Huskers lose heartbreaker
Tyrod Taylor’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Dyrell Roberts with less than half a minute left allowed the No. 13 Virginia Tech Hokies to escape with a 16-15 home win over the No. 19 Huskers.
The Huskers got off to a slow start in the first quarter but controlled the action until Virginia Tech’s final drive. It appeared Alex Henery’s five field goals would be enough to give the Huskers their first road win over a top-20 team since 1997.
But Taylor, who had been stymied by a relentless Blackshirt defense throughout the game, connected with Danny Coale on an 81-yard pass with 1:11 left to take the Hokies to the Nebraska 3.
Safety Matt O’Hanlon registered an eight-yard sack of Taylor on Virginia Tech’s next snap to take the Hokies back to 2nd-and-goal from the NU 11. The Blackshirts blitzed again and forced Taylor to throw the ball away to set up 3rd-and-goal.
With the clock running and pressure coming, Taylor scrambled for several seconds before finding Roberts in the end zone for the winning score with 21 seconds left.