Texas Tech 31
Nebraska 10

Oct. 17, 2009 • 2:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • ABC
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1st quarter
TTU: B. Batch 16 pass from S. Sheffield (Matt Williams kick) 10:21
TTU: D. Howard 82 fumble recovery (Williams kick) 4:52
2nd quarter
TTU: Sheffield 1 run (Williams kick) 6:56
NEB: A. Henery 21 field goal, 1:47
TTU: Williams 32 field goal, 0:03
3rd quarter
NEB: K. Cooper, 13 pass from C. Green (Henery kick) 8:40
4th quarter
TTU: Sheffield 1 run (Williams kick) 3:30

                            TTU      NEB
First Downs................. 15       16
  Rushing.................... 2        4
  Passing................... 10       11
  Penalty.................... 3        1
Rushes-Yards (net)....... 25-25    30-70
Passing Yards (net)........ 234      215
  Att-Comp-Int......... 32-23-0  38-23-1
Total Offense .......... 57-259   68-285
Fumble Returns-Yards...... 1-82      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards......... 1-9     5-64
Kickoff Returns-Yards..... 2-58    5-108
Int. Returns-Yards......... 1-7      0-0
Punts-Average........... 6-36.0   5-35.2
Fumbles-Lost............... 1-0      1-1
Penalties-Yards........... 4-40    12-95
Possession Time.......... 29:56    30:04
Third-Down Conv. ........  6/14     6/15
Fourth-Down Conv. ......... 1/1      1/2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.... 4-4      2-5
Sacks By-Yards............ 5-22     5-42

TTU: Batch, Baron 12-38; Jeffers, H. 2-19; Sheffield, S. 11-minus 32.

NEB: Helu Jr., Roy 16-68; Mendoza, M. 1-3; Green, Cody 2-1; Lee, Zac 9-0; Jones, Austin 1-0; Paul, Niles 1-minus 2.

TTU: Sheffield, S. 23-32-0-234.
NEB: Lee, Zac 16-22-0-128; Green, Cody 7-16-1-87.

TTU: Batch, Baron 6-25; Lewis, Detron 5-100; Jeffers, H. 4-8; Leong, Lyle 3-46; Torres, Alex 2-18; Franks, Jacoby 1-18; Britton, Edward 1-16; Swindall, T. 1-3.

NEB: Brooks, Chris 5-66; Mendoza, M. 5-32; Cooper, Khiry 3-23; Holt, Menelik 2-34; McNeill, Mike 2-14; Gilleylen, C. 2-12; Helu Jr., Roy 1-27; Paul, Niles 1-4; Jones, Austin 1-2; Reed, Kyler 1-1.

Attendance: 86,107

Suh rushing Sheffield
Steven Sheffield gets a pass away under pressure from Ndamukong Suh. | Dennis Hubbard photo


Stats & Recap
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Wrecked by Tech

No. 15 Nebraska outgained a potent Texas Tech offense, but two long scoring drives and an 82-yard fumble return for a touchdown were enough to give the Red Raiders a 31-10 win.

The Huskers penetrated the Red Raider red zone three times in the first three quarters without scoring points. One of the red zone stops came when Daniel Howard scooped up a fumble by Niles Paul on a backward lateral from quarterback Zac Lee and raced 82 yards for a touchdown with 4:52 left in the first quarter.

That play provided the winning score for the Red Raiders, who began the game with a nine-play, 80-yard scoring drive.

The Huskers went into halftime trailing 24-3, then dominated the third quarter, but NU was unable to put points on the scoreboard. Nebraska outgained Tech 72-(-3) in the third period.

Nebraska finally found the end zone with 8:03 left in the game, cutting Tech’s lead to 24-10 when Cody Green hit Khiry Cooper on a 13-yard touchdown pass to cap a seven-play, 40-yard drive.

On its ensuing possession, Texas Tech marched 54 yards in nine plays to put the game away.

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Pregame & team info
2009 schedule
04/18Reds 31, Whites 17
09/05Florida AtlanticW 49-3
09/12Arkansas St.W 38-9
09/19@ Virginia TechL 15-16
09/26LouisianaW 55-0
10/08@ MissouriW 27-12
10/17Texas TechL 10-31
10/24Iowa St.L 7-9
10/31@ BaylorW 20-10
11/07OklahomaW 10-3
11/14@ KansasW 31-17
11/21Kansas St.W 17-3
11/27@ ColoradoW 28-20
12/05TexasL 12-13
12/30ArizonaW 33-0
Menelik Holt


Colonel Mustard

Holding Tech to less than 300 yards and 24 offensive points should have been good enough to win the game.


This is not the time to panic or overreact. But it is the time for smart, tough and swift decisions by the head coach.

Omaha World-Herald

Green is the future.


NU better have this figured out by Nov. 7, or the stretch run of the season could be a long, troubling slog.

Nebraska StatePaper

These guys don’t play particularly smart or disciplined.

Lincoln Journal Star

If an ‘Offensive Playmakers Wanted’ sign wasn't ordered somewhere in Lincoln before Saturday, it should be in production by the time you read this.

Omaha World-Herald

Pelini must make dramatic philosophical or personnel changes before next season.

Omaha World-Herald

Let’s see what the kid has to offer as a starter, before it’s too late.

Lincoln Journal Star

Pelini kept saying this is a work in progress. Now we know for sure that he’s not kidding.

Grand Island Independent
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