Nebraska 40
Colorado 31

Nov. 28, 2008 - 2:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE | ABC
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Colorado 14 10 7 0 31
Nebraska 14 10 3 13 40
1st quarter
CU: R. Greer 68 pass from C. Hawkins (A. Goodman kick) 14:06
CU: D. Sumler 36 run (Goodman kick) 10:33
NU: N. Swift 2 pass from J. Ganz (A. Henery kick) 5:46
NU: M. McNeill 53 pass from J. Ganz (Henery kick) 4:04
2nd quarter
NU: Henery 35 field goal, 12:08
CU: A. Goodman 37 field goal, 9:08
NU: Q. Castille 1 run (Henery kick) 2:03
CU: Jimmy Smith 58 fumble return (Goodman kick) 1:11
3rd quarter
NU: A. Henery 27 field goal, 9:49
CU: D. Sumler 4 run (Goodman kick) 5:39
4th quarter
NU: A. Henery 37 field goal, 8:09
NU: A. Henery 57 field goal, 1:43
NU: Ndamukong Suh 30 interception return (Henery kick) 0:55

                              CU       NU
FIRST DOWNS ................. 13       23
  Rushing..................... 4       11
  Passing..................... 9       12
  Penalty..................... 0        0
RUSHES-NET YARDS ......... 22-42   51-178
NET YARDS PASSING .......... 249      229
  Comp-Att-Int ......... 14-26-3  19-26-0
TOTAL OFFENSE ........... 48-291   77-407
Fumbles-Lost ............... 1-1      4-2
Penalties-Yards ........... 2-14     3-15
Punts-Average ........... 3-35.7   1-44.0
Punt Returns-Yards-TD .... 0-0-0   2-17-0
KO Returns-Yards-TD .... 8-198-0  6-143-0
Interceptions-Yds-TD ..... 0-0-0   3-38-1
Fumble Returns-Yds-TD ... 1-58-1    0-0-0
Possession Time .......... 20:24    39:36
Third-Down Conv. .......... 4/10     6/14
Fourth-Down Conv. .......... 2/2      0/2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances .... 2-2      5-6
Sacks By: Number-Yds ...... 4-36     5-34

RUSHING
CU: D. Sumler 9-65; T. Hansen 3-11; D. Scott 2-minus 1; C. Hawkins 8-minus 33.

NU: R. Helu Jr. 25-166; Q. Castille 12-12; J. Ganz 13-9; J. Wesch 1-minus 9.

PASSING
CU: C. Hawkins 14-24-3-249; TEAM 0-1-0-0; S. McKnight 0-1-0-0.

NU: J. Ganz 19-26-0-229.

RECEIVING
CU: S. McKnight 4-58; R. Geer 2-86; J. Smith 2-52; C. Crawford 2-20; R. Deehan 1-22; S. Melton 1-7; Pa. Williams 1-3; P. Devenny 1-1.

NU: R. Helu Jr. 5-49; T. Peterson 4-44; M. McNeill 3-70; M. Holt 3-42; N. Swift 2-10; N. Paul 1-11; Q. Castille 1-3.
 
Attendance: 85,319

 

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Henery’s kick, Suh’s pick finish off the Buffs

On a strange Senior Day inside Memorial Stadium, a sophomore and a junior stole the show for the Huskers in a thrilling 40-31 come-from-behind win over Colorado.

The Huskers trailed 31-27 entering the final quarter before rallying for their third straight victory. Sophomore Alex Henery cut the lead to 31-30 with a 37-yard field goal, before Nebraska drove downfield late looking to escape with a victory. Henery came back out and put NU in front for good by booting a 57-yard field goal with just 1:43 remaining, the longest field goal in Nebraska and Memorial Stadium history.

Junior Ndamukong Suh made sure Henery’s field goal would hold up when he intercepted a tipped pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown.

Henery’s and Suh’s heroics were needed after Nebraska failed to capitalize on numerous scoring opportunities throughout the second half. The Huskers drove inside Colorado’s 33-yard line on each of their four second-half possessions, but NU came away with just nine points.

Alex Henery kick

Alex Henery kicks his pivotal 57-yard field goal to give Nebraska the lead with less than two minutes remaining. | Courtesy of Nebraska Athletics
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2008 schedule
04/19 Reds 24, Whites 14
08/30 W. Michigan W 47-24
09/06 San Jose St. W 35-12
09/13 New Mexico St. W 38-7
09/27 Virginia Tech L 30-35
10/04 Missouri L 17-52
10/11 @ Texas Tech L 31-37
10/18 @ Iowa St. W 35-7
10/25 Baylor W 32-20
11/01 @ Oklahoma L 28-62
11/08 Kansas W 45-35
11/15 @ Kansas St. W 56-28
11/28 Colorado W 40-31
01/01 Clemson W 26-21

Commentary

Stryker

Nebraska did not overachieve Friday against CU, but when you take the season as a whole, NU’s mid-level talent did overachieve.

HuskerMax
Shatel

You forget that there’s a learning curve for the program and coach. Maybe that’s the lesson on a harried day that no Husker fan will forget.

Omaha World-Herald
Sipple

This game was about Nebraska retaining momentum and good cheer in a program that’s endured its share of suffering since the 2001 season.

Lincoln Journal Star
Paige

The Huskers came back Friday and have come back to respectability. The Buffs are coming, not going.

Denver Post
Woelk

This year, the Buffs weren’t good enough to produce breaks in their favor.

Boulder Daily Camera
McKeever

After last season, none of us would have plunked a dime on the defensive line coming through in the clutch.

Lincoln Journal Star
Husker Dan

When Alex Henery’s kick sailed through the uprights, I couldn’t believe it. Instead of being history, the Huskers made history.

HuskerMax
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