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For the second straight week, NU passed for over 200 yards en route to a 50-27 victory over the unranked, but eventual bowl-bound Texas Tech Red Raiders. Nebraska jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but the pesky Red Raiders put a test to the Huskers' new 4-3 defense, as they crept back to a 20-14 halftime deficit, then took the lead on their second drive of the third quarter when they recovered a fumble on NU's own 26-yard line and scored from there.
But NU scored on its next three possessions, and two sacks by Butkus Award winner Trev Alberts and a fumble recovered by Tyrone Williams on a kickoff squelched the Red Raider upset plan.
On the day, quarterback Tommie Frazier completed 12 of 28 passes for a career-high 206 yards with a TD strike to tight end Gerald Armstrong and also rushed for a score. Corey Dixon was Frazier's favorite target, as the 5-foot-8 split end caught a career-high six passes for 116 yards. Place-kicker Byron Bennett added a career-high three field goals, two of which were over 40 yards, and was successful on five PATs, but had one blocked, ending a streak of 43 consecutive kicks.
Redshirt freshman I-back Damon Benning earned his first start for the injured Calvin Jones and responded with a game-high 127 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns.
Alberts earned Big Eight Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors as he led all tacklers with 11 stops and single-handedly sacked TTU four times for 21 yards in losses.
The Huskers totaled 534 yards, including 317 on the ground, to TTU's total 323. Backup quarterback Tony Veland went down with a torn petellar tendon and would be lost for the rest of the season.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Texas Tech 27
Sept. 11, 1993
Texas Tech 7 7 7 6 - 27
Nebraska 10 10 16 14 - 50
NU - Damon Benning 45 run (Byron Bennett kick) 11:02
NU - Bennett 41 field goal, 7:45
TT - Derrell Mitchell 34 pass from Robert Hall
(Jon Davis kick) :03
NU - Tommie Frazier 1 run (Bennett kick) 8:28
TT - Lloyd Hill 51 pass from Hall
(Davis kick) 1:48
NU - Bennett 45 field goal, :23
TT - Bruce Hill 26 pass from Hall
(Davis kick) 8:37
NU - Bennett 29 field goal, 4:00
NU - Gerald Armstrong 5 pass from Frazier
(Bennett kick) 1:20
NU - Benning 2 run (kick failed) :34
NU - Lawrence Phillips 30 run (Bennett kick) 4:31
TT - Bam Morris 19 run (run failed) 2:48
NU - Jeff Makovicka 30 run (Bennett kick) 1:38
First downs 19 30
Rushing att.-yards 34-137 59-317
Passes 11-25-0 13-30-0
Passing yards 186 217
Total att.-yards 59-323 89-534
Returns-yards 1-0 6-43
Sacks by 2-12 9-55
Punts-average 7-39.3 3-44.0
Fumbles-lost 2-2 2-1
Penalties-yards 13-111 6-55
Time of poss. 22:54 37:06
TT: Bam Morris 16-114-1; Alton Crain 1-14-0.
NU: Damon Benning 19-127-2; Lawrence Phillips 14-80-1; Jeff Makovicka 2-38-1.
TT: Robert Hall 10-21-169-0.
NU: Tommie Frazier 12-28-206-0.
TT: Lloyd Hill 6-103-1; Bruce Hill 3-32-1.
NU: Corey Dixon 6-116-0; Abdul Muhammad 2-43-0; Damon Benning 2-24-0.
MISSED FIELD GOALS
TT: Robert Johnson 3-6-9; Donnie Taylor 3-6-9; Dewayne Bryant 3-6-9; Damon Wickware 3-4-7.
NU: Trev Alberts 6-5-11; Toby Wright 3-4-7; David Noonan 2-2-4; Ed Stewart 1-3-4.
TTU: Byron Wright 1-6; Tyrone Brooks 1-6.
NU: Trev Alberts 4-21; Terry Connealy 2-15; Jerad Higman l-13; TroyBranch 1-3; Dwayne Harris 1-3.
Attendance - 75,771