Red Raiders down Huskers in overtime
Nebraska took No. 7 Texas Tech down to the wire and beyond, but an interception on the Huskers’ lone drive in overtime ended NU’s upset hopes in a 37-31 loss at Jones Stadium.
The Huskers slipped to 3-3 overall and 0-2 in the Big 12 with the loss, while Texas Tech improved to 6-0 and 2-0.
In a classic showdown filled with big plays, bigger scores and missed opportunities, Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz hit wide receiver Todd Peterson on a 17-yard touchdown strike with 29 seconds left to cap the Huskers’ 14-point fourth-quarter comeback and tie the score at 24 to end regulation.
In overtime, Nebraska special teams captain Jake Wesch, who earlier had completed an eight-yard pass on a fake field goal to keep NU’s first touchdown drive of the fourth quarter alive, called heads to win the toss. NU chose to play defense, and Texas Tech scored on a reverse play from two yards out just four plays later. But Donnie Carona’s extra point was blocked by Zach Potter to leave the Huskers 25 yards from victory.
On NU’s possession, Ganz overshot wide receiver Nate Swift on his first attempt before running from heavy pressure on the Huskers’ second play of the drive. Ganz flipped the ball up the field in an attempt to avoid the sack, but his pass was intercepted by Texas Tech to end the game and NU’s hopes for an upset. The interception was the only turnover of the game by either team, and it ended an otherwise impressive performance by Ganz.