STILLWATER, Okla. — Nebraska junior I-back Brandon Jackson rushed 21 times for a career-high 182 yards in Saturday's 41-29 loss to Oklahoma State, marking his second 100-yard rushing game in the past four weeks and bettering his previous career high of 116 yards at Iowa State.
"It's always good to do well individually, but as a team, I felt like we could've done better than what we did," Jackson said. "It's a loss and I'm not worried about stats right now."
Jackson's 182 yards pushed his career total to 1,026 yards, making him the 55th 1,000-yard career rusher in Nebraska history. His 182 yards on the ground are also the most by a Husker since Cory Ross posted 194 yards against Missouri on Oct. 30, 2004.
Jackson also was one of five Huskers with at least three catches on the day, as he had three catches for 24 yards. He had three straight receptions on the Huskers' final drive of the game, marking his third game this season with at least three catches.
Tale of Taylor
Nebraska senior quarterback Zac Taylor completed 21 of 39 pass attempts for 241 yards. Taylor threw an incompletion on his first attempt of the day, then connected on his final nine pass attempts of the first half.
Taylor's 241 passing yards gives him 2,065 passing yards this season. This marks the sixth 2,000-yard passing season in school history, led by Taylor's school-record 2,653 yards last season. Taylor is just 10 yards from holding the top two spots on the single-season passing chart, as second place is 2,074 yards by Dave Humm in 1972.
Taylor now has 4,718 career passing yards, good for second place on the career passing list and 318 yards from breaking the current school record of 5,035 yards by Dave Humm from 1972 to 1974.
Long time coming
Nebraska senior defensive end Adam Carriker recorded a 7-yard sack on Oklahoma State's opening series, setting the tone for a huge day. Carriker finished with two sacks for 10 yards in losses, three tackles for loss totaling 16 yards, six total tackles, a pass breakup and a blocked extra point.
Coming into the contest, Carriker had one sack in his first eight games after leading the Huskers in sacks last year.
"I didn't really do anything different," Carriker said. "I've been there all year, but it was just that they'd get rid of the ball just before I'd get there the whole year and it has been frustrating, but I just keep playing — it's all I can do. It was just gratifying to finally have the quarterback have the ball when I got there."
Carriker's two sacks pushed his career sacks total to 16.5, and moved him into a tie for sixth place on Nebraska's career sacks list. Carriker also moved into the top 10 on the career tackles for loss list. Carriker's three tackles for loss Saturday give him 35 TFL in his career, good for ninth on the NU list.
Nebraska junior wide receiver Maurice Purify caught six passes for 65 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown in the second quarter and 5-yarder in the fourth quarter. The touchdown catches were Purify's fourth and fifth of the season and his third and fourth in the past four games. Purify has 11 receptions of longer than 20 yards this season, and has picked up a first down on 19 of his 23 receptions this season.
Huskers junior wide receiver Terrence Nunn finished with three receptions for 17 yards, marking his 22nd straight game with a catch, the second-longest streak in school history behind 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers who had a catch in all 37 games of his Nebraska career. Nunn's three catches Saturday pushed his career total to 87, good for third place on NU's all-time receiving chart and six behind second place.
NU I-back Marlon Lucky had three receptions for 47 yards and has caught a pass in every game this season. Lucky had a pair of 21-yard receptions against OSU.
Nebraska put points on the board on its opening drive, culminated by a 26-yard Jordan Congdon field goal. Saturday marked the sixth time in nine games Nebraska has scored points on its first drive of the game, also including touchdowns against Nicholls State, Troy, Kansas, Iowa State and Kansas State. Nebraska has scored first in eight of nine games this season (all except Texas).
The Huskers have outscored opponents 86-10 in the first quarter this season.
The Nebraska offense had eight plays of 20 yards or more in Saturday's game, including four rushes and four through the air. The Huskers had six plays of more than 20 yards in the first half. Nebraska now has 54 plays of 20 yards or more this season, 15 more than last year's 12-game total of 39.
Senior linebacker Stewart Bradley recovered an OSU fumble in the second quarter, marking his team-leading third fumble recovery of the season.
Nebraska junior safety Tierre Green intercepted a Cowboy pass in the first quarter, marking his first career interception. Green returned the pick 15 yards and Nebraska converted, driving 51 yards for a touchdown and a 10-0 lead.
—Staff and wire reports