight ends with two touchdowns each this season. In addition to Mueller and Teafatiller, fellow tight ends J.B. Phillips and Matt Herian also have two touchdown catches this season.
  • Nebraska redshirt freshman defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh had three total tackles tonight, a tackle for loss in the first quarter, and a sack in the third quarter. Suh now has a team-high eight tackles for loss this season, including a team-leading 3.5 sacks. Suh has seven tackles for loss in the past five games, including at least one tackle for loss in four of the past five games.  
  • Suh also had a fourth-quarter interception ending a K-State drive with Nebraska leading 21-3. 
  • Nebraska had five plays of more than 20 yards in tonight’s game, including three by rush and two by pass. Nebraska now has 39 plays of more than 20 yards in 2006, after picking up a total of 39 plays of 20 yards or more in 12 games in 2005. Nebraska has 15 rushes of more than 20 yards this year, after totaling six rushes of longer than 20 yards in 2006.
  • Nebraska controlled the ball for 34:51 in tonight’s game, marking the fifth time this season Nebraska has held the ball for 33:44 or more in a game. The Huskers had control of the football for 18:25 in the first half. Nebraska lead the Big 12 and ranked 11th nationally in time of possession entering tonight’s game.
  • Nebraska held Kansas State to 22 rushing yards in tonight’s game, including 38 yards on a fake punt in the first quarter. The Kansas State game marked the fourth time this season Nebraska has held an opponent to less than 100 yards on the ground, including Iowa State’s 53 yards last week. The strong rush defense marked the sixth time in the last 11 conference games dating to the start of the 2005 Big 12 season that NU has held an opponent to less than 60 yards rushing.


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