Joe Ganz and his Nebraska teammates showed up with a good gameplan for Texas Tech. The problem is teams don't always execute those plans fully.
Today, Nebraska did everything right in trying to upset Tech in Lubbock. Amazingly Texas Tech was able to beat them, even though it seemed like they rarely had the ball.
Nebraska wanted to hold the ball on offense and they did. They did a good job of being balanced between running and passing plays. When they threw it, Joe Ganz was the difference. I'm not sure if he can have a better game than he did today.
Ganz was 37-45 for 357 yards and two passing TD's. He also ran for a score. His only blemish was the interception in overtime that sealed the Red Raider win.
Texas Tech did a good job on offense when they had the ball. They scored on six of eight possessions. They just didn't have the ball as much as they usually do.
The usual suspects of Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree had good games. Crabtree was held under 100 yards receiving, but the passes he did catch were big. The Crabman scored on a jailbreak screen in the first quarter and later on a four-yard out in the endzone.
Michael was also the recipient of the amazing fourth down play Tech pulled off late in the game.
From inside their own forty yard line, Tech coach Mike Leach asked Harrell to try and draw off the defense to get a first down. When a Nebraska lineman jumped, Tech snapped the ball hoping to get the flag.
The defensive tackle was back though and no flag was thrown. Now Graham had to find someone open to keep Tech's undefeated season alive. Surprisingly, Nebraska forgot to cover college football's best wide receiver Michael Crabtree who sprinted past the cornerback and hauled in a 47-yard completion for the first down.
After the game Harrell revealed that he wasn't supposed to snap the ball. If they didn't get someone to jump offside they were going to punt. Once the ball was snapped though, no one panicked and the big play was made.
Another bright spot for Tech continues to be Baron Batch. The redshirt freshman running back had ten carries for ninety seven yards. Batch looks better than Tech's other tailback Shannon Woods.
Woods is the veteran, but it is becoming more and more apparent that Batch is a stronger runner. Batch also had a good game catching passes out of the backfield. His future is very bright with the Red Raiders.
In the past this is a game that Texas Tech might not have been able to win. Tech has usually had one game each season which they lose to a team that is a big underdog. Both teams played well on offense and struggled on defense.
Nebraska surprised many people with their play. Nebraska fans should be happy with the performance of their team in a hostile environment. Even though it is the dreaded "moral" victory, it is a step in the right direction for the Cornhuskers. If Ganz can continue this level of play, he'll find himself mentioned with the other great Big 12 quarterbacks.
Next week Texas Tech heads to College Station for a game with the struggling Aggies. I believe Tech will have some extra motivation to come out and show they are worthy of their ranking after the close game with Nebraska.