Nebraska 20
Wake Forest 17

Sep. 8, 2007 - 11 a.m. Central
Groves Stadium | Winston-Salem, NC | ESPN
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Nebraska 3 10 7 0 20
Wake Forest 0 10 7 0 17

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1st quarter
NU: A. Henery 22 FG, 8:49
2nd quarter
WF: S. Swank 25 FG, 10:46
NU: A. Henery 22 FG, 7:41
WF: B. Hodges 1 run (S. Swank kick) 5:13
NU: S. Hill 25 pass from S. Keller (A. Henery kick) 0:16
3rd quarter
WF: K. Moore 5 run (S. Swank kick) 10:52
NU: M. Lucky 22 run (A. Henery kick) 8:13

                             NU       WF
First downs ................ 21       18
  Rushing ................... 7       11
  Passing .................. 12        5
  Penalty ................... 2        2
Rushes-Yards ........... 34-115   53-236
Net yards passing ......... 258      140
  Comp-Att-Int ........ 24-41-2  12-24-2
Total offense-Yards .... 75-373   77-376
Fumbles-Lost .............. 2-1      0-0
Penalties-Yards .......... 5-26     6-51
Punts-Avg .............. 5-45.0   7-39.0
  Net Yards Per Punt ..... 42.2     33.3
Punt returns-Yards ...... 1-0-0   2-14-0
Kickoff returns-Yds ...... 4-98     4-89
Interceptions-Yds ......... 2-3      2-0
Possession Time ......... 27:58    32:02
Third-Down Conv. ...... 3 of 15  9 of 20
Fourth-Down Conv. ...... 2 of 3   1 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances ... 2-2      3-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards .... 1-3      0-0

RUSHING
NU: M.Lucky 24-90; Q.Castille 6-28; S.Keller 2-1; Team 1-minus 4.

WF: K.Moore 8-116; M.Andrews 14-49; J.Adams 8-31; K.Marion 3-17; B.Hodges 8-14; K.Harris 10-9; D.Bryant 1-2.
 
PASSING
NU: S.Keller 24/41 258 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT.

WF: B.Hodges 12/24 140 YDS, 0 TD, 2 INT.
 
RECEIVING
NU: T.Nunn 6-83; N.Swift 5-45; M.Lucky 4-34; M.Purify 3-30; H.Teafafiller, 3-21; F.Hardy 2-20; S.Hill 1-25.

WF: K.Moore 4-35; K.Marion 3-73; J.Adams 2-11; D.Bryant 1-12; M.Andrews 1-6; C.Brinkman 1-3.
 
Attendance: 32,483

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Huskers squeak past Demon Deacons

The Nebraska Blackshirts made huge defensive plays late in the game to preserve a 20-17 road victory over defending ACC champion Wake Forest.

After surrendering a quick touchdown to give Wake Forest a 17-13 lead less than five minutes into the second half, the Blackshirts slammed the door on the Demon Deacons the rest of the ways.

No defensive play was bigger than a late fourth-quarter stop with just over six minutes to go when senior captain Zackary Bowman leaped to pick off a Brett Hodges third-down pass in the end zone to stop the potential go-ahead touchdown by Wake Forest.

Bowman’s interception seemed to spark the Nebraska offense, as the Huskers took control and marched NU to the Wake Forest 35.

The Demon Deacon defense held on fourth down with 1:45 left to give Wake Forest one final chance. Walk-on defensive back Ben Eisenhart appeared to make the Blackshirts’ final big play by intercepting a pass that was tipped by Cortney Grixby, but the call on the field was reversed by replay officials to give Wake Forest one final chance on fourth-and-10.

Called on for one final time, the Blackshirts stepped up again by forcing an incompletion with just over a minute left to give the ball back to the Husker offense to run out the clock.

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2007 schedule
04/14 Red 38, White 0
09/01 Nevada W 52-10
09/08 @ Wake Forest W 20-17
09/15 Southern Cal L 31-49
09/22 Ball St. W 41-40
09/29 Iowa St. W 35-17
10/06 @ MIssouri L 6-41
10/13 Oklahoma St. L 14-45
10/20 Texas A&M L 14-36
10/27 @ Texas L 25-28
11/03 @ Kansas L 39-76
11/10 Kansas St. W 73-31
11/23 @ Colorado L 51-65

Commentary

McKeever

Even with Moore’s fancy runs, Nebraska’s defense allowed just three points off of Keller’s three turnovers.

Lincoln Journal Star
McKewon

Truth be told, Keller looks like a guy whose engine needs to warm up. And once it does, it needs some Interstate miles.

Nebraska StatePaper
Sipple

If Nebraska plays like it did against Wake Forest, beating USC will remain only a fantasy.

Lincoln Journal Star
Douglass

For a decent share of Saturday's game against the defending ACC champions, the Huskers looked like a team that might be in trouble.

Grand Island Independent
Crowl

I would call it a very fortunate, breathe-a-sigh-of-relief win.

Daily Nebraskan
Cotten

No, a 20-17 defeat to - yes, even Nebraska - just won't cut it anymore. Not good enough. Isn't it great?

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