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October 8, 2005

Texas Tech vs. Nebraska game notes

***Nebraska dropped its first game of the season and fell to Texas Tech for the second straight season with the 34-31 loss. Nebraska still leads the series by a 7-2 margin but lost for the first time in four matchups in Lincoln. Nebraska lost its Homecoming game for the first time since 1968, as Tech snapped Husker streak of 36 straight Homecoming wins. NU's last loss on Homecoming came against Kansas State.

***The first-quarter touchdown by Texas Tech marked the first points Nebraska has allowed in the first quarter this season. Texas Tech's touchdown also marked the first touchdown against Nebraska in the first half this season. Tech scored 21 points in the first half of today's game. Before today's game, Nebraska's first four opponents scored a combined six points in the first half.

***Nebraska senior I-back Cory Ross produced 119 all-purpose yards in today's game. Ross rushed 15 times for 68 yards and caught four passes out of the backfield for 51 yards. Ross is averaging 132.6 all-purpose yards per game this season.

***Nebraska junior quarterback Zac Taylor completed 21-of-35 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns in today's game. Taylor has thrown for a combined 660 yards in the past two games, including a school-record 431 yards passing in last week's win over Pitt. Taylor completed just 3 of his first 10 pass attempts, but connected on 18 the remainder of the day. Taylor completed passes to eight different receivers in today's game.

***Nebraska freshman running back Cody Glenn scored the first two touchdowns of his Nebraska career this afternoon. Glenn scored on runs of 5 and 1 yards in the second quarter, slicing Texas Tech's lead at the half to 21-14. Glenn carried the ball 12 times for 49 yards in today's contest.

***Nebraska senior wide receiver Mark LeFlore caught five passes for 53 yards in today's game (six is career high at Mizzou in 2003). LeFlore had five receptions for a career-high 110 yards last season at Texas Tech.

***Nebraska sophomore wide receiver Terrence Nunn caught three passes for 39 yards in today's game. Nunn had a 19-yard third-quarter touchdown reception from Taylor, Nunn's first career touchdown reception. Nunn added a four-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter to give NU its first lead of the game.

***Nebraska converted five trips into the Red Zone in today's game into four touchdowns and a field goal. Texas Tech penetrated the Nebraska Red Zone six times in today's game and scored three touchdowns and two field goals.

***Nebraska senior linebacker Adam Ickes blocked a Alex Trlica field goal attempt in the first quarter, marking Ickes' second blocked field goal of the season and the third by Nebraska in 2005. Ickes also blocked a Pitt field goal on the final play of Nebraska's win over the Panthers and freshmen Zach Potter and Barry Turner teamed up to block a Pitt field goal in the first quarter of that game.

***The Nebraska defense recorded four sacks in today's game, giving the Huskers 30 in 2005, after recording a total of 25 sacks in 2004.

***Nebraska junior defensive end Jay Moore had the best day of his Nebraska career. The Elkhorn native had a 12-yard sack of Cody Hodges, finished the game with three tackles for loss, totaling 18 yards, and also forced a Red Raider fumble and had a pass breakup at the line of scrimmage.

***Texas Tech had 412 yards of total offense in the first quarter today, and 294 yards at the half. After halftime, Texas Tech managed just 118 yards of total offense.

***Nebraska senior punter Sam Koch punted one time for a 32-yard average in today's game. Koch's punt in today's game was downed inside the Tech 20.

***Nebraska committed five turnovers in today's game, after committing just a pair of turnovers in the previous three games combined. Nebraska's defense allowed 13 second-half points after turnovers. Tech hit a pair of field goals on Husker turnovers inside its own 20 to start the third quarter of today's game and added a game-winning touchdown after forcing a fumble following Le Kevin Smith's interception late in the fourth quarter. On Nebraska's first turnover of the day, the Huskers blocked a field goal, while following a fourth-quarter fumble, the Nebraska defense forced a fumble that resulted in a touchdown and a 28-27 NU lead.

***Nebraska takes to the road for the first time this season next Saturday when the Huskers travel to Waco, Texas to take on Baylor in a 6:05 p.m. contest. The Bears enter the game with a 4-1 record, including a 1-1 mark in the Big 12, following a 23-13 victory at Iowa State on Saturday.

***Keith Wysocki of Lincoln and Sarah Demmel of Grant were crowned king and queen of the University of Nebraska Homecoming at halftime of today's game.


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