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Oct. 18, 1997

Texas Tech Blanked by Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Ahman Green carried 24 times for 178 yards and a touchdown, moving into fourth place on the school's all-time rushing list as second-ranked Nebraska dominated throughout in a 29-0 Big 12 thrashing of Texas Tech.

With the easy victory, the Cornhuskers (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) have a chance to leapfrog Penn State for the top spot in the polls. Heavily favored Penn State pulled out a 16-15 home victory over Minnesota.

Texas Tech (3-3, 2-1) never got going, getting outgained 446-127 in total yardage, including 400-17 on the ground. Nebraska's defense posted its first shutout since October 12th, 1996, a 49-0 whitewash of Baylor, making coach Tom Osborne's 300th career game memorable.

The Cornhuskers are 53-3 over the last five years -- an NCAA record -- and have the nation's longest current home winning streak at 40 games. Nebraska's home streak ties it with Notre Dame (1907-18) for the sixth-best all-time Division I-A home streak. Miami of Florida (1985-94) has the record of 58 straight.

Nebraska has also won 34 straight conference games, though postseason contests do not count in that streak. Texas knocked off the Cornhuskers in last year's Big 12 Championship Game. In addition, Nebraska has not lost in front of a homecoming crowd since a 12-0 defeat to Kansas State in 1968, a 29-game winning streak. Osborne is 25-0 on homecoming.

The Cornhuskers have won all five meetings with Texas Tech, and halted the Red Raiders' five-game Big 12 road winning streak.

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