Texas Tech 37
Nebraska 31

Oct. 11, 2008 • 2:10 p.m. Central
Jones AT&T Stadium •Lubbock, TX • FSN
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2008 Texas Tech celebrates overtime win over NebraskaTexas Tech receivers Michael Crabtree (5) and Detron Lewis (17) celebrate their overtime win next to Nebraska’s Jacob Hickman. · Fort Worth Star-Telegram · Newspapers.com

1st quarter
TT: M. Crabtree 35 pass from G. Harrell (D. Carona kick) 4:49
2nd quarter
NU: Q. Castille 4 run (A. Henery kick) 11:46
TT: D. Carona 26 FG 8:13
TT: S. Woods 4 run (D. Carona kick) 1:18
3rd quarter
NU: A. Henery 21 FG 8:00
TT: M. Crabtree 4 from Harrell (Carona kick) 4:47
4th quarter
NU: J. Ganz 4 run (A. Henery kick) 12:10
NU: D. Young 2 pass from Ganz (Henery kick) 6:06
TT: G. Harrell 1 run (Carona kick) 2:21
NU: T. Peterson 17 pass from Ganz (Henery kick) 0:29
TT: E. Morris 1 run (Carona kick blocked)

                            NU        TT
FIRST DOWNS................ 29        16
  Rushing.................. 11         6
  Passing.................. 17         9
  Penalty................... 1         1
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)..... 35-114    23-137
PASSING YDS (NET)......... 357       284
  Att-Comp-Int........ 45-37-1   25-20-0
TOTAL OFFENSE ......... 80-471    48-421
Punt Returns-Yards........ 1-6       0-0
K.O. Returns-Yards...... 5-156      3-50
Int. Returns-Yards........ 0-0       1-0
Punts (Number-Avg)..... 1-55.0    2-41.5
Fumbles-Lost.............. 0-0       0-0
Penalties-Yards.......... 8-55      2-20
Possession Time......... 40:12     19:48
Third-Down Conv. ........ 7/12       4/8
Fourth-Down Conv. ........ 1/2       1/1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances... 5-5       5-5
Sacks By: Number-Yards.... 0-0       2-7

NU: M. Lucky 16-66, R. Helu 10-47, Q. Castille 3-6, J. Ganz 6-(minus 5).

TT: B. Batch 10-97, S. Woods 10-36, E. Britton 1-2, G. Harrell 1-1, E. Morris 1-1. 

J. Ganz 36-44-1-349, J. Wesch 1-1-0-8.

TT: G. Harrell 20-25-0-284.

NU: T. Peterson 8-77, M. Lucky 7-80, Me.Holt 6-55, N. Swift 5-70, N. Paul 4-25, M. McNeill 3-24, R. Helu 2-15, D. Young 2-11.
TT: M. Crabtree 5-89, D. Lewis 4-47, B. Batch 3-53, E. Britton 2-67, E. Morris 2-16, S. Woods 2-1, T. Swindall 1-6, L. Leong 1-5.

Attendance: 53,449

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Stats & recap

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.

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Pregame & team info
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



This was something that Nebraska football fans were looking for from Bo Pelini – an inspired, overachieving performance against a team with superior talent.


If the offense that showed up at Jones AT&T Stadium continues to make the bus, Nebraska will get three more wins — and then some.

Omaha World-Herald

The thing is, the Huskers played a magnificent game of keep-away. ... Shawn Watson devised a brilliant game plan on offense and it was executed well.

Lincoln Journal Star

Even in the loss, the Huskers had to come away with renewed faith that they can indeed compete with top-10 opponents and run with the Big 12 Conference’s elite.

Grand Island Independent
Husker Dan

Those who want to blame Joe Ganz for Saturday’s loss at Tech need to think again. ... The Huskers would never have made it into the overtime period had it not been for #12.


It is obvious that there is no quit in this team.


Leach’s wacky ways on the surface ... have built into his players what every football coach on this planet wants: Confidence.

Amarillo Globe-News
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