Nebraska 7
Pittsburgh 6

Sept. 17, 2005 • 2:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • ABC
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2nd quarter
NEB: Taylor 1 yd. run (Congdon Kick) 7:51
3rd quarter
PIT: Cummings 38 yd field goal, 12:39
PIT: Cummings 27 yd. field goal, 1:44

                            Pitt       NU
FIRST DOWNS.................. 14       14
RUSHES-YARDS (NET).......... 114      174
PASSING YDS (NET)........... 190       93
  Att-Comp-Int.......... 11-28-0  10-20-0
TOTAL OFFENSE............ 64-304   68-267
Fumble Returns-Yards...... 0-0-0    0-0-0
Punt Returns-Yards....... 3-07-0  5-104-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards..... 0-0-0   2-42-0
Int. Returns-Yards........ 0-0-0    0-0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)....... 7-49.1   8-46.0
Fumbles-Lost................ 3-0      1-0
Penalties-Yards............ 4-35    11-91
Possession Time........... 27:17    32:43
Third-Down Conv. ....... 1 of 14  3 of 15
Fourth-Down Conv. ....... 1 of 1   2 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances..... 1-1      1-2
Sacks By: Number-Yards...... 4-27     4-34

PIT: L Stephens 17-98; R Kirkley 9-40; K Campbell 1-3; T Murphy 1-0; TEAM 1-minus-1, T Palko 7-minus-26.

NEB: Ross, Cory 32-161; Lucky, Marlon 1-0; Jackson, B. 2-4; Taylor, Zac 7-16; Glenn, Cody 4-20; Green, Tierre 1-8; Stuntz, Mike 1-4.

PIT: T Palko 26-11-0 190; TEAM 2-0-0 0.

NEB: Taylor, Zac 20-10-0 93.

PIT: G Lee 3-101; D Kinder 2-12; L Stephens 2-9; E Gill 1-26; J Delsardo 1-26; D Strong 1-19; R Kirkley 1-minus-3.

NEB: Nunn, Terrence 1-36; Hardy, Frantz 2-15; Phillips, J.B. 2-8; Ross, Cory 3-23; Sievers, Chad 1-3; LeFlore, Mark 1-8.

Attendance: 77,336

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Stats & Recap
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Blocked kick saves victory

In a wild ending to a game filled with missed scoring opportunities, Nebraska linebacker Adam Ickes blocked Josh Cummings’ 46-yard field goal attempt with no time on the clock to preserve Nebraska’s 7-6 victory over visiting Pittsburgh at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Ickes’ blocked field goal was the second field goal block of the day for the Huskers, joining freshman defensive end Zach Potter’s first-quarter block on Pitt’s opening drive. Cummings also missed a 49-yard field goal with 11:19 left in the game. Nebraska added a pair of missed field goals, but a stellar defensive effort by Nebraska’s Blackshirts and spectacular play from the Husker punt teams allowed NU to improve to 3-0 on the season.

Defensive ends Adam Carriker and Wali Muhammad powered a strong defensive effort that kept the opponent out of the end zone for the second straight week. Carriker finished with a team-high seven tackles, including four tackles for 26 yards lost and two sacks for 21 yards. Muhammad added three tackles with a pair of sacks.

The Huskers also received stellar strong special-teams play from Ray Guy Award nominee Sam Koch. The senior boomed an 84-yard punt, the second-longest in school history, in the third quarter. The kick flipped the field on the Panthers, burying them inside their own 10.

Lincoln Journal Star*
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Pregame & team info
2005 schedule
04/16Red 14, White 42
09/03MaineW 25-7
09/10Wake ForestW 31-3
09/17PittsburghW 7-6
10/01Iowa StateW 27-20
10/08Texas TechL 31-34
10/15@ BaylorW 23-14
10/22@ MissouriL 24-41
10/29OklahomaL 24-31
11/05@ KansasL 15-40
11/12Kansas St.W 27-25
11/25@ ColoradoW 30-3
12/28MichiganW 32-28


Colonel Mustard

The biggest positive from this game defensively is that our corners held up against a passing team.

Colonel Mustard

It’s too early to write off Callahan’s offense ever working at Nebraska. But it’s not too early to wonder.

Lincoln Journal Star

A high-five for Adam Ickes. The solid play of Muhammad, Carriker, and Ross made it possible for Ickes to play the hero.

Husker Mike

When the game is on the line, Bill Callahan does not have faith in Zac Taylor. In the 2nd half, the offense was reduced to Cory Ross.


That Nebraska is 3-0 says a lot about its will to win. Because watching these guys function ... you’d never think it possible.

Lincoln Journal Star
Husker Dan

Kansas and Baylor are not gimmes this year with this offense.

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