No. 7 Red Raiders Hold Off Nebraska In OT, 37-31
Oct. 11, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Eric Morris scooted 1 yard around right end for a touchdown in overtime and Jamar Wall made that score stand up for Texas Tech with an interception, and the seventh-ranked Red Raiders defeated Nebraska 37-31 on Saturday.
Texas Tech (6-0, 2-0 Big 12) left the door open for the Cornhuskers to win it with a touchdown and extra point, when the Red Raiders botched the PAT after Morris' score.
But the mistake didn't cost the Red Raiders. Joe Ganz, who threw for 349 yards for Nebraska (3-3, 0-2), was scrambling and trying to throw the ball away on the Huskers' second play when Jamar Wall intercepted along the Texas Tech sideline to end the game.
Graham Harrell, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, was 20-of-25 for 284 yards.
Late in regulation Harrell threw a 47-yarder to Michael Crabtree on fourth-and-5 from the Red Raiders 36 to keep Texas Tech's drive alive after Nebraska tied it at 24 to midway through the fourth quarter.
A few plays later Harrell took it in on a sneak to put Tech up 31-24.
Ganz brought the Huskers back in quickly. Todd Peterson caught two passes from Ganz for 11 yards each en route to completing a 17-yarder for a TD to cap an eight-play drive in 1:52 - the shortest possession for the Huskers all day.
Nebraska trailed throughout but got back in on a gamble. Jake Wesch came in to hold for a field goal early in the fourth quarter but instead threw for a first down to Mike McNeill on a fake to give Nebraska a first down at the 1.
Ganz took it in for a score with a quarterback sneak to pull Nebraska within 24-17 with 12:10 remaining.
After holding Texas Tech to its first three-and-out, the Huskers went 68 yards to tie it at 24-24 with about six minutes remaining. Ganz hit Dreu Young for a 2-yard TD score.
Nebraska did a good job of keeping the ball out of the hands of Texas Tech's high-powered offense. The Huskers had a balanced attack, running the ball almost as many times as they passed. They got their lone score of the first half following an eight-minute drive, and the Huskers got such good yardage on first and second downs that they rarely faced much on third down.
But Texas Tech was able to score more in half the time the Huskers held the ball.
After holding onto the ball for more than five minutes late in the first half, Nebraska came up short on a fourth-and-1 at the Texas Tech 30. The Red Raiders wasted little time with Harrell hitting Edward Britton on a 56-yard pass to the Nebraska 9. Three plays later, Shannon Woods went 4 yards into the end zone to put the Red Raiders up 17-7.
The Huskers didn't run for cover, though they mildly cratered. Niles Paul returned the ensuing kickoff 69 yards to the Red Raiders 31 before Mike Smith got called for holding on back-to-back plays. Nebraska was forced to go for a field goal but Alex Henery wasn't able to get enough on it from 53 yards.
Crabtree got the Red Raiders first score and a school record for career TDs (31) when he caught a quick slant and went untouched through the Huskers secondary for 35 yards for a 7-0 lead.
Nebraska came in knowing it had to hang onto the ball in order to slow Tech's offense. On their first TD drive the Huskers did just that, running the ball 10 times during of a 15-play drive. Quentin Castille finished off the drive on a 4-yard TD run to tie it at 7 early in the second quarter.
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