fend off air assault
Huskers fend off air assault
Quarterback Eric Crouch recorded over 300 total-offense yards, helping No. 3/3 Nebraska to a 41-31 victory over upset-minded Texas Tech.
The crowd of 77,838 didn’t have to wait long for the fireworks to start, as the Red Raiders (3-3, 1-3 Big 12) jumped to a quick 7-0 lead when Wes Welker returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown just 2:38 into the contest.
Nebraska (8-0, 4-0 Big 12) then took the ball 80 yards on eight plays, including seven straight rushes, to tie it at 7-7 three minutes later. Crouch capped the drive with a 27-yard scoring toss to tight end John Bowling.
Tech’s Jason Wesley fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and the Huskers’ Tim Demerath recovered the ball at the Tech 25. Fullback Judd Davies rumbled in on the next play, and Nebraska had a 14-7 lead.
Crouch then started to hit through the air. His 19-yard TD pass to split end Wilson Thomas gave Nebraska 21-10 advantage late in the first quarter, and he followed up with a 35-yard TD toss to Thomas at the beginning of the second quarter for a 28-13 lead.
The Blackshirts, who came in with a top-5 national ranking in total defense, allowed Texas Tech 261 total offense yards in the first half as the teams combined for over 500 yards of offense in the first two periods. By game’s end, the Red Raiders had thrown 64 passes.