Nebraska Postgame Notes

By NU Athletic Communications
Steve Octavien recorded a career-high 10 tackles, including seven solos against Texas on Saturday.
Steve Octavien recorded a career-high 10 tackles, including seven solos against Texas on Saturday.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Ryan Bailey’s 22-yard field goal with 23 seconds remaining lifted No. 5 Texas to a 22-20 victory over No 17/16 Nebraska Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Bailey’s field goal, the first of his career, capped a wild final quarter that saw Nebraska score two touchdowns to erase a 16-7 deficit, taking a 20-19 lead on Marlon Lucky’s 25-yard touchdown to Nate Swift with 4:54 remaining. Nebraska had a final opportunity to win the game in regulation, but Zac Taylor’s throw from the UT 40-yard line to the end zone fell incomplete.

  • Today’s loss was just Nebraska’s second in its past 11 games, both against top-five opponents, with the other setback a 28-10 loss at No. 4 USC earlier this season.
  • The Texas win marked the Longhorns’ fourth straight victory in Lincoln, marking the second-longest win streak by a conference opponent at Memorial Stadium, trailing only eight straight victories by Oklahoma from 1943 to 1957. The last three meetings in Lincoln have been decided by a total of nine points.
  • Today’s loss ended a streak of four straight Nebraska victories at Memorial Stadium against top-five opponents. The previous top-five team to win at Memorial Stadium was fourth-ranked Washington in 1991. The Huskies went on to win the national championship that season.
  • Nebraska scored 20 points in today’s game, ending a streak of eight straight home games with at least 24 points.
  • Nebraska failed to score a touchdown on its first drive for the first time in five games. Nebraska had scored a TD on the opening drive of the past four games to take a 7-0 advantage.
  • Texas kicked a field goal on the opening drive of the game today to take a 3-0 lead, marking the first time in eight games Nebraska has not scored first.
  • Today’s crowd of 85,187 is a Memorial Stadium record, eclipsing the 85,181 fans for the Sept. 2 season opener against Louisiana Tech.
  • Junior wide receiver Maurice Purify caught a career-long 63-yard pass in the first quarter to give Nebraska a 7-3 advantage. Purify finished the day with two receptions for 84 yards and the touchdown. Purify’s previous career-best reception was a 42-yard touchdown grab against Nicholls State.
  • Purify has caught 17 passes this season with 16 of those catches going for first downs, including three touchdowns. Purify is averaging 24.5 yards per catch this season, and has 10 receptions of more than 20 yards in 2006.
  • Nebraska quarterback Zac Taylor completed 15-of-28 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns. Taylor’s 63-yard pass play to Maurice Purify was his fifth pass of the season of 60 yards or more. With his 15 completions today, Taylor became Nebraska’s career leader in pass completions with 359. The previous record was 353 by Dave Humm from 1972 to 1974.
  • Taylor has thrown for 1,824 yards this season and sits in sixth place on the Nebraska season passing list. Taylor owns the Nebraska single-season record with 2,653 in 2005. Taylor moved his career passing total to 4,477, moving him within four yards of Eric Crouch, who ranks third on the chart at 4,481 yards and within
    558 yards of the school career record of 5,035 yards by Dave Humm from 1972 to 1974.
  • Taylor now has 16 touchdowns this season and 35 in his two-year Nebraska career. Taylor is eight touchdown passes shy of the school record of 43 touchdowns held by Tommie Frazier from 1992 to 1995.
  • Taylor’s second-quarter interception was just his third of the season and his first interception since the second quarter of the Troy game (84 attempts). Taylor had a streak of 83 passes without an interception earlier this season.
  • Nebraska junior I-back Brandon Jackson caught a career-long 28-yard pass in the second quarter, bettering a 22-yard catch at USC earlier this season, but again bettered his career-long with a 49-yard touchdown reception on the first play of the fourth quarter. Jackson totaled 162 all-purpose yards on Saturday (40 rush, 77 receiving and 45 yards in kick off returns).
  • Nebraska had the football for 25:24, after entering the game leading the Big 12 in time of possession at 33:08 per game.
  • Nebraska senior defensive end Jay Moore had a four-yard sack in the second quarter. The sack was Moore’s team-leading fourth of the season and the 10th of his Nebraska career. Mooew finished with a four tackles, including three tackles-for-loss for a total of eight yards
  • Nebraska junior linebacker Bo Ruud finished with eight tackles in today’s game, including one solo stops. The total was one off his season high of nine on two occasions (at USC, at Iowa State). Ruud added his first sack of the season, a 10-yarder in the second quarter when he also forced a fumble.
  • Nebraska junior wide receiver Terrence Nunn finished the day with five receptions for 84 yards, marking his 21st straight game with a catch, the second-longest streak in school history behind 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers who had a catch in all 37 games of his Nebraska career. Nunn’s five catches today pushed his career total to 84, tying Jeff Kinney (1969-71) for third place on NU’s all-time receiving chart.
  • Marlon Lucky’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Nate Swift with 4:54 remaining in the fourth quarter was his first career pass attempt. It was also the first touchdown pass touchdown pass by a Husker running back since Cory Ross’ 18-yard touchdown pass against Oklahoma last season.
  • The Nebraska offense had seven plays of 20 yards or more in today’s game, all seven through the passing game. Nebraska now has 46 plays of 20 yards or more this season, more than last year’s 12-game total of 39.
  • Steve Octavien returned to the field for the first time since the USC game and totaled a caree-high 10 tackles, including seven solo stops. He also had two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a pass breakup.

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