The Husker offense struggled again for three quarters, but this time the Huskers fell into a hole too deep to dig out of. After Missouri handed the Huskers their first Big 12 win last week, Nebraska could not follow it up at home as Texas Tech jumped out to a quick lead and never let NU back in the game as the Huskers lose 31-10 in front of an NCAA record 301st sellout crowd at Memorial Stadium.
Steven Sheffield drove the Tech offense down on their opening possession of the game covering 80 yards in 9 plays capped by a 16 yard TD catch from Baron Batch. Lee drove the Huskers down the field on their first possession, but a bad pitch from Lee to Niles Paul inside the 20, was scooped up by Tech and taken 82 yards for a touchdown and 14-0 first quarter lead.
Sheffield drove Tech to a 21-0 lead in the second on a 65 yard drive. The Huskers best chance to get on the board came in the closing seconds of the first half when Alex Henery kicked a 21 yard field goal after the Huskers had first and goal.
Tech added a field goal in the third quarter after forcing an NU punt, courtesy of blown coverage that resulted in a huge pass play from Sheffield to Batch. Down 24-3, Nebraska finally found the end zone with 8:03 left in the game, cutting Tech’s lead to 24-10 when freshman quarterback Cody Green hit Khiry Cooper on a 13-yard touchdown pass to cap a seven-play, 40-yard drive. It was Cooper’s first career touchdown catch.
Green came on after Lee left the game on 16 of 22 passing for 128 yards. In defense of Lee, that is a high passing percentage, and he found himself under quite a bit of pressure getting sacked four times. For some reason, the Huskers just can’t find the end zone. NU actually outgained Tech 285-259 yards, but the long opening drive and turnover basically set the tone for the rest of the game.
Final stats from Huskers.com.