NCAA Game Summary - Colorado at Nebraska |
(Friday, November 24th)
Final Score: (23) Nebraska 37, Colorado 14
Lincoln, NE (Sports Network) - Brandon Jackson rushed for 142 yards and a
touchdown while also catching six passes for 42 yards and a score as the 23rd-
ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers upended Big 12-foe Colorado, 37-14.
Zac Taylor threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns for the Cornhuskers (9-3,
6-2 Big 12), who had already clinched a spot in the Big 12 Conference
Nebraska will face either Oklahoma or Texas for the conference title on
Terrence Nunn had 52 receiving yards and a touchdown for the Cornhuskers,
while defensive end Barry Turner had a 29-yard TD reception on a fake field
Bernard Jackson completed just 11-of-23 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown
for the Buffaloes (2-10, 2-6), who completed a rough season under first-year
head coach Dan Hawkins.
Mell Holliday rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown for Colorado and Hugh
Charles added 61 rushing yards.
After a Nebraska turnover to start the second half led to Holliday's 45-yard
TD run that evened the score at 14-14, the Cornhuskers closed the game out
with 23 unanswered points to coast to victory.
Nebraska answered later in the third with an eight-play, 65-yard scoring drive
to jump back in front. Faced with a 3rd-and-2 on their own 43-yard line,
Taylor completed a pass to Maurice Purify for a 31-yard gain to the Buffaloes'
26- yard line.
Tyler and Purify hooked up again, this time for a 10-yard reception with the
Cornhuskers facing a 3rd-and-9. Nebraska then went backwards with two
consecutive false start penalties, but a pass interference call on Colorado
gave the Cornhuskers a fresh set of downs. Jackson took over from there,
running for 13 yards before crossing the goal line from two yards out.
Then, on the first play of the fourth quarter, Nebraska downed a Jordan
Congdon punt on the one-yard line and, on the next play, the Cornhuskers
stuffed Holliday in the end zone for a safety.
On their ensuing possession, the Cornhuskers built a comfortable 16-point lead
with a 10-play, 59-yard scoring drive.
Faced with a 4th-and-1 on the Colorado 33-yard line, Nebraska lined up to go
for it and Taylor walked toward the sidelines as if the Cornhuskers were
going to call a timeout. However, the ball was snapped directly to Tierre
Green and he scampered seven yards to move the chains.
On 3rd-and-13, Taylor hit Frantz Hardy for an 18-yard reception and a first
down. On the next play, Taylor hooked up with a streaking-Jackson for an 18-
Colorado then turned the ball over on downs on its next possession and
Nebraska was able to successfully run off most of the clock before Kenny
Wilson scored from seven yards out with 23 seconds left.
A partially-blocked punt gave Nebraska the ball near midfield on its
first possession of the game, and the Cornhuskers were able to take advantage
with a touchdown.
Led by Jackson, Nebraska marched 58 yards on 10 plays before Taylor hooked up
with Nunn for a 15-yard score. For his part, Jackson had seven carries for 27
yards and one catch for five yards on the drive.
Colorado responded on its next possession with a quick six-play, 75-yard
scoring march to even the score.
Charles got things going for the Buffaloes when he broke off an impressive 44-
yard run. Charles ran off tackle to the right and appeared to be stopped for a
loss, but the third-year back spun back to the left and broke free for the
Colorado's drive almost stalled after two straight penalties, but three
straight runs by Byron Ellis (nine yards), Bernard Jackson (13 yards) and
Charles (12 yards) gave the Buffaloes a first down on the Nebraska 14-yard
line. On the next play, Jackson found a wide open Riar Greer for a touchdown
to tie the game at 7-7.
Then, after Colorado failed to take advantage of a Wilson fumble when Mason
Crosby just missed on a 55-yard field goal attempt early in the second
quarter, the Cornhuskers forged back in front on a fake field goal.
Facing a fourth down on the Colorado 29-yard line, Backup QB Joe Ganz lined
up to take the kick with the offensive line stationed to the far left. The
snap went straight to Granz and he rolled to his right before finding Turner
in the end zone for the touchdown with 4:14 left before the break.
The Cornhuskers were looking for more right before halftime when Taylor was
leveled near the side line with a late hit. Ganz replaced Taylor and was
sacked on the final play of the half.
With Taylor back in the lineup to start the second half, Nebraska came out
strong to start the third quarter. Taylor hit Dan Erickson for a 57-yard
strike before Brandon Jackson ran eight yards to the Colorado 16-yard line.
However, Jackson then coughed up the ball and a few plays later, Holliday
broke free for a 45-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14-14.
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Colorado 46-17-2, having won eight of
the last 11 meetings...Cody Crawford was the Buffaloes leading receiver with
five catches for 79 yards.
11/24 19:42:20 ET