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Nebraska postgame notes
Nebraska vs. South Carolina, Capital One Bowl, Jan. 2, 2012

With the loss, Nebraska ended its season with a 9-4 record. The Huskers notched a nine-win season for the fourth time in four seasons under Bo Pelini. Nebraska is one of only eight schools nationally to win nine games in each of the past four seasons. The Huskers’ all-time bowl game record is 24-24.
Senior linebacker Lavonte David recorded 11 tackles, including 2.0 sacks. David finished the 2011 season with 133 tackles, good for fifth place on the season tackles list. David already owned the top spot on that chart with 152 tackles in 2010. With 285 career tackles, David finished fourth on the NU career tackles list. In today’s game, David surpassed Lee Kunz (276 tackles). With his 11 tackles, David posted his sixth double-figure tackle game of the season and the 14th of his two-year Husker career.
David’s 2.0 sacks gave him 5.5 sacks this season, and he pushed his team-leading TFL total to 13. David also caused a fumble on the first play from scrimmage for his third fumble caused of the season.
Nebraska junior I-back Rex Burkhead rushed 23 times for 89 yards. His effort today, pushed Burkhead’s totals to 284 carries for 1,357 yards. Burkhead’s 284 rushing attempts this season are second in school history, trailing only the 286 carries by Lawrence Phillips in 1994.
Burkhead’s 1,357 rushing yards this season is good for the seventh-best season total in school history, and the highest rushing total for a Husker since Jammal Lord rushed for 1,412 yards in 2002. Burkhead’s 1,357 rushing yards this season are the most by a Husker I-back since Ahman Green rushed for 1,877 yards in 1997.
Burkhead also increased his career rushing total to 2,654 and moved from 13th place to 12th on the NU career rushing list. Burkhead moved past Jammal Lord (2,573) in today’s game. He will enter his senior season just 89 yards from cracking the top 10 on the NU career rushing list.
Sophomore quarterback Taylor Martinez completed 10-of-16 passes for 116 yards and a 30-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Bell in the first quarter. With his 116 passing yards today, Martinez posted the 10th individual season in school history with at least 2,000 passing yards. Martinez finishes the 2011 season with 2,089 passing yards, good for sixth on the NU single season list. His 2,089 passing yards is also the most ever by a Nebraska sophomore, surpassing the previous high of 2,074 yards by Dave Humm in 1972.
In addition to his 119 passing yards, Martinez rushed for 37 yards and accounted for 156 yards of total offense. Martinez finished the 2011 season with 2,966 yards of total offense, the third-most in school history. He also moved up to No. 3 on the Nebraska career total offense chart in today’s game. Martinez now has 5,562 career total yards. In today’s game he passed Jammal Lord (5,421), Joe Ganz (5,466) and Tommie Frazier (5,476) to move from sixth to third on the list. Entering his junior season, Martinez will trail only Eric Crouch (7,915 yards) and Zac Taylor (5,777).
Martinez threw an interception on his 10th pass attempt of the game, ending a streak of 125 consecutive pass attempts without an interception. Martinez’s previous interception came in the second quarter against Michigan State.
Martinez had a 36-yard run in the third quarter, marking his longest run since the Fresno State game in the second game of the season.
Nebraska had a first-quarter PAT attempt blocked and returned for two points. The missed PAT ended a streak of 159 consecutive made extra points by Nebraska, dating back to October of 2008 against Baylor. The return for two points was the first for a Husker opponent since Colorado’s Greg Biekert had a PAT return on Nov. 2, 1991 in Boulder, Colo., in a 19-19 game.
Junior place-kicker Brett Maher missed a 36-yard field goal in the third quarter, marking just his fourth miss of the season and his first inside 50 yards. Nebraska had made 42 straight field goals spanning 31 games from 49 yards or less. Nebraska’s previous miss from inside 50 yards came against Oklahoma in Lincoln in 2009.
Maher finished the day with one point to push his season total to 100. He joined I-back Rex Burkhead (102 points) in topping the century mark in scoring in 2011, giving Nebraska a pair of 100-point scorers for just the second time in school history, joining the 1997 season when quarterback Scott Frost, I-back Ahman Green and kicker Kris Brown all topped the century mark.
Redshirt freshman wideout Kenny Bell caught a 30-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of today’s game for his third touchdown catch of the season. Bell finished the season with 32 receptions for 461 yards to lead the team in both categories. Bell is just the second freshman to lead Nebraska in those categories, joining Nate Swift, who led NU in both categories in 2005.
Source: Nebraska Athletic Department