November 25, 2005

Nebraska vs. Colorado post game notes

***Today's victory improved Nebraska to 7-4 overall and 4-4 in Big 12 Conference play. The victory marked the fourth straight win by the road team in the Nebraska-Colorado series. Nebraska has won six of the past seven meetings between the two schools in Boulder, with CU's lone victory in 2001.

***Nebraska's victories over Colorado and Kansas State marks the first time the Huskers have won their final two regular-season games since the 1999 season, when Nebraska won its final four games of the regular season, then won the Big 12 title game and the Fiesta Bowl.

***Nebraska's 27-point margin of victory in today's game was Nebraska's largest against Colorado since a 52-7 win in Lincoln in 1992.

***Nebraska junior quarterback Zac Taylor passed for 392 yards in today's game, including 255 yards before halftime. Taylor completed 27-of-43 passes in today's game, and posted his second 300-yard passing day of the season (also school-record 431 yards vs. Iowa State). Taylor's 392 yards passing in today's game pushed his Nebraska single-season passing record to 2,486 yards. Taylor's 392 yards passing in today's game are the second-best single-game passing total in school history, and just the fourth 300-yard-plus passing game in Nebraska school history.

***A candidate for Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year, Taylor threw two touchdown passes today, giving him 16 touchdowns against 10 interceptions this season.

***Nebraska's 392 passing yards in today's game gives it 2,525 passing yards this season, a single-season record. The previous record was 2,431 yards in 1972.

***Nebraska freshman place-kicker Jordan Congdon connected on field goals of 30 and 26 yards in the first half, extending his consecutive field goals made streak to 11. Congdon's streak ended with a missed 28-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of today's game. The freshman All-America candidate has now connected on 18-of-22 field goals this season after his kick with 2:02 remaining gave NU a 30-3 advantage. He tied Kris Brown's (1997) school-record of 18 field goals in a season with his final boot.

***The Blackshirt defense held CU to 212 total offense yards on 60 attempts in today's game, the fewest it has allowed since the season opener when it held Maine to 145 yards on 73 attempts. The Buffs gained 98 yards in the first quarter but then were held to 104 total offense yards over the final three quarters.

***Nebraska senior punter Sam Koch, a Ray Guy Award semifinalist and All-America candidate, punted five times in today's game, averaging 54.8 yards per punt. Koch had three punts of better than 55 yards, including a 63-yarder and a 61-yard punt from Nebraska's own 1-yard line early in the third quarter. Koch is averaging 45.87 yards per punt this season, putting him on pace to break the Nebraska single-season punting average record of 45.12 yards per punt by Ray Guy Award finalist Kyle Larson in 2003.

***Nebraska senior I-back Cory Ross rushed seven times for 13 yards in today's game, moving him into the top 10 on the Nebraska career rushing list. The Denver native now has 2,582 career rushing yards and moved past Jammal Lord (2,573 yards, 2000-03) into 10th place on the career rushing list.

***Ross caught nine passes for 129 yards in today's game, including a 19-yard touchdown reception from Zac Taylor in the second quarter to give Nebraska a 10-3 lead. Ross' nine catches are a Nebraska running back single-game record, breaking his own record of eight against Iowa State earlier this season. Ross' 129 receiving yards were just short of his running-back record 131 yards against the Cyclones.

***Ross' nine receptions today give him 40 on the year, moving him into a tie for fifth on the Nebraska single-season top-10 list with Irving Fryar (1983). Ross' 40 receptions in 2005 are the second-most in a season by a running back, trailing Jeff Kinney's position record 41 receptions in 1969. Ross had two receptions of 25 yards or more in today's game, along with the 19-yard touchdown.

***Ross' 68 career receptions are the second-most ever by a Nebraska running back and ties for sixth place in the NU career 10 (also split end Wilson Thomas, 68 between 1999 and 2002). Ross is the only player in Nebraska history to rank in the career top 10 in rushing yards and receptions.

***Nebraska redshirt freshman wide receiver Nate Swift caught four passes for 77 yards in today's game, giving him 42 receptions this season. Swift's 42 catches rank third in school single-season history and are the most by a Husker since 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers had 53 receptions in his junior season in 1971.

***Swift caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Taylor in the third quarter of today's game for his sixth touchdown catch of the season. Swift's six touchdowns are the most by any Nebraska player since tight end Gerald Armstrong had seven touchdown receptions in 1992.

***Nebraska sophomore wide receiver Terrence Nunn caught four passes for 27 yards in today's game, giving him 39 receptions this season, good for seventh place on the Nebraska single-season list.

***Nebraska sophomore wide receiver Frantz Hardy caught a 35-yard pass in the second quarter of today's game to set up a Congdon field goal that gave Nebraska a 20-3 lead. Hardy's 35-yard catch was 20 yards longer than any of Hardy's catches in the past nine games. Hardy's 35 yard-catch gave him more receiving yards in a game than any other game in the past nine contests. He opened the year with seven catches for 152 yards against Maine.

***Nebraska redshirt freshman receiver Todd Peterson's 38-yard reception in the second quarter of today's game was a career-long.

***The 34-yard reception by Grant Mulkey to end the first half was a season-long reception by Mulkey.

***Nebraska converted five red zone opportunities in today's game into two touchdowns and three field goals. The Huskers are now 27-of-31 in the Red Zone in Big 12 play. Nebraska has failed to convert in the Red Zone just two times in the past seven games.

***Nebraska converted on 11-of-21 third-down conversions, while the Blackshirt defense limited Colorado to 3-of-15 on third-down conversion attempts.

***Nebraska junior defensive end Adam Carriker shared a 12-yard second-quarter sack with defensive tackle Barry Cryer giving Carriker a team-leading 9.5 sacks on the season, just 0.5 sacks off the top 10 single season totals in school history.

***Nebraska finished the day with five sacks, pushing its season sack total to 47, tying for the third-most in school history, trailing only a school-record 53 sacks in 1999 and 49 in 1985. Nebraska also had 47 sacks in 1996.



 

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