Joe Ganz and Marlon Lucky teamed up to add to Nebraska lore as the team played what was arguably it’s most well rounded game as the Huskers beat New Mexico State 38-7 to move to 3-0 on the season in front of a NCAA record 292nd straight sellout crowd.
Ganz became just the third Nebraska player in history to score touchdowns by run, pass and catch in the same game joining Heisman Trophy winners Johnny Rodgers (1973 Orange Bowl vs. Notre Dame) and Eric Crouch (vs. California, 1999).
Ganz capped off his historic game when he hooked up with tight end Mike McNeill on a 35 yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter. His career long run of 33 yards led to a score that put NU up 21-zip at the half, but it was his catch that was the highlight of the game.
After NU senior cornerback Armando Murillo intercepted a Chase Holbrook pass and returned it 57 yards, Lucky hit Ganz on a 20-yard touchdown pass on the ensuing play to give Nebraska a 14-0 lead with 12:52 left in the half.
The offensive line may have silenced some critics as Lucky picked up his 8th career 100 yard rushing game (103 yards total). Lucky also made history becoming the 24th running back in Husker history to go over 2,000 yards. That was set up on his career long 58 yard run at the start of the second half.
Overall, NU amassed 553 yards of total offense, as Ganz completed 13-of-17 passes for 158 yards on the night, while Patrick Witt connected on 3-of-4 attempts for 40 more yards in his most extensive playing time of his career in the fourth quarter.
Scoring (Nebraska 38, New Mexico State 7)
First Quarter (Nebraska 7, New Mexico State 0)
NU – Marlon Lucky 8 run (Alex Henery kick), 0:13
Second Quarter (Nebraska 21, New Mexico State 0)
NU – Joe Ganz 20 pass from Marlon Lucky (Henery kick), 12:52
NU – Ganz 33 run (Henery kick), 7:11
Third Quarter (Nebraska 28, New Mexico State 0)
NU – Lucky 1 run (Henery kick), 12:01
NU – Mike McNeill 35 pass from Ganz (Henery kick), 5:01
Fourth Quarter (Nebraska 38, New Mexico State 7)
NM – Marquell Colston 3 run (Kyle Hughes kick), 12:31
NU – Henery 19 FG, 8:15