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Late charge lifts Huskers in Solich’s finale
Nebraska scored 10 points in a span of under three minutes midway through the fourth quarter and reached the nine-win mark for the 34th time in 35 seasons with a 31-22 win at Colorado.
It wasn’t enough to save Frank Solich’s job, however, as the Huskers’ sixth-year head coach was notified the following day that he would not be retained.
With the Huskers trailing 22-21, David Dyches capped a 12-play, 58-yard drive with a 19-yard field goal, giving the Huskers a 24-22 lead. On Colorado’s next possession, linebacker T.J. Hollowell intercepted a Joel Klatt pass and returned it 25 yards to the NU 6-yard line, setting up a one-yard scoring run by Judd Davies on fourth-and-goal.
After Colorado drove to the NU 5, Pat Ricketts sealed the win with a leaping interception in the end zone.
Husker quarterback Jammal Lord tied a season high with 146 yards passing, including a 58-yard touchdown to tight end Matt Herian. Lord also rushed for 68 yards, and I-back Cory Ross eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the second time with 103 yards on 22 carries.
On defense, Barrett Ruud finished with 16 tackles and a pass breakup, while Hollowell and Demorrio Williams had nine tackles each.
Nebraska also received big performances on special teams, where holder Kellen Huston kept a touchdown drive alive with a 15-yard run on a fake field goal, and senior Josh Davis had a 64-yard kickoff return that set up another touchdown.
With the win, the Huskers snapped a two-game losing streak to CU and earned a berth in the Alamo Bowl with a 9-3 record.
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