Nebraska nearly made history by coming back from a 21-point first-half deficit, but Texas Tech quarterback Cody Hodges found Joel Filani on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 12 seconds left to allow the No. 15 Red Raiders to escape from Memorial Stadium with a 34-31 win.
Filani’s touchdown catch, his third of the day, came on fourth down as the Red Raiders managed to convert a pair of fourth-down plays inside Nebraska’s 20-yard line. Tech also overcame an interception by Nebraska senior defensive tackle Le Kevin Smith that appeared to end the Red Raiders’ hopes of victory.
But Texas Tech offensive lineman Bryan Kegans hit Smith during the interception return and forced a fumble that was recovered by Red Raider wide receiver Danny Amendola at the NU 19 with 1:13 left in the game. The turnover was Nebraska’s fifth of the afternoon.