LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Zac Taylor matched his career high with
three touchdown passes and No. 20 Nebraska won its 21st consecutive
season opener with a 49-10 victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
The Cornhuskers effectively mixed the run and pass against their
overmatched opponent and amassed 584 total yards.
They scored on the last series of the first half and opening
series of the second to break open a 14-10 game on their way to
extending the longest winning streak in openers in the nation.
Taylor, who has thrown at least two touchdown passes in nine of
his last 10 games, was 22 of 34 for 287 yards. He was intercepted
once on a deflected pass.
The Huskers, 105th nationally in rushing last season, ran for
252 yards. It was the first time in 14 games that the Huskers had
rushed for more than 200 yards.
Glenn, Lucky and Jackson each had touchdowns.
First-time starter Zac Champion completed 12 of 27 passes for
231 yards and a touchdown, with one interception for Louisiana
Glenn finished an 11-play, 78-yard drive with a 1-yard run seven
seconds before halftime, and Taylor threw a 6-yard TD pass to
Phillips for a 28-10 lead early in the third.
Taylor completed 12 of 13 passes on the two scoring drives,
including 10 in a row.
Herian, who hadn't played since October 2004 because of a broken
leg, caught a 13-yard pass from Taylor to open the scoring in the
Tech had to settle for Danny Horwedel's 23-yard field goal after
driving from its 20 to the Nebraska 5 on its next possession.
The Huskers then made it 14-3, with Lucky scoring his first
career touchdown on a 13-yard run.
Tech's Johnathan Holland made the catch of the game to pull his
team to 14-10.
It looked as if Champion had overthrown Holland along the left
sideline, but Holland accelerated and stretched to pull in the ball
with his left hand at the 2, crossed the goal line for a 39-yard
touchdown and bounded over a padded wall into the first row of the
end zone seats.
The Huskers squandered three scoring chances. What would have
been a 29-yard touchdown run by Wilson was nullified by a holding
penalty far behind the play, Taylor was intercepted on a deflected
pass by D'Anthony Smith inside the 5 and Wilson fumbled inside the
Attendance of 85,181 was a Memorial Stadium record. The stadium
was expanded by 6,500 seats as part of a $50 million facilities