Monday, January 1st, 2007
NEBRASKA POSTGAME NOTESTEAM NOTES
Nebraska made its fourth appearance in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.The Cornhuskers’ all-time record is 802-326-41 (.703) in its 117th grid season. NU is fourth all-time in total wins.Nebraska fell by the same score to Auburn today as it did in its last appearance in the Cotton Bowl, a 17-14 loss to Houston in 1980. The Huskers dropped to 1-3 in Cotton Bowls all-time, 8-4 in their last 12 bowl games and 1-1 in bowl games under Coach Bill Callahan.
Nebraska senior quarterback Zac Taylor completed 14-of-26 passes for 126 yards and one touchdown in today’s game. Taylor threw for 126 yards in today’s game, giving him 3,197 passing yards for the season, extending his own Nebraska season record. Taylor finished his two-year Husker career with a school-record 5,850 passing yards.Taylor finished the season with 3,291 yards of total offense, extending his own school record. Taylor closed his Nebraska career with 5,791 yards of total offense, good for second on the Nebraska career chart.Sophomore I-back Marlon Lucky rushed 25 times for 88 yards in today’s game, his most rushing yards since rushing for a career-high 156 yards on 10 carries against Troy on Sept. 23.Lucky also caught a career-high six passes for 67 yards in today’s game, marking Lucky’s eighth game this season with two or more receptions. Lucky’s previous career high for receptions was four each against Missouri and Texas A&M earlier this season. His 67 receiving yards also marked a career best. Lucky finished the season with 32 receptions, giving Nebraska three backs with 30 or more catches in the past two seasons (also Cory Ross, 2005; Brandon Jackson, 2006).Lucky tied the Nebraska bowl game record with six receptions, equaling the mark previously set by three players, most recently Bobby Thomas in the 1975 Fiesta Bowl agianst Arizona State. Tom Penny and Dennis Richnafsky each also had six receptions apiece against Alabama in the 1967 Sugar Bowl.Lucky finished the day with 195 all-purpose yards, including 88 on the ground, 67 receiving yards and 40 yards on two kickoff returns.I-back Brandon Jackson rushed seven times for 38 yards and one touchdown in today’s game, giving him 989 rushing yards this season. He was attempting to record the 28th 1,000-yard rushing season in school history.Junior wide receiver Terrence Nunn caught one pass for eight yards in today’s game, giving him 42 receptions this season and 101 in his career. Nunn’s 42 receptions this season rank fifth on the Nebraska single-season charts, one behind his fourth-place effort of 43 catches last year. Nunn has caught a pass in 27 straight games, the second-longest streak in Nebraska history.Sophomore wide receiver Nate Swift opened today’s scoring with a 13-yard touchdown catch, his second touchdown catch of the season and the ninth of his career. Swift also caught a touchdown pass in the Alamo Bowl last year, a 14-yard second quarter TD reception against Michigan. Swift finished the game with three receptions for 44 yards, tying his season high for receptions in a game set twice this year.Nebraska scored on its opening drive of the season for the eighth time in 14 games this season. The Huskers have scored touchdowns on their first drive of the game seven times this season (also Nicholls State, Troy, Kansas, Iowa State, Kansas State, Colorado).Nebraska scored first in 12 of 14 games this season–all except Texas and Oklahoma.Nebraska’s 15-play, 80-yard scoring drive to open the game consumed 7:23, marking Nebraska’s longest scoring drive of the season in terms of plays and time.
Nebraska senior defensive end Adam Carriker recorded a nine-yard sack in the opening quarter of today’s game, his team-leading seventh sack of the season. Carriker finished his career with 20.5 career sacks, sixth on the Husker career list. Carriker finished his career with 41 tackles for loss, fifth on the Nebraska career chart. Nebraska junior linebacker Bo Ruud recovered a fumble in the third quarter of today’s game, his second fumble recovery of the season. Ruud also had two interceptions on the season.Nebraska senior defensive end Jay Moore had a sack in the fourth quarter of today’s game, marking his sixth sack of the season. Moore has a team-leading 17 tackles for loss this season, one off the NU season top-10 list. Moore has 38 career tackles for loss to rank in a tie for seventh on the Nebraska career list. Nebraska senior linebacker Stewart Bradley forced and recovered a fumble on the same play in the fourth quarter. Bradley recorded a team-leading four fumble recoveries this season. As a team, the Huskers had 13 fumble recoveries this season, with four by Bradley, two by Bo Ruud – including one against Auburn – and one each by seven other Huskers.