Nebraska vs. Maryland final notes

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Courtesy: NU Media Relations

Nebraska vs. Maryland, Nov. 19, 2016, Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb.

29 –– Nebraska honored 29 members of the 2016 senior class before today’s kickoff. The group included 28 active members of the roster, as well as Sam Foltz.

–– Nebraska’s victory improved the Huskers to 9-2 on the season, marking the 50th nine-win season in school history and the 47th since 1962.

–– With its nine regular-season wins in 2016, Nebraska has improved its regular-season win total by four games after a 5-7 regular-season record in 2015. This marks just the sixth time in school history Nebraska has improved by four or more regular season wins from one year to the next. It is Nebraska’s best regular-season win improvement since jumping from a 3-6-1 record in 1961 to an 8-2 regular-season record and 9-2 overall mark in 1962.

–– Nebraska finished with a perfect 7-0 home record at Memorial Stadium in 2016. The perfect home record is Nebraska’s first unbeaten home season since a 7-0 record in 2012, and just the second unbeaten home season since 2001. It is the 42ndunbeaten and untied home season in school history. 

–– Senior quarterback Ryker Fyfe made his second career start in today’s game. Fyfe completed 23-of-37 passes for 220 yards and one touchdown. Fyfe was 14-of-20 for 153 yards and one touchdown before halftime. Fyfe’s start marks just the fourth game since Sept. of 2013 (South Dakota State) that Tommy Armstrong Jr. did not start.  Fyfe notched a career-long 21-yard rush in the second quarter.    The Husker victory is the first win by Nebraska started by a quarterback other than Tommy Armstrong or Taylor Martinez since a 2010 win over Colorado when Cody Green started at quarterback.

18–– Senior receiver Jordan Westerkamp caught season-high eight passes for 85 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter for the 18th touchdown catch of his career, and his fifth of 2016.      Westerkamp has caught at least one pass in 35 straight games, two shy of Johnny Rodgers’ school record.    Westerkamp’s eight receptions were a season-high, bettering his six receptions against Minnesota last week Westerkamp increased his career receptions total to 163, moving him within three receptions of Nate Swift for No. 2 on the Nebraska career receptions list (166)   Westerkamp increased his career receiving yardage total to 2,424, moving him within 52 yards of third place and 55 yards of second place on the NU career receiving yardage list.

9–– Senior linebacker Josh Banderas made team-high nine tackles, giving him 80 on the year. Banderas has made at least eight tackles in each of the past six games.   Banderas moved his career tackles total to 219, moving him up to 26th on the Nebraska career tackles list.

3–– Senior I-back Terrell Newby rushed for 98 yards on 22 carries and a career-high three rushing touchdowns. Newby also had three touchdowns last season against South Alabama, two by rush and one by reception. Newby now has 825 yards rushing on the season and is 175 yards shy of posting a 1,000-yard season.   Newby increased his career rushing total to 2,185, moving him up three spots to 25th on the NU career rushing list.

35–– Nebraska held the ball for more than 35:00 for the fourth time this season, possessing the ball for a season-high 38:58 in today’s game. The previous high was 38:01 vs. Illino     Nebraska has won the time of possession battle in nine of 11 games this season.

207–– Nebraska allowed 207 total yards, including a combined one yard in the second and third quarters. The 207 yards allowed are a season low, bettering NU’s performance against Minnesota when it held the Gophers to 265 yards. It’s the fewest yards allowed by Nebraska’s defense against a conference opponent since allowing 175 yards at Michigan in 2013.

0––Nebraska did not commit a turnover in today’s game, marking the second straight game without a turnover. This marks the first time Nebraska has had consecutive games without a turnover since the final two games of 2003 against Colorado and Michigan State. 

Other Notes…

* Sophomore defensive end Freedom Akinmoladun had two sacks for 15 yards, tying his career high (also 2 sacks vs. Southern Miss, 2015). Akinmoladun matched a season high with five total tackles in the game.

* The Nebraska defense registered a season-high five sacks, bettering its four sacks against both Northwestern and Fresno State.

* Nebraska’s 14 points in the first quarter are its most since opening a 17-0 lead after one quarter at Indiana. The 14 points are the second most Nebraska has scored in the first quarter this season.

* Nebraska held Maryland scoreless in the first half, marking the first time Nebraska has held an opponent scoreless in the first half in 2016. Nebraska allowed seven points in today’s game, its fewest in a conference game since allowing seven in a 44-7 win at Purdue in 2013.

* Senior safety Nathan Gerry had four tackles, giving him 267 career tackles and moving him within nine tackles of the top five on the NU career list. Gerry is also 20 tackles from the school record for defensive backs, held by Mike Brown who had 287 tackles from 1996 to 1999.