Nebraska 38
New Mexico St. 7

Sept. 13, 2008 • 6:10 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE •
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1st quarter
NEB: M. Lucky 8 run (A. Henery kick), 0:13
2nd quarter
NEB: J. Ganz 20 pass from Lucky (Henery kick) 12:52
NEB: Ganz 33 run (Henery kick) 7:11
3rd quarter
NEB: Lucky 1 run (Henery kick) 12:01
NEB: M. McNeill 35 pass from Ganz (Henery kick) 5:01
4th quarter
NMS: M. Colston 3 run (K. Hughes kick) 12:31
NEB: Henery 19 FG, 8:15

                             NMS      NEB
FIRST DOWNS.................. 19       28
  Rushing..................... 7       15
  Passing..................... 9       12
  Penalty..................... 3        1
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)....... 32-114   44-330
PASSING YDS (NET)........... 225      223
  Att-Comp-Int.......... 39-19-2  24-18-0
TOTAL OFFENSE............ 71-339   68-553
Fumble Returns-Yards....... 1-48      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards.......... 1-0      1-5
Kickoff Returns-Yards..... 6-129     2-29
Int. Returns-Yards.......... 0-0     2-78
Punts (Number-Avg)....... 5-36.8   1-39.0
Fumbles-Lost................ 3-0      2-1
Penalties-Yards............ 7-50     7-41
Possession Time........... 28:54    31:06
Third-Down Conv. ....... 7 of 17  5 of 10
Fourth-Down Conv........  0 of 1   0 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances..... 1-4      4-7
Sacks By: Number-Yards...... 0-0     3-23

MS: Colston, Marque 8-45; Diaz, Spencer 7-39; Neiman, Wes 3-30; Glynn, Tonny 3-6; Perez, Brandon 3-5; McDermott, J.J. 2-4; Roberts, Donava 1-2; Holbrook, Chase 5-minus 17.

NEB: Lucky, Marlon 15-103; Castille, Q. 10-75; Ganz, Joe 5-69; Mendoza, Marcus 3-33; Helu Jr., Roy 7-32; Swift, Nate 1-16; Peterson, Todd 1-2; Witt, Patrick 2-0.

NMS: Holbrook, Chase 15-30-2-142; McDermott, J.J. 4-8-0-83; Neiman, Wes 0-1-0-0.
NEB: Ganz, Joe 13-17-0-158; Witt, Patrick 3-4-0-40; Lee, Zac 1-2-0-5; Lucky, Marlon 1-1-0-20.

NMS: Williams, Chris 4-42; Neiman, Wes 4-36; Harris, A.J. 4-27; Fleming, Julius 2-60; Anderson, M. 2-32; McDaniel, Doug 1-21; Colston, Marque 1-5; Buckley, K. 1-2.

NEB: Peterson, Todd 4-34; Teafatiller, H. 3-27; Lucky, Marlon 3-21; McNeill, Mike 2-57; Castille, Q. 1-23; Ganz, Joe 1-20; Helu Jr., Roy 1-16; Paul, Niles 1-10; Swift, Nate 1-10; Cammack, Wes 1-5.

Attendance: 84,821

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Ganz does it all in win over Aggies

Joe Ganz and Marlon Lucky teamed up to make history and the Nebraska football team played a complete game to improve to 3-0 on the season with a 38-7 win over New Mexico State.

Ganz became just the third Nebraska player in history to score touchdowns by run, pass and catch in the same game, joining Heisman Trophy winners Johnny Rodgers (1973 Orange Bowl vs. Notre Dame) and Eric Crouch (vs. California, 1999).

Ganz joined the select club by connecting with tight end Mike McNeill on a 35-yard touchdown pass with 5:01 left in the third quarter to give the Huskers a 35-0 lead.

Ganz added a career-long 33-yard touchdown run to put NU up 21-0 at halftime, after teaming with Lucky on the game’s biggest highlight earlier in the quarter. After NU senior cornerback Armando Murillo intercepted a Chase Holbrook pass and returned it 57 yards, Lucky hit Ganz on a 20-yard touchdown pass on the ensuing play to give Nebraska a 14-0 lead with 12:52 left in the half.

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2008 schedule
04/19Reds 24, Whites 14
08/30W. MichiganW 47-24
09/06San Jose St.W 35-12
09/13New Mexico St.W 38-7
09/27Virginia TechL 30-35
10/04MissouriL 17-52
10/11@ Texas TechL 31-37
10/18@ Iowa St.W 35-7
10/25BaylorW 32-20
11/01@ OklahomaL 28-62
11/08KansasW 45-35
11/15@ Kansas St.W 56-28
11/28ColoradoW 40-31
01/01ClemsonW 26-21



On this night, the Cornhuskers looked determined to rebuild their identity as a physical football team.


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Omaha World-Herald

In game three, Nebraska seemed to take on the hard-edged personality of its head coach — and just in time.

Lincoln Journal Star

With a simplified offensive package, Nebraska’s running game returned with a vengeance after sputtering in the first two games.

Grand Island Independent

The team seems better prepared for adversity than we saw last season


There were clear signs Saturday night that made me feel like this Pelini bunch is up for putting up a serious fight against anybody.

Lincoln Journal Star
Husker Dan

The next three games will tell very clearly how much progress the Huskers have actually made.

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