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QB's record-setting day lifts Huskers past Cyclones in OT

By Associated press
Published October 2, 2005


LINCOLN, Neb. - Zac Taylor finished his record day with an 8-yard touchdown to Cory Ross in the second overtime to give Nebraska a 27-20 victory over No.23 Iowa State on Saturday.

Taylor completed a school-record 36 passes (on 55 attempts) for a school-record 431 yards on a day the Huskers set a school record for fewest rushing attempts with 25. His most important pass also might have been his easiest as he found Ross alone in the flat.

The Cyclones, who haven't won in Lincoln since 1977, got 10 yards on their first two plays of their second-overtime possession. But Bret Meyer threw an incompletion, ran for no gain and threw two more incompletions.

Ross set a school record for a running back with 131 yards (on eight catches) and had two touchdowns, including a 70-yarder.

The Huskers tied it on Jordan Congdon 23-yard field goal with 7:20 left. And they had a chance to win in regulation after reaching the Iowa State 10 with less than two minutes left. But on third and 6, Taylor was caught in the backfield and fumbled.

The teams matched touchdown runs in the first overtime, the Cyclones' Greg Coleman from 10 yards and Ross from 1.

No. 2 Texas 51, Missouri 20

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Vince Young ran for 108 yards and a touchdown and threw two touchdowns for the Longhorns. On the game's third play, Aaron Harris intercepted Brad Smith and returned it to the Tigers 3. Jamaal Charles scored on the next play.

One play after Smith fumbled on a sack, Young went 33 yards to make it 14-7. After Smith's second fumble, Charles caught a 32-yard touchdown to make it 21-13. And Young's 33-yard scramble on third and 30 set up a field goal that gave the Longhorns a 24-13 halftime lead.

No. 16 Texas Tech 30, Kansas 17

LUBBOCK, Texas - Cody Hodges threw for 333 yards and a touchdown and ran for a touchdown for the Red Raiders. Down 20-0 early in the third, the Jayhawks returned Hodges' fumble to the Texas Tech 11 and scored a play later on John Cornish's run.

On the ensuing series, Tech drove 56 yards in six plays, capped by Hodges' 5-yard run that made it 27-7. On a drive later in the quarter, Kansas' Mark Simmons caught four passes for 43 yards, including a 17-yard score, to cut it to 13 again. Hodges fumbled again on the Red Raiders' next series, and Kansas got Scott Webb's 28-yard field goal.

But Kansas didn't threaten again, and a career-best 46-yard field goal with 4:44 left sealed it.

TEXAS A&M 16, BAYLOR 13 (OT): Courtney Lewis' 13-yard run won it for the Aggies. Down 10-7, they got the ball at their 6 with 5:16 left. They converted two fourth downs, on quarterback Reggie McNeal's 1-yard run and 13-yard pass to Chad Schroeder on fourth and 7 with 2:27 left.

Todd Pegram's 25-yard field goal capped the 17-play, 86-yard drive that sent it to overtime. After Ryan Havens made a 21-yard field goal to start overtime, A&M ran two plays before Lewis scampered to the end zone untouched.

OKLAHOMA 43, KANSAS ST. 21: Kejuan Jones ran for two touchdown in relief of the injured Adrian Peterson for the host Sooners. Peterson left in the second quarter with a right foot injury. But coach Bob Stoops said he will be okay and could have played in the second half if needed.

In the first quarter, the Sooners took a 9-0 lead when the Wildcats snapped the ball out of the back of the end zone with punter Tim Reyer still on the sideline.

Reggie Smith's interception on the Wildcats' first second-half series set up an 8-yard touchdown run by Rhett Bomar. And Reyer's 17-yard punt led to Jones' 2-yard run that made it 33-7.

COLORADO 34, OKLA. ST. 0: Hugh Charles rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns for the visiting Buffaloes. He went 74 yards for a touchdown on the game's first play. Up 10-0, Bobby Reid's interception on the second play of the second half set up Charles' 15-yard score. After the Cowboys went three-and-out, Colorado drove 59 yards in six plays and 2:44, capped by Joel Klatt's 11-yard touchdown pass to Joe Klopfenstein 5:32 into the third.