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September 10, 2005

Wake Forest vs. Nebraska game notes

***Nebraska's 31-3 victory over Wake Forest improved the Huskers to 2-0 all-time against the Demon Deacons, and marked Nebraska's first regular season victory over an ACC opponent since a 1973 win over North Carolina State.

***Nebraska's Corey McKeon returned a first-quarter interception 38 yards for a touchdown, marking Nebraska's second interception return for a touchdown this season. Fellow linebacker Bo Ruud had a 27-yard interception return for a score in the fourth quarter last week against Maine, giving Nebraska interception returns for touchdowns in back-to-back quarters. The interception was the second of McKeon's career (first vs. Western Illinois, 2004).

***Nebraska senior safety Daniel Bullocks returned a first-quarter fumble 30 yards for a touchdown to give Nebraska a 14-0 advantage. The touchdown was Nebraska's third defensive touchdown in a span of two quarters. In 2004, Nebraska did not score a touchdown on defense.

***The fumble return for a touchdown was the second of Bullocks' career. His first was last season at Kansas State when he returned a fumble punt snap 10 yards for a touchdown.

***Tonight's game marked the first time Nebraska had two defensive touchdowns in a quarter or a half since at least 1962. The Huskers scored a pair of defensive touchdowns on Oct. 18, 2003, against Texas A&M marking the last time NU had two defensive touchdowns in the same game. The last time Nebraska scored consecutive touchdowns on defense was on Oct. 19, 1963, when the Huskers had consecutive scores on interception returns in a 28-6 victory over Kansas State. In that game, Ron Michka returned an interception 16 yards for a score in the second quarter, and Larry Tomlinson had a 34-yard interception return in the third quarter.

***Linebacker Stewart Bradley gave Nebraska a third defensive touchdown of the night with a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, giving Nebraska a 31-3 lead. The touchdown was the first of Bradley's career.

***The two interception returns for touchdowns in tonight's game tied a school record, previously set on three occasions, most recently vs. Michigan State on Sept. 7, 1996 when Ralph Brown and Grant Wistrom each returned interceptions for touchdowns (for others see page 156 of the media guide). Nebraska's single-season record for interception returns for touchdowns is fi ve, set in both 1971 and 1995.

***Nebraska senior I-back Cory Ross rushed for 123 yards on 20 carries in tonight's game. The 123 yards pushed Ross' career rushing total to 2,064 yards, making Ross the 23rd player in Nebraska history to surpass 2,000 career rushing yards. Ross eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark on a 57-yard scamper at the start of the third quarter that set up Nebraska's TD that put the Huskers ahead 21-3. The 57-yard run was the second-longest rush of Ross' career. The 123-yard effort by Ross tonight was the 10th 100-yard rushing game of his Nebraska career.

***Ross is now in 23rd place on the Nebraska career rushing list with his 2,064 career rushing yards. In tonight's game, Ross passed Tommie Frazier
(1,955 yards), Joe Orduna (1,968 yards) and Jeff Smith (1,992 yards) on the career rushing list.

***In addition to his fumble return for a touchdown, senior safety Daniel Bullocks had 13 tackles in tonight's game, the second-highest tackle total of
Bullocks' career, trailing only a 15-tackle effort at Texas in 2003. Bullocks' 13 tackles tonight pushed his career total to 157 tonight, moving him into the top 50 on Nebraska's career tackles list.

***The Nebraska defense forced four turnovers in tonight's game, marking the first time the Nebraska defense had forced three or more turnovers in a game since the Blackshirts took the ball away from Pittsburgh three times last season.

***Nebraska has allowed just 10 points in the season's first two games, the fewest points Nebraska has allowed in the first two games of the season since allowing seven points combined in the first two games of the 1999 season (42-7 vs. Iowa, 45-0 vs. California).

***Tonight's game marked just the second loss by more than seven points for Wake Forest in the past two seasons and the first time since the 2000 season that Wake Forest was held without an offensive touchdown.

***The 51-yard field goal by Wake Forest place-kicker Sam Swank tied for the second-longest field goal by an opponent at Memorial Stadium, and ties for the longest by an opponent at Memorial Stadium since Auburn's Al Del Greco connected on a 51-yard attempt on Oct. 3, 1981.

***Nebraska sophomore linebacker Bo Ruud and sophomore I-back Brandon Jackson made their first career starts in tonight's game. Jackson opened the game lined up in front of Cory Ross in the I-formation.

***Sam Koch's 76-yard punt in the fourth quarter was the third-longest punt in school history, topping his previous career long of 70 set in last week's season opener. He is only the second punter in school history to record two 70-yard punts, joining Kyle Larson, who had three during his career.


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