Nate Swift broke Nebraska’s career receptions record and found the endzone twice in the second half to help lead the Huskers to a 32-20 win against Baylor. The 85,104 crowd was a NCAA-record 295th consecutive sellout crowd.
Swift broke the record on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Joe Ganz with 1:15 left in the third quarter. That gave the Huskers a 24-20 lead and gave the senior 144 career catches, moving him ahead of 1972 Husker Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers’ 143 career receptions.
After the Husker defense held Baylor on its next drive, Ganz hit Swift on a 53-yard touchdown strike to put NU ahead 30-20 and seal Nebraska’s fifth win of the year. The Huskers improved to 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the Big 12, while Baylor slipped to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the league.
Swift’s career-high tying ninth catch also gave him his second straight 100-yard receiving and seventh 100-yard effort of his career. It was also the fifth time in his career that Swift hauled in a pair of touchdown catches in a game. Swift finished the day with a career-best 11 catches for 121 yards.
Quarterback Joe Ganz completed 32-of-46 passes for 336 yards on the afternoon, while connecting with eight different receivers. The Huskers, who converted 11-of-17 third-down conversions.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin led Baylor to 350 yards of total offense on 53 plays, but the Bears were a dismal 0-for-10 on third-down conversions. He completed just 9-of-20 passes for 134 yards, while rushing 16 times for 121 yards and a touchdown. Griffin had 99 rushing yards and a score on his first five carries in the opening quarter.