Nebraska Postgame Notes

Nebraska Postgame Notes
vs. #8 Kansas
Lawrence, Kan.
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007

  • The 76-39 loss was just the second Nebraska loss in the past 39 games in the series. The Huskers had a 36-game win streak vs. KU snapped in 2005 in Lawrence, before rebounding with a 39-32 overtime victory last season in Lincoln.
  • Kansas’ 76 points are the most ever against Nebraska, eclipsing the previous high of 70 at Texas Tech in 2004. The 115 combined points are the most since World War II.
  • The 48 first-half points by Kansas set the school record for most points in a first half against the Huskers. Nebraska surrendered 42 points in a 62-36 loss at Colorado in 2001. The most points Nebraska has allowed in any half was 49 at Texas Tech in the second half of 70-10 loss in 2004. Kansas’ 27 second-quarter points were the most ever against Nebraska, bettering a 24-point outburst by Oklahoma in the second quarter in 2000. KU’s 21 points in the third quarter tied the most ever in the third quarter against Nebraska (twice previously).
  • The 76 points by Kansas in today’s game marks the most by the Jayhawks in the history of the series, bettering KU’s 40 points against Nebraska in 2005.
  • Nebraska scored 14 points in the first quarter of today’s game, marking the first time this season Nebraska has scored more than seven points in the first quarter. Kansas’ 21 first-quarter points were the most against Nebraska since Missouri also scored 21 against the Huskers in October of 2005.
  • Today’s loss was Nebraska’s fifth straight, the Huskers’ longest losing skid since 1958.
  • Senior wide receiver Maurice Purify caught seven passes for a career-high 158 yards and three touchdowns in today’s game, the fifth-highest single-game receiving total in school history. His 60-yard catch in the second quarter was Purify’s longest of the season and the second-longest of his career, behind a 63-yard touchdown catch in 2006 against Texas. Purify’s receiving yardage total today surpassed his previous career best of 122 yards on seven catches against Ball State earlier this season.
  • Purify caught a 19-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, a 14-yard TD score in the third quarter and an 8-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter. Purify has caught at least one touchdown in each of the past three games and has 14 career touchdown receptions, tying him for third in school history.
  • Purify now has 74 career receptions and moved into the top 10 on the career receptions list in today’s game. He also moved into the top 10 on the NU career receiving yardage list. His 1,200 yards rank fifth on the NU career receiving yards list.
  • Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns in today’s game. The 405 passing yards in today’s game are the third-most passing yards in school history and represent the third 400-yard passing game in school history.
  • Ganz connected on pass plays of 62 and 60 yards, the second and third longest offensive plays by Nebraska this season. Ganz completed six passes of 20 yards or more.
  • Junior I-back Marlon Lucky caught six passes for 83 yards in today’s game, including a 62-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. Lucky’s six catches today give him 61 receptions in 2007, a new season receptions record, bettering Johnny Rodgers’ 55 catches in 1972.
  • On the 62-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter, Lucky set new Nebraska running back records for receiving yards in a season and a career. With his 83 receiving yards today, Lucky has 512 receiving yards this season and 898 receiving yards in his career. The previous records were both held by Jeff Kinney who had 433 yards on 41 catches in 1969 and totaled 864 receiving yards on 82 career catches from 1969 to 1971.
  • Lucky has 95 career receptions, good for third on the NU career list, surpassing Matt Davison’s career total of 93 receptions from 1997 to 2000.
  • Lucky has caught at least three passes in 13 of Nebraska’s last 16 games, including the top two receiving games by a Nebraska running back (13 vs. Texas A&M, 11 vs. Ball State). He has had four or more catches in eight of the past nine games.
  • Lucky has 1,378 all-purpose yards in 2007, bettering his 14-game total of 1,266 yards in 2006. Lucky needs 97 all-purpose yards to post the top all-purpose yardage season by a Husker since Ahman Green racked up 1,982 all-purpose yards in 1997.
  • Freshman I-back Roy Helu rushed nine times for a career-high 56 yards. Helu’s previous career high was 55 yards against Oklahoma State on 14 carries.
  • Sophomore wide receiver Menelik Holt nabbed a 13-yard reception in the second quarter, his first career reception.
  • Junior defensive end Zach Potter served as today’s game captain, alongside senior captains Brett Byford and Zack Bowman.